Capricorn traits make this sign a well-known BOSS of the zodiac. They are ambitious, highly driven and analytical people who get the job done.

Along with Taurus and Virgo, Capricorn belongs to the earth signs. Earth signs are the most reliable and trustworthy signs in the zodiac.

The quality of the sign is cardinal. Cardinal signs are known for their leadership skills and inexhaustible sources of ideas and will to initiate new things.

Suitably, this sign is commonly represented by the symbol of the sea-goat, a mythical creature pictured as half-fish and half-goat.

Contemporary illustrations, however, usually use the illustration of a mountain goat instead.

Why is this sign correlated with a goat? Goats are very stubborn and diligent animals, just like the Capricorn sign.

They are capable of doing things that seem impossible to most people (just picture a goat on an extremely steep hill).

The source of their great diligence and discipline is their ruling planet, Saturn and their earth element.

The corresponding tarot card for this sign is The Devil but before you make any assumptions, let me explain.

The Devil card doesn’t necessarily represent bad things. It can mean slavery to material things and vices but it also represents facing your own shadow and dismissing self-doubt.

It’s also an indicator of material wealth, depending on the context.

The Capricorn season starts on December 22nd and ends on January 19th. With the power of Capricorn, we end one year and start another.

To learn more about this fierce sign, let’s take a closer look at its prominent personality traits.

Capricorn personality traits

Determination

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Probably the most outstanding trait of a Capricorn is their strong determination.

Many highly successful people have this placement as their sun sign or their rising and moon sign.

The Capricorn zodiac sign is the biggest workaholic in the zodiac and they’re very proud of that fact.

The idea of success is what motivates them. There’s no dull moment in their life because their days are carefully organized and busy.

For some people, that would be hell but not for this sign.

Where does their determination come from? Determination is simply a sense of a clear goal and strong willpower to get you there.

There’s one thing that many people forget about determination and that is that it implies faith or trust that something will happen.

That’s one thing many people don’t understand about this star sign. Their faith is not mystical or otherworldly, it’s very present and sober.

They don’t believe in grand and impossible things, they believe in making every other moment the best it can be.

Their path is made up of little and sometimes boring steps but every one of those steps is carefully taken.

They don’t leave things to chance but work hard to get where they want to.

That’s why they’re so successful in everything they do; hard work, trust in themselves and belief that what they do is their purpose.

Resourcefulness

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One of the best Capricorn traits is resourcefulness.

Phrases like, “I can’t,” or, “I don’t know how to do it,” don’t exist in Capricorn’s language. Instead, they say, “I will learn how to do it,” or, “I will find a way to do it.”

The reason why this sign is so often in the position of the boss is that they know how to recognize work potential and knowledge in other people and they’re not shy to offer them a chance to implement their skills.

They don’t kid themselves thinking they MUST know how to do everything by themselves.

Instead, they hire other people to do it for them while they do other things they know to do well. They’re born managers and leaders.

Practicality

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This sign of the zodiac is the practical type. They’re not very concerned with philosophy and ideas but ways to actually make things work. They like their things tangible and functional.

This ties into their love for material things and money. Yes, Capricorns love their money and they’re not ashamed of it.

For them, money is direct proof of their success and they’re here for it.

Despite living a pretty frugal life, there are times when they invest in things that mean a lot to them and those are usually things they can use in everyday life.

Discipline

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People with this sun placement are very disciplined for obvious reasons.

They’re interested in functionality and efficient results and that comes with strong discipline.

Discipline is the safest path to get you where you want to be.

It takes dedication and a lot of mental strength but it’s always worth it in the end and Caps know this.

This is the reason many believe that this sign is rigid and sometimes cruel. They don’t make it easy on themselves and they treat others the same way.

At times they truly are unforgiving but that only means you have tested their patience and they’re not having any of it.

Ambition

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Every astrologer ever has put this trait next to Capricorn’s name. If you can’t tell already, Caps love to win.

They are very motivated and love when what they do gives them satisfaction; the satisfaction that is success.

This isn’t only limited to their career. Every part of their life is their project and that’s exactly why people get a control freak vibe from them.

It’s safe to say they’re not the most romantic sign in the zodiac; however, they are loyal and if they love you, you have someone to count on forever.

Reliability

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No matter how tough they look, Capricorns have their soft side too and it comes out when they’re with a loved one who knows them well.

They have immense respect for people who truly understand them and don’t judge them based on superficial things.

They’re very well aware that not everyone understands their way of thinking or their life decisions but they don’t care as long as they have someone who does.

They’ll do anything for the ones they love.

If they start loving you, they will become the most reliable, lovable and loyal person ever, to the point where they’ll do things they don’t even understand just to see you happy.

As I already mentioned, Caps aren’t the most romantic people on the planet but if that’s what their loved one appreciates, then that’s what they’ll get.

If you want the moon and the stars, ask your favorite Capricorn to get them for you.

Perfectionism

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Perfectionism is often considered a negative trait and it also implies high standards. The latter is true for Capricorns.

They’re not the type of perfectionist who doesn’t get stuff done because of a fear of failure.

They’re the type of perfectionist you’re glad exists because they do a job as it should be done.

This trait extends to every part of their life, including their looks, work, relationships, the food they eat and the music they listen to.

They want only the best and it makes them angry when they can’t get it.

Cynicism

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Capricorns are not the types to open up easily. They’re serious and sometimes have a hard time understanding why everyone is entertained by trivial things.

After all, they’re ruled by Saturn, the most feared planet of them all.

That’s why more often than not, they’re cynics and why you definitely won’t find them reading a daily horoscope or having spontaneous chit-chat with a stranger.

Female Capricorn traits

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A Capricorn woman is a boss. She’s probably the most confident woman in the zodiac. If you want to win her hand, you must work hard for it because she knows her worth.

Not only does she know how to work hard but she wants to see you know how to too. You have to have clear goals in life and be passionate about the things you do.

A Capricorn woman is a femme fatale in her own special way. Men fall for her confidence and the way she usually outsmarts them.

She’s the type of woman men naturally have respect for and they know from the start that they have to prove themselves to her.

If a woman of this sign likes you, that means you’re very special and if she makes the first move, you should be flattered.

Capricorn women are GREAT life companions, lovers and friends. Prove to them that you’re ready to build an empire with them and you will have the strongest partner on your side.

See also: 110 Capricorn Quotes And Sayings In Celebration Of A Cappy Personality

Male Capricorn traits

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A Capricorn man is a man who knows what he’s doing every minute of his life. He has no time for games and chasing around. If he likes you, he’ll make it clear right away.

They’re definitely not shy so be prepared for intense encounters if you’re going to date him. They usually have a dominant personality and love when others notice that in time.

For how that translates in bed, read here.

A Capricorn man, as well as a Capricorn woman, is a great partner if you want a stable and fulfilled life.

He’s assertive, he’s pushy and he’s mature enough to know when to stop.

He gives 100% in everything he does so if he chooses you as his partner, you’re a lucky gal.

That also means you’re as hardworking as he is and together, you’ll make a powerful couple.

If you’d rather go on an adventure and not think about tomorrow, he’s not the one. If you want to feel safe and cared for for the rest of your life, then he is.

See also: 5 Ways To Seduce A Capricorn Man

Capricorn’s compatibility with other signs of the zodiac

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Aries

Mars-ruled Aries isn’t the best match for Capricorn. They have many things in common but in this case, that’s not favorable.

Why not? Because both Aries and Capricorn want to be first and want to be the leader.

This kind of energy is too exhausting when it comes to close relationships.

Overall compatibility: Low

Taurus

Two earth signs make a great couple as they can count on each other and trust each other.

They have solid and reasonable goals and love to work. What’s even better is that they both know how to enjoy hard-earned wealth.

Together, they are each other’s biggest support and motivator.

Overall compatibility: High

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Gemini

Gemini and Capricorn aren’t a good match, as Gemini is too unfocused and chatty for a serious Capricorn.

While they might engage in interesting conversations, they both know right from the start that they are not made for each other.

Sometimes life goals are just too different for a relationship to work out.

Overall compatibility: Low

Cancer

Cancer and Capricorn could be a solid match.

Of course, a lot of patience is needed for a relationship like this to work but unlike some of the other signs, Cancer has that something that Capricorn needs; a certain sense of familiarity and stability while still being emotional.

Overall compatibility: Medium

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Leo

Leo and Capricorn make a great couple and together, they’re a powerhouse.

Leo loves the fact that they can brag about their very successful partnership and Capricorn loves being a partner someone brags about.

They’re both passionate about careers and love efficiency.

Overall compatibility: High

Virgo

Virgo and Capricorn are another earth element combination that works very well together.

They have similar life objectives and both are hardworking and loyal.

Together, they can do a lot and they’re super detailed and interested in everything they do and that includes their relationship too.

Overall compatibility: High

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Libra

Libra and Capricorn have medium compatibility. Capricorns love Libra’s ability to understand and easily communicate with people but dislike their lack of work ethic.

This doesn’t mean Libra doesn’t work hard but their hard is not enough to follow Capricorn’s pace.

Overall compatibility: Medium

Scorpio

Scorpio and Capricorn are a good couple because Scorpio can follow Capricorn and fully understand their drive.

On the other hand, Capricorn appreciates Scorpio’s emotional and deep side, which Caps often lack or have a hard time connecting with.

Overall compatibility: High

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Sagittarius

Sagittarius and Capricorn are probably one of the worst matches in the zodiac. There’s nothing that connects these two signs.

Sags are free-spirited, adventurous and carefree people who don’t care about career or ambition the same way Caps do.

Caps, on the other hand, are a serious and goal-oriented sign that doesn’t like surprises or unplanned events.

Overall compatibility: Low

Capricorn

Two Capricorns together are absolutely unstoppable. There’s nothing this couple couldn’t do if they set their mind on doing it.

They motivate and challenge each other better than anyone else could.

Their relationship is strong because they share the same life goals and the same vision about how to reach it.

Overall compatibility: High

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Aquarius

Aquarius and Capricorn don’t have a lot in common despite the same ruler.

Their methods might be similar but their main goals are quite different. Simply put, Aquarians are concerned about society and philosophy and Capricorns are interested in themselves.

Overall compatibility: Low

Pisces

Pisces and Capricorn are a favorable match because they have a lot to offer to each other.

Like water and earth, they go well together and help each other flourish.

Capricorn needs Pisces’ genuine and wise sensibility while Pisces appreciates Cap’s ambitions and sense of stability and reliability.

Overall compatibility: High

Famous people born under the Capricorn horoscope sign

Some famous people who share Capricorn traits:

Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Greta Thunberg, Janis Joplin, J. R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, Jim Carrey, Stephen Hawking, Dove Cameron, Jared Leto, Kit Harington, Timothée Chalamet, Denzel Washington, John Legend, Bradley Cooper, Sade, Orlando Bloom, Isaac Newton, Elvis Presley and Martin Luther King.