In the seasonal symbolism, the Capricorn zodiac sign (22 December – 20 January) depicts the beginning of the cold season, the winter solstice.
The longest night testifies to the silence of the manifestation; nature cloaks itself in snow, the trees are bare and shrivelled. The energy of the seed is buried and internalised, ready to defend itself from the rigours of the climate.
In harmony with the seasonal correspondence, the sign’s individuals appear outwardly controlled or unemotional; their essential nature leads them to meditation, pondering, and rationalising instinctive life. The inborn sense of elevation requires an often painful awareness of one’s compressed emotions, the forswearing of free sensitivity, and the unavoidable impact of the ordeals to satisfy the evolutionary ascent.
The physical type tends to compensate for the instinctual and emotional lack of one’s soul through the excesses of a chaotic life, where moments of serious application follow irrational and self-damaging attitudes in the attempts to recover alleged expressive poverty.
The astral type, where ambition prevails, realises an existence marked by the will to affirmation in social or professional sectors: the accomplishment is slow but assured, entrusted to calculation, to tenacity, to perseverance.
The spiritual type changes ambition into detachment, channelling themselves towards an existential direction that is initially difficult and not without moral sufferings. In the end, they will possess the knowledge and discipline necessary for spiritual elevation and the accomplishment of some great work.
Analogies and correspondences
|Precious stones||Onyx, tourmaline, coral, black pearl|
|Minerals||Hard coal, black minerals|
|Flora||Pansy, ivy, hemlock, onion, willow, elm, poplar, cactus, aloe, artichoke, sage, hellebore, henbane, belladonna, thistle, fir, cypress, endive, bramble, medlar, walnut|
|Fauna||Bear, wolf, owl, sparrowhawk, porcupine, marmot, chamois, crow, vulture, toad, spider, donkey, mole, turtle, goat, ram, hyena, buzzard, badger|
|Resonance||Double bass, gong|
|Colours||Black, dark grey, dark brown, ash, purple, reddish-brown, dark green|
|Hour||7/8 pm. End of the day|
|Regions||Thrace (now part of Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey), India, Afghanistan, Albania, Macedonia, Thuringia (central Germany), Bulgaria, Greece, Orkney Islands (Scotland), Saxony, Bosnia, Illyria (today the Balkan Peninsula), Styria (southern Austria), Lithuania, Mexico|
|Cities||Augusta (Georgia), Bergen (southwestern Norway), Oxford, Port Said (Egypt), Prato (Italy), Brandenburg, Tortona (Italy), Cassel (northern France), Constance, Brussels, Mexico City, Fayence (France – Provence), Malines (today Mechelen – northern Belgium)|
An amiable and gloomy older man is poking the fire in an iron fireplace (the pursuit of happiness through the spirit, in solitude).