Crushing on a Capricorn? Totally understand why: As the most ambitious, hard-working sign of the zodiac, Capricorn is the full package: Brains, beauty, and a five-year plan so robust it would leave a college career counselor absolutely speechless. But there’s more to this sign than just a standout résumé—in fact, when it comes to matters of the heart, Capricorn is an extremely elusive creature. Don’t worry! This is everything you need to know about the CEO of the cosmos.
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SO WHAT’S A CAPRICORN LOOKING FOR IN A RELATIONSHIP?
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn—the ringed-gas giant who has a bit of a reputation in astrology. Named after the emotionally unregulated titan who tried to maintain rulership by literally eating his children (yuck), we often associated Saturn with ~daddy issues~. Saturn’s 29.5-year orbit corresponds with our Saturn Return: In our late twenties, Saturn finds its way to the exact same position it occupied at your moment of birth, signifying true adulthood. Simply put, your Saturn Return is when you become your own daddy. Basically, Saturn provides all the lessons, challenges, and “tough love” techniques that come with adulthood. But Capricorn, who has a close connection with this planet from birth, is no stranger to Saturn’s intensity. In fact, the reason Capricorn works so hard is because they feel obligated to assume serious responsibilities at a young age. Of course, this work ethic enables Capricorn to blossom into a full-fledged badass. It’s no surprise that some of the most iconic game changers were born under this sign, like Greta Thunberg, Michelle Obama, and Dolly Parton, to name just a few.
Capricorns are defined by their resilience. Symbolized by the sea-goat—an ancient mythological creature with the body of a goat and the tail of a fish—this earth sign can traverse both land and water, making it incredibly unique in its ability to navigate multiple planes of existence. Capricorn excels at mapping big-picture strategy, assuming leadership positions that propel this sea-goat straight to the tippy top. Simply put, Capricorn won’t let anything (or anyone) get in their way. After all, they’ve been hustling since before they could walk!
When it comes to professional aspirations, Capricorn is a total natural. Interpersonal relationships, however, are a whole different story. This sea-goat is guilty of trying to apply their business techniques to matters of the heart, strategically choosing partners who “look good on paper.” Sea-goats often have a very specific view of who they think they should be with, which often results in disappointment (I mean, if you’re just dating people based on their alleged earning potential, you’re going to get bummed out). But, like all things in Capricorn’s Saturn-governed life, they often learn this lesson the hard way—after a few failed relationships, the earth sign can access deep emotional intimacy with the right partner.
HOW DO THEY BEHAVE IN A RELATIONSHIP?
Did you actually manage to impress Capricorn and lock down a real relationship? Well done! This sea-goat will only commit if they’re serious about taking on more responsibilities. This earth sign has already rearranged their schedule to accommodate their partnership, so they’ll be expecting you to do the same. Please have your updated calendar on their desk before EOD. Thanks.
All jokes aside, as an earth sign, a relationship with a Capricorn is built around tangible, physical connection. Capricorn needs to spend quality time with their lover. In fact, Capricorn’s bonds are often structured around calendar management. Simply, this sea-goat wants to know that they can depend on you to offer grounded support and stability. With so much on their plate already, Capricorn needs reassurance that at the end of a long work day, their partner will be down to change into pajamas, eat pasta on the couch, and vent about their chaotic afternoons.
It’s important to know that Capricorns have excellent memories. In ancient lore, this zodiac sign is often associated with “Father Time,” which means Capricorns feel like they’re guardians of memories. If you say something once—even an off-handed remark made in passing—it will instantly imprint on Capricorn’s mind. When it comes to recalling birthdays and anniversaries, this skill is deeply appreciated. However, this powerful memory also has its drawbacks…for instance, if you casually mentioned that you bought your ex-lover a watch, don’t even think about purchasing a timepiece for your Capricorn boo unless it far exceeds your previous gift. Otherwise, Capricorn will be deeply offended!
WHAT ARE THEIR BIGGEST TURN-ONS AND TURN-OFFS?
Capricorn has exceptionally high standards—they won’t settle for anything less than the best. Even the most self-aware sea-goat (that is, not the Capricorn who’s using LinkedIn as a dating app) will be attracted to people who reflect ambition and resilience. What’s more, Capricorn loves a challenge, so if your skills differ from the sea-goat’s (whether it be through professional pursuits or creative talents, especially humor), be sure to double-down on your best attributes. Don’t be afraid to show this sea-goat what you got!
It should come as no surprise that there’s nothing Capricorn despises more than being let down: Whatever you do, never, ever overpromise and under-deliver. If anything, set the bar slightly lower so that you can charm this earth sign by going above and beyond expectations. For instance, if your meeting ends at 6PM, don’t tell them you’ll be free at 7PM and show up late—instead, plan for 8PM and surprise them by showing up early. How charming!
THEIR BEST AND WORST MATCHES?
Ready to sign on the dotted line with your Capricorn babe? Hell yes! Fellow earth signs—Taurus and Virgo—have already been practicing their signatures. Reliable Taurus deeply admires Capricorn’s sturdy dependability, while organized Virgo appreciates Capricorn’s big-picture thinking. However, Aries and Libra may want to spend a little extra time reading the fine print before committing to a Capricorn. Spontaneous Aries may struggle with Capricorn’s regimented structure, while flirtatious Libra is turned off by Capricorn’s non-stop stoicism. While relationships can certainly flourish, it’s important to remember, fundamentally, these signs operate very differently!
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