Saturday, December 1

Capricorn Tattoos (December 22-January 19)

Capricorn is the tenth of the twelve signs of the zodiac, corresponding to the constellation Capricornus, and is depicted as a goat.

Frequently, artistic versions of Capricorn show an animal with the upper body of a goat and the lower body of a sea-creature (something like a mermaid’s tail). For a tattoo, just a picture of a goat is fine, but one should probably consider artwork that portrays the goat-fish, or Sea-Goat.

Capricorn glyph The glyph for Capricorn looks like the capital letter “V” with a looped tail coming off the top point of the right hand line of the V. The V portion represents the goat’s body and horns, while the looped tail represents the sea-creature part of the body.

Capricorn tattoos can be of the image, glyph, or combination of both.

Capricorn is an earth element sign, and is ruled by the planet Saturn. The legend behind Capricorn is varied and unclear. The story told most frequently is that Pan, the pipe-playing god of herdsmen who had the upper body of a man and the lower body of a goat, was trying to escape the monstrous god Typhon. Pan leapt into the Nile River, where his upper body became the goat half, and his lower body turned into a fish.

The Capricorn personality is ambitious and healthy, and rarely takes the easy path. Friendships evolve slowly, as the Capricorn sometimes comes off as cold and unemotional, and can let rules get in the way of having fun. Still, Capricorns are outgoing and have a good sense of humor. They make good civil servants and politicians. The dual nature of the goat-fish body leads the Capricorn to both climb to new heights or sink into the abyss. The lists below show a number of characteristics, both positive and negative, that different sources attribute to Capricorn:

Positive: surefooted, industrious, ambitious, practical, prudent, persevering, diplomatic, cautious, methodical, dependable, trustworthy, efficient, just, honest, conservative, responsive, patient, systematic.

Negative: high need for security, secretive, fearful, miserly, unsympathetic, rigid, suspicious, selfish, materialistic, brooding, egotistical.

Characteristics associated with Capricorn, which may be customized into a unique Capricorn tattoo design:
  • Body Part: Knees
  • Color: Deep Blue
  • Metal: Lead
  • Flower: Poppy
  • Gem: Garnet
  • Food: Cabbage, Kale
Famous Capricorns include Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and Benjamin Franklin.