It’s no surprise that Capricorn is the first astrological sign of the calendar year. Caps are all about control and doing things their way (which is obviously the best way).
Caps are just born determined—they are on a mission, and anyone who stands in their way is best off heeding the warning of Ludacris’s 2001 banger, "Move B*tch Get Out Da Way."
"People who are so afraid to upset a Scorpio have never experienced a Capricorn’s wrath," says Valerie Mesa, astrologer and soul coach. (As a Scorpio Sun and Rising and a Capricorn Moon, I’ll just say, she's not wrong!)
This sign is most often compared to a mountain goat, and if you're a Capricorn or know one, this will make total sense to you. Capricorns do really well alone and move slow and steady to get to the top. Building something long-lasting and meaningful—whether it's in relationships or in their careers—is important to our goat friends, and they will fight against all odds to achieve their goals.
But there’s so much more that goes into being Capricorn than just that. Not to mention, there are plenty of other astrological factors that make up your personality beyond your Sun sign (a.k.a. the sign you use when checking your horoscope). You've got your natal and progressed charts, your moon sign, your Saturn return, just to name a few.
Still, being a Capricorn zodiac sign says *a lot* about you, especially during Capricorn season (December 22 to January 19). It's your time to shine, after all!
So, in the spirit of the season, here are the biggest signs you’re a Capricorn, plus details about how it can impact your overall life, according to Mesa, Donna Page, a certified astrologer in Atlanta, and Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at Horoscope.com and Astrology.com and author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power.
1. You’re loyal AF...
When you commit to someone, whether it’s a friend or lover, you show up Every. Single. Time. The people who matter in your life know they can count on you and, TBH, it’s one of the personality traits they love most about you. Also, having someone who will be there for you on the reg is pretty amazing, so go you, Cap!
You're also in some pretty awesome company with all these cool Capricorn celebs:
2. …But you can come across as a little standoffish at first.
Since you go all-in when making a commitment to someone, you can be a little, let's just say, hesitant to let new people into your inner circle. (It's a pretty cool place to be, after all.) Are they really worth your undying love and devotion? They’re going to have to prove it to you first.
3. You hate being late.
Like heat-of-a-thousand-burning-suns-level hate. When you care about someone, you always show up on time (unless, you know, there’s a major emergency or Beyoncé sighting on your block). Once you say you’ll be somewhere, you’re there—usually a bit early. On the flip side, it totally pisses you off if someone doesn’t show you the same respect (because hello, rude!).
4. You’ve got a plan—and a backup plan—for everything.
You have this amazing ability to see all the scenarios that can play out in different situations, which is a pretty cool superpower. Buuut on the other hand, that can make you worry about all the bad sh*t that could maybe-potentially-hypothetically happen. (Um, snowball much?) You have to work hard to catch yourself before getting totally carried away with the what-ifs.
5. You're a total turtle in relationships.
Slow and steady wins the race, amirite? For Caps, time is a big (huge!) factor when it comes to connecting with others. After all, how can you really know someone is right for you if you haven’t been through different seasons and life situations with them?
Since Caps are ruled by Saturn, they have a deeply held belief that "good things take real effort, long hours, and more than anything…mastery," says Montúfar. This rule definitely applies to relationships—both romantic and platonic. Is that new person you met really worth your time and attention? Well, they're gonna have to prove it first.
Basically, Caps are looking for a good ROI. Once you do commit though, you’re ride or die. Good things come to those who wait!
6. You have incredible patience and resilience.
Capricorns have a unique connection to winter (their season starts the day we welcome the Winter Solstice in the western hemisphere). "This relationship to the harshest season of the year gives Capricorn an incredible amount of patience and endurance," says Montúfar. "For this reason, Capricorns can survive the toughest conditions and sometimes carry a great amount of sacrifice."
7. You’re like a wine...you get better with age.
Capricorns are interesting signs, because they keep evolving and improving over time. Just like a good old bottle of vino! Being you can be a little complicated, so don’t sweat it if it takes a little time to get it just right, says Montúfar.
"While some natives from this sign might take a long time to figure out their place in society, once they do, they stick to it and begin taking quantum leaps," Montúfar says.
Well, there is a reason Capricorns are the GOATS.
Jacqueline Tempera is an award-winning writer and reporter living in New Jersey with her many pets. She is a business owner and a double Scorpio who loves all things astrology and reality television. She is passionate about body diversity and representation, mental health, and the fight to end sexual assault and harassment. To learn more about Jackie, follow her on Instagram @jacktemp or visit her website at jackietempera.com.