The tenth sign of the zodiac system, Capricorn includes all those born from 21st December to 20th January. It is symbolized by the Mountain Goat which stands for qualities like ambition, perseverance and physical resilience found in the natives of the zodiac. The glyph for Capricorn is slightly more intricate than other signs. It represents a curved V, thought to depict the goat's beard and the tail is that of a fish since Capricorn, in ancient times, was associated with the sea-goat.
One of the most distinctive traits of the native of this sign is his/her grounded nature. Like the Mountain Goat which is one of the most sure-footed of creatures, the Capricorn has his/her feet firmly planted on the plane of reality. The flights of imagination and depths of emotional life are not for these individuals; rather they are practical, matter-of-fact and focused on the sensible way of doing things. They have their emotions tightly under control and use their incisive logical reasoning to find their way about in the world. Their business-like approach to life might not make them highly popular or motivate them to change the world, but it will surely take them to their goal which is all that matters in the final analysis.
An important consequence of this attitude is value system is a strongly materialistic nature. Capricorns are primarily motivated by the concrete rewards that a task has to offer, rather than things like artistic fulfillment or spirit of service. They are mainly looking for financial and professional success that they can reap from a project or goal.
Along with their feet firmly on the ground, Capricorns have their eyes set high on the summit. This is evidence of their extremely ambitious natures and is amply characterized by the Goat which is perfectly at ease climbing the highest cliffs and peaks of a mountain. A Capricorn is rarely happy being at the bottom of the professional pyramid, he/she may be learning the ropes now but sooner or later, the individual is sure to reach the top since being successful in the worldly sense is extremely important for the self-validation of the Capricorn.
However the most important aspect of the Capricorn’s professional drive is that they inch slowly but surely towards their final goal. They may be exceedingly ambitious but that does not goad them to rush or make a dash for the finish-line since they are well aware of the pitfalls that such an impatient and restless attitude entails. Rather they move ahead with persistence and determination, much like Mountain Goat – a creature which strives for the top with slow but steady steps and eventually reaches there. Capricorns can go about their job with a steadfastness of purpose and industriousness that is remarkable. They can put in hours of hard work at a stretch and quietly go on like that for days together because they in the end they know that the reward will be worth it.
The slow and steady rate of progress that the Capricorn is partial to, is a major reason why so many of them, particularly the men settle rather late in life – after they have made a place for themselves in their career and earned a decent amount of professional and personal prestige.
Like the Goat whose symbol they bear, Capricorns are also agile and resourceful and will find a way to get around obstacles in life and work. They may not always do this with flair and drama, but trust a Capricorn to find a way out in the end. Also they are extremely physically resilient, much like the hardy Mountain Goat which is able to endure a wide variety of physical challenges in its steady climb to the peak.
In terms of personal characteristics, a Capricorn is rather an introvert. He/she tends to be extremely cautious when interacting with new people and ideas and usually takes time to warm up to them. This is also implied in the symbolism of the Mountain Goat which tends to be something of a loner. Instead of always sticking to a herd, this creature is happiest makings its way on its own across dangerous nooks and crannies on the side of a mountain. This is not to say that a Capricorn is unsocial - in fact the sign can be quite traditional in its attachment to family - but that socializing is something that comes naturally only after he/she has become comfortable with the people involved.