Now the chilling blasts of winter grow more insistent, forcing the experience-weary soul to symbolically retreat back into the haven of the family circle, to submit once again to the meditative, negative-feminine Night Forces. On the Capricorn level of consciousness, for the fourth and final time, the soul feels the
powerful vibrations of Cardinal leadership. But this time it leads through the stable Earth Element, from a position of strength inside the home, beside the hearth. Why should the Goat expose himself (or herself) to the icy tempera-tures outside, just to be seen and heard – applauded and praised?
Capricorn souls, now sure of both their ability and their right to take com-mand, no longer feel the need to display or aggressively flaunt their power – ei-ther for public adulation, or for inner security. By this stage, the soul has learned that true peace comes from within. Being appointed Leader is a respon-sibility to be handled as carefully as possible, with no special recognition due for doing what is obviously one’s duty. The Capricorn’s relatives (especially par-ents) now assume marked importance for either good or ill, because the symbol-ic “old age” of the soul has arrived – and along with it, a sense of the priorities of life, the most important being the security of belonging. The excitement of romance and the freedoms of youth are not nearly as enticing to the Goat as comfort and contentment with those he can depend on to care for him (or her).
Capricorn is both prepared and willing to impart the hard -earned Saturnine wisdom, but only when invited to do so. Because the Goats know the folly of forcing people to mature before their time, they smile with the benevolent in-dulgence of a fond grandparent (whatever his or her chronological age) upon the playful antics of the still young at heart. Secretly, the Capricorn soul longs to abandon duty but is by now resigned to the knowledge that sheer idealism is im-practical – and spontaneous enthusiasm can never replace experience. Acutely aware of the dangers of impulsive action, the soul has become more conserva-tive – and the Goat’s refusal to either scatter efforts or to indulge in sentimen-tality brings on accusations of emotional coldness from those born into the Fire and Air Elements. Capricorns respect authority because they see the law as a necessity for the protection of human rights and safety. They shyly worship the famous and successful because Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn, teaches them to revere achievement, knowing full well its price.
Although Capricorn may appear to be serious and unyielding to more liber-al souls, Life has also taught the Goats its humorous side, and their subtle jokes are tinged with the irony of existence. Because the new Saturnine duties as counselor to the foolish weigh heavily on their shoulders, they sometimes try to drink the last full measure of Life’s rare pleasures, calmly accepting them with-out false modesty or undue inhibition. Only afterward, when the sobering influ-ence of maturity returns, does Capricorn feel a vague sense of remorse and mel-ancholy for having succumbed to the temptation of forbidden passions. In this soul vibration there is a compulsion to acknowledge the necessity for being prac-tical, as Capricorn admits, “I USE.” But a gentleness of spirit softens the sever-ity of the surface sternness commanded by Saturn, for the Capricorn conscious-ness brings with it a sympathy for human mistakes, born from the understanding gained through ten stages of Life’s – and Love’s – mysteries.
Capricorn’s positive qualities are determination, stability, wisdom, depend-ability, sureness and tranquility. Expressed in their negative form they become selfishness, narrowness, ruthless ambition, rigidity, snobbery, depression and loneliness.
To Capricorn, love is a quiet and undemanding exchange of personal grati-fication. The Goats have fully learned the valuable lesson that love is not mea-sured by excessive emotion. But because they equate it only with the necessities of mutual need and desire, they have not yet experienced the release of its inner longings.