December 22 thru January 20
Keyword: I Use
Thoughts Ruled by this Sign Belong to
Best Quality: Diplomacy
Worst Quality: Deceitfulness
Adept, agile, clever, competent, cunning, deft, devious, dexterous, discreet, handy, methodical, modest, mundane, nifty, neat, nimble, organized, political, practiced, repetitive, sensible, shrewd, solid, sparing, stylish, tactful, skillful, systematic, subtle, worthwhile.
And Jacob Stole from Esau…
“Every Environment Offers Opportunities for Spiritual Advancement and He who Makes Good Use of His Present Circumstances for Spiritual Ends Will Attract New Opportunities.”
Capricorns are able to employ whatever is at hand to best advantage, giving
the sign its key-phrase, I Use. They are equally at home in and can adapt to any
environment. The ancient constellation does not represent a common goat such
that travels merely on land; rather, it has the tail of a fish enabling it, when
occasion requires, to also live in the water. Astrologers hold that the best
quality of Capricorn is Diplomacy and when this ability is abused it becomes the worst quality of the sign—Deceitfulness.
As a morality tale, the use of false pretense to aid the ambition to climb to wealth and power is set forth quite clearly in the
Old Testament story of Jacob and Esau who, even before they were born, were struggling together in the womb of their mother—portending conflict to come. (Genesis 27). Jacob and Esau were the sons of Isaac and Rebekah and the first twins mentioned in the Bible.
From a Stellarian perspective Esau, an outdoorsman of generous spirit, represents the sign Sagittarius while Jacob, with his flair for trading and his desire to advance himself among people, represents the material sign Capricorn. About to die, Isaac began preparations to bestow the birthright blessing upon Esau. Esau was sent to the field with quiver and bow to take some venison for the ceremony. Upon learning their father was about to bestow the birthright blessing upon Esau, Jacob conspired with his mother and, through deceit and shrewdness, plotted to steal his elder brother’s birthright blessing. Disguising himself as Esau, Jacob presented himself as Esau to the blind Isaac who thereupon bestowed the blessings to the wrong son.
Both Sagittarius and Capricorn are business signs. Just as there is a thin line (solstitial colure) between the season of plenty and the winter season of scarcity, so there exists a thin line in business and industry that divides the energy of benevolent Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, and the selfish tendency of Capricorn.
With an astrological perspective, Zain
reminds us of the great spiritual lesson to take from this story: It is the task, of those who have the interests of humanity at heart, to devise means by which
the selfish interests that grind down the poor and prey upon the helpless shall be prevented.
Working on behalf of others earns the ability to move freely through life
without attachment to material reward. It also vitalizes one's spiritual body
thereby earning spiritual power. The story of Jacob and Esau confirms this by ending with this prophecy concerning Esau: “And it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break the yoke from off thy neck.”
Only at its worst does Capricorn relate to deceit. On its better side, it is
shrewd and skillful in recognizing and organizing resources that benefit
those in need. The text therefore is: Every Environment Offers Opportunities for Spiritual Advancement, and He who Makes Good Use of His Present Circumstances for Spiritual Ends Will Attract New Opportunities.
Paraphrased from Spiritual Astrology by C. C. Zain
The companion Spiritual
Capricorn exercise by Christopher
Gibson can be accessed by clicking on the image below or here