Capricorn And The Shadow Let’s ground all that Fire in practical Capricorn and make it useful on this Plane so that people can demonstrate the spirituality they’ve just learned when having planets in, or lifetimes in, Sagittarius! You are of course noticing that the Shadow cripples the personality and makes advancement for the Soul, as well as the social illustrations of love, quite impossible. The blackened face of the Ego when dominating makes for most of the film industry. You’ve also been seeing the intended progression for the Soul through the ideal states of Growth that we use Astrology to map, and it does a magnificent job showing us ways upon our individual Paths while indicating the obstacles that can gather to a complex in ugly form we’ve seen as the Shadow. Capricorn, the last Earth Sign, is expected to make Spirituality tangible in a metaphorical activity on this Plane as the 10th House illustrates the career. The career should be the Soul’s out-picturing in this Plane, and for Capricorn that would look like a Minister, architect, construction engineer, a builder of an organization, a rehab clinic, a jewelry business. Whatever it is, for all Signs, it should reflect the soul’s achievement or its area to achieve. Capricorn is the leader when it comes to working relentlessly for Soul attainment. Personal growth gets somewhat set aside—unless the energies slither down to the vibrations or frequencies of the Shadow. Then Capricorn takes on extremely unpleasant characteristics—driving task-oriented behavior that cares nothing for the feelings of those around him or her. That may be an advantage for the stock holders and the erection of a dam, skyscraper, or government, but it’s horrible for the people involved—just think of Russia under Capricorn Joe Stalin! Such a person in the grip of the Shadow usually has a strong Inferiority Complex that goads them to achieving beyond what would make common sense. They nurse bitterly any wound or challenge, keep it festering like a Scorpio, and quite often seek revenge, perhaps ruthlessly. They’re also prompted by a fear of being without that coincides with their personal fear of not being enough, so they attempt to guard what they consider necessities while working arduously to improve themselves—or make other people seem less than the Capricorn. In other words they can rival the Earthy Virgo in criticism and telling the “best” way to do things. This particular Shadow is insidious because since Capricorn has a gift on the material Plane for the practical, his or her insights are usually quite good. This makes the unending correction and standards nearly impossible to listen to because the other person seems endlessly wrong. So Capricorn has a deserved reputation, for pessimism, though this just takes on dire circumstances in the Shadowed individual—who might give up the whole project if his negativity leads him towards large self-doubt or fear of failing. Then there’s the horrid scene of a bitter, sullen, person isolating himself or herself, while being very pissed at anyone who unlikely comes around. Ugh! Not so nice. What can integrate these energies? A strong dose of remembering what we saw above. The mountaintop the Goat climbs represents soul growth rather than personal growth. Once a Capricorn is made aware of this, setbacks and obstacles diminish. Frankly in the final Earth Sign, the attraction to the Physical Plane should be as a “tool” for the Capricorn, not a representation of her or his success. It’s only a tool (like the body) for scaling higher up the mountain towards the spiritual Goal, and when this perspective is in place and steadily practiced then the egoistic requirements can drop away. Additional gains come from drawing on its opposite Sign (of the other side of the Coin), Cancer—and bringing in very needed concerns for the relationship. REAL relationship that includes feelings and love. Goats are great at sex but it can be just a token of themselves and not meaning anything or reach through their skeletons to the softer organs inside. The Goat who really gets marriage is one who shares the trek up mountain with the fellow traveler, and both benefit from the association.