The Season of the SeaGoat

Happy Cappy Season!

Whether you are on the Summer side of the planet or the Winter side or stuck in the middle jumping back and forth over an invisible-ish line between Summer and Winter, or straddling the line with one foot frozen in the snow and the other getting burned on a hot beach… it’s Capricorn season and I hope you have a great one!

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Tropic_of_CapricornTropic of Capricorn in Namibia by Philomène Martinelli (love this photo, wtf are they doing!?! Looks like fun!)

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It’s a strange time of year for all of us, and it doesn’t matter whether you celebrate anything or not, are in a festive spirit or not, because when one year ends and another begins there are certain shenanigans afoot. The simplest of which is trying to remember to change the number at the end of the year.

So, what does this time of year mean for you?

Before you can answer I’m going to keep talking… this is the anti-silent treatment (maybe next time you consider complaining about a Capricorn giving you the silent treatment, you’ll remember what it is like when they aren’t silent and will accrue a new appreciation of when they are). I am aware how much other signs dislike it when Capricorns go silent, perhaps because you know what goes on within that silence – we’re replaying everything you’ve said to us and comparing it with your actions, absorbing things, the relationship, at a deeper level. If you’re the self-conscious or paranoid sort, you’ll hate this silent night which can go on for days depending on how much talking you’ve done versus acting on your talk.

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Karma CapricornIs your relationship with a Capricorn due to Karma… perhaps paying you back for something you did to someone else (maybe in a past life ’cause in this one you’re an angel to everyone)  who asked Karma to do them a solid?

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If you’re into astrology at all…

Capricorn is the Zodiac sign voted (by other signs) most likely to be a sociopath, and probably to succeed while doing it. It’s the be-suited briefcase carrying man or woman who lives in a minimalistic bunker, always prepared for the end of days with a way to make money from it and spend its final hours swimming in gold like Uncle Scrooge. The one who builds an empire out of the tin cans discarded by others. It is also most likely to live on a strict diet of worms, glass shards, rubbish and other things which make the other signs go Ewwww!.

I found the below image on a Capricorn’s blog, which made me chuckle with delight (Cappies can do that all the time although others will only see a deadpan expression when Cappies are laughing it up and they’re not likely to share the joke… or if they do you’ll miss it and think they’re being serious).

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Capricorn - salt of the earth

image via Capricorn Love by Oh Me, Oh Meagan

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The only thing about the image which bugged me was the ‘cheap vodka’. Capricorns tend to save their pennies to buy the most expensive vodka they can find and know how to appreciate the finer things in life after arduously slogging to earn them. However sometimes the finest things in life are the cheapest or even free. We do love free stuff when it is genuinely free as opposed to pretending to be that way like a trap with so many strings attached that you end up looking like an overly manipulated puppet tied up in someone else’s knots if you take the bait.

One of the things which often annoys other signs about Capricorns is their (no nonsense) attitude.

The ‘emotional’ signs will wail and cry and bemoan a Cappie’s ‘unemotional’ reaction to their emotions, however if a Cappy shares their emotions, then those same signs feel ‘overwhelmed’ and can’t handle anyone else (especially not someone they rely on to be cold and distant) being emotional in their general direction or anywhere near them.

Fair enough. Capricorns tend to keep their emotional whine bottled up for centuries (to increase its value) so when they do decant it (it tastes like noxious vinegar)…

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hopkins - lecterHopkins is a Capricorn… no idea what sign Lecter is.

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The ‘attention seeking’ signs will throw a diva tantrum about a Cappy not giving them the attention they deserve and want and will shout and stamp their feet about not getting what they want right here and now when they want it. The problem is if Cappy gives you what you want every time you want it (which is all of the time), it is still never enough and you want more. Capricorn is a sign which is associated with time and the use of it. Each grain of sand which slips away is our life slipping away with it, each tick of a clock is a heart beat they will never get back. While they’re giving you attention, their life is expiring and you will still not feel they’ve given you what you wanted from them even if they die for you (how selfish of Capricorn!).

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time use is vital

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The earthy signs… usually like us. That’s weird, isn’t it, for someone else to actually like a Capricorn.

The other day I watched – This is The End – and after having an awesome chuckle, I checked out the signs of the actors involved in the movie, as many of them regularly work together and seem to enjoy each others’ company. The dominant signs in this combo were Aries and Capricorn – two signs which are astrologically not really supposed to get along, but they do perhaps… just to annoy astrologers and rub their interpretations’ wrongness in their faces (something both signs quite enjoy doing as a hobby). Of course in This is The End, the Capricorns all ended up (badly) serving the devil in some way (our sign is connected with The Devil in Tarot)… whereas the Aries sort of bargained their way into Heaven (except for James Franco who messed things up… oops, double oops if you haven’t seen the film, this minion of the Devil just spoiled it for you… it was a very funny moment and I felt for him as though I was him effing things up for one last laugh – those last laughs are most delicious and hard to resist).

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Cappy versus Aries film styleCapricorn (Danny) versus Aries (James) film style.

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If you like astrology and happen to follow blogs on the subject… this is often the season when astrologers take a break from regular posting. They’ll be back when Aquarius is in season. Sorry, Capricorns your season is one where we ignore you because we’re paying attention to ourselves and our need to take a break from stuff like life and et cetera. You’re boring, anyway, so whatev’s.

Even when an astrologer does pay attention to Capricorn at this time of year with a Panto look at astrology….

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“Capricorn – responsible, ambitious, serious. As with Taurus, I don’t see Capricorn as taking the lead in a fairy tale or pantomime, the sign’s characteristics better fit supporting roles such as merchant (as in father of Belle in Beauty & the Beast), or a landowner, aristocrat, employer etc.” via The Zodiac’s Fairytale/Pantomime Characters – Learning Curve on the Ecliptic

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We get to be the grey figure in the background who is (never the lead… really, that stings for a Cappy!!! We love to be in charge why aren’t we!?!)… well, in this case, Capricorn is a sentimental, cowardly jerk who happens to be a business man who really sucks at business when you think of the deal he made. Thanks for that!

I do love this blog though, it gives a very intriguing take on the subject.

If I were to choose a Panto character to represent the sign of Capricorn… out of those used in the post I’d say that Cinderella makes a better Cappy than she does a Cancerian. All the Cancers I have known go all Meryl Streep (a Cancerian) when they suffer and there is no way you don’t know about it. It’s always Oscar worthy.  Cinderella just put up with stuff really quietly and got on with it without a peep.

Beauty is quite Saturnian too in her approach to things, after all she accepted the crap deal her father made and then she made the best of it and it turned out rather well for her. Frankly her dad sounds more like a Cancerian or Leo, as those are the signs of my parents and that is the way they would have used me to further themselves and save their precious asses by sacrificing mine. Only my sacrificed ass would learn how to save itself. So there!

But, hey…

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beauty and the jerk - Capricorn styleSweet Dreams are made of this… who am I to disagree (sung by Cappy Annie Lennox)

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If I sound grumpy… grump is a Cappy thing. If you ever meet a grumpy old person… they may be in their Capricorn years. And if you meet a young person who seems like a grumpy old person… Capricorn is strong in this one.

Capricorns treat the trait of grumpiness as though it was an art form. You would too if your symbolic representation was put together by Ripley’s Believe it or Not. A half-goat, half-fish… really!?! That is so impractical on so many levels! How are we supposed to climb mountains with the tail of a fish being dragged behind or swim with hooves? Whoever created that was having a laugh at our expense!

And the glyph… have you looked at it? It’s a VS as in versus… so, of course, we’re always going to court controversy and annoy everyone who isn’t us. No wonder other signs don’t like us, we’re always arguing with them, playing Devil’s Advocate. We have to… no one else wants to do it with the determination that we put into it.

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Capricorn symbol

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If you have a Capricorn in your life (or read the blog of one… like this one) you may want to practice knowing when I’m being serious and when I’m being silly but doing it in a deadpan way. I sometimes can’t tell the difference myself… how mysterious…? Maybe, probably not… frankly I find myself irritating (and other Caps sometimes annoy the mincemeat out of me – which is usually how I know they’re a Cap before I check their Sun sign). It’s a special kind of irritating, a bit like itching powder surreptitiously placed in your most serious outfit.

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Anyway… tum te tum… Happy Cappy Season… and if the Grinch gets you, tickle his belly, he hates that and loves it at the same time!

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Kate Moss by mario TestinoKate Moss (A Cappricorn) by Mario Testino

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And just in case you haven’t had enough of Capricorn this season before it’s really gotten underway…

Foo Fighters – The Pretender (David Grohl is a Capricorn)

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22 thoughts on “The Season of the SeaGoat

  1. Every human being can be a sociopath! It’s bullshit that a certain sign gets chosen and voted on. Mental illness has absolutely nothing to do with the day you were born on.

    PS: Uncle Scrooge was born on February 7th – Aquarius.

    My boyfriend is a Capricorn, who shares absolutely no Capricorn trait, what I find pretty crazy actually, since he should be acting right on due to his chart.

    Anyway, Capricorn’s are some special, beautiful mysteries. I loved them always.
    They are the actual Unicorns under the Zodiac tbt – Sincerely, Scorpio. ♥

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    1. Thank you very much for sharing 🙂

      Scorpios and Cappies seem to understand each other, perhaps in part because both signs tend to be intense, and also prefer looking beneath surface appearances and impressions. Both signs also keep in mind that something like astrology is a tool to explore rather than a cage to capture.

      Who we (all humans) are is elusive, we try to catch it in various types of nets, but even if we get the butterfly we’re chasing, the air which powers its flight escapes through the holes in the net 😉

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  2. Happy Cappy! 😊Actually, my ex-narcissist was a Cappy – I guess that explains a lot! 🙂 Unfortunately, I am a Leo, but I’ve never completely felt like one! I am married to another Leo, which is supposed to be incredibly bad or incredibly good. In our case, incredibly good! 🙂

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    1. TY 😀

      I have to confess that more often than not when I find someone really annoying, they often turn out to be a sea-goat. Which is even more annoying, but it softens it slightly because of personal bias 😉

      For instance I find Ralph Fiennes annoying, mostly just because – it’s Ralph not Raif!!! <– me being an annoying (pedantic) Cap about things.

      And he's a Cap so… hmmmm… I read a great interview with him, he’s a really nice guy.

      Why 'unfotunately' you're a Leo – Leo is perhaps the most popular sign to be! Leos are lovely! The only un-lovely Leo I know is my mother (but that has nothing to do with Leo). Leo + Leo reminds me of this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF0HhrwIwp0 – perhaps a bit NSFW 😉

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        1. That is so many levels of thoughtfulness, empathy, and so much more! 🙂 But you yourself could never remind me of my mother. Leos are lovely, she just happened to be one, one of many, one which I did not for the most part experience as lovely, but she did have a lovely side seen in glimpses here and there, it was just lost under a ton of other stuff – nothing to do with astrology, at least not the Sun sign kind.

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          1. Thanks! 🙂 I see my ex-narcissist in the same way – a character lost under an enormous pile of hurt, both real and imagined. I got glimpses of what he could have been, also. But he certainly wasn’t identifiable as a Capricorn, or anything else, for that matter.

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            1. The thing which I tend to keep in mind about narcissists is that underneath all of that which is so frustrating and difficult to deal with about them from the outside, there’s a real person there lost inside this labyrinth, being chased by monsters of their own making which turns them into ‘monsters’ for us when we’re in a relationship of any sort with them. I think they sort of want us to save them from their monsters (and I think that’s something which sucks some of us into relationships with them), but we can’t do that, only they can do it, but they can’t either it seems, for the most part because it requires facing what they may not be able to face – which may be partly why they developed NPD in the first place.

              For an inside view of NPD, as in seen from someone with NPD, if you’re interested, check out these links –

              http://www.psychforums.com/narcissistic-personality/topic71045.html

              http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/stop-walking-eggshells/201311/the-lament-lonely-narcissist

              It’s one of those puzzles which only the person inside of it can solve, which makes it a puzzle of a different sort for others too as humans seem instinctively drawn to solving puzzles and helping others to solve them too. 🙂

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              1. This second link is very interesting. I just saw Bill Eddy, who’s comment spurred the response by the NPD , speak at a professional
                Conference on the subject of divorce mediation and working wth personality disordered.

                I couldn’t help but note the comment by the NPD

                ”’ But you didn’t keep me after school and talk to me. You didn’t teach me teamwork. You didn’t come with me to counseling. You didn’t scare the hell out of me and then calm me down and talk. You didn’t edit my book.”’

                Classic Blame shifting. We are not all trained professionals or able to identify and solve other people’s issues But I’d bet the roadside is littered w those who did try to help.

                I’d say it’s only the presence of a healthy sense of self preservation that alerts those involved almost immediately to get out of the way and let the tornado pass while the rest who give the benefit of a doubt stay around long enough to me brutalized

                Do I feel sorry for them? Only in the sense that they finally assess their life after there’s no one left in it if at all.

                I’m sure there were a million forks in the road where they could have reached out for a course correction but that takes accountability and real work

                Sorry, I have little empathy for them right now

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                  1. Don’t worry, it’s clear who ‘them’ refers to. 🙂

                    I don’t think it’s necessary to have empathy, sympathy and whatnot for narcissists, now or ever. Certainly not to feel sorry for them, that’s something which they feel for us. They don’t need our concern for them (regardless of the impression they give) and we don’t need to give it to them.

                    We do however owe ourselves certain things, and I pay that debt of sorts (to myself) by trying to understand what goes on behind the facade of a narcissist. I’m doing it for myself, not for them. By understanding them and how they view themselves, others and the world, I make things clearer for myself. Answer old questions and figure stuff out as best as I can to move myself on and not get stuck repeating the old ad infinitum – or at least if it is repeated, I hope to level-up a bit.

                    The blame shifting is a classic for narcs, but it is also very real for them (as real as anything can be for them). For them it is everyone else’s fault why they are miserable, unsuccessful, unhappy, have a personality disorder which no one likes. It’s our fault they are the way that they are and our fault why they can’t fix it. It’s our fault for making a disorder out of their personality, their way of being, their order. And so on.

                    It helps to know how they think to adjust how we think about them, in as much as when we have to deal with them we know where they’re coming from and where they will probably always come from and to expect them to change, realise anything – such as that their view is just their view and not the law, and that we have a view too – is our folly, our fantasy, our ideal for them, which will makes us miserable.

                    Know thine enemy… figure out why they are that way. Then maybe your enemy will become a friend, an ally, in one form or another. If only in as much as your change of perspective frees you from being caught up in their drama, and you can detach and get on with your own story without them playing a starring role.

                    Something like that.

                    Trust yourself and go with the flow of you. 🙂

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  3. Smiles and thanks. I truly enjoy most of your essays. The astrology essays … I cringe. There are more than 7 billions people on the planet. Divide by 12, and you’ve got almost 600 millions people in each sun-sign. 600 million Capricorn sociopaths?! Not! Wrongo bongo. Sun-sign astrology was invented in the 1930s to sell newspapers; and Dane Rudhyar invented the ego-centered (narcissist?) astrology of the personality. A few statisticians have looked at birth charts for specific issues such as sociopathic behavior, and there is ZERO correlation with sun-sign. The subject makes for a great essay, and also makes for less than stellar astrology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._H._Naylor

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    1. That made me chuckle 😀

      If my astrology posts make you cringe, I hope you enjoy cringing, otherwise just ignore them as I’m not changing my style for anyone (been there, tried that loads of times, doesn’t work) 😉

      The – Capricorn sociopath – thing comes from my blog’s search stats (the search terms people use on search engines which may lead them to posts on this blog in their search results). It is the most popular search in my stats which includes Capricorn. Other search terms including Capricorn which have led people to my blog include – Capricorns suck, Capricorn narcissist, Capricorn can’t communicate, Capricorn silent treatment, why are Capricorns so mean, best way to piss off Capricorn, what to do when you’ve tried to reach out to a Capricorn, and so many more along those lines.

      Astrology is a language which isn’t necessarily expressing astrology at all, it is expressing something else, something very human. It’s not about the science, it’s about those using the science to say something. See the people, the human being, not the accessories, accoutrements, and what frames them.

      Thank you for sharing 🙂

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      1. Well spoken!! Exactly, exactly, exactly: remove the accoutrements, including labels like Capricorn and Scorpio, or sociopath and narcissist, and one may begin to accept, acknowledge, and even appreciate~admire all the flowers in the meadow, including ragweed and narcissus.
        Also, was asking you to change your style a part of comment? That issue is yours, not mine. I truly love the diversity~complexity~brilliance of your writing. Thank you, sincerely, for your originality (often shown as aspects between Uranus and the Ascendant, Vertex, and/or Polar Ascendant).

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        1. No issues included, this meadow flower was just adding flourishes. I did not think you were asking me to change my style, so no worries. I was just being me and going off on tangents (that’s why I added an 😉 after the comment). I’ve been playing video games with friends over the holiday… my style of play is a mess and gets my character killed off on a regular basis in combat scenarios, but in puzzle solving scenarios I excel. Ha!

          Happy this time of year season, best wishes to you and your loved ones!

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  4. I can identify w so much. Especially the vodka part :-). When we used to discuss money, my x would always ask me ‘why do you have need to know how it’s going to work out 25 years from now? ‘. And I used to respond ‘ I don’t have to get to the end of the road to know how a course of action will work out — I can see it and plan for it from here.

    It’s very interesting what you say about ‘time ‘. For the past few years I’ve heard a really loud clock ticking in my head.

    I attended a very tedious but necessary 8 hr seminar for work the other day and when I left all I kept think here’s 8 hrs of my life I’ll never get back again.

    I’m just consumed w whether I’ll have time to be happy or to achieve the things I want (like be fulfilled – or see certain places in the world – or find true love ). To me it’s always will there be enough time.

    I also believe there is nothing that costs so much as free advice

    Great blog. I am Gemini double capricorn

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    1. Thank you 🙂

      I’ve actually done the typical Capricorn thing of aging backwards. Not in a physical sense unfortunately 😉 however my body getting older is a bonus as it makes me more conscious of how I use my time. Mentally and emotionally I’m… going through puberty. I did not go through puberty as a teen, not properly anyone. People used to comment all the time in those days about how old I was for my years, which sounded like a compliment but actually I think it was pointing out a problem. I was too effing serious and intensely responsible. Now, I’m more relaxed (rather silly and very irresponsible), more comfortable in my own skin and with the mess inside and outside, living more in the here and now and not worrying about tomorrow (because I could be dead by then). So I look for things like happiness in the day to day, like actually waking up and still being a live, blogging, and things such as not putting up with stuff which I once would have forced myself to do.

      It’s very strange because I sometimes get shocked by my behaviour, my old serious self starts to fret that I’m being rude and stuff, but the way that others react is surprising. In some ways, the ruder I am, the more fun they seem to think that I am. By ‘rude’ I mean just being myself and saying exactly what I’m thinking and doing what I want to do (within reason and with consideration for others). Basically I’m just being me and that makes me more natural and relaxed which relaxes those around me and they can be themselves… and that dynamic creates a certain kind of happy which is enjoyable all around.

      It’s interesting what you said about free advice, there’s a very funny quote which says something like: Take my advice, I don’t use it anyway! – 😀 which is kind of what free advice is. I think sharing perspectives and our stories is better than advice, I mean how do we know what will work for someone else, we’re not them, they’re not us, we all have t figure things out for ourselves, however we can find tidbits of wisdom in the experiences of others which is the best kind of advice, the kind which comes from within.

      Gemini with Capricorn is a challenging combo. In astrology challenging combinations are often the ones which yield the best rewards within and without!

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  5. I beg to differ. If ANY sign is a sociopath, it’s Scorpio. And they’ll never tell you why they murdered and tortured all those people. In fact, they won’t even tell you their proper names or birth dates. When I actually was still doing astrology, I always knew I’d “hit” a Scorp when I asked if they would give me their birth date and they say “Why do you ask?” Okay, then.

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    1. Thank you for sharing 🙂

      What you said reminds me of something I read ages ago when I first became interested in astrology about figuring out someone’s Sun sign just by asking a person what Sun sign they were. A person’s reaction to the question could be indicative of their sign. I vaguely recall Capricorns being the ones most likely to say that astrology was BS, yet still know their sign and share it. Scorpios were the ones most likely to evade the question with something like – Why do you ask? – because they always question people’s motives, which isn’t always such a bad thing to do, but done too often it is really annoying as sometimes a question is exactly what it is and doesn’t have a hidden agenda. Scorpios aren’t so sure about that… I usually get along very well with Scorpios, many Capricorns do. We share some issues.

      The ‘sociopath’ connection to Capricorn comes from my blog’s search term stats. ‘Capricorn sociopath’ is quite high in the number of people who use that in a search and end up here because of it (oh, dear…). And there is one rather prominent blogger-astrologer who promotes this view of Capricorn (I think they had a bad experience with one and it’s coloured their view of the sign). I love their astro except for their bias against Cappies. But we all have our ‘bad’ experiences with others and if they correlate to a particular sign… then I guess it’s natural to make a negative link and then kind of stick with it. I have my own… I try to snap myself out of that and focus on the flip side, but sometimes… you know 😉

      What sign are you?

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