Capricorn ~ You are NOT the Devil

Today’s Moon in Capricorn discovery feels so right.

If you’re a Capricorn Sun, Moon, or anything else, and you’ve grown weary of seeing The Devil representing you in the tarot, take heart and get ready to have your spirits lifted.

A lightning bolt ran through my head this morning. Capricorn is NOT The Devil! That association always creeped me out and felt sooo wrong.

We’re all used to seeing Capricorn associated with The Devil and Saturn associated with The World. That’s just bass-ackwards. Throw out your books. Forget everything! The Devil is Saturn and Capricorn is The World. Maybe that lightning bolt struck you a long time ago and you’re wondering what took me so long to catch up. I don’t know…but I finally did.

Liz Greene offered a pun on my discovery as my eyes glanced the title of her book on my shelf, “Saturn, A New Look at an Old Devil.” Ye-ess, it certainly is a new look.

OK, Capricorns, are you feeling vindicated? You should.

The Devil ~ Saturn

Here’s that old Devil, chains and all. What a task master ~ just like the old demon Saturn. And just like we’ve been taught with Saturn, his reins are loose. He’ll do his best to whip us into shape, but we’re always free to go. Neferlyn Gray, a very gifted tarot reader and teacher, stressed that The Devil is a liar. Yes, he certainly is, but that old devil can’t lie to us anymore. We’re on to him.  He’ll tell us all kinds of stories to keep us bound by fear. And he’s been telling us a whopper ~ passing himself off as Capricorn. Here’s a bunch of Devils to study so you’ll recognize him when you see him.

The World ~ Capricorn

Now just take a look at this lovely lady, The New Capricorn. (Capricorn is a feminine sign, don’t forget.) That “ring pass not,” the laurel wreath, is still evocative of Saturn’s rings. Another tip from Neferlyn, “Increase your circle and increase your world.” Capricorn has a deep desire to increase their world. Great googley-moogley! Capricorn IS the world and very much concerned with worldly success. Cap usually attains a notable status by increasing their circle.

Here’s another depiction of The World from the tarot of Charles VI, dated 15th Century. She’s on top of the world, just like our favorite goat will climb as high as a goat can climb. I’m practically giddy. Am I nuts? What do you think?

The World ~ Tarot of Charles VI (Wikimedia)

29 thoughts on “Capricorn ~ You are NOT the Devil

  1. Kim says:

    Interesting article….I have my moon at 0 Cap in the 8th, but have a 3rd House Cancer sun, and then 4th House Mars/Ur in Cancer(conj Leo Jupiter). I’ve always liked my Cap moon as I feel it keeps me more practical and grounded when my emotions get the better of me. You actually can talk sense to this Cancer when she’s upset! It also allows me to “take care of business” when most of my personality is more subjective and artistic, dreamy. It’s my only earth planet, the highest planet in the chart….yet it’s my ruling planet being a Cancerian. Cap’s reserve and ability to know how to get things done helps me a lot too.

    • cjwright says:

      The Cancer/Cap requires a constant balancing act, but with the mutual reception they must work together quite well. Earth Moons do add groundedness to that ephemeral Moon. I think she appreciates earth’s ability to hold her steady.

  2. Jorge Torres says:

    Thank You CjWright !!!!

    Really Interesting relations between Tarot Planets and Signs !!!

    You Put a Coin in My Brain Great Point !!!

    I have no Planets in Cappy 6th House neither in Cancer 12th House but Now Pluto is entering 6th house really interesting and more interesting with the Square to Saturn and the square to Uranus and Hades just entering Cancer and when Planets touch Cancer points are making the T cardinal Square complete Wondering how to manage all this Great Energy to make something Interesting !!!

    “Just remember, the same as a spectacular Vogue magazine, remember that no matter how close you follow the jumps: Continued on page whatever. No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all. There’s that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should’ve been paying attention. Well, get used to that feeling. That’s how your whole life will feel some day. This is all practice. None of this matters. We’re just warming up.” Chuck Palahniuk !!!

    Blessings Everybody !!!

    • cjwright says:

      We’re all going through and learning so much these days, Jorge, and there’s more ahead. The current Merc Rx is offering us an opportunity to stop and think it over. That’s quite a quote, by the way. No, we probably won’t “experience it all,” but I’m okay with that. It leaves room for the mystery.

  3. Jorge Torres says:

    Thank You CjWright !!!

    Yes i like Mystery also !!!

    I like what You write because you mix many areas i mean Tarot, Astrology, Experience (a lot ), Insights, Wisdom, etc. also like how You say things it is like home made Astrology with the feeling of nature and universe inside !!!

    Blessings !!!

    • cjwright says:

      Jorge, that is one of the nicest compliments I have ever received.

      Gracias desde el fondo de mi corazón.

      (Thank you from the bottom of my heart.)

    • cjwright says:

      Wonderful! It does this ol’ Cancerian good to help understand family a little better. Now, if I only understood mine. 🙂

  4. Parin Stormlaughter says:

    Guess the exception proves the rule, eh? 🙂

    My late father was a Sun/Moon Cap, part of a 4-planet 2nd House stellium that includes Sag Venus and Mercury (2nd House Sag cusp). His Saturn was square Asc and opp MC. His 10th House holds his Virgo Neptune.

    He went from walking to town barefoot with cash money in his pockets to pay the household bills when he was 8, to delivering newspapers by bicycle when he was 10 to dying with…a lot more money than he started with.

    But MY WORD WHAT A OLD SEA-GOAT THAT MAN WAS. And proud of it, so I don’t mind sharing. 🙂

    He loved the image of a sea goat. He was a Navy radioman Korean War veteran. The best years of his life were when he was at sea.

    I’ve got a pretty high Saturn score on Donna Cunningham’s short test (Moon is the only planet where I score higher); however, had it not been for my father’s drilling us all and modeling how to “be” a Saturnine Capricorn, I would not have perfected what I consider to be my finest asset: I know how to practice. I know how to work, and work very hard.

    I owe it all to the Old Devil my sire. And I miss the old devil too, very, very much.

  5. Lindsey Cook says:

    Now you look at Celtic lore Catholic made the image of the Devil from the Horned God and he was the God of the hunt and of the woodland animals, So the image of the devil is just putting a bad turn on the Pagan religin. I beleave in the pagan art so god and the devil are not even in my beleafs system. I think to each to there own and whatever you want to go by but Pagan arts has always spoke to me 🙂

    • cjwright says:

      I have a large green man plaque on my porch overlooking my garden, Lindsey. (He wants me to be a much harder working gardener, btw.) Yes, the devil was “morphed,” so to speak, from all the horned gods and their symbolism is understood to be strictly negative by those who don’t know the history. Thanks for sharing that and bringing our attention to it.

  6. cathie says:

    Really interesting learning the tarot cards and astrology relationship. I have capricorn in my 2nd house (very frugal and don’t like to waste anything) with pluto getting ready to go in there. Funny with all that is going on in the skies right now how much I feel like I am learning and applying it to my life.

    • cjwright says:

      That means it’s working for you, Cathie. And during tough times like these, that’s saying a lot. Thanks for assuring us of the positive side of that transformational Plutonian energy.

  7. Sabina says:

    Hi CJ,
    Well, I am no astrologer but trying to understand more and more each day. You are always a help and love that you’re more upbeat than some!
    I am in a muddle these days with the transitting north node exactly conjunct my north node (which is conjunct my Mars) in the 4th. I am – like many of us right now – embarking upon a completely new life, but whither I haven’t the foggiest. (My Jupiter is conjunct Uranus in the 10th Cancer and soon to be trined by them in Pisces, I think.)
    I’m a double Virgo and hard work just what I do naturally.
    I have read another symbol for Caps is the dolphin, which I love. Oddly, I love the sea but not sailing out upon it too far – I like terra firma. But the happiest day of my life was spent photographing wild dolphins playing with humans – my face sore from smiling the whole time!
    Don’t like living in or near mountains either, but an acquaintance invited me indoor rock climbing and was astounded when I achieved an 80-foot summit, with no experience nor athletic background. It was great fun.
    Anyway, I think your New Capricorn is wonderful!

    • cjwright says:

      What a great story about the rock climbing, Sabina. If you’re a double Virgo, you don’t have to say another word about working hard, especially with that North Node in Cap leading the way.

  8. Tarot Mom says:

    Great Googley Moogley, you’re right! I have so often thought of this very same thing… I’m a Capricorn and I have thought, Gee, I relate to The World card so much better, and this Devil card just makes me feel.. dirty! So nice to see that others have made this connection too… after all, maybe in some cases the books are wrong! Maybe when “they” were deciding on planetary and astrological assignments for the cards, “They” were coming out of a bad relationship with a Capricorn? This is great for the personal introspection and re-view of personal structures that is coming with this Mercury Retrograde! And thanks for stopping by my blog! Your comment was appreciated, and it led me here to this lovely post! Thanks!

    • cjwright says:

      It is so nice to see that I’m not alone in my thoughts on this one. I’ll never look at these two cards in the same way again.

      You have a fantastic blog, Josephine. For the astro/tarot enthusiasts, do check out Tarot Mom. I’m sure you’ll love it.

  9. Anne says:

    As a Capricorn, I didn’t understand with connection to the Devil card, either. I was like, whatever!
    I do have to say that I like the Tarot of Charles VI. I’m not sure what I find so appealing. Maybe because they are from the 15th century?

    • cjwright says:

      Maybe it’s their age. I like this card because the painting is simple, not overly romanticized, and shows some good, clear symbolism.

  10. Moongirl says:

    I love that there are people out there thinking outside the “tarot box”. I have always thought that some where along the historical lines we lost or confused some information with tarot and astrology connections. Like Chiron rediscovered on November 1, 1977- to me relates to the card the Hermit and the astrological sign of Virgo. Thanks for this article.

  11. Tuta says:

    I have a Cap Moon in the 5th and it feels like a piece of ice inside. Even the happiest, most inspiring moments in my life are chilled by its presence. I just cannot completely relax and give way to emotions. The ice is always there. Thank you for hinting that it is a great liar. Maybe my fear of openness and trust is really groundless.

  12. Steven Saturnis says:

    My daily repulsion of friends, attraction of dark energy and liking for death metal has lead me to the astrologically grounded and proven conclusion that me being a Capricorn and the houses in which I reign are under the Devil. If you were in my shoes, you’d know. It’s not fun. There are Capricorns that are kissed and praised, but my stars prove not.

    • cj wright says:

      Hi, Steven. The words you use ~ repulsion, dark energy, death metal ~ are words that better describe the energies of Pluto and Scorpio. The thing that makes astrology so wonderful is that it shows us various ways to use the energy in our chart and proves to us that we can be who and what we want to be. Capricorns can lean toward depression. One of the wisest Caps I’ve ever known would say, “Whenever I feel myself getting blue, I get up and get busy.” Too many negative thoughts rolling through the mind are bad medicine for Cap.

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