Capricorn Decan 2Capricorn decan 2 is ruled by Mars. It patrols through the constellations of the Archer, the Harp, the Octans, the Peacock and the Eagle from January 1 – 10. This is undoubtedly the most authoritative decan of Capricorn. The heat of Mars makes it strong in command and extremely competitive. These subjects need to display their achievements and show off their strengths in quite an ostentatious manner. They do things grandly, but there is the risk of them having delusions of grandeur also. The centaur here really aims high, just like status seeking tropical Capricorn. The artists and musicians among them will have weakness for finely crafted furniture and will want the highest quality instruments to play on. Workmanship is of the utmost importance, for Capricorn decan 2 cannot stand cheap, plastic, mass-produced junk. If they can’t afford the solid oak dining table they really want, then they will just get through a lot of the cheap stuff. They tend to trash substandard items because they believe that it won’t be long until they can actually afford the high-spec version. Capricorn decan 2 believes they were made for greater things, so the “trash” doesn’t get treated with respect. That goes for people too… The worst offenders of this decan can be very bigoted and may even refer to the lower classes as plebs or worst still “savages”. They believe is their duty to civilise these unfortunate folk.

The trouble with Capricorn decan 2 is their state of mind if they never make it to the impossibly high grade that they aspire too. If these goats can’t be the very best, then they are really hard on themselves and others. Self-loathing and depression can take hold. If they express it outwardly then they will vent their anger and frustration on those they believe are holding them back from world domination. Dominating they are very good at however,  for Capricorn decan 2s have a powerful aura of authority and they make great headmasters and mistresses. Women here could make a career out of being a dominatrix, Mars is sex as well as war after all! But generally these folk keep themselves well covered up, they are not generally fickle or promiscuous, but they can be very serious about sex. Goats are horny little devils, but they are a bit all or nothing. These guys can go through very celibate times or very erm.. surprisingly slutty times. It’s as if they need a good Saturnalia every so often to let off steam then return to their more restrained self. The high vibration types will be fantastic, dependable rocks to lean on. They will organise your whole life for you and do all the boring, thankless, behind-the-scene tasks that no-one else wants to do. They have great stamina and will get on with things without making a fuss. Ok, they are not very good at sugar-coating, but if you want ruthless loyalty and honesty, you got it!

Barristers & Baritones In Artistic Domination

Capricorn Decan 2 kind of reminds me of the film Robocop and the sentence “Twenty Seconds To Comply”. They are pretty detached from those they hold authority over. If they are your teacher they wont get too pally with you, but they will make sure you get the work done. You might not like them very much at the time, but you will love them when you come out top of the class.  Capricorn decan 2 are quite fascinated with criminals and renegades. The more judgemental (but also insecure) among them, do well as judges and barristers since they quite like to lord-it over the poor unfortunate wretches in the dock. It makes them feel better about their own perceived failures. Very rarely however, some Capricorn decan 2 actually do become godfathers within their criminal community. They will be the ones giving the orders from their office for they don’t like to dirty their fine suits!  Others join the police force and become high-ranking officers. Some Capricorn decan 2’s are attracted to elitist clubs like the freemasons and certain exclusive golf clubs, etc etc. They like the security of being in a team and looking after their own, like the Mafia. This is all very patriarchal isn’t it, but what about the female goat-esses? They seem to be a pretty tough bunch. Eris’ discovery chart (Sun) is here, as is Elizabeth I (Ascendant) which explains a lot about this section of the zodiac. Maybe these elite gentlemen’s club are not so much about maleness, but more about the masculine/left brain principle. This is a safe, secure and straightforward place which does not get distracted by messy watery emotions, touchy-feely empathy or sex… That would get in the way of good business.

But we can’t ignore Vega, the artistic star, slap-bang in the middle of this decan. It’s sticking out like a sore thumb here. The only other star of Lyra in this decan is in the Vultures claws, which is more to do with family honor and blood ties than the arts. It seems that the only outlet to express feminine energy in this decan is through song or fancy uniforms, hence we get Elvis and his shaking pelvis, bedecked in those crazy peacock suits. Yes, only Capricorn decan 2 could get away with wearing those camp-as-tents outfits and still be considered manly. A line from a male stand-up comedian (who I cannot recall the name of unfortunately), also resonates well with this decan. He was basically joking about the differences between men and women. He went through a list of girlie things, and ended with; “Essential oils? …. they’re not essential.” He said it in such a dry deadpan way I’m sure he was a decan 2 goat. Everything in these subjects lives have to be functional. If something does have to be decorative, then it’s purpose will be to describe the high status of its owner, and not be purely for sensual or visual pleasure. So we are talking medals, uniforms that show rank, framed qualifications, cabinets showing off sports cups, and lastly (and most obviously) the expensive motor! A Harley Davison with lots of shiny chrome and extra-long pointy phallic exhausts is so very Capricorn decan 2.


Capricorn 12º 23’ ~ Nunki in the vane of the archers hand in Sagittarius 2.1*
Capricorn 13º 38’ ~ Ascella in the left armpit of the archer Sagittarius 2.7
Capricorn 14º 59’ ~ Manubrium in the archers face in Sagittarius 3.0
Capricorn 14º 37’ ~ Vega in Lyra the harp 0.3
Capricorn 16º 15’ ~ Albaldah in the back of the archers head of Sagittarius 3.0
Capricorn 16’ 38’ ~ Rukbat in the horses leg of the archer, Sagittarius 4.1
Capricorn 17º 20’ ~ Lambda Aquila in Aquilla the eagle 3.5
Capricorn 17’ 36’ ~ Delta Pavo in the peacock 3.6
Capricorn 18º 53’ ~ Sheliak in Lyra the harp 3.5
Capricorn 19º 41’ ~ Nu Octans in Hadleys Octans the navigation aid 3.7
Capricorn 19º 51’ ~ Dheneb in Aquilla the eagle 3.0

* Magnitude. Star positions for the year 2000.

Nunki “is an indicator of one who may be expected to be an authoritative orator on Sagittarius and Capricorn topics on business, state or foreign affairs, religion. Interest in long distance travel and in ships and airplanes.” [1] Both Nunki and Ascella are of the nature of Jupiter and Mercury. Ascella in particular though gives “good fortune and happiness.” While Nunki brings “truthfulness, optimism and a religious mind.”  Manubrium is part of the cluster in the Archer’s Face. This one is not so civilised or lucky, but it is brave and “Of the nature of the Sun and Mars. It causes blindness, explosions, fire, flaring heat, heroism, courage, and defiance.”  Dr Eric Morse stresses the fiery side also: “To find a major planet in a chart very precisely on Manubrium rather than its neighbours (which are very close in longitude) is likely to show up the more aggressive connotations of the constellation and sign here, we should often find less of the philosopher than the high-performance athlete or the high court judge. The military strategist is also likely to have this star strong. [2]

Vega “It gives beneficence, ideality, hopefulness, refinement and changeability, and makes its natives grave, sober, outwardly pretentious and usually lascivious.”  The Ebertins bring out the artistic side saying “In a good cosmic configuration, Vega is supposed to give artistic talents especially for music and acting, but also a liking for good living. With eccentric artists, this may lead to a debauched life. Tied up with Jupiter or Venus, Vega is said to pave the way to riches and fame. In connection with the Moon…a tendency for occult and mysticism may be given.”[3] When I studied Vega and Lyra in depth I found they were definitely associated with wealth and a tad of pretentiousness. It fits very well with the aspirational mountain-climbing goat. But tropical Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, so we get a doubling of the planet’s more severe and authoritarian side. It makes a great policeman. “If Rising: Can be trained in duties of court. Avengers of crimes and in charge of public courts and inquires. If Saturn is in any aspect with Vega when rising, the native will pursue this vocation with a fanaticism to the point of utilizing tortures and executions to stamp out what he considers evil.” [ 4]

Stars of Sagittarius in general “soften tigers, rid the lion of his fierceness, speak to the elephant… has lordship over beasts. And because it carries a shaft poised on drawn bow, it imparts strength to limb and keenness to the intellect, swiftness of movement, and an indefatigable spirit.”[5] Again this just emphasises the policing or civilisation of the errant criminal or savage!

LyraDelta Pavo is found in the peacock. The peacock is supposed to be vain, and loves to display itself. Robson says it also gives fame and a long life. Here, similar to Capricorn Decan 3, (where Peacock has a bigger influence) it is about the display of masculine power. Because this decan is ruled by Mars through, I think this version of display will be much more macho than dandy, and demonstrate the subject’s military or physical strength. Roman gladiators or centurions are a great example for decan 2. With the archer in this zone too, the peacock puffing-up of one’s body can be through armour in the sense of musculature too. With the Mars influence I think these folk would be extremely resilient, as if they were coated in Teflon. Nothing sticks to them for very long. As I said before armour can also be chunky cars and chrome-covered motorbikes.

Sheliak is another star in the Lyre, which in early depictions showed a harp nested in the breast of a vulture. Sheliak is found in the vulture’s claws. In nature the scavenger can be cleansing and purifying, but it also deals with the dirty jobs that no one wants to do. It has that vigilante feel to it. These are people who take the law into their own hands, the way that gangsters do. They are doing it for the “family” and protecting their own blood. In their mind it is honourable, never mind that someone else’s guts gets bust in the process. Since this decan is ruled by Mars, then this will bring out the vulture’s bloodlust in the later degrees of this decan. It will also enjoy a bit of torture, either giving or receiving. Punishment and teaching someone a lesson here is strong…

Lambda Aquilla and Dheneb in the Eagle Aquilla. In general this constellation is “a law unto himself, and rushes violently wherever his fancy takes him;….Yet, should perchance his aggressiveness be enlisted in a righteous cause, depravity will turn into virtue, and he will succeed in bringing wars to a conclusion and enriching his country with glorious triumphs….the Eagle does not wield, but supplies weapons “ Even though this decan is ruled by mars it suggests these folk are very rarely at the front line. These are generals and officers, and not your average foot soldiers. Dheneb is “Of the nature of Mars and Jupiter. It gives ability to command, liberality, success in war and beneficence.” and gives success in martial arts.

Nu Octans is little known star in Hadley’s Octan. I include it as it’s quite bright and there are two major stargazers in the celebrity list. It is the only notable star down at the South Pole. An Octans is an earlier version of a sextans which is an instrument to measure the altitude of a star. So this is a navigation aid. Octans derives from the number eight and is the musical octave. The figure 8 also symbolises eternity. There is something very durable about Capricorn decan 2. It doesn’t date and I think might represent ancient wisdom. This also could be someone who is a battle-scarred old soul, who has been through some tortuous times, but whose experiences can serve as a guide (or a warning) to the less worldly among us.


Sun: Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, Jeane Dixon, David Bowie, Donna Summer, Elvis Presley, Crystal Gayle, Henri Matisse, Andre Masson, Yves Tanguy, Carl Ludwig Rominger, Louis Braille, Eris Discovery, John Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon, Ian Brady, Linda Lovelace, Lyle Menendez, Jim Bakker, Marilyn Manson, Jimmy Page, Joan Baez, Mel Gibson, Nicholas Cage, Rowan Atkinson, Nigella Lawson, Victoria Principal, Taylor/Burton Davison Chart.

Moon: George Washington, General Ferdinand Foch, Charles II Of England, Colonel Adolf Eichmann, Prince Naruhito, Bali Bombing, Lee Harvey Oswald, Ronald & Reginald Kray, Ian Brady, Osho, Tammy Wynette, June Carter, Stevie Nicks, Shirley Manson, Peter Gabriel, Cher, Annie Lennox, Tracey Ullman, Liv Tyler, Mia Farrow, Dorothy Parker, Johnny Depp, Johnny Carson, Michael Elphick, Max Ernst, Edgar Degas, Houston/Brown Davison, Barrett/Browning Davison.

Ascendant: Elizabeth I of England, Jay Rockefeller, Edward Kennedy, Prince Harry, Napoleon IV of France, Napoleon III of France, John Edgar Hoover, Victoria Sackville-West, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Newman, Meg Ryan, Larry King, Roy Castle, Paul Weller, Derek Jarman, Buddy Holly, Bobby Brown, Isis Discovery, Arthur Koestler, Bill/ Hilary Clinton Davison, Taylor /Burton Davison.

1 & 2. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.95-96, p.96-97.
3 Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.75-76.
4 Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.12.
5 & 6 Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 4, p.241, p.341

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Author: Marina Macario

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  1. I live with a couple of these ones…brutal…especially being right brain dominant!!

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  2. my mom. she’s the equivalent of a “doozy” when it comes to authoritative/told-you-so/last-one-standing capricorn energy. relentless, easily disappointed w/ the perceived moral foibles of loved ones, somewhat eeyore complexed. her stellium of sun-chiron-mercury-venus-true node in the 5th. and the moon is conjunct her mercury as i type this.

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  3. Given that this group like both practicality & the best of the best… what kind of MATE do they find compelling? The practical behind the scenes utility wife – or a someone they can show off to colleagues and is all class????

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