7 Brutal Truths About Loving a Capricorn (As Written By One)

The good, the bad, the CAPRICORN.

Astrology might not be the most sciencey science around, but I identify perfectly with my sign’s ruling planet — I have the Saturn tattoo to prove it — and my goat spirit animal. If you love a Capricorn, here’s how to go the distance with an ambitious, loyal, persistent and methodical someone who’s always got her eye on the prize — in this case, you!

1. We are goal-oriented.

Goats keep our eyes on the prize. Whether it’s a tin can or a corner office, we’ve got plans and dreams and the drive to make them come true. We may be running around doing a million and one things, but trust us: there is a method to the madness. Plus we tend to like company, so if you can stick around for the pay-off, you’ll be well-rewarded. The good news? We are relentless in pursuit of what we want, and if you’re on that list, you’ll know it.

2. We have high standards.

I’m not talking about tropical vacations and big old diamonds — although yes, some of us like stuff — but it’s important that our partners dig integrity, accomplishment, and living a good life as much as we do. No matter the size of your paycheck, whatever your (intelligent, ambitious, cool) thing is, we like you to have it going on, too. We need something interesting to talk to you about when we finally stop working.

3. We work like crazy.

Speaking of work, it’s a Capricorn obsession of sorts. Blame it on the Earth sign need for stability, or that we were born in winter when it’s a bit of a challenge to survive, but Capricorns are among the hardest workers of the zodiac. When it’s time for most normal people to unplug, we might just be getting started, or sparked by a new idea. We know it’s a drag, but the people who love us the best respect our hard-working natures, and help us remember to play, too. We know we need it, we just don’t always care — or know how to stop.

4. We are honest, sometimes to a fault.

One of the perks of dating a Capricorn is that you will generally always hear the truth. One of the challenges of dating a Capricorn? Same. We can also spot a faker a mile away, so bring your honesty A-game, and save us both some time. As much as we want to let you be you, our honesty obsession isn’t always a crowd pleaser. One ex-boyfriend termed me the "Joy-Killer" when I brought up car repair bills in the guitar store where he had his eye on a fancy amp. When he needed me to pick him up for work the very next day when his car wouldn’t start? I don’t remember if I said I told him so. I’m kinder and gentler now. Mostly.  

5. We’re really competitive.

Capricorn’s competitive nature, along with our intellectual power, can make us great teammates and scary competitors. It’s safer if we’re on your side, win or lose, put it that way. So before you challenge us to Scrabble or suggest we pick opposite teams at game night, make sure your heart, your pride, and the relationship can take it. Make sure you have us in the stands if you’re competing on your own, though. No one will have a more vocal, or committed, cheering section than you do. And isn’t that what everyone needs the most? (Hint: We like that, too. Solidarity is sexy.)

6. We are committed to our people.

Earth signs are reliable and loyal, so our tribe matters to us. If our best friend has a newly broken heart, we show up with wine and ice cream. We’re at the family picnic and our nephew’s tee-ball game. Sometimes our commitments to friends and family can come before hanging out with you, so it helps if you're an independent spirit who appreciates our loyalty to all of the people we care about – including you, when it’s your turn, as it often is. And if you’re invited to hang out with our crew? You’re in. Extra points for helping us clean up.

7. We are committed to you.

The Capricorn may not date around (it takes time away from work, you know) and we absolutely take our time to commit but once we’ve decided you’re worth it, you really must be. We are sensitive souls underneath it all, so if we’ve shown you our hearts, know they come with iron-clad loyalty and a valued spot on our team. We’ll love it — and know it — if you’re loyal right back.


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