Why Is Capricorn So Underrated?

They know they're the best, but do you?

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Capricorns get a bad rap for being sticks-in-the mud. Their no-nonsense attitude and high intelligence can be misinterpreted as pretentiousness or rigidity.

Why are Capricorns so underrated?

Some even go so far as to say Capricorns are evil! They’re associated with the maniacal pagan god, Pan, or the Dark Lord Voldemort, but a couple of bad eggs can’t represent the whole Capricorn population.

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But the truth is that as a Cardinal Earth sign, Capricorns are high-achieving go-getters, who care deeply for their loved ones and do everything they can to uplift the people around them to their superb level.

While they use their stoic exterior to hold themselves together, it can be off-putting to the other signs. Capricorns are ruled by Saturn and symbolized by a creature that is half goat and half fish, so there is a natural duality to them. At first glance, you might see a stubborn goat, but if you look beneath the surface you’ll see the emotional tail fin.

Capricorns are great, so you need to take time to know them. Here are a few reasons why Capricorns are so underrated, per astrology:


Capricorns are leaders.

Because of their Cardinal modality, Capricorns are highly driven. They are the beginning of their season, so the Cardinal Capricorn is all about new ideas, starting new projects, and finding new ways to do things—as long as they came up with it of course.

Their Earth triplicity keeps them grounded in logic, so they find realistic solutions to problems. If you’re ever feeling lost, a Capricorn can be the perfect guide for you.

Capricorns are reliable.

Capricorns take their commitments very seriously. Sometimes you just want to shake them and say “Lighten up!” but you’ll be grateful when you’re in a pinch and a Capricorn is there for you.

They have a strong sense of duty which guarantees they’ll follow through with everything they do. Capricorns follow the rules they set for themselves and therefore always keep a promise. You can be sure everything will be okay if you have a Capricorn by your side.


Capricorns have high standards.

Sure, some could argue that a Capricorn’s standards are too high, but they just know how to judge quality. Capricorns want to make things beautiful and meaningful creating a holistic betterment for any subject.

Because they are perfectionists, and because nothing is ever perfect, Capricorns are constantly striving for better. They work to improve upon themselves and everyone and everything around them; just being in a Capricorn’s life will make you grow as a person.

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Capricorns are secretly hilarious.

You may need to get to know them and break down their walls a little before seeing their humor, but when you do your sides will split! Capricorn humor is dry, coy, and honest.


They observe things that most people overlook and can pinpoint the nuances that are perfect comedic material. They can make anything wittily funny with their carefully chosen words. Whoever says Capricorns aren’t funny are probably just the butt of their jokes.

Capricorns are resilient.

You may think that because Capricorns reach so high that when they fall, they fall hard, but that’s not the end all be all. Their innate drive in tandem with short-comings lights a fire in Capricorns to fix any mistakes and do even better the next time.

Capricorn’s knack for critical thinking and analysis will truly make them improve with each try. As Capricorn legend, John Legend says: “My head’s underwater, but I’m breathing fine.” In the face of adversity, we should all try to be more like the calm, cool, collected Capricorn.

Capricorns are engaging.

Capricorns care deeply about their endeavors and their people. If you prompt—or sometimes if you don’t prompt them—they will go into impassioned speeches about every detail of a subject.


Capricorn’s sincerity and expertise are contagious, it makes you want to know everything that they know. Maybe they’ll inspire you to do more research or help out with a cause. Capricorn would be proud if you do.

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Colleen Fogarty is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, news, love and relationship topics.