by Maya del Mar
[Five heavenly bodies enter or pass
through Capricorn this January. Maya del Mar,
master astrologer and Daykeeper founder, penned
these words on Capricorn for her privately
published newsletter, THE MAYA REPORT, in 1990-1992.
Many thanks to Sue Taylor for making this
archive available. ed.]
“Build today, then,
strong and sure. With a firm and ample base;
And ascending and secure
Shall tomorrow find its place.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It is mid-November and I find it difficult
to write over the screams of agony of the wounded and dying rising
up around me from wars past, present, and future. Many of us are hearing those screams. It feels
almost more than the race, or the earth, can endure.
But Capricorn, the tough old mountain goat, endures.
Not only does he endure—she can do her thing on mountain slopes
too steep for others, and be at home in the rarified air of the heights.
In Sagittarius we pierced the heavens and found our star. Now, in
Capricorn, we must harness it and polish it and bring it to earth and
develop its worth for all to see.
To make it part of the world we must turn it into something useful.
And as we do that, we find out how many limits the world puts on us.
Those limits create the forms in which we work on our star to make
its light visible in the midst of darkness. Whatever trials and tribulations
are necessary to make others see and respect our special light we surmount
willingly, for we know how precious that light is.
Sagittarius, the seeker, found the star. And Capricorn, with utter
tenacity, takes responsibility for nurturing it through the cold dark
night of winter.
Capricorn knows what to do: you learn well the laws of matter and
bit by bit you bring the light of perfection into each cell until a
sparkling crystal is formed which, in its perfection, transmits the
light of divinity.
Capricorn centers on the family. From the family drives
Capricorn's connection with all social structures,
the church, business, the patriarchy, the
money system, authorities, institutions of
all kinds. Capricorn endures, it is a survivor,
and so it also rules old age. (And does well
with it.) It is rock-bottom reality, and it rules rocks, foundations,
the earth iteself—the
source of our security. Survival depends
on using things properly, and Capricorn deals
with efficiency, organization, and the wise
use of resources. It does not waste. Capricorn
builds well and thoroughly. It has the patience
to deal with limitations and the drive to go on until the goal is
The sign of Capricorn is known as the Gate of Initiation
because it is here that we finally accomplish
the slow building which fuses matter and
spirit. Capricorn is the builder, and it
is when the builder realizes that all true
foundations are spiritual that he/she has
built truly soundly. Capricorn can open our
vision, can allow that movement from the
material to the spiritual, which is what
our planet—and our lives—so desperately need
at this time. The goat, with nimble feet
negotiating rocky crags, always has the mountain
top in view, and it is at the top of the
mountain that we find the Divine.
It is WORK—and work that only we ourselves can do—to
painstakingly rebuild our character from the ground up and literally
infuse it with that polar star which we began to glimpse in Scorpio.
Martin Luther King, Jr. says it for Capricorn: “You don’t
need to go out this morning saying that Martin Luther King is a saint.
I want you to know this morning that I am a sinner like all of God’s
children, but I want to be a good man and I want to hear a voice saying
to me one day, ‘I take you in and I bless you because you tried.’” And,
as Ellen Goodman adds: When the time came and
much was demanded of him, he found the greatness within himself.
Capricorn is the winter solstice sign. It relates
to that time of year when life and growth have run their course
and the sun is at its lowest ebb of the year.
The warmer seasons' decorations have come and
gone, and only the bare bones of life are left,
the basic structure of nature. We learn then
what is survivable, and how to survive. And
just at that moment, when nature appears most
adverse, the sun swings around and begins it
upward course again. Life is renewed and reborn
and we celebrate Christmas. Christmas and other
solstice celebrations are Capricornian, when
the life that remains, that has passed through
the terrible survival tests, gathers together
in the spirit of love.
Leightman and Japiske:
“It is a time to ground out values, ideals and
plans. The concept of grounding is a subject of universal importance,
for we all need to learn to extract from the seemingly vague and
nebulous realms of the inner dimensions whatever is useful and practical
and give it focus as a dynamic force in our life. We need to translate
our good ideas into achievements and concretize our philosophy and
values into definite paths of action.
“In a very real sense, the universe has done
its job; the forces of the zodiac have created precisely the conditions
we need in order to ground our inner values and ideals and expand
the sphere of our effective responsibility. Now WE must act. No one
or no thing can thwart us, if we are determined to involve ourselves
more intelligently in the work at hand. Only our failure to act can
obstruct the forward progress which can be ours at this time.
“Let use therefore nurture the opportunities
and responsibilities which constitute the work at hand, and help
them flourish. This is not a time for sitting idly by, waiting for
someone else to take the initiative. It is a time for taking action.”
Woodrow Wilson, with sun in Capricorn, expressed this
impulse in a speech in 1909 when he said, “We must now stop
preaching sermons and come down to those applications which will
actually correct the abuses of our national life, without any more
fuss, and without any more rhetoric.”
Examples of the certain value of one’s own inner
light and the perseverance to make it shine are Joan of Arc, Simone
de Beauvoir, Patricia Neal, and Martin Luther King, Jr., all with
sun in Capricorn.
“I was born under the sign of Capricorn.
I accept fully the potentials, power and gifts
of my sign.
Like a growing crystal I initiate cosmic order.
I am enterprising, The Builder, The Organizer,
Who looks toward higher orders, greater justice,
Constantly building relationships, families,
Communities, and countries.
I climb the mountain of matter towards spirit.
The key for tapping into my deeper resources
Is the ever-increasing acceptance of myself,
Of who I am now, and what I wish to become….”
—Mary Orser and Richard Zarro
in Changing Your Destiny
more of Maya's writings
on Capricorn here.
del Mar, master astrologer and writer, founded
Daykeeper Journal Online in September of 2000.
She wrote monthly astrological features and
her Daily Success Guide until her sudden passing
in November 2006. We will from time to time
be publishing more of her work. Learn
more about Maya here; read Maya's Daykeeper
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