December 22nd to January 19th
Capricorn – The Goat
Capricorn the 10th house of the zodiac
Ruled by: Saturn
The sickle represents the female principle of the Goddess, the moon.
Amaltheia the goat nymph Goddess who reared Zeus when he was hidden from his father Chronos, Sabazius The barley God Chronos, The Greek Earth God of time, also represents the crow, which houses the old kings spirit at death.
Saturn Son of Uranus and Gaia also Rhea. Both are a representation of Mother earth.
Saturn’s month falls on the winter solstice where winter begins and rests ready for the spring and the renewal of the earth.
Saturn’s mythical parents are Uranus, and Gaia.
Uranus produced seven children by Mother earth Gaia, he was not impressed by his off-spring
and sent them to Tararos to be raised. Mother Gaia was not happy with this arrangement and gave Chronos a sickle with which to castrate his father.
Chronos after carrying out this deed, then threw the sickle into the sea, but drops of blood feel on to the earth, this then took seed, and this is what bore the avenging goddesses.
Chronos was told by a prophet that he would be over thrown by one of his children, so he swallowed them, apart from the last one, who was Zeus.
Rhea hid him on a secret island off the coast of Crete, where he was reared by a she goat.
Later Zeus rewarded her by placing her emblem in the sky.
The old king is portrayed as connecting to the sea where he makes love to his mother then dies only to be re-born as the new king so that a new order can then begin a new.
The old king then eats his children so as to protect himself, knowing full well that they may well rebel against him. As he him self had.
Capricorn represents the old and the new, youth and old.
Ruling Planet Saturn
There do not appear to be many mythical characters who directly exemplify the astrological qualities of Saturn.
In Roman mythology there is a god named Saturn, who was a god of agriculture, and who brought prosperity and good harvests. The god Saturn worked long hours in his vineyards. He had once been a king but was driven from this high position by the god Jupiter. Jupiter was the Roman version of the Greek god Zeus.
In Roman times, the greatest holiday season was Saturnalia, a 7 day feast and celebration beginning around December 18. Celebration and festivities are not, however, qualities that astrologers associate with Saturn. The planet Saturn’s astrological influence is quite the contrary, to strip away and focus on the essentials.
The planet Saturn prefers simplicity and is serious rather than inclined to revelry and indulgence. However, one can argue that it is hard work, discipline, ease, and attention to one’s responsibilities that are the essential ingredients that make prosperity, fulfillment, and success possible.
The god Saturn did work patiently and humbly in the fields. He did not have the glory of a king, but his patient and humble efforts helped serve the real needs of people – these are excellent representations of the planet Saturn’s astrological influence.
The Roman god Saturn is strongly influenced by the Greek mythological character Cronus. The word Cronus is related to “chronos” which means time. Saturn, astrologically, is the “keeper of time”, and brings maturity, wisdom, and simplicity to people over time. Cronus was a titan, a race of giants that lived before the advent of the pantheon of Gods on Mount Olympus headed by Zeus.