Moon in Capricorn, Builder of society

Capricorn is Makar in Sanskrit. Makar is a massive sea animal of the deep oceans, maybe mythological or extinct, it is also considered to be a dolphin in modern times. Either way Makar is a very auspicious animal, if you are born with your birth Moon in Capricorn sign you are a formidable personality.

Moon is the ‘created you’ in every way possible. In Capricorn he builds a ‘you’, best suited to the society you live in. He grants you energy to dominate the society if you so wish. In this Moon placement, the focus is on the most material things, work, profession, career, money, salary, social reputation and social mobility. If the society survives you also survive, so you are focussed on the building, preservation and protection of the social structure.

Capricorn is an earthy sign ie it is a Vaishya. The Vaishyas are people who create movement. Trade is nothing but a movement of goods and money. A fair price is sought and paid so that the system remains balanced. A true trader never tries to exploit, neither his source not his customer. This sign is moveable/ chara. This means that energies associated here are always in motion, in change. It is Tamasic by nature, ie its energies are dense, enveloping but still. But once moved out of their stillness, these Tamasic energies are very powerful, like the jaggernaut, unstoppable. Then the sign is considered to be of the ‘vaat’ nature, it causes movement. So Capricorn is a potent mix of the still and the moveable. This sign when occupied by the Moon enters repetitive cycles of growth and consolidation which allow sustained and eternal growth. It is one of the three signs of natural Arth trikon, it signifies the things which being meaning to life.

Capricorn are the hardest workers. They feel emotionally comforted when they create and support society. This is a patriotic, conservative, conventional, law-abiding and yes, an ‘emotional’ citizen. You offer your emotions, your entire existence, ie your Moon to the society you live in. In return you expect the society to honor you, raise you and respect you. And this actually does happen. Saturn the ruler of Capricorn is the fairest and strictest teacher. If you have worked sincerely, he does bestow his appreciation.


So if you are a Moon in Capricorn you are a builder of nations.

You are not classically beautiful, you are built for endurance. The body frame is slender, typical with prominent bones, eg a defined jawline, long arms and legs, you might be taller than average. Ambitious, you are focussed on your profession/ business. You always seem and are mature for your age. Rules are important to you, so is discipline, you tend to follow a step-wise plan to success. You rise slowly but steadily. Especially after middle-age you tend to accumulate wealth and are financially comfortable in your old age. Very aware of your balance-sheet, you know exactly how much you earn/spend. A level headed businessman who keeps track of every rupee. You do not spend unnecessarily. (Your friends can think you are being stingy!) You never borrow/ lend money, and your investments are all carefully researched and always profitable. You are aware about your obligations and generally try to fulfil them.

The voice is not very pleasing and you tend to argue. Not witty but ponderous. Confident, you openly show your likes/dislikes and opinions. You come across as humourless, boring, pedantic, stiff and irritating. The reason behind this is that cannot convey passion in your voice. When one is deeply convinced about something, the general expectation is that there should be passion or logic or an emotional link with it. You cannot display this link so your expression grates. But you are fond of music, if trained you can sing or play an instrument. So the next time you listen to someone sing, do try to understand how emotions are expressed. If you can bring emotions into your communication, you will be even more successful.

You should be careful of what you speak/do when working in a group/team. Cooperating with others is essential at times, this is professional behaviour, so do try. Younger siblings, extended family, extended neighbourhood can be a source of conflict. Be careful if you speculate on the stock market or gamble. In your childhood, there must have been undercurrents of animosity between your mother and father at some level. Examine the individual horoscope for more on this, in case there are impressions which spill over in adult-hood.

Religion is an out-of-syllabus topic for Capricorn-Moon. You are so materially focused that you are not very involved in religion, metaphysics, philosophy, occult, spiritual etc. You identify with your birth father completely and have deep conflicts with the spiritual father. You might profess to belong to the religion your family/ society follows but at heart you do not believe in it. Neither do you believe in astrology or divination. You believe only in those things which you see with your eyes and touch with your hands.


The karmic partner of this sign is Cancer, Moon’s own sign. You are quite practical and methodical so do read on what Cancer really signifies (I have written a lot about Cancer and the Moon). Cancer is your mirror, if you can bring some of its qualities in your life it will be help you balance. Moon always allows the other planets to influence him ie allows them to use his energies. To make use of this placement you have to understand what the Moon really is. There is a misconception that Moon is all about emotions, it is not true. Moon is all your resources, all your experiences that you have gained in all your past lives. He is formidable.

Then your marriage (or love affairs) are strange mixture of passion and practicality. There is often a significant age gap between you and your spouse. The spouse is more delicate in health and largely a homemaker. She is not too concerned about social status or public visibility either and expects you to protect her. She is also quite patriotic and socially aware, so there are no conflicts here. But you might create issues by being miserly at home. If she likes buying pretty things and decorating the house, let her do it. It is her domain. Children are few and you are interested in caring for them.

Karma is the actions from your past which require re-balancing now. In this life you have chosen to resolve the karma which you owe to numerous people in huge chunks. eg a King owes to his subjects, so when he rules he serves each one of his subjects by providing for each one of them. You will get heavy responsibilities in life and you are equipped to perform them. At whatever level you work, you will be successful in time. Your profession will involve people, structures, government, large organisations, people’s movements, managing large diffuse groups etc. Your actions are going to affect several. If you ever feel over-worked do remember this and feel satisfied that you are working off a huge karmic load. In extreme cases, this sign can go to any extent for money and social recognition. (That background of abstract fear!). But before doing so, remember that Capricorn is ruled by Saturn himself. If you go against your conscience, you will suffer badly.

As a child you were not very strong with more than normal child-hood diseases affecting you. In adult-hood, diseases of the bones, body-frame, teeth and nerves are possible. Take special care of your knees. However whatever the problem is, you endure. Longevity is very good. Heart problems are possible in later life. Avoid eating cold foods and protect your body from the cold, this will ensure better health for a life-time. There is a hidden fear in the mind, but because you are so practical and pragmatic no one, not even you, believe that you can be afraid. But Moon associated with the Saturn in any way, creates a background of abstract fear. Do sit down sometime and try to think/ feel about this factor, if you can resolve this you will be more balanced.

Your deepest emotional need is satisfied by a regular routine. If you are a Capricorn-Moon, you must understand that orderly normal behaviour and social comfort brings you internal security, you dislike eccentricity. If your loved one is such a Moon then do not expect too much excitement, never embarrass them in public or tease them in private, they are rather humourless. If your friends are Capricorn-Moons never borrow/lend them money and listen to their opinions if you want a completely realistic dose of ‘life’. If your boss is such, you can depend on him, but be ready to work hard and submit that project in time!


Capricorn is composed of the three Nakshatra, Uttara-ashadha, Shravan and Dhanishta. The same three planets rule over the three Nakshatras in all the earthy signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

  • Uttara-ashadha is ruled by the Sun. You are a visionary leader, confident and convinced about your ideas and philosophy. If you take someone as a protege you will be a good peer/patron. Politically oriented thought process you desire to shine in society.
  • Shravan belongs to the Moon. Soft power. Here you are more involved in the nurturing aspect of structure. You desire to create security for the society, keep it safe. You work to ensure that the society remains in linked to its traditional and cultural mores. You might be an actual builder of homes by profession!
  • Dhanishta belongs to Mars. You are aggressive and dynamic but systematic about it. No rush of adrenalin here, but a step-wise plan to dominate. Your primary orientation is to protect your work from outside dangers. Alert to changes and decisive about taking action.

The Vimshottari Moon Mahadasha and also the sub-periods of the Moon in other planet’s Mahadasha-s are very fruitful periods.

  • For Uttara-ashadha-born the Moon mahadasha will come in your childhood, you will be building your body mainly during this period. This nakshatra falls partly in Sagittarius and partly in Capricorn. Be careful in the Sun sub periods in other planets Mahadasha-s, there will be upheaval caused by others’ and your egos during this time. If your child is Capricorn Uttara-ashadha-Moon born, you should take special care of him as a baby. He will be born in the Sun Mahadasha. Sun and Saturn do not get along at all, and this Mahadasha can trigger illness in the baby.
  • For Shravan-borns you will be born in the Moon Mahadasha. This period will be intensive in ‘building’. You will be building your body and your chakra-system during this time.
  • (And for the Dhanishtha-born, the Moon Mahadasha will come at the very end of life if you live to be exceptionally old! Most likely you will not experience it.)

In Capricorn, the infinite energy of the Moon is constricted, restricted, allocated by Saturn. He allows you only that much which you can realistically use. You are taught efficiency and effectiveness here. Moon does find this a bit difficult as his natural tendency is to spread out and shine. Here he is forced to focus, not on himself but on the faceless society. He who is fluidity himself is now required to use his energy to regulate the fluid amorphous society. This is perhaps the greatest building effort to bind fluidity by fluidity. The Moon who is always so personal now binds the society in a fabric of his making. Saturn provides the perfect environment  for this nation-building process in Capricorn.

Civilisation evolves by a mix of tradition and progress in cycles which repeat endlessly. This is Moon in Capricorn.



Arth Trikon of the horoscope

The 12 houses of the horoscope are divided into the Dharma Trikon, houses 1, 5 and 9. The Arth Trikon houses 2, 6 and 10. The Kama Trikon houses 3, 7 and 11 and the Moksh Trikon houses 4, 8 and 12.

The finances of a chart can be accurately predicted using the Arth Trikon, the Triangle of Finances. These are the houses number 2, 6 and 10 counted from the ascendant. These houses will give the physical environments and tangible effects related to making money and earning your income. If you count these same 2, 6, and 10 from your birth moon sign they will provide an indicator on how you feel about your finances, your perceptions about money and the means of earning wealth. And your divisional chart 9/Navamsha will indicate the potential and the astral expectations regarding finance.

Arth is a Sanskrit word thus has several meanings including – true sense, objects of desire, concerns and senses. So though we consider the Arth trikon in the narrow sense of finances it includes all your significant possessions.

At the deepest levels these 3 houses are the places where you search for the real meaning of your existence.

The Second House

The 2rd house from the ascendant is the house of family resources. Kutumbh/family and Dhana/wealth is the 2nd house. The natural ruler of this house is Venus, as Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac. Venus is the Lord of Treasuries and Sensual Pleasures here. Food, drink, speech, beauty, songs and stories are in his domain. Time spent with your family and friends. Your memory, knowledge and flair for business is seen from here.

You search for the meaning of your life in the treasures you collect, the fun times you spend.

This is the first interaction that you have with wealth and its role. Do you have access to your family’s treasury, its assets and warehouses? Your position in your extended family and neighbourhoods is naturally dependent on your family’s financial status. Here you are taught how to make money, conserve it, multiply it and also to spend it. Accounting, balance sheets, banking and inventories. All sorts of moveable assets, monies and material, are governed by this house. Often this is the seed capital on which you start your own local small business.

An analysis of this house tells a lot. Several families contribute their assets and resources to create a common land of comfort and security. Local trades and interactions of brotherhood create an emotional bonding. These then in turn contribute to even more increase in the wealth of the family treasuries. If this house is strong, you are very comfortable exhibiting your assets, intelligence, genius, creativity and luck. However there is a very real possibility that the wealth and beauty of the 2nd can create a sense of servitude, and you may get trapped in these external objects. These also have the potential to create debts and enemies.

Equitable partnerships are not considered very highly by this house because you are the hoarder, the collector here. Here the desired partner is the one who can increase and transform your treasures dramatically, often in secret. The theories and philosophies of humanities and your peer groups and patrons have the potential to transform you, but you are wary of them. Rather you look on your father figures as persons who make you work. A strong 2nd grants a deep understanding of the social hierarchies and organisational theories with the core professional competence being in trade and acquisitions. You befriends those who are outside the mainstream, travellers, ascetics and energy-workers who can be of benefit.

And the strangest, the personality itself consumes the resources of the 2nd house. You use the hoarded treasuries indicated by the 2nd house to boost yourself in your society.

Arth Trikon of the horoscope

The Sixth house 

This is the house of turmoil, dushamsthana. Some consider the 8th or 12th houses to be the worst, my opinion is the 6th is the house where you have the worst experiences of slavery, servitude, debts, diseases and enemies. So how does this relates to your ‘significant possessions’? Simple, this house is where you add to them or even lose them! But the problem is that you may be the doctor or the patient, still you have to be in the depressing environment of the hospital. Serve or suffer.

You search for the meaning of your life in being of service to others. Mercury the natural ruler of the 6th house of the zodiac, Virgo, exerts his influence.

So this house is where you can use the assets given to you in the 2nd creatively and generate wealth for yourself. The environment where you do this may not be very lively but if your 2nd and 6th are both strong you will focus on the wealth generation aspect exclusively. This house profits when there are losses in partnerships and balance in environments of secrecy, catastrophic changes and unforeseeable changes. However here stability is provided in philosophy and in the company of peers, patrons and father figures.

Choose the profession where you can use the energies of this house creatively and gainfully. A overly strong 6th however will reduce your friends and like minded groups. Working too hard I guess, gives no time for speculation and also you wont be able to explore multiple sources for income. You partner best with those who are facing losses on their personality and physical existence. Naturally if you are a doctor your partner from who you gain is the patient! The energies of this house reduce the personality and often you are a faceless cog in the scheme of things. Or on the other hand if your 1st house is also strong enough you can be well-known as a prominent lawyer, doctor or a human rights activist.

The Tenth house

The natural 10th house is Capricorn ruled by Saturn. Here you use the energies of your 6th house creatively to create for yourself social position, social mobility, a profession and a regular income too.

You try to find the real meaning of your life in image you create for yourself in the society and the work you do for the public.

This hard work you put in this house is amply rewarded and you gain financially, materially, spiritually, socially etc, as your interactions with wider groups increase. Your interest in trade/speculation, business-like activities, interactions with your extended family will reduce. The hard work you put in will give comforts and security for your own self. Your personal family will also enjoy the fruits of your labour. As you grow older, you will be more able to balance your professional life and home life.

However working in the defined environment of your profession with an eye out for social acceptability will adversely affect your link to your internal higher self and sources of divine intelligence. Doing good work in the 10th, you will be able to provide support and stability to people who are suffering. A strong 10th house increases reliance on rules, hard work and slow/steady progress.

Arth Trikon of the horoscope

The trikons are the 5-9 linkages of each other. They represent the creative expressions and deepest philosophies of each other.

  • The 6th is the creative expression of the 2nd, the 10th is the creative expression of the 6th and the 2nd is again the creative expression of the 10th.
  • The 10th is counted 9th from the 2st, the 6th is counted 9th from the 10th and the 2nd is counted 9th from the 6th. Thus they are the foundations of each other.

In horoscope analysis this 5-9 axis is very important. For analysing every house do take into account the placement 5th and 9th from it. This will tell you how the potential assets of that house are converted into visible creative expressions. These visible actions are then again analysed with newer ways of thinking and converted to deep philosophies. i.e. The foundations of the visible existence. This 5-9 cycle is the cycle of evolution of the chart.


Determining the Profession astrologically

Astrology is often used for profession related questions. The 10th house is the house of profession or the Karmasthan. This house is the Zenith, the highest point, and represents the self-respect, honour and pride that you receive from others and also from your own self. It is your power to take action, marital action, your aggression directed to a purpose, ‘manliness!’, the Kshatriya-Kendra.The predominant guna/quality here is Rajoguna, the energy which pulls you towards the objects of desire in this universe and you act for acquiring these objects.

Determining the Profession astrologically

The 10th house defines your profession in a broad sense. And there are some more factors. What motivates you to take up a profession? You do a job because you like it, you want to do it, maybe you have no other option, you are forced to!, you wish to earn a livelihood etc. Then, will you get the honor and wealth you desire. And are you comfortable with your job. Finally at what level will you work? A clerk or the top boss? Will you do your job diligently and sincerely?

So, when you get a question related to profession, there are a few things you should check out,

  1. The power of your ascendant sign and its planetary lord. Can they give to give positive results? The aspects and planetsinfluencing them. The first house is your body and your environment and the lord of the 1st is the suitability of your body to your environment and likewise.
  2. Then the Moon, the mind and the lens of perception. How comfortable is he and what is his power for giving results. Will you experience happiness and security in your life, the Moon will decide.
  3. The Sun, will decide if you get authority. Will your word be respected? What dignity will you receive in the professional field, is the Sun’s domain.
  4. Then benefic planets should occupy the 1st, 4th, 5th 7th, 9th and 10th(Kendra and Kona) houses as far as possible. Or at least have benefic aspects on these houses.
  5. Malefics are best placed in the 3rd, 6th and the 11th houses, but they should receive aspects from the benefic planets, so that they are restrained from creating conflicts.
  6. It is important that the benefics be more powerful than the malefics. Check out the role of the Yogkarak planets, do they elevate the horoscope?
  7. Now the 9th house and its owner must be strong, well-aspected and comfortable.
  8. The 10th house and also its owner of the 10th house are important as 10th is the actual house of the profession. Find out which planets are occupying the 10th house or if it is empty then who all are aspecting it. If no planet aspects the 10th, then analyse the owner of the 10th house.
  9. If there is a connection between the lords of the 1st, 9th and 10th it will give very high professional success with power and prestige.
  10. A connection between the lords of the 2nd and 11th houses will give excellent results in terms of gains and wealth creation.
  11. If there is a link between the lords of the 4th and 5th, it will grant stability, comfort, security and asset creation linked with creativity and intelligence.
  12. You might think that by now, you have gone through the entire chart. But you cannot examine a house in isolation. There are always patterns. You are examining the entire personality and are required to take a holistic view. E.g. You might see that your client may make good money from a profession but this may adversely impact his health, so you might advise him against taking up this particular profession.

Determining the Profession astrologically

That was the basic analysis now let’s check out the professions linked to the planets. See the planets linked to the 10th house.

Sun– Politics and subjects related to governance, diplomacy, arbitration etc and the associated leadership roles. Grants knowledge of varied subjects. Also subjects linked to vitality, e.g. medicine. Also gold, jewellery. Meditation and mind control. Music especially playing the instruments. Agriculture and animal husbandry. A well placed Sun is essential for overall success in every professional field.

Moon – All things connected with Food and Dairy. Food processing, agriculture, hotels, food linked occupations. Mind related subjects like psychology. Also happiness related things, maybe a stand-up artist, illustrator, poet etc. Being popular and famous in an approachable manner is Moon’s job. Everything related to water, sailing, ships, pearls, fishery etc. Professions linked to children and care-giving, like nursing, creches, social service etc. Meditation and spirituality linked occupations. Designing buildings and vehicles and all the subjects which require imagination.

Mercury – He is communication and speech in all forms. Analysing and maintaining databases is his forte. Media, electronic and print, journalism, reporting, posts, film making. Painter, artist, sculptor, etc. Writing books, library science, knowledge of linguistics, literature, accounts and finance. Stock markets and finance, brokers. Languages and interpretation, driving mass perception using the apt words. Trade and communication, business acumen. Mental agility, how fast can you learn a subject and how well can you express your thoughts.

Venus – beauty and balance. He is the Daitya-Guru thus will grant the same knowledge of the divine, Veds and the other scriptures. Is also linked to practical stuff like, beauty products, perfumes, designer stuff, fashion, arts of classical beauty, eye for detail, HRD, management and soft skills, he can become a politician too. People management and also education, teaching young students, counselling. All the skills needed for living a comfortable life on the aesthetic levels, interior designing, landscaping and stuff. Languages, authors, a fair critic. A lawyer.

Mars – He is the fiery planet of action. Thus technical ‘fiery’ stuff requiring raw power and logic. Engineering, military, metallurgy, arms and anything to do with complicated machinery. He understands how to logically reduce such tasks to their units and perform them. Is capable of taking dispassionate and cruel decisions. He understands power of materials and men and can use them effectively. Building and constructions are also linked to him. In depth knowledge of technical subjects, e.g a Mars+Jupiter will give you an excellect astrologer!

Jupiter – He is the Dev-Guru, thus teaches divine languages, Sanskrit, and knowledge of Ved, Vedang including astrology and other scriptures. Finance, humanitarian subjects, philosophy, teacher in Universities or an actual religious guru. He rules the power of discrimination, thus gives the ability to pick out important information, such a person can be a strategist at the highest levels in which ever field, from military to administration. Consultants, counsellors, scientists, etc who require high levels of in-depth knowledge coupled with discrimination. He shows the right path thus all the ‘guiding’ professions are linked to him.

Determining the Profession astrologically

Saturn – Traditional studies and knowledge from your home culture and religion, is very orthodox, resistant to change. Saturn teaches via punishment thus is hard-core philosophy. He rules all the metals and minerals extracted from the earth. All fuels, oil, coal, petrol, and their mining. He cleans up, thus all professions which clean up i.e. drainage system, plumbing, garbage collection etc. All jobs involving hard or heavy labour or those which work with their hands. Agriculture, carpentry, blacksmith, artisans, mechanics, handicrafts, factories etc. Saturn is also very cold, thus jobs related to the cold, freezers, cold storage, ice manufacturing etc are linked to him.

Rahu – Really big machines, bombs, spies and terrorists, or a mathematician who studies abstract theory and gives no practical applications. A thief or a crime lord, a drug lord, a cheat. Rahu signifies crime in every form. Can handle poisons, dangerous chemicals, rare medicines. Does research. Has knowledge on imports (not exports), secret and occult societies, working with animal carcasses like leather. Mining and minerals extracted from below the ground, the technology and the machinery.

Ketu – A cheat who plays smoke and mirrors and vanishes. However, can also indicate a master workman working with precision machinery e.g watches. Can be a mathematician, statistician or even an astrologer especially if he is placed in the 5th house or associated with the ascendant lord or sign. And finally allows one to ‘pretend’, so can be an excellent spy or a terrorist. He can give gains through exports, spiritualism, animal trading, and dealer in bones, animal carcasses etc.

So look in to your chart and find out what is your inner self wanting to work as!


Determining the Profession astrologically