The native with Capricorn Lagna (aka Ascendant or Rising Sign) has a life of activities and rewards that is based upon their previous karmas. Capricorn is the natural 10th house of the zodiac, the house of greatest activity as well as the most powerful house. But Capricorn is an even sign, meaning its nature is receptive, not initiative.
This is because Capricorn is receptive to the effects of the actions taken previously, and the accumulation of previous actions is the most powerful activating force there is. The native with Capricorn lagna has a sense of responsibility towards their actions that may cause them a lot of worry, attachment and suffering because they have a tendency to feel immediately responsible for something that is far more powerful than any momentary use of their will.
They will always fall short of their expectations and suffer from insecurities as long as they see themselves as the doer and responsible right now for what is. On the other hand if they are performing well, they may attach and identify with the results of their works and this may give rise to pride, but then the lagna lord Saturn will force them humbly to their knees. It is detachment from the fruits of their works that is their key to happiness. The fruits are not only the material rewards, but also the reward of what others think about them for their actions, and what the native thinks about themselves due to their actions.
The evolutionary goal is to develop the opposing qualities of Cancer. While being detached, the Capricorn native must feel, and be sensitive. They must learn to change as their needs and feelings require, and not just change to meet the needs of one’s duty. Most importantly they must learn how expectations that their inner needs be met by externals creates unhappiness, and that they must fulfill these needs within themselves. Partnerships will be with those much more overtly sensitive and emotional, or with those that bring the native’s feelings to their attention. Relationships very much serve to make them aware of their sensitivity and needs.
Capricorn Ascendant and Nature of House Lords
Sun as 8th Lord
The Sun is the Hinder Part of the Crocodile.
The Sun, as the 8th lord, indicates the working out of the Capricorn native’s previous karmas, the purification of their spirit, and developing detachment from that which they experience. The 8th house is said to represent the karmas of the previous life, the Sun ruling this house shows that the Capricorn native’s identity is particularly created by their previous karmas.
The Sun, due to ruling the 8th house of vulnerability, also indicates a vulnerable personality. Due to ruling the 8th house, the Sun is a temporal neutral; those karmas of the past that have created the identity may have been the result of more malefic or more benefic tendencies. As a natural malefic, the Sun may separate the native from those things it influences that the native is required to break free from.
Moon as 7th Lord
The Moon is the face of the Deer.
The Moon, as the 7th lord, indicates that for the Capricorn native, relationships are need-centered. Due to ruling the 7th house the Moon is a temporal neutral and other factors influencing the Moon will determine whether the native will be selfish in the pursuit of these needs or balanced in their pursuit. As a natural benefic, the bright Moon will give nurturing and growing qualities from, or with, a partner that will support the areas of life influenced by the Moon.
As a natural malefic, the dark Moon indicates a lack of growth to those areas it influences due to relationships and partnerships.
Mars as 4th and 11th Lord
Mars is the aggressiveness of the Crocodile.
Mars, as the 4th and 11th lord, represents the Capricorn native’s aggressive nature in gaining security. Mars especially inclines them to gain landed properties, which very much makes them feel secure in the world. Mars inclines them to fight for land, ancestry, honor, and titles. Due to ruling the 11th house, Mars becomes a powerful temporal malefic that will selfishly fight its way to security and perceived happiness.
As a natural malefic, Mars will create struggles and oppositions to their desires due to their aggressiveness, a well as emotional unhappiness due to their strong ideas of what they need in order to be happy, which may prevent them from enjoying what is given to them.
Mercury as 6th and 9th Lord
Mercury is the Goat’s fortune from carrying loads.
Mercury, as the 6th and 9th lord, and being the planet presided over by Vishnu, gives the Capricorn native for practicing karma yoga. The 6th house, being an upachaya, linked to the 9th house, indicates that the native’s fortune increase, through Mercury, as they fulfill their duties. Due to ruling the 9th house, Mercury is a temporal benefic whose intent it is to do its work in a lawful manner, and as a natural benefic, Mercury gives the gift of practical skills and wisdom with which to make their fortunes.
Jupiter as 3rd and 12th Lord
Jupiter is the meekness of the Deer.
Jupiter, as the 3rd and 12th lord, represents the Capricorn native’s meekness in pursuing the desires that are not security issues. Jupiter also represents those desires that are a source of loss and expense in one’s life, or the loss of those desires in order to generate spirituality in the native. Jupiter inclines the Capricorn native to undergo loss before seeking spiritually.
Due to the 3rd house lordship, Jupiter is a temporal malefic who has some egocentric desires, but its 12th house lordship causes these to come at a high price which brings Jupiter’s spiritualizing nature to the surface. As a natural benefic, Jupiter may give fulfillment for some time, but usually this is expensive or not lasting, since the 12th lord separates the native from those things it influences.
Venus as 5th and 10th Lord
Venus is the dignity of the goat.
Venus, as the 5th and 10th lord, gives a refined mentality that assists the Capricorn native in their career pursuits. Venus gives a dignity and intelligence with which to do good deeds with resulting status and success. Venus gives the activities in life that the native’s good deeds have merited, as well as the performance of good deeds through which the native is acquiring merit. The quality of Venus will indicate with what level of intelligence and understanding the native is operating under. Venus gives pride of position and dignity and ideally a career that the native loves and is proud of.
Due to the 5th house lordship, Venus becomes a temporal benefic, joined with the 10th house lordship Venus becomes a yogakaraka for the native, and as a natural benefic, Venus gives ease in accomplishment through diplomacy, and good decisions.
Saturn as 1st and 2nd Lord
Saturn is the Goat’s self-sufficiency.
Saturn, as the 1st and 2nd lord, gives the Capricorn native a personal attachment and identification with their resources and resourcefulness. This makes them very concerned with their material affairs and responsibilities, including their family. Saturn also creates a link between their diet and health. Saturn indicates some insecurity about their self-worth, and as a delaying factor, usually indicates some delay before the native finds their place in life and develops their resources.
Due to ruling the lagna, Saturn becomes a temporal benefic which places the native in their proper place. As a natural malefic, Saturn may separate the native from those areas it affects due to the native’s responsibilities that only they can look after.
**This ascendant portrait was taken from Kala Astrological Software created by Ernst & Srishti Wilhelm, and written by Ernst Wilhelm, my awesome Vedic Astrology teacher and mentor.