Capricorn Astronomically Speaking
It is inconspicuous, looks like a stealth bomber, has twenty-eight stars, doesn’t resemble a goat at all, can’t be located without identifying other star groups, and is positioned below the celestial equator! No wonder Capricorn is called the most mysterious constellation, astrologically. Capricorn can be found in the August and September evening sky. It sits between two bright stars: Altair, in the constellation Aquila (the Eagle), and Deneb, in the constellation Cygnus (the Swan, or Northern Cross). By joining Aquila’s three brightest stars in a line southward, the constellation of the Sea Goat, or Capricorn, can finally be located.
Esoteric and Mythic Context
The horned sea-goat Capricorn was named in the time of the Chaldeans and Babylonians. Their god, EA, represented in the figure of a goat with a fish tail, consulted with both gods and humans. Capri-cornus comes from the Latin caper, meaning “he-goat”, and cornu, meaning “horn”. The glyph for Capricorn is a goat’s head and horns with a fish’s tail. The Capricorn glyph is sometimes called the “signature of God.” Other symbols of Capricorn include the mountain goat, the crocodile, the alligator, the Greek god Pan (born with legs, horns, and the beard of a goat), and the unicorn. Each represents a specific level of spiritual development activated by the influence of Capricorn.