Mercury in Capricorn: What Does It Mean?

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Capricorn thinkers are keen observers of the real world, and less likely to be all virtual, all the time.

This Mercury makes people incredibly thorough, to the point of being tiresome.  If you present an idea, they flesh it out, give it substance.  That's a good thing often, but other times, it feels like a fresh thought sinks quickly to the bottom, shackled by the real world! 

The Capricorn Mentality

Those with Mercury in Capricorn engage with the physical world in a strong, purposeful way. Their minds are powerfully focused on the practical, nuts-and-bolts of life.

Each Mercury has different modes and elements, and for Capricorn, it's cardinal (initiating) and earthy (sense-oriented).  They have sensual, earthy minds. 

Their ability to perceive the tangible structures make them real achievers. This Mercury wants to be absorbed in thoughts that lead to a purpose, an end result.  Is this your Mercury sign?

Walking the Talk

Capricorn is a sign of palpable authority, and in Mercury, it lends weight to what this 'native' says. Here is the one that walks their talk, and speaks with confidence. After carefully considering an issue, this Mercury puts forth their opinion.

Some have a resonant or voice with bass tones, like James Earl Jones, with wisdom that's of this world, but has a timeless quality. Some with this Mercury use communication to throw their weight around and may be intimidating.

Mercury in Capricorn has the patience to stick with one subject and become an authority in their field. They are resourceful and discriminating, and channel their brainpower into just the activities and people that further their goals.

This Mercury isn't a fan of idle chit-chat.

They're communicators that favor self-control, and conversations that are directed toward a purpose. They come across as serious thinkers and may find it hard to mix and mingle.

Saturn's Eye

Saturn is the sober one, so this Mercury is one you want to make a dream real.  Mercury Capricorn might come off as negative, but that's only because they spot the weakness in an idea. 

During group brainstorming sessions for a project, they'll be the ones that point out the limitations. They like to see the steps to completion, in their mind, before taking on a goal.

This Mercury can get lost in pessimism, and have a hard time with intuitive leaps of faith. They want the net to appear before they jump.

They can get morose if life feels too heavy and full of obstacles.  If this is you, be sure to keep yourself inspired, with the light side of life, and friends that make you laugh at yourself. 

But being cardinal earth, their solution is to weave the net themselves

It's hard for a Capricorn-minded guy or gal to take orders.  They're natural authoritarians and make confident bosses.  This is the mind that has that trait of being able to delegate. 

The Capricorn Mercury is fascinated by the legacy of history and cultural traditions. They may be cautious in their thinking, but not necessarily averse to innovation. They're able to take new ideas and give them form, using an earthbound perspective that seems to reach into the distant past.

They're often driven to leave an enduring mark on the world. They strive to bring ideas into form through institutions, research, works of art, etc that are built to stand the test of time.

Mercury Capricorn Speaks

  • Charles Dickens:  (Capricorn with Mercury Capricorn):  "There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast."
  • Mel Gibson:  (Capricorn with Mercury Capricorn):  "I'm as vain as the next guy. I have a facade on right now. But you can't see it, because it's reality-based."
  • Dolly Parton (Capricorn with Mercury Capricorn):  "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one."

Quality and Element

Mercury Themes

  • Structured mind
  • Practical
  • Builder
  • Methodical
  • Weighty speaker
  • Confident
  • Authoritative
  • Focused
  • Commanding

Possible Challenges

pessimism, rigid-thinking, humorless, melancholic, overly serious, dismissive