Capricorn Compatibility: Best and Worst Zodiac Matches for the Ambitious Sign

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When a Capricorn sees someone they like, not only do they tend to make the first move, but they put a lot of time and effort into building something stable. That’s thanks to them being a cardinal sign—marking Capricorn dates to kick off the winter season between approximately December 22 and January 19 each year.  Mature and enterprising, the Earth sign can find common ground. But when it comes to relationships, who are Capricorns compatible with?

Capricorn is an Earth sign, and as one of the reliable and grounded bunch, they’re drawn to others who are self-sufficient and responsible. Capricorns see things practically and have a logical way of processing emotions. This means that in terms of relationships, stoic Capricorns require open and mature communication about emotions to avoid resentment and tension.

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Which zodiac signs are attracted to Capricorn’s resilience and rigidity? Read on to find out what zodiac signs are most compatible with Capricorn and which signs are better suited to stay out of their way.

Key Capricorn Traits

Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac, is perfectly symbolized by the sea goat. According to astrologer Alexandria Lettman, common Capricorn personality traits include being self-motivated, controlled, and natural providers. Capricorns take pride in being determined and powerful, and they have a love of winning, seeing tangible results, and making money, whereby they can confirm that their diligence and hard work have truly paid off.

Much like its mythological archetype, Capricorns’ nature is determined and steadfast, craving the same sensibility and awareness from those they spend time with. “Capricorn is future-oriented, needing these qualities in the people around them in order to consider them in their future plans,” says astrologer Babs Cheung.

It might take patience for a Capricorn to feel they can trust a romantic prospect. But once they sense a good fit, Capricorns are in it for the long haul. After all, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the karmic planet that rules time, responsibility, and maturity. They’ll take their time building a solid foundation based on directness and diplomacy.

When it comes to love, the zodiac signs most compatible with Capricorn are those they can rely on. Capricorn is a driven soul, so their partner must be understanding of the emphasis on their career and goals in their lives—independence is a huge must for a relationship with Capricorn to work.

Which zodiac signs are most compatible with Capricorn?

Signs that share the same element—as in the case of Capricorn and Taurus—often understand each other on a deep level. Taurus and Capricorn both seek stability and an enduring relationship, says astrologer Ryan Marquardt. “Both signs are devoted to people who value security and loyalty, and they have a mutual respect for material stability,” says Marquardt. They can depend on each other for honesty and to see things through even if they get challenging.

In terms of astrological compatibility, Earth signs like Capricorn mesh well with water signs. Specifically, Cheung explains that water sign Scorpio could be a good match. “Capricorn and Scorpio will be business magnets or the ‘it couple’ that gets a lot of attention,” explains Cheung. Scorpio likely sees Capricorn’s devotion safe and sexy, while Capricorn feels supported and inspired by the passionate water sign.

Another water sign Cheung says is one of the best matches for Capricorn is Pisces.“Cap and Pisces will also be a power couple—one that fosters love and respect through growing together through the tough and good times,” Cheung says. Pisces can teach Capricorn how to loosen up and think of things abstractly, while Capricorn can empower Pisces to strengthen discipline.

Which zodiac signs are least compatible with Capricorn?

Your sun sign represents your core personality, so it gives you an idea of what personality traits might (or might not) complement the sun sign of another. But compatibility is more than just comparing star signs—your birth chart is composed of other planets that are important to note.

All this to say, it’s not the end of the world if your zodiac signs aren’t compatible with each other, and the opposite is true: just because someone is astrologically compatible it doesn’t mean you’re destined to be together. But for the sake of sun signs, here are a few matches that might not fare well with Capricorn’s stone-cold maturity.

Capricorn needs structure and reliability and may feel frustrated with Sagittarius’ need for a thrilling adventure. “Sagittarius is a free-loving and adventurous sign that throws too many curve balls for Capricorn to bother keeping up with,” says Marquardt. It’s important for Sagittarius to have exciting experiences while Capricorn may see it as lacking stability. Both can feel like they’re inadvertently getting in the way of the other’s goals.

Aries and Capricorn are natural leaders and therefore, Cheung says there’s potential for clash. Aries tends to be temperamental and will fire back if they feel it’s necessary and Capricorn’s cautiousness puts the fire out. “Their conflicting energies can create power struggles and misunderstandings that make the relationship unsustainable,” says Marquardt.

Despite their shared analytical thinking, Gemini may see Capricorn’s rigidity to be restrictive while Capricorn views Gemini’s mercurial temperament as unreliable. “They function in separate ways and have completely different values when it comes to relationships and commitments,” Marquardt explains. This pair could feel stifling as they’ll have an issue relating to each other’s values.

How does Capricorn compatibility vary with different signs?

Capricorn and Aries Compatibility

Aries and Capricorn compatibility can be a whirlwind romance. The first sign of the zodiac and a cardinal fire sign, bold and assertive Aries is too much of an opponent for power-hungry, dominant Capricorn to be an easy romantic partner. These form a square with each other, which means there's tension between them, because of that, Aries and Capricorn compatibility is low compared to the other zodiac signs. “Aries is obstinate, hasty, and rash, and acts quickly and recklessly at times,” astrologer Emily Newman says.

This blended energy forms a power struggle between Capricorn’s maturity and Aries’ impulsivity and eagerness may come off as irresponsible. Capricorn also needs time to open up and become emotionally vulnerable, while Aries opens up fast and dives straight in without fear. Aries also expects everything in the relationship to happen quickly and tends to be passionate and often hasty with decision-making and big, momentous life choices, such as moving in together soon after meeting, as an example.

Aries is all about brash, quick actions and they build attachments to their partners fast and want to become integrated into all aspects of their lives, which can be too fast and daunting for slow-paced, cautious Capricorn.

However, if these two signs could put aside their differences, focus on their similarities (that singular drive and determination) and work toward a common goal, they'd be pretty much unstoppable.

Capricorn and Taurus Compatibility

Capricorn wants to build a secure and practical life with their partner, and they may see Taurus’ sense of stability as something worth holding on to. Nurturing Taurus is also an Earth sign, which means Capricorn and Taurus are a natural pairing that could build a strong foundation and life together. Capricorn and Taurus' compatibility is high, and this pairing is a soulmate-level match. “Taurus, one of Capricorn's finest soulmates, is reliable and faithful, and both of them have a strong relationship with one another,” says Newman.

These two signs have enough in common to totally click, but also some key differences that would be very additive to each. They're both stubborn and workaholics, which may make some arguments rather cumbersome and heated; however, they would excel at setting long-term goals as a couple, as well as in their routine habits and lifestyles, based on these shared values. Taurus' sensuality and appreciation for the good things in life can help temper Capricorn a bit and dull some of their sharper, harder edges.

Both signs must first build mutual understanding in order for the relationship to develop and withstand time. “Taurus is continuously looking for a trustworthy mate,” says Newman, whereas Capricorn remains more cool and calm within the relationship. “Capricorn tends to be more faithful, dedicated, and at ease,” she says. Both have a natural tendency to comprehend and meet each other’s needs with a little patience and work.

Capricorn and Gemini Compatibility

Serious and grounded Capricorn is a mismatch with impulsive Gemini. Gemini’s fickleness may make Capricorn feel like they can’t rely on the air sign. An air sign, Geminis often have a free-spirited, silly, lively and more laid-back approach to life and crave lots of stimulation, laughter, and spontaneous energy that makes the greatest, craziest, unexpected memories—this doesn't quite gel with Capricorn's modus operandi.

“Gemini is also a sign with a split personality, whereas Capricorn is a serious sign, and Capricorn prefers the conventional approach to love, while Gemini enjoys new experiences, meeting new people, and seeking adventures,” Newman says.

Because of the differences in their natural tendencies, Capricorn and Gemini would struggle to communicate effectively and would have to put in significant effort to bridge that communication gap. Capricorn is more grounded, serious, and cautious while Gemini is more go-with-the-flow, open, and casual. “Both partners must work hard to improve this connection to make the relationship work,” says Newman, where perhaps couple’s counseling to resolve communication blocks may be extra beneficial.

Capricorn and Cancer Compatibility

Caring Cancer is a water sign, and while on one hand, Capricorn is overly logical and Cancer is overly sensitive (which can cause some disruption to their otherwise gravitation towards harmony), both can generally tolerate the flow of each other pretty well and can figure their differences out.

Cancer is Capricorn’s sister sign, aka the signs that sit opposite of them on the zodiac wheel. While they may seem like an unconventional pair, their balance actually makes this a strong and loving pairing. “Capricorns guarantee that their partner's life is stable and secure, and one of Capricorn's greatest soulmates is Cancer, who gives comfort and care to their relationship,” says Newman.

With Cancer nurturing and Capricorn providing, this is a steady pairing that would give each sign what the other lacks. “Together, these two signs form a lasting and harmonious partnership, and while there is potential for miscommunication, both signs are mature enough to deal with it in order to help make it work,” says Newman.

Capricorn and Leo Compatibility

Another fire sign, confident Leo presents a challenge for Capricorn. Both fiercely competitive, this is a case of two huge personalities that won't balance and can't coexist; Newman says Capricorn can’t handle Leo's demanding, self-absorbed, and attention-seeking attitude and that competition would drive them apart. “They are continually in competition with one another, and there aren’t similarities between the two, as in the case between Aries, and other less compatible signs with Capricorn," she says.

They also have fundamentally different demeanors: Capricorn is far more serious than Leo, which Leo may find boring. Leos have a lust for life and crave a greater need for spontaneity, attention, and drama—all things that may make a Capricorn's skin crawl. “Capricorn struggles to meet Leo's needs, and as a result, Leo may feel disconnected,” says Newman, where ultimately, they’ll let each other down with regard to their ideal lifestyles.

They will differ in the desired balance between play and adventure versus time for hard work and that “daily grind,” which may prevent the pair from growing and succeeding as a couple.

Capricorn and Virgo Compatibility

Intelligence and organization are two Virgo traits, and they are just two reasons this fellow Earth sign would make a great partner for Capricorn. Both fiercely determined and hard-working, these two signs have similar interests, future goals, and lifestyles, as well as often similarities in their day-to-day habits and schedules. “Virgo is excessively detail-oriented, whereas Capricorn is more concerned with the larger picture; yet, they can do anything if they work together,” says Newman.

What’s more, Capricorn and Virgo are both intellectual and driven. “Both zodiac signs are wise, and for each other, they are both dependable and trustworthy, so the emotional connection between these two zodiac signs is amazing and strong,” says Newman.

Capricorn and Libra Compatibility

Another cardinal sign that kicks off the fall season, lively Libra would be a fabulous friend to Capricorn, but a tougher romantic match. According to Lettman, these two cardinal signs that initiate their respective seasons share enthusiasm and an active spirit, but that doesn't really translate into romantic sparks. "They'd struggle not to get bored of each other romantically," she says.

They both have pretty different personalities when it comes to love, too; Libra is much more sensual and romantic and while Capricorn can get into that mode, it takes much more work for them. "Capricorn is all business and Libra loves romance, which Capricorn isn't great with without prompts," she says. Libra could get frustrated by Capricorn’s pragmatism, and likewise, Capricorn may see Libra’s social life to be overwhelming.

Capricorn and Scorpio Compatibility

Two of the most intense signs of the zodiac, Capricorn and mysterious and deep Scorpio both often are the dominant forces in their relationships—this shared intensity can result in a committed, deeply bonded pairing that will see each sign want to fiercely protect the one they love. "Talk about a powerhouse pairing," says Maria Sofia Marmanides about this Earth and water sign duo.

They balance each other well, too. According to Lettman, "Scorpio has the strength that Capricorn loves and the sensitivity that Capricorn lacks." Scorpio will value Capricorn's stability and emotional security while Capricorn will be intrigued by Scorpio's depth. And while the arguments might be heated, they'll also share intense and passionate sexual chemistry.

One major obstacle though? Getting both of these guarded and control-loving signs to show vulnerability by opening up and lowering their defenses. "Each one of these signs closely guards their hearts and shields themselves from being too vulnerable, but if they can make it past those initial trust stages, this is an excellent pairing," Marmanides says.

Capricorn and Sagittarius Compatibility

Despite sharing a cusp, these two winter signs aren't a compatible romantic match. Lettman says their values and priorities will clash and cause frustrations. "Serious-minded Capricorn and wild and free Sagittarius aren't a romantic hit," she says. "Capricorns value order and structure while Sagittarians prefer to live life adventurously."

Both are fiercely intelligent and wise, but Lettman says their values and priorities will clash and cause frustrations. They could hold great conversations but these differences would make it tough to sustain a romance. The only thing they click on is their intellect and worldly wisdom, making for great conversations between them.

However, astrologer Marmanides says this combo could work if Capricorn and Sagittarius can work out their differences. "Sagittarius will have a committed, reliable partner who will be go-to for their next adventure while Capricorn gets someone who encourages them to be open to spontaneity, deviating from the plan, and just having more fun," she says—they just need to share sitting in the pilot’s seat.

Capricorn and Capricorn Compatibility

Two Capricorns together make a strong pair, according to Marmanides. "The challenge with any same-sign zodiac pairings will always be the potential for competition and whose needs will be prioritized, but if two any two signs can coordinate a system that works successfully, it's two Capricorns because both will understand how the other operates," she says. "They will be more prone to being patient and willing to take turns about who leads and when." Two Capricorns align with how the other thinks, so there are fewer chances for verbal and emotional miscommunications to happen.

And while two Capricorns are a "dream match friendship-wise," Lettman says problems could arise romantically because they could face trouble with maintaining their intimate connection because they may both prioritize other aspects of the relationship (like building together). This means these partners would have to put in effort to make sure they have enough intimacy. "There's a lack of balance in this relationship which doesn't make them the best match, but it's certainly not impossible to work with," she says.

Capricorn and Aquarius Compatibility

Another winter sign, visionary Aquarius and Capricorn can both share a cusp and a fulfilling partnership. They do have some differences, but also some similarities besides both being ruled by Saturn: they both deeply care about providing for the ones they love, and about structures and systems. "They want everyone to succeed and want to set them up for success," Marmanides says. "This pairing works well as friends or business partners, but can even work as a romance if both let their guards down and show their emotional side."

However, they do operate completely differently, according to Lettman, which could present issues as romantic partners. "Capricorns are more low-key than Aquarians, and Aquarians are free-spirited and less traditional than Capricorns," she says. Being open-minded and non-judgmental would be key, here.

Capricorn and Pisces Compatibility

Dreamy and emotional Pisces and strong-willed Capricorn are a strong match, either romantically or platonically, that would balance each other well. "If Pisces is the dreamer of the zodiac, then Capricorn is the sign that can help them make their fantasies into a reality, providing the structure, planning, and encouragement that Pisces needs," Marmanides says. In turn, water sign Pisces can encourage Capricorn's creative, silly, and fun sides to come out. "These two pair together wonderfully as friends, and can work equally well as romantic partners as long as each party respects and admires their inherent differences."

Besides being well-balanced, this pairing could result in growth for both Capricorn and Pisces. Lettman adds that they both have something to learn from each other: Capricorn could learn from Pisces' vulnerability and openness with their emotions, while Pisces would benefit from seeing Capricorn's dedication to structure and consistency.

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