Both Capricorn and Scorpio desire control. They both want power, but their desire for control and power is different in motivation. And their method of obtaining it is also different. Here are 4 ways they differ.
1. Appearance Matters
The most noticeable difference, and the reason why Scorpio is more dangerous, is that Scorpio is alluring. Capricorn, while can appear respectable, is not alluring.
The Scorpio quality to allure is always subliminal, though. You can never pin it on them. They will always say they had nothing to do with your apparent obsession with them. Yet, there you are: obsessed. Scorpio does not move in on his target. Scorpio lures his target in with pure magnetism. You never see Scorpio coming.
Capricorn, on the other hand, is no more subliminally alluring than cauliflower. Capricorn moves in on his target, and you see him coming the whole time. This doesn’t take away from his strength, though. You’re no more powerful to stop Capricorn than you are to stop a slow-moving bulldozer heading straight for you.
Another difference in their method of attaining power has to do with their different modes of behavior: Scorpio is a fixed sign while Capricorn is a cardinal sign. When Scorpio is on a path towards his target, he will stay on that path at all cost, even to the point of death. He can, and will, ignore everything to the left and right of the path. Scorpio becomes obsessive about the path that he’s on. Scorpio wants the psychological empowerment that comes from staying this course. He will be very skeptical of easier paths that may crop up along the way.
Capricorn, however, couldn’t care less about psychological empowerment. “How do you deposit that in that bank?” he asks. Capricorn wants the measurable, tangible fruits of power. He sees the rest (psychological power) as a waste of time because he’s not even sure what it is. To Capricorn, anything psychological seems to be something “silly.” For this reason, he will not stay on his path if a better path crops up on his way to the top. He will gladly jump on to a new path that hints at better opportunity. In fact, he actively seeks new paths the whole time he’s moving in on his target. He knows that new paths can open up new opportunities for greater success. And he knows that shortcuts can help him reach his target quicker.
Scorpio will not stray from his path even if a new path offers better opportunity, because Scorpio is more interested in gaining psychological power rather than reaching some tangible, physical target.
For example, Capricorn might have a goal to have 1 million dollars in the bank. He may switch jobs, investments, and banks repeatedly, as needed, to grow his money faster. His goal is to make the money grow, “period”, regardless of where the money comes from.
On the other hand, Scorpio may have a goal of having 1 million dollars of “Corporation X’s” money in the bank in order to let Corporation X know that Scorpio is powerful. So, Scorpio will not move his investment to Corporation Z that would pay him 3 times more, because his target is less about money and more about power. Scorpio wants to make the money grow for a certain psychological purpose.
3. Putting Others First
Scorpio can, when so moved, after investigating the possible return on investment, put others first. Capricorn, on the other hand, will never be so moved to put others first. This may have something to do with the placement of the house of Capricorn up at the top (on the midheaven) of the natural astrology chart. Or it may be because Scorpio is a water sign (feeling), while Capricorn is an earth sign (not moved by feelings). Whatever the reason, this difference balances out the advantage that Scorpio had over Capricorn with the alluring appearance thing.
What this boils down to is this: Scorpio is aware of other people’s feelings, and will not necessarily try to crush everyone on his way up. Capricorn will crush 80 people on his way to the top and not even notice that he crushed them. Seriously, he will not notice.
On the other hand, Scorpio will decently ask you to stay off his path if you want to live. He doesn’t want to crush you on his way to the top. But he’ll only warn you once. If you don’t get the hell off his path, then he will crush you. But unlike Capricorn, Scorpio will be fully aware that he crushed you. In his mind, it was your fault because you didn’t move. Scorpio would have preferred it if you had moved, so he wouldn’t have to kill you. He really does put others first.
4. Self-Destructive Tendencies
Scorpio has a tendency, once he’s reached his target, to self-destruct. This is because of number 1 and 2 above. First, the limelight of success takes away from his appearance of mystery and subliminal allure. Scorpio can’t have that. Like a snake, he’ll shed his skin and go into hiding for a while. Second, exercising psychological mind control can be exhausting! Scorpio self-destructs after reaching one goal just to psychologically prepare for the next victim, uh, goal.
Capricorn does not have this tendency to self destruct. He is always looking for new and better opportunities that build upon what he has already gained. He never cared about appearing mysterious, and he doesn’t know what “subliminal” even means. He enjoys crossing off another item on his “List of Goals.” Then he continues climbing. No need to self-destruct.
When Scorpio and Capricorn Meet At The Top
What happens when they come into contact with each other at the top? Capricorn is immediately attracted by Scorpio’s power, while Scorpio is immediately jealous that Capricorn was able to even come close to Scorpio’s success. Capricorn secretly wants to take Scorpio’s job. Scorpio secretly wants Capricorn to die so he’ll be out of the picture. There is no way for these two to co-exist at the top. There will always be a struggle over power and control, with both Capricorn and Scorpio wanting to have the upper hand.
Dave Grohl (musician, Foo Fighters) has Sun and Ascendant in Capricorn. Coincidentally, Dave Grohl has his midheaven in Scorpio. Also coincidentally, after the lead singer of his band (Kurt Cobain of Nirvana) died, Dave Grohl started his own band: The Foo Fighters. (Disclaimer: I love Dave Grohl.)
Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung, Chinese leader) and Anthony Hopkins both have Sun and Ascendant in Capricorn.
Grace Kelly had Sun and Ascendant in Scorpio. Grace Kelly was an American actress who married the Prince of Monaco and became Princess of Monaco. Now her son, Albert II, is the crowned Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Not too shabby for a little American girl from Philly.