Mercury in Capricorn

Time to take those exciting ideas you had during Mercury's transit in Sagittarius and turn them into a concrete plan.

Similar to Mercury in Taurus, this placement is slow, methodical, and focused on small steps that will form the foundation for long-term success. Communicating when Mercury is in Capricorn can feel dry and work-obsessed but try to remember that you're sowing seeds to reap benefits later. As practicality is the order of the day, it's easy to suffer from a sense of tunnel vision during this time. Remember to pick your head up and take a deep breath every now and then!

Mercury in Capricorn: Significance & Meaning

Element And Modality: Earth & Cardinal

Positive keywords for Mercury in Capricorn:

  • Authoritative
  • Concentrated
  • Objective
  • Reserved
  • Structured

Negative keywords for Mercury in Capricorn:

  • Aloof
  • Conservative
  • Judgemental
  • Pessimistic
  • Stiff

Mercury in Capricorn Personality

Barring heavy Sagittarian influence, Mercury in Capricorn is a thoughtful speaker. Little falls from their mouths that isn't meticulously planned. Having been so heavily processed, these natives' speech is generally very concise. Though patient, they prefer not to waste time with unnecessary chatter. After all, time is money. However, Capricorn Mercury is far from humorless. Their sense of humor is subtle, complex, and a little deadpan. Furthermore, their comedic timing is just as excellent as their overall timeliness, so they're sure to earn a few laughs.

Like all earth Mercuries, theirs is a structured life filled with meticulous planning. Spontaneity is not the preferred approach of these natives. In a way, they can be slight control freaks though they excel at masking their less chill tendencies. Capricorn Mercuries (and Capricorn placements on the whole) prefer to avoid excessive emotional expressions.

Positive Traits

"Ain't no mountain high enough"—the mind of a Mercury in Capricorn native is forever striving to climb the mountain. Once scaled, they're off to find another, higher mountain. Their mind is a strategic one, so success is never far off.

Capricorn Mercury's communication style reflects this need to persevere and go—not hurriedly, but intentionally and resolutely. Saturn, Capricorn's ruling planet, also rules time, so they're not afraid to invest in a project long-term. In fact, they prefer consistent or durable situations over short-term ones. For these enterprising folks, nothing worth doing can be done quickly.

Negative Traits

Though not fixed in modality, Mercury in Capricorn approaches others' ideas with a distinct skepticism. Theirs are conclusions that they feel are sure and reasoned through profound analysis. On some level, they fundamentally doubt the competence of other people, especially those less serious than them. As a result, narrow-mindedness isn't uncommon amongst these natives.

As a child of Saturn, Mercury in Capricorn's capacity for imagination can be limited. They deal in reality and what they believe is realism (but is in fact pessimism). In this way, their attitudes—rather than outside circumstances—act as their primary limitations.


If you're in search of good small-talk, you'd be better off with a Libra or Gemini Mercury. Mercury in Capricorn simply doesn't do “small” on any level. Those with this placement are an ambitious bunch, constantly angling for higher achievements and positions. Their overall curtness gives them somewhat of a frigid air, but unfriendliness is far from their intention. They simply know what they wish to communicate and say only that.

Due to this professional approach to communication, they can unintentionally come across as a little harsh. Someone with their Mercury in Capricorn wants the best for those around them. They simply take the tough love route.