Astrology can be an entertaining and enjoyable hobby, and for many that’s all it ever is —a party trick to pull out when needed. But there’s much more to reading the stars than initially meets the eye. Those that study the zodiac more deeply will find that, far from being a leisurely pastime, astrology can actually be intensely rewarding, guiding your understanding of and empathy for everyone around you.
Studying the compatibility between two signs and using that knowledge to navigate a new relationship is one major way astrology can impact your day-to-day life. So whether you’re the Capricorn or the Pisces in this scenario, you’re on the right track — now let’s dive in and find out just how compatible these two signs are.
What’s the deal with Capricorns
Industrious, driven, and honest, Capricorns are well known for their indefatigable work ethic. So it should come as no surprise that the sea goat is ruled by Saturn, the planet that governs time, responsibility and rules.
Their connection with the concept of time is both literal — you won’t ever catch a Capricorn showing up later than right on time — and spiritual. Capricorns are deeply sensitive to the passage of time, which makes total sense, since Capricorn season runs from December 22 to January 19 — they literally open up and close out each year.
Capricorns are also earth signs, meaning they’re firmly rooted in reality wherever they go. They tend to follow the same routines day in and day out, and their preferred communication style is straight to the point. That blunt honesty paired with their eyes-on-the-prize work style means that Capricorns have garnered a bit of a reputation for being… frosty? Overly serious? The truth is that they just don’t want to waste time saying things they don’t mean and doing things they don’t really want to do.
Let’s talk about Pisces
The twelfth and final sign of the zodiac, Pisces has a bit of a reputation too, this time for being notorious daydreamers with occasional psychic tendencies. Pisces are represented by two fish, circling each other inexorably like yin and yang, and it’s an apt symbol — these dreamers have one foot in reality and one foot in the metaphysical at all times.
To outsiders, it may look like Pisceans constantly have their head in the clouds. But to a Pisces, this level of reflection and engagement with the spiritual simply feels like balance. Their frequent submersion into the subconscious often bubbles out in bursts of creativity — consider your artistic friends, whether they be writers, painters, dancers or poets. Chances are, they’re a Pisces.
The level of consideration Pisces put into exploring their subconscious and untangling the roots of their identity also make them extremely empathetic. Some Pisces are genuinely psychic, but oftentimes the impression that they can read minds is just due to the fact that they’re scary-good at intuiting peoples’ emotions.
Unfortunately, all this empathy and dreaminess can often tip into melancholy and hopelessness. As water signs, Pisces are driven by the emotions around them, and constantly feeling so much can be a bit like treading water in the deep end — at first you’re fine, but eventually, not being able to touch the bottom becomes too exhausting.
Capricorn and Pisces in friendship
Mystical Pisces and grounded Capricorn. Do these two near-opposite signs have a shot at getting along, or is the relationship doomed from the start?
Surprisingly, no — the sea goat and the fish aren’t doomed at all. That’s because, like most earth sign-water sign pairings, these two tend to balance each other out. They might have opposite traits, but more often than not, those traits complement each other rather than clashing.
For example, when a newly-retired Pisces declares they want to start a home cookie-decorating business or raise $10,000 for a cause close to their heart, it’s pragmatic Capricorn that’s going to help them actually lay out a plan and take actionable steps to accomplish their lofty goals. On the other hand, when Capricorn tries to address their overall dissatisfaction in life with minor fixes, it’s their Pisces pal who will encourage them to think bigger.
Although the differences between Capricorn and Pisces can often be a strength in the relationship, they can also lead to clashes, most often over communication issues. Like we discussed earlier, Capricorns’ communication style is blunt — sometimes too blunt for moody and mercurial Pisces. On the flip side, Pisces’s evasiveness can lead to miscommunication and frustration.
This is exactly what we’re talking about when we say that astrology can be an incredible tool for navigating real-life situations and relationships. Because the key to resolving this conflict is just that — understanding what core values and habits drive the other sign, and therefore understanding where they’re coming from when they speak bluntly or beat around the bush.
Capricorn and Pisces in love
The odds of Capricorn and Pisces forging a successful friendship might be good, but what about romance? After all, a romantic relationship requires a touch of something a bit more unpredictable and innate to really blossom. (I believe it’s called chemistry.) Are the stars aligned for these two, or are they better off keeping things platonic?
Here’s the short answer: Sparks are sure to fly, but to make this relationship work out in the long run, they’ll need to put in some serious effort.
Now here’s the long answer: They say that opposites attract, and that’s certainly true for Capricorn and Pisces. These two are likely to feel comfortable with each other right off the bat in a way that usually takes much longer to develop.
But things are likely to get rocky once the initial high wears off and the reality of being in a relationship sets in. The same communication issues that plague a platonic partnership between Capricorn and Pisces are bound to impact a romantic one, especially because these two have very different needs from their close romantic partners.
Expressive Pisces tend to crave affection and affirmation from their significant other — emotion-driven water signs, remember? But because Pisces are so intuitive with their feelings, it’s hard for them to really feel and appreciate that affection unless it occurs organically. Telling their partner straight-up what they want just doesn’t feel quite as magical. Unfortunately, that’s the most effective way to get through to a Capricorn.
Meanwhile, workaholic Capricorn may start to feel bogged down or claustrophobic by the unavoidable emotional and time commitment of being in a relationship. They might start to avoid their partner, right as Pisces is becoming more vocal about what they need. This can create a negative feedback loop where neither sign is really getting what they need out of the relationship.
The solution? Just like in a friendship between these two, empathy is key. If they can each understand where the other person is coming from, they stand a chance of making things work in the long run. But, don’t hold your breath. Sometimes, it really is best to just be friends.
Last thoughts on the pairing
In many ways, Pisces and Capricorn couldn’t be more different. Yet it’s those very same differences that can spark a blossoming friendship, or a hot-and-heavy romance. So don’t rule out a friendship with your new Capricorn neighbor or write off the Pisces PTA mom before you really get to know her. You never know what incredible new relationships might be waiting for you.
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