Mercury in Capricorn: Sharp, Strong and Savvy

Published April 16, 2021
Mercury in Capricorn

Mercury is the nearest planet to the Sun. This means that only individuals with their Sun in Sagittarius, Capricorn, or Aquarius can have Mercury in Capricorn. Capricorn is not a carefree placement for Mercury, but it gifts those who have it with a strong, sharp, and savvy mind.

Natal Mercury in Capricorn

Mercury is the planet learning, thinking, and communicating. Capricorn is the serious, pragmatic, ambitious, savvy, and disciplined Cardinal Earth sign ruled by Saturn. When an individual has Mercury in Capricorn, they are down-to-Earth when thinking, speaking, and in all forms of communication. Of course, there are both positives and negatives to having Mercury in Capricorn.

Mercury in Capricorn: Positive Attributes

A few positive attributes of the Mercury in Capricorn mind:

  • Structured
  • Realistic
  • Practical
  • Methodical
  • Rational
  • Authoritative
  • Reserved
  • Conservative

Mercury in Capricorn: Negative Attributes

A few less pleasant attributes of the Mercury in Capricorn mind:

  • Pessimism
  • Melancholic
  • Humorless
  • Rigid-thinking
  • Overly serious
  • Dismissive

Deal With the Negatives

The best way to deal with the negatives related to Mercury in Capricorn is for the individual to learn they don't have all the answers. To reach their full potential, those with Mercury in Capricorn need to open their minds, listen to, understand, and value others' thoughts, ideas, knowledge, and opinions.

Mercury in Capricorn Style of Communication

Individuals who have Mercury in Capricorn walk their talk, are methodical, miss very little, and have common sense. They think long-term, in tangible and constructive ways, and can become successful entrepreneurs. Usually tactful, they have a talent for communicating succinctly without becoming overly emotional or irritated. However, their concise and direct "tell it like it is" stoic style may seem a bit hardcore, condescending, or controlling to others. They are also skeptics who need evidence of findings and opinions. Thoughtful and genuine, their word is their bond. However, those with Mercury in Capricorn are not into small talk and are quite reserved when it comes to verbally expressing their emotions and feelings.

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Mercury in Capricorn and Relationships

Good communication is essential in every relationship. But when a person has Mercury is in Capricorn, they're reticent and reserved when verbalizing their emotions and feelings. They believe their actions speak louder than their words ever could. This means those with Mercury in Capricorn communicate their feelings better with a friend or lover who has Mercury in one of the three sensual Earth signs, who have a similar way of expressing their emotions.

Natal Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn

Individuals with natal Mercury retrograde (Rx) in Capricorn still have a down-to-earth thinking process. But due to the Rx motion, it typically requires extra effort for them to navigate between what's going on in their mind and external communication. However, when they manage to get their ideas out, they're usually richer and more in-depth because of the extra effort it takes to formulate the ideas. Mercury Rx in Capricorn creates an individual with a less organized and methodical way of processing information and uses their right brain before their left brain.

Individuals With Mercury in Capricorn Speak

Below are a few quotes by famous individuals with Mercury in Capricorn.

Stephen Hawking

"Quiet people have the loudest minds." ~ Stephen Hawking, a Capricorn with Mercury in Capricorn

Taylor Swift

"If you're yelling, you're the one who's lost control of the conversation." ~ Taylor Swift, a Sagittarius with Mercury in Capricorn

Charles Dickens

"There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast." ~ Charles Dickens, a Capricorn with Mercury in Capricorn

Mel Gibson

"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." ~ Mel Gibson, a Capricorn with Mercury in Capricorn

Dolly Parton

"If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." ~ Dolly Parton, a Capricorn with Mercury in Capricorn

Pope Francis

"Since God created the world, He also created reality." ~ Pope Francis, a Sagittarius with Mercury in Capricorn

James Dean

"I don't have to explain anything to anybody." ~ James Dean, an Aquarius with Mercury in Capricorn

Ellen DeGeneres

"It's failure that gives you the proper perspective of success." ~ Ellen DeGeneres, an Aquarius with Mercury in Capricorn

Do You Have Mercury in Capricorn?

If you have know-how, common-sense, and learn best by doing, you could have Mercury in Capricorn. If you don't know your Mercury's sign position, you can find out by creating a free birth chart at

Mercury in Capricorn: Sharp, Strong and Savvy