By Molly Hall, About.com Guide
This is a pairing with major challenges. Such different outlooks. Capricorn wants to shore up the foundation, while Aquarius is all about busting out. Capricorn leans toward tradition, while Aquarius lives for the newfangled. The Goat is cool at first, looking for a sure thing, and finds Aquarius too unpredictable and socially zigzaggy. Aquarius hates to be pinned down, and rebels against mapping out the future. All this creates friction that often keeps things from going too far.
When dating, the Waterbearer can be turned off by the namedropping, social status-minded Goat. Aquarius hates to be labeled, judged or placed in a particular class category. Capricorn's tendency to put everyone in their place, that craving for social hierarchy, will send Aquarius right out the door. Capricorn sizes things up, looking for a mutually beneficial arrangement -- like marriage -- for the long haul. The Aquarian chafes at the union being set in stone, something that the stability-seeking Capricorn longs for. But with other planets in harmony, something enduring with plenty of room to come and go, pleases both.
For Capricorn, time is money; for Aquarius time is an illusion. The latter doesn't mind going off on tangents, job-hopping, and creating instant friends. Capricorn prefers to settle into a mega-career, and tends to nurture a small circle of connections. Capricorn might find the experimental, anything goes style of the Waterbearer unsettling. And Aquarius likely finds the Goat's rootedness stifling at times. It's also hard for Aquarius to relate the deeply interior sadness of Capricorn.
If the shared synastry is enough to balance things out, these differences become strengths to offer the other. Capricorn helps Aquarius find the tangible structure for their innovations. Aquarius shows the Goat that there are shortcuts, and alternative ways of getting where they're going. Aquarius gives the Goat license to drop the mask of self-control, and shocks them into spontaneity. These signs are known to have an uncommonly wise outlook. When they can harmonize the issues of freedom vs. control; chaos vs. order; tradition vs. the wave of the future, the relationship that emerges brings together the best of both their worlds.
Famous Couples: Ernest Borgnine (Aquarius) and Ethel Merman (Capricorn); Jane Seymour (Aquarius) and James Keach (Capricorn)