Born on January 17th? Your Zodiac Sign is Capricorn

by Lucas Vanderlinden Were you born on January 17th? If so, then according to Western astrology, your zodiac sign is Capricorn, the sign of the makara, or sea monster. This means that when you were...


Were you born on January 17th? If so, then according to Western astrology, your zodiac sign is Capricorn, the sign of the makara, or sea monster. This means that when you were born, the Sun was in the stars that make up the constellation known as Capricorn. Let's dive into the basics of your horoscope and discover what it reveals about you.

Capricorn Overview

Capricorn is known as मकर (makara) in Sanskrit, which translates to "crocodile." Each sign of the zodiac is characterized by certain basic traits. Let's take a closer look at the general makeup of the Capricorn sign:

  • Sign of the Makara: Capricorn natives are peculiar and powerful. They are highly intelligent, but they often possess a mean streak.
  • Ruled by Saturn: Saturn is the planet of karma, poverty, disease, austerity, and mysticism. Saturnine individuals are somber and mysterious.
  • An Earth sign: Those with a Capricorn moon are grounded, thoughtful, and practical.
  • A movable sign: Persons born under this sign are fluid, spontaneous, and fond of change.
  • A feminine sign: This makes the native receptive, sensitive, and empathetic.
  • Capricorn's preferred gemstone is blue sapphire: Capricorn can also benefit from blue spinel and amethyst as well.

Traits of the Sun in Capricorn

In Western Astrology, a person's sign is determined by the position of the Sun. If you were born on January 17th, then you are considered a Capricorn according to most people in the Western world. The influence of the Sun in a birth chart will vary depending on its location, relative position to other planets, and other factors. However, the following general traits are likely to be found in a native with Capricorn Sun:

  • You are a natural businessperson: You are drawn to business, trade, and earning money. You excel in independent and competitive business environments. However, be cautious of resorting to unethical practices. By giving a portion of your earnings to a good cause, you can reduce your tendency toward greed.
  • You like to be on the move: You love to walk and explore new places. Traveling is a source of joy for you. It's likely that you have friends from foreign destinations, and you may thrive in a career that requires regular travel.
  • You have strong digestion: You enjoy food and have a good metabolism. This helps you maintain good physical health. According to Ayurveda, strong digestion promotes overall well-being. Weak digestion can lead to various health issues.
  • You may struggle to live up to your full potential: You have many ambitions and ideas about what you could accomplish in life, but you lack the motivation and willpower to follow through. Finding a mentor can help you channel your energies and increase your chances of realizing your full potential.
  • You are likely to have a variety of professions in life: You have diverse interests and are prone to pursuing various careers throughout your lifetime. However, be careful not to abandon good opportunities out of boredom. You can always explore side jobs or hobbies without compromising your financial stability.

Capricorn Careers

Capricorn natives are hard workers and can excel in a wide range of professions. Some recommended careers for Capricorns include lawyers, writers, scientists, philosophers, professors, detectives, financial advisors, administrators, and industrialists. On the other hand, careers that involve negotiation or compromise, such as sales, diplomacy, or sports management, may not be the best fit for Capricorns.

Capricorn Mantras

A mantra is a short phrase that uplifts and cleanses our mind, heart, and consciousness. By practicing mantra meditation, we can experience relief from suffering and negativity. Capricorns can especially benefit from meditating with the following mantra:

ॐ वामनाय​ नमः (Om kurma-devaya namaha)

The Vedas contain many mantras that are effective for different individuals based on their unique circumstances. However, some mantras, like the following maha-mantra or "super mantra," are beneficial for people born in any zodiac sign:

हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे (Hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare Hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare)

Famous Birthdays on January 17

  • Jim Carey
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Steve Harvey
  • Michelle Obama
  • Betty White
  • Calvin Harris
  • Al Capone
  • James Earl Jones
  • Ray J
  • Dwayne Wade

Events in History on January 17

  • 2017: Search for missing aircraft MH370 over the Indian Ocean is called off.
  • 2017: US President Barack Obama commutes WikiLeaks discloser Chelsea Manning's prison sentence from 35 to 7 years.
  • 2016: Fourth Democratic presidential candidates debate: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over healthcare and gun control in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 2010: 67th Golden Globes: Avatar, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock win.
  • 2003: 8th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: Chicago Best Picture.
  • 2001: President Bill Clinton posthumously raises William Clark's rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
  • 2000: 27th American Music Awards: Shania Twain & Will Smith win.
  • 1998: US President Bill Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones.
  • 1997: NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman.
  • 1995: George W. Bush sworn in as Governor of Texas.
  • 1994: Patrick Ewing becomes the first New York player to reach the 15,000-point mark in his NBA career.
  • 1994: Actress Elizabeth Taylor is released from the hospital after hip treatment.
  • 1987: US President Reagan signs a secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran.

Learn About the Zodiac

Expand your knowledge about your Zodiac Sign by checking out our complete guide on Capricorn. You can also learn about the signs of your friends and family!

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