Mercury in Capricorn hoards knowledge. This is different from Gemini who gathers facts for the fun of it or Virgo who catalogs information because they’re awake. Mercury in Capricorn needs the security of knowing they have the right answer if called upon in class.
Facts are more interesting than fiction to these people. Their personal libraries usually have more history books than any other subject. If you lend this person a book, it may be a while before you get it back. There is a tendency to stop and memorize whole passages deemed significant. Engage in discourse with your Mercury in Capricorn friend and keep a tally of the quotes they whip out to supplement their arguments. Also note the authoritative tone with which they are delivered. If you have the tenacity to continue arguing, they will simply sigh at you.
Despite popular belief that Capricorn is a cold and dry, humorless stick-in-the-mud, there is an impish sense of humor. They like to tell long involved jokes with bad punch lines for their own amusement. Making you sit through a real groaner is funnier for them than the joke itself. They also have the ability to pick out the exact words that will really “get your goat.” Its classic Saturnine chain yanking. If they see you being a little too footloose and fancy free, they’ll reel you in with a good zinger. My Dad has this Mercury. “But Dad, I have a point!” I would whine. His standard retort “and if you wear a hat, no one will notice.”
Pictured: Simone De Beauvoir and her Mercury in Capricorn.
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