Saturday, 6 January 2018

Zodiac SAL - Capricorn

Welcome to the  Zodiac SAL.  I will be posting on the first Saturday of each month with information about that month's sign and a linky for anyone who wants to join in.  The linky will stay open until the end of the month.

Last month we had two people link up with me, please do visit them now if you missed their posts before:

This month's sign is Capricorn the goat-fish hybrid.  Capricorn is an Earth sign ruled by Saturn and covers people born between 22nd December and 19th January.

The symbol is based on the Sumerians' primordial god of wisdom and waters, Enki, with the head and upper body of a goat and the lower body and tail of a fish.  Later known as Ea in Akkadian and Babylonian mythology, Enki was the god of intelligence (gestú, literally "ear"), creation, crafts; magic; water, seawater and lakewater.

The goat part of the symbol depicts ambition, resolute, intelligence, curiosity, but also steadiness, and ability to thrive in inhospitable environments while the fish represents passion, spirituality, intuition, and connection with the soul.

Capricorn People: What They’re Like
Busy busy! You can find Capricorns enjoying quality time with family, working obsessively on a large-scale project, or running for a prestigious role.  Capricorn people like to mix business with pleasure.  They often develop tight bonds with people they meet on the job or through a team project. They are the “popular people” of the zodiac, so friends who can help increase their status are valuable assets.  Capricorns were born with their eyes on the prize.  Once they’ve set their sights on something, they begin to climb slowly and steadily toward that goal.  Often they become so focused on reaching the finish line that they fail to pay attention to the journey, looking neither to the right nor the left.  They believe that if they just keep pushing ahead, eventually they’ll get what they want. Capricorns need to learn flexibility and to listen a little more to their heart than their heads at times if they want to feel fulfilled inside and out.  Ambitious as they may be, not all Capricorns have relentless drive.  When they slip into lounge mode, they can relax with the best of ’em, becoming practically immobile!  Work hard, play hard is the M.O. of this sign.  Other times, they overwhelm themselves by setting such impossible goals that they get discouraged, giving up before they’ve even left the starting gate.  Capricorns do best when they break their grand plans into measurable action steps.  Their friends need to remind Capricorns to celebrate their victories—not jus the huge ones but the small triumphs and milestones along the way.

Famous Capricorn People & Celebrities:
David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Kate Middleton, Martin Luther King Jr., Michelle Obama, Zayn Malik, Denzel Washington, Nicolas Cage, Meghan Trainor, LeBron James, Elvis Presley, Lewis Hamilton, Gabby Douglas, Pitbull, Liam Hemsworth, Ellie Goulding, Cody Simpson, Jared Leto, Howard Stern, Betty White, Psy, Calvin Harris, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, Richard M. Nixon, David Sedaris, Nicolas Sparks, J.D. Salinger, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allen Poe, Kate Spade, Alexander Wang, Diane von Fürstenburg, Christian Louboutin

I added the runes myself, I used to be able to read and write runes (I was that kind of child)
but I had to look these up to make sure I got it right.

For the stitching part of the SAL I have chosen a series of designs from the Donna Kooler book 365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs. I am stitching them all on one piece of 32 count Millenium Blue fabric. Here is Capricorn:

Here is the whole piece so far:

I am also stitching some of the larger Satsuma Street Zodiac signs, starting with the ones personal to my family.  Last month I completed Virgo and framed her:

My Godmother's newest Grand-daughter is a Capricorn, she is a bundle of mischief even at only one year old apparently!  I stitched her Nora Corbett's M is for Mary last year:

This is the place for you to link up if you want to join in, please link to the actual blog post, not your blog homepage and include your name so we can see who has joined in.



Finally, it's a New Year, new SALs, new challenges, new lists and so on.  I love seeing all the planning posts and recap posts and all the resolutions we are making.  I've added the new Gifted Gorgeousness Sign-Up Page and will be launching the first Blog Hop of the year very soon.  I am also on the look-out for new interviewees for the Blogger of the Week.  So if you follow anyone who has not yet been featured, please let me know.  Apparently I do not know everyone in the blogosphere.  Yet.


Susan said...

All your pieces look great but the Donna Kooler designed ones are stunning on that fabric.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great post! I didn't know about the Fish/Goat hybrid thing. Looking at the character description..."Other times, they overwhelm themselves by setting such impossible goals that they get discouraged, giving up before they’ve even left the starting gate." I think lots of us stitchers are half capricorn!

Barb said...

I love reading about the zodiac signs. Thanks so much for the info. Your piece is going to be just beautiful all stitched on that lovely linen.

Christine said...

Snigger, poor Capricorn is in for a nasty shock if Sagittarius accidentally looses that arrow
I remember the Gandalf piece, very cool (I was that kind of child too)

Katie said...

Thanks for sharing. Great stitching!! Keep it up girl.

Julie said...

Nice capricorn finish. Both my brother and nephew are capricorns, makes it very expensive just after Christmas :-)

Tiffstitch said...

We only have one Capricorn in my family and they're more the relaxed type. Interesting to know about the god of crafts part though! Thanks for the stash enabling as well. ;)

jocondine said...

Learned a lot about Capricorn, interesting challenge this month! xxx

Linda said...

Another informative zodiac post Jo. I hope to start this month.


Mia said...

Wow Jo! You are so talented, my friend. Hugs and kisses!!!!!!!!

Brigitte said...

You're completely on rack with your signs of Zodiac by Donna Kooler. I didn't know about the fish part of the capricorn.
Nice to see your M by Nora Corbett again.

Leonore Winterer said...

Made it! Good to see there are four of us this month (including you) :)