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Zodiac sign of CAPRICORN in a 15th century manuscript

The zodiac sign of CAPRICORN is associated with the month of December and it is represented by the goat. In most of the standard medieval iconographic compositions, the goat is represented with two horns, standing or seated. For an animal rather familiar to the artists in that time, the portrayal of the goat tends to be surprisingly unrealistic to the extent that the goat is often shown very similar to the unicorn. Variations on this form show a creature with upper body of a goat and lower body of a fish with a tail emerging from a shell. In the modern horoscope the zodiac sign of CAPRICORN covers the period from about 22 December until 19 January.


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Manuscript title: Codex Schürstab


Origin: Nürnberg (Germany)


Period: 15th century


Image source: Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Ms. C 54, p. 23r – Codex Schürstab (

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