As the sun continues its journey through the sky, it passes through the Capricorn Season between December 22nd and January 19th, when Venus goes retrograde. This season is an earth sign, like Taurus and Virgo, and hence is usually considered the most practical, reliable, and connected to the physical.
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet representing structure, limits, and authority, and it brings to Earth an energy that focuses on advancement in the world and ascending the metaphorical stairway to success. It’s a sign and time for manifesting and getting things done in the “real world” and less about the day dreaminess or wandering curiosity of the previous seasons. It may be interesting to note that even though this season is motivated by a need for tangible, physical, real-world results and achievements toward success, it does not necessarily mean it creates a desire for money or business success. It simply means that one might be more deeply affected by seeing concrete results rather than ethereal feelings and/or hypotheticals.
In addition, this season coincides with the year-end energy of self-stock taking on achievements and success of the past year. Capricorn energy is dedicated to a few things, like celebrations with the ones we love, analytical self-reflection, and ambitious intentions for the future. No matter your personal sign, the tendency will be towards feeling down to earth, rational, invested in your success, and wrapping up lingering projects before embarking on new ones. It is the perfect time for creating and beginning a step-by-step practical and pragmatic guide to pursuing and achieving your dreams, thereby manifesting them and making them a reality.
Yet, while this season is indeed about accomplishment, dedication, and mastery, these are not in reference to work but to the larger sense of our lives. Though seemingly a stern and severe time, there is wiggle room for fun, wildness, and sensuality as well. There is an aspect of lustful hunger for pleasure or power through the success of any kind, so at this time, it is beneficial to harness this drive as well, to make the best use of the season’s motivations of discipline and tenacity to mold the wildest and fun ideas into a reality.
As the end of the year approaches and the New Year begins, consumers’ mental focus shifts from big grandiose ambitions to a more practical and pragmatic attitude by working hard to get things done in the short term for the long term. It’s also a time to reconnect and prioritize family and loved ones, which means that people will prioritize creating a safe and comfortable family environment and living space. Our cultural read indicates that consumers will speak of new plans at this time, as is customary around the New Year, however, they also rely on what is practical and already familiar to them, which brings us to the key indicators of this season:
By analyzing customer posting behavior and content, we see clear indications of strong family values and ties as well as the forward-looking approach of this season as illustrated in this caption “My ancestors prepping me … You’re gunna get the bag. You’re gunna SAVE the bag! You’re gunna stand your ground! Remember your lessons, you took notes, you got this champ!” Taking stock of their past to face the future, it is also a time of self-reflection, “#Alexa, my #horoscope guru, says I should be prepared to be more imaginative and spontaneous. That’s a heavy lift.” Some make it even more of a point to reground themselves and appreciate just how far they’ve come, “I might not have everything I want but I have everything i need…thats been my life and I’m forever grateful for it ! Here’s to another year. All genuine vibes over here”.
These captions and so many others like them are the true markers of consumer behavior in this season, as they clearly indicate the aforementioned tendencies of this time. While it could be easier to become idealistic and self-absorbed, most consumers fall back on tried and tested methods of the past to achieve future goals. Consumers find a sort of freedom in concentrating on the moment and what is attainable to them right now. Hence, the product categories of interest to consumers are Grocery deliveries, comfort clothing, self-care rituals, and home makeover kits. For businesses and brands, the marketing tone to take on this time is “abundant time if not for you to use wisely.” Communicate to consumers “It’s a wonderful time to be inspired” and then inspire them and motivate them by showcasing that “it’s not the future that matters; it’s the work you do today that does.”
So what, then, are the brand implications?
There is a science to consumer behavior that is exhibited in each Astrological Season that is, for the most part, applicable to all people and brands. Understanding each season's subtleties in our Astrological Seasonal Trends (AST) series will allow brands to engage better and activate their customers by understanding their behaviors and desires.
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