The markhor (Capra falconeri) is a wild goat that has screw-like horns. In males, the horns can reach over a meter and a half in length. The markhor is an endangered species still found in Pamir, Pakistan, Afghanistan, northern India, Kashmir and the Himalayas. It inhabits the mountains over 600 and up to 3600 meters altitude. The word markhor comes from Persian language and means ‘eater of snakes’. It was considered that this goat purposefully pursues and eats snakes, that its meat is antidote to snake poison and that its bezoar (gastric stone) absorbs toxins from wounds and foods.
Afghans believed that Zurvan, the ancient Iranian god of Time and Destiny, manifests himself thru the markhor. The spiral horns of the screwhorn goat represent the spiral development of the world and cyclicality of time. They are literally like corkscrews: what has been impaled on them will rotate in a spiral course when being pulled out.
Bucks have mane, beard, and long hair on the neck, the chest and sideburns, forming something like a large collar-blanket hanging to the ground. On the forehead, under the horns and just above the eye level, males have a fair forelock that resembles a wig. The lock sometimes spreads down the darker muzzle, which expresses the forehead and the upper half of the head.
The markhor-person is a clever and elegant grumbler, but of great abilities in mathematics and chess. Still, a goatish stubbornness, arrogance, lust and cynicism are not atypical of him.
People born on the day of markhor, sometimes achieve great success unexpectedly. Most unanticipated people help them. Chance plays a big role in their fate. And there is always controversy in their lives. They contradict themselves and get confused, but despite this, they find their way. They are pretty cynical, use bad language and condemn others unceremoniously in a goatish manner. Nevertheless, they are not simple people. They have a philosophical attitude of mind. They achieve many things unaided and are continually educating themselves.
The complexity of their personality is associated with the threefold quality of nature that the Divine Trinity represents and that is called Satcitananda in India. The following symbol of the degree reflects it: ‘A hill with three sides: the sun illuminates regular lanes and beautiful plants on the one side while the shady side is cheerless and gloomy.’
‘My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose.’
The markhor climbs high and watches from on high. Its human counterpart can be haughty and arrogant too, but has a spiritual force or at least access to higher levels of mind that are able to perceive and absorb the creative power of the spirit. The initial rise and integration of the mind that the degree typifies are reflected by its Sabian symbol: ‘Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree (are proudly watching).’
The degree of the markhor implants exuberance, spontaneity, frivolity and overconfidence. It grafts bounciness and makes one easily overcome obstacles and difficulties like a kid bouncing on the rocks. It gives originality of tastes and behavior. It endows the native with the ability to hold the audience and to manage large masses of people.
The markhor-persons are inclined to formulate theories or guesses that to astonishment of all frequently turn out to be right. They are good at professions that involve interaction with people. They boom businesses thanks to their good relations and communicativeness. Success awaits them in various activities. Among them are arithmetic, writing and research, but also art, especially music and literature.
The degree produces bright and interesting natives, ingenious abilities and intensifies life with plans and projects. It implants desire to receive everything at once, without any delay for tomorrow. It gives a superb impetus to fly off, but does not guarantee a successful continuation. Subsequently it all might end. The happiness may turn out to be fleeting, followed by a complete redrawing of life and even by fall and misery. This may occur due to interference of other people. The degree warns against imposition of other’s will. It is associated with troubles coming from children.
It is good markhor-people to labour during the first half of their lives. Then the luck will be on their side and they will be able to realize their happiest and fruitful plans. The second part of their lives bodes nothing. Their lives are the roads of strange and mysterious souls and must be walked with caution. The degree of this goat symbolizes a trial.
Unfavorable horoscopic and mundane factors overexcite and make the markhor-people anxious. Bad conditions make them restless, distracted, and impractical, overflow their lives with changes and dissipate their force and energy. Then although the markhor-people are brimming over with ideas and plans, they don’t manage to implement them. They will have to go through many changes. Helplessness, poverty and abandonment at the end of their lives are possible.