The capstan anchor system is comprised of various lifting anchors each with a spherical end, which fits a capstan lifter in its corresponding load category. The capstan lifter can thus be fixed to the anchor extremely quickly and safely. Capstan anchors are available in various threads. The anchor can be spherical, a threaded steel rod or plate enabling a compact build for tile like, thinner concrete elements. The capstan anchor system comes with additional tools for attaching to the formwork such as pocket formers, which can be made of rubber, steel or a magnet. Capstan anchors are suited for lifting all types of elements such as concrete pipes, thinner, tile like elements etc.