by Cindy Fadoir
Sagittarius is the third and final Zodiac sign of the Autumn season. Sagittarius is a fire sign, the most mature of all the fire signs. Sagittarius has a mutable quality and is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of optimism and expansion. The fiery, adaptable essence spreads enthusiastically, like wildfire. The Sagittarius glyph looks like an arrow which symbolizes the Archer, the flying arrow seeking high ideals. Sagittarius also personifies the Centaur, a mythological creature composed of half human and half horse, indicating a duality within the sign.
Our astrology training continues this month with the ninth zone of the Zodiac progression, Sagittarius. Our Zodiac journey leads to middle age as our adult becomes the great seeker of truth, the philosopher searching for “meaning of life”. They aim to expand and evolve themselves, often through higher education, philosophy and religion or other spiritual outlets. Sagittarians are optimistic but also skeptical as they attempt to unravel the riddles of human behavior. The world is expanded under Jupiter’s influence, leaving Sagittarians to only see the big picture. It’s the details that bore them. They have a zest for life, adventure and challenge. They yearn for the freedom to learn, explore and travel, especially of foreign lands, but are encumbered by the weary duties of life. As Sagittarians rush toward the wisdom of “old age”, they also hold tight to the carefree days of youth. They playfully and adventurously commune with nature and animals. They love to laugh and will play the fool to entice others to join in. They love practical jokes.
The key phrase of sun sign Sagittarius is “I see” as Sagittarians restlessly probes for validity with piercing logic and bitter candor. They seek the truth and are compelled to express what they see candidly and sometimes creatively exaggerated. They can philosophize and preach but may need to come down from their “high horse” to get their point heard. They are often intuitive and prophetic despite their affinity for logic. They are spiritually diverse. Arrows of brutal bluntness can be flung impulsively and yet Sagittarians often fight for the “underdog.” And though Sagittarians seek the truth, they seldom live by it.
Physically, Sagittarian’s bounce with enthusiasm, the body athletic and tall with broad shoulders. The face is oval and elongated, the hair chestnut in color. Sagittarius rules the hips, thighs and liver, and are prone to rheumatism, liver problems and sports injuries. The attire is haphazard. Financially, they are gamblers who seldom plan ahead and are often naively trusting of others. They are friendly, sociable and adventurous lovers needing a certain amount of freedom within relationships.
Sagittarians are also known to be impatient, reckless, capricious, tactless, honest, rude, daring, fickle, questioning, spontaneous, jovial, and arrogant.
The Moon relates to how we express our emotions, needs, and what makes us feel secure. When the Moon appears in Sagittarius, emotions are expressed intellectually, confidently and optimistically. There is a great need for emotional independence. Security is sensed when a “right path” is chosen, until restlessness drives the search for another path, a “greener pasture”, possibly in foreign lands.
Mercury influences how we think, study and communicate. When Mercury connects with Sagittarius, intellectual challenge and perpetual studies are craved. Communication is fluid, philosophical and impulsive. An aptitude for foreign languages may exist.
Venus represents how we relate, what we value, how we handle finances, and our artistic nature. Venus in Sagittarius results in frank but friendly relations. Independence within partnerships is valued. A cavalier attitude toward finances may exist.
Mars relates to our physical stamina, sex drive, and how we use our energy. The Mars in Sagittarius results in restless energy, full of life and vigor with spurts of energy but little endurance. Sexually enthusiastic and adventurous but impulsive and noncommittal.
Jupiter influences how we seek to expand, grow and how we express our intellect. Jupiter is at home in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, amplifying the Jupiter affects. Growth is sought through knowledge, higher learning, spiritual and philosophical pursuits. Enhanced intellectual potential may be overshadowed in early years due to restless, carefree attitudes leading to careless risk taking. In later years, wisdom and philosophical attitudes strengthen as the need for perpetual study is acknowledged and fulfilled.
Saturn is an expression of how we deal with authority and cope with serious issues personally, spiritually and societally. Saturn in the sign of Sagittarius enhances intellectual discipline, concentration and desire for study. Saturn pessimism threatens to undermine intellectual prowess.
Uranus relates to how we manifest personal individuality and humanitarian issues, and where we experience change. Uranus in Sagittarius expresses unconventional beliefs and revolutionary ideals freely, especially related to religion, spirituality, philosophy, and education. Restlessness and boredom will hinder commitment to relationships, studies or vocations. A disciplined approach to adventurous interests, possibly in foreign cultures, diverse spirituality, or ecological issues could enliven the dullness.
Neptune represents how we reveal our imagination and intuition, and where our illusionary blind spots exist. With Neptune in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, intuition is enhanced. Spiritual and philosophical teachings are investigated globally, universally and easily assimilated. Secret or hidden situations are uncovered, like the Watergate scandal during the latest alignment in 1970 through 1984. This generation is the first to be born into a world where man has already walked on the moon. This is an extreme example of Jupiter rule of foreign travels.
Pluto influences how we personally transform and regenerate. Pluto in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, which aligned in 1995 through 2008, spirituality is regenerated on a global scale, religious leaders come under scrutiny, life and death issues like assisted suicide are reworked. Jupiter rule of foreign travel again takes an extreme twist when terrorists attacked New York and Washington in 2001. Jupiter also rules big business which experienced a form of regeneration in 2008 when large corporations within the banking and automobile business were relieved of financial problems with assistance by the US government.
Next month, we continue our astrological trek by entering the earthy, Saturn-ruled world of Capricorn, the Goat, as the first sign of the Winter Season. Until then, may the wisdom of the heavens be known clearly and guide you along your path.
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