Sagittarius the Archer

On Thanksgiving this year, the Sun moves into Sagittarius and will remain there until December 21st. Sagittarius, with its fiery nature and mutable quality, is the part of us that is the Seeker, after ideas, information and experience. It's more than simple curiosity however; it involves a purpose that transcends mere information gathering as in Gemini.  With expansive Jupiter as its ruler, this is about discovering the higher Truth in the facts.  In Scorpio, we faced the Dark Night of the Soul in which we questioned and probed into everything we are. In Sagittarius, we now aspire to the heights of human potential, which would not be possible until we've faced the darkness. When confronting our worst nightmares in Scorpio, Sagittarius leads us into a quest for new meaning, new allegiance and a renewal of spirit. In Sagittarius, we envision the best of what is possible. We begin to reassess our potential and find a new direction.

There are pitfalls and traps in every sign and Sagittarius is no exception. As soon as we start to speak about a higher truth we must ask ourselves if we hold these beliefs because they serve our ego or because there is inherent truth in them. When we have found answers that work for us, it is very easy to believe that those answers must work for everyone. But Sagittarius teaches us about the vast diversity of human expression, needs, vision and values.

Wherever Sagittarius is in our chart, we become seized, possessed and driven by the big picture. Sagittarians have a knack for stepping outside the microscope of the human senses and discover that will simulate sensual delights and tease the intellect. There is nothing more satisfying in life than a physical pilgrimage that tempts the mind to grow bold and question, if not reject outright, its learned biases and attitudes concerning established societies at large. Thus, it would be safe to say that Sagittarius isn’t content being the passive observer. 

Some famous Sagittarians:  Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, Aaron Rogers, Pope Francis, Tina Turner, Louisa May Alcott, Bette Midler, Mary Todd Lincoln, Martin Van Buren, Emily Dickinson.

Not just the Sun transits into Sagittarius, so do the other planets. Any planet in Sagittarius will be, like Sagittarius, very open.

The Moon in Sagittarius: gives an emotional need to think and talk big, to be restless and to want adventure. Frequently, there is an inner optimism that keeps you bouncing back from setbacks.

Mercury in Sagittarius: is not really illogical. It just doesn’t usually want to be bothered with what it considers trivial details and what the rest of us call the practical necessities of life. Mercury in Sagittarius can be very good though for getting the big picture. Sir Isaac Newton had this placement.

Venus in Sagittarius: People with this placement are looking for an ideal and ideal lovers are rare, to say the least. So they keep looking. Their love-making style tends to be rather straightforward. If you have your eye on someone with this placement, start out by being their pal.

Mars in Sagittarius: gives energy that moves in spurts. If you have this placement, you tire very easily when doing work that you find boring (even if you are well rested). On the other hand, you could be exhausted, but up comes your energy if you see something interesting.

Jupiter in Sagittarius: If you were born when Jupiter was in Sagittarius, some may say, you were born under a lucky star. Jupiter is at home in Sagittarius, and the two together seem to attract good fortune. This combination allows for the fullest expression of the amazing qualities of Jupiter.

Saturn in Sagittarius: feels safe and secure as long as it understands every situation that it’s in. This is not always the most practical placement. There is also a need to feel free and to be able to comment on everything.

Uranus in Sagittarius: Uranus loves to shock. While Uranus in Gemini has a tendency to say shocking things, Uranus in Sagittarius likes to have shocking principles and tell shocking stories. For example, Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, and Alfred Hitchcock both have this placement. Sagittarius is also a sign of adventure and Uranus is independence.

Neptune in Sagittarius: Sagittarius is philosophy. Neptune here can increase the chance that the principles we hold dear are nothing more than illusions. Of course, people always have to be careful of this no matter what their horoscope. But Neptune placed here will tend to magnify this tendency. Karl Marx had Neptune in Sagittarius.

Pluto in Sagittarius: Pluto was in Sagittarius between 1746 - 1762, and then again between the years of 1995 - 2008, marking the generation known as “Generation Z.” People born during both of these periods were brought up with paradoxical understandings of the world. On the one hand, these were times of prosperity, but at the same time, political tensions were reaching breaking points. In the 18th century, the oppressed and poor were becoming more impatient with the ruling classes, while at the beginning of the twenty-first century, terrorist attacks shook people’s understandings of themselves and fostered extreme nationalism. People born during this time are highly aware of the need for change, and are prone to interest in political change and revolution. This group is highly aware of social inequalities and is dedicated to bringing them into the public eye. They are also natural leaders and are excellent at inspiring people with their charisma and energetic personalities.