Sagittarius (astrology) explained

Sagittarius () is the ninth astrological sign in the Zodiac, which spans the zodiac between the 240th and 269th degree of celestial longitude. In the Tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area of the zodiac from November 22 to December 21 each year. In Sidereal astrology, the sun currently transits the constellation of Sagittarius from December 16 to January 14 (approximately).

Key characteristics and definitions

Sagittarius is seasonally associated with the transition from autumnal moisture to mid-winter dryness. Because its period indicates a change of season, it is known as a "mutable sign" [1] describing an instinct toward change and an easy ability to modify or adapt to the demands of the environment.

The sign is governed by Jupiter, a planet which is symbolically associated with temperate qualities which loosen, relax and expand. Sagittarius is also linked with the "element of fire," which represents outgoing, action-oriented energy that seeks spontaneous expression.[2] As the mutable fire sign, governed by an expansive planet, the symbolic focus of the sign is connected to the principle of exploration and evolution. Correspondingly, Sagittarians are reputed to be drawn toward travel and philosophy, and to enjoy social contacts, meeting new people and exploring other cultures. They are said to be highly intelligent, broad-visioned, tolerant in their views, mainly concerned with the "big picture" but with little patience for the details.[2]

Joanna Watters (2003) defined a key phrase for this sign as "I seek" and describes Sagittarius as "the sign of the higher mind ... the pursuit of wisdom and search for meaning are just as important as new places and experiences".[3] Like all the fire signs, Sagittarius can be idealistic in vision but tactless in expression. They are known for their bluntness and are often unaware of their ability to cause anguish in others.

Definitions and Associations
Glyph meaning: ()The bow and arrow of the Archer.
QualityPositive: outwardly expressive, extrovert.[4]
Element (triplicity)[5] Fire

energy, warmth, vision.

Mode (quadruplicity)Mutable

the element in its most fluid form - associated with change and the dissemination of energy.

Body partThighs.
DirectionSouth
Traditional definitionsBestial - the signs symbolised by four-footed animals (also called quadrupedian 'four-footed'). These can lack in social graces and sometimes indicate coarseness and a poor appreciation for "niceties" and polite manners. They can also be a little inarticulate, caring more about making their point, than the elegance of the style in which it is made. [6]

Bi-corporeal (double-bodied) - all the mutable signs are double-bodied - Gemini: two twins; Virgo: maiden and bird; Sagittarius: man and horse; Pisces: two fishes. They represent the months that join the seasons and signify a dualistic nature that is easily adaptable and can be one thing or another. For this reason the mutable signs are referred to as "common" signs in traditional terminology.

Feral - the sign of Leo and the last part of Sagittarius (the animalistic part) is traditionally defined as "feral," which literally means wild, uncultivated, savage or brutal. This relates to the cruel and insensitive streak associated with these signs when they disassociate their actions from their feelings and empathetic consideration of others. It is also one of the reasons why these signs may be taken to signify uncultivated territory and places where wild animals roam.

Compatibilities

Generally, the qualities of Sagittarius are considered to be compatible with these signs: Aries, Leo, and Gemini and to a lesser extent with these signs: Taurus and Virgo. Compatibility based on sun-sign alone is considered to be only a very general guideline. The branch of astrology dealing with interpersonal relationships is called Synastry. In this, astrologers analyse the horoscopes of both parties being considered with particular reference to the positions of the Sun and Moon, and Venus and Mars.[7]

Sidereal zodiac

See main article: Sidereal and tropical astrology. The dates that the Sun traverses the sign of Sagittarius according to the Sidereal system are (generally) between 15 of December and 14 January each year.

Notes and References

  1. [William Lilly]
  2. Kevin Burk, Astrology: understanding the birth chart: a comprehensive guide to classical interpretation. Llewellyn Worldwide, 2001. ISBN 9781567180886.
  3. Joanna Watters, Astrology for today. London: Carroll & Brown, 2003. ISBN 1903258693.
  4. Sasha Fenton, Astrology for Living, p.12. Readers Digest, 1999. ISBN 9780762102303.
  5. There are three signs for each element that are related to each other across the zodiac by the shape of the triangle; therefore these are traditionally known as "triplicities." Marcus Manilius, (c.10 AD.) Astronomica 2.270-295. Translated by G.P. Goold. Harvard University Press, 1977. ISBN 0674995163.
  6. [Deborah Houlding]
  7. [Linda Goodman]