Sagittarius: Visionary Seeker of Truth
“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.“
– George Washington Carver
Wednesday November 21st the Sun will leave the intensely emotional and secretive water sign of Scorpio and enter the optimistic, expansive fire sign of Sagittarius. Each succeeding sign of the zodiac builds upon the foundation laid by the previous sign by rectifying or redirecting its energy. Sagittarius uplifts our true nature and essence revealed by Scorpio and connects us spiritually to the wider world.
The positive polarity of Sagittarius gives it an outwardly directed enthusiasm for exploring the world and acquiring new experiences. Goal directed and far seeing, Sagittarius is the archer, setting his aim for the stars. An idealistic philosopher, Sagittarius searches far and wide for knowledge, wisdom and a higher perspective in life.
The key phrase for Sagittarius is “I Understand.”Through Sagittarius the intellect is illuminated by the light of spirit. Sagittarius asks us to expand our view, seek higher learning, and find a broader perspective. Sagittarius knows a problem cannot be solved on the level it was created. It needs to be approached from a higher level, where we have a larger and more complete point of view. When we see the bigger picture we can find answers and possible solutions.
A seeker of truth in pursuit of knowledge, Sagittarius rules religions, philosophy, and institutions of higher learning.It rules foreign countries and languages, and traveling long distances to explore other cultures. Through these avenues Sagittarius expands its understanding of the world and uplifts its personal beliefs and philosophy of life.
Sagittarius loves adventure, physicality, freedom, wide open spaces, and the outdoors. The natural world and animals, especially horses and deer, are symbols of Sagittarius. It rules outdoor pursuits such as hunting, natural history and the science of ecology. Sagittarius enjoy participating in sports for the physical experience and knowledge gained.
Sagittarius’ love of wide open spaces can cause it to become claustrophobic and commitment phobic if it senses it is losing the mental, emotional and physical freedom it craves. Always on the move looking for the next new adventure beyond the horizon, Sagittarius easily becomes bored and restless. Lacking patience and focus, it misses details and lacks the staying power to see a project through to completion. It prefers to see the forest, and not the trees.
Sagittarius is friendly, direct, and values honesty. It is generous and willing to share. Fun-loving Sagittarius has a sense of humor. It inspires others to lighten up and be optimistic, to have faith and trust in the future.
The Sagittarius love of expounding on its philosophy can lead to preaching, close-mindedness and fundamentalism if unchecked. Problematic Sagittarius can become attached to being “right”, to being an expert, or a wise person or authority. In this way Sagittarius can cut itself off from exploring other points of view, beliefs or philosophies that might expand its own world view and spiritual vision of life.
Areas of life ruled by Sagittarius include our personal beliefs and philosophy, our vision of life. The higher mind and the ways we acquire wisdom, such as through formal education in university institutions, are Sagittarian. Venturing beyond our home to gain new experiences and long distance travel are in the domain of Sagittarius. Religious institutions, practices, rites and ceremonies are Sagittarian. Moral and ethical standards, the law, legal affairs, and publishing are all ruled bySagittariaus.
Archetypes for Sagittarius include philosophers, college professors and teachers, clergy, spiritual leaders, visionaries and shamans. Travelers and wanderers such as the cowboy riding off into the sunset are Sagittarius archetypes. Parts of the body ruled by Sagittarius include the hips, upper legs and thighs, the pancreas and fatty tissues. The gem for Sagittarius is turquoise. Its metal is tin. Sagittarius plants are birch trees and dandelion flowers. The color for Sagittarius is royal purple.
“Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it.“
– Edmund Burke
Jupiter, Ruler of Sagittarius
“. . . The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
– William Hutchinson Murray
The planetary ruler of Sagittarius is Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. In astrology Jupiter symbolizes expansion, enthusiasm, and opportunity. In the astrological chart it represents good fortune, prosperity and blessings, benevolence and grace. It shows us how we can build trust and faith in ourselves, and how we can develop inner strength andconfidence.
Jupiter and Sagittarius rule serendipity, an unexpected outcome that results from taking action. When we take one step towards Grace, it takes one hundred steps towards us. When we make a leap of faith, take action, and let go of our expectations for a specific result, Jupiter is free to grace us with more luck and benevolence than we might have expected!
When you develop a vision and set goals, stay open and receptive to other possibilities and outcomes. Trust that far-seeing Jupiter can see something better for you down the road.
Jupiter Retrograde in Gemini
Jupiter moves retrograde approximately four months each year. It stationed retrograde on October 4th at 16 degrees Gemini. On January 30th it will station direct at 6 degrees and begin moving forward through the sign of Gemini once again.
A retrograde period is time for review, reflection, reconsidering and revamping. It is a time to be more internal, rather than pushing ahead in the outer world. Jupiter retrogrades ask us to look within to seek new meanings, and reach new levels of understanding.
Jupiter retrograde in the sign of Gemini is a time to reflect on how we think, explore new ideas, gather information and communicate with others. How well can we accommodate different points of view? Do we avoid being preachy and dogmatic when sharing our personal beliefs? Are we excessive or overly expansive in our thinking? Or are we cynical and doubtful?
Use this time to re-evaluate your personal philosophy of life. How can you broaden your way of thinking? What self-limiting beliefs are holding you back? How can mental flexibility better serve you? How can you expand your vision to create deeper spiritual connections?
Review plans and consider alternative options. Have faith and confidence in serendipity to bring you new opportunities and possibilities. When Jupiter moves direct at the end of January you may feel your luck change and be more ready to move forward to achieve your goals.
The Month Ahead
As the Sun moves into Sagittarius Wednesday it conjoins the North Node in Scorpio. Focusing our conscious awareness on higher sights, and feeling uplifted through a connection to Spirit will assist our transformation and spiritual rebirth.
The Sun in Sagittarius disposits to retrograde Jupiter in Gemini, which squares the Moon in Pisces. This is a time for us to reflect on our personal connection to the greater world. As we share our ideas, visions, and beliefs with others, we must do so with emotional sensitivity and empathy, being aware of our spiritual oneness.
This year the Thanksgiving holiday falls on the day after the Sun’s ingress into Sagittarius. It is fitting that we celebrate Thanksgiving when the Sun is in jovial and generous Sagittarius. This is a time to connect with friends and family, and to express gratitude for all our good fortune and blessings.
While Sagittarius lends its fiery warmth, good cheer and love of fun to our winter holiday celebrations, it sometimes believes there can never be too much of a good thing! It can be over-indulgent with food and drink and extravagant with holiday shopping. Rein in excessive and irresponsible attitudes and behaviors during the holidays. Give thanks for all you have and are able to share with others. Stay connected to your deeper truths and what is genuinely meaningful in your life.
Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio
The planet Mercury stationed retrograde November 6th at 4 degrees Sagittarius. It moved back into the sign of Scorpio on November 14th. It will continue its retrograde motion until November 26th when it stations direct at 18 degrees Scorpio.This retrograde period is a good time to go within and examine attitudes and beliefs that color your perception of life. How optimistic are you? Do you trust in grace and believe in serendipity? It is also a a time to investigate your thinking processes, and uncover any fear-based beliefs and attitudes that keep you suffering. Have the courage to heal and transform them. Purge jaded thoughts, cynicism, and sarcasm. Adopt a more uplifting philosophy of life that includes trust, faith and optimism to carry into the new cosmic cycle we enter on December 21st.
New Moon in Sagittarius
A New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon conjoin overhead from our perspective on Earth. This represents the fusion of our outer consciousness and awareness, symbolized by the Sun, with our inner emotional and unconscious self, symbolized by the Moon. This is a fertile time for new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of your new projects and endeavors.
The next New Moon will occur on Thursday December 13th at 12:42 a.m. (PST). This New Moon will be at 21 degrees Sagittarius, opposing Ceres in Gemini, and semi-sextile both the North Node conjunct Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Capricorn. This is an opportunity for us to create a new expansive vision of life that is connected to grace and benevolence. We will be challenged to remain optimistic as we search relentlessly for deeper truths and act with reserve and responsibility. We can create balance by sharing our thoughts and ideas in nurturing ways with others.
The area of your astrological chart where 21 degrees Sagittarius falls represents the area of your life where you can consciously create new beginnings to explore truth and gain a higher perspective of life. Set aside time to reflect on how you can create new beginnings in the areas of higher education, travel, religion, and philosophy. How can you expand your vision of life and learn how to believe? How can you best connect to your inner truth? Where can you experience grace and serendipity in your life?
You may wish to set some new goals or create some Sagittarius affirmations on this New Moon. Examples are: “I use my enthusiasm and love of learning to expand my understanding and wisdom.” “I connect with my spiritual truth, have faith in Grace, and trust in serendipity.” “I respect the spiritual path and Truth of others as I travel my own path.” “I expand and broaden my vision of the world as I journey through life.”
You will begin to see evidence of the seeds you sow on this New Moon as they come to fruition on the following Full Moon in Cancer on December 28th. This Full Moon will reward you with an emotional connection to your inner Truth that provides security and stability during changing times.
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
– Carl Jung