Developmental Lessons For Sagittarius

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When approaching Astrology, my attempts are to do so with a developmental model in mind.

While there may be moments of glory which affirm our basic self-hood and encourage us to project that into the world, there are also bouts of crisis, or proverbial “forks in the road” that require our blind spots to be highlighted with the hopes that we’ll view this as food for growth, in service of becoming the people that we’re meant to be.

Every person born under a particular sign, or with an abundance of that sign’s archetypal energy within their birth chart possesses areas which, if not addressed properly, can severely hamper their human development.

In addition to the intellectually expansive and intrepid exploratory nature of Sagittarian energy, there can also be a more disordered side. This is the dysfunctional dimension of Sagittarius which concludes that strong belief correlates into ultimate, undisputed truth.

When Sagittarian (Jupiterian) energy is distorted, there’s a righteous indignation present that indicates we have life all figured out. This is an important observation, and something that those with heavy dose of this vibe definitely need to take note of, and neutralize in order to fully actualize their birth potential.

Feeling like your truth “walks on water” or is somehow “God-favored” can definitely become a colossal stumbling block in your development.   It’s very humbling to realize that we don’t and we probably never will, have life all figured out, and if we manage to do that, best believe the breath which sustains us will have permanently escaped from our bodies.

It may help for you to consider that it can prove to be far more effective to ask questions which provoke thought and stimulate discussion rather than try to appear as if you’re the smartest person in the room.

 

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Sagittarius, every day, there’s more to learn and explore. It’s such a big world out there. There are people with cultures and customs that we really know very little about whose philosophies and cosmologies make just as much sense to them as ours does to us.

What you’ll hopefully discover is that seeking to listen and understand can contain much more mileage than any type of judgments or critiques which parade your personal worldview as the standard for normative behavior.

Meditate on the symbol which is the bow and arrow.

Ultimately, your purpose is to formulate large scale questions which explore the nature of the universe and our place in it.

The fuel which can best sustain you on your life’s mission is that which thoughtfully ponders and prompts debate. When flowing with your cosmic blueprint, you place yourself in alignment with your natural birthright which is to guide and inspire others to open up new windows of thinking.

What needs to be realized is: you can most certainly accomplish this without instituting dogmatic clutches of “belief” in attempts to fervently convert others to your way of thinking.

Setting up an “Amen corner” is your celestial kryptonite.

To synthesize and ultimately advance knowledge, we must all consider viewpoints which at one time may have been totally foreign to us.

 

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For Sagittarius, this is where you need to incorporate Gemini, your complimentary sign and come to grips with the multi-faceted nature of truth. Just because you’re looking out the window and see one thing, doesn’t mean everyone else has that same pair of lenses on.

The best example you can set is to effectively question the nature of things so that others may be prompted to investigate what other types of lenses may exist.

Let’s speculate for a minute  and suppose that you DID have all of the answers.

What would be left to talk about? Understand that your job is to keep the discussion OPEN.

What you DON’T want to sound like is one of those people who starts off a sentence by saying “don’t debate me on this.” Or ends a heated, evangelical diatribe with “case closed”.

What, then, (if anything) do you have to look forward to in life, Sagittarius?

A tombstone that reads: “I was right”?

Your arrow is clearly supposed to fly freely with FORWARD momentum, and what better way to travel than to allow others the FREEDOM to pursue their own truth through sincere and robust inquiry?

You will be better for this. You will expand your mind and gain a greater perspective. Your glaring blind spots will begin to develop eyes and you will gain the wisdom which is waiting for you to partake in it.

Understand that addressing these issues doesn’t extract anything from who you are; it merely uncovers more dimensions of your psyche which will ultimately benefit you, and those who have the pleasure of being in your presence.

 

 

Capricorn Sun, Gemini Moon: Mental Stamina

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“Thoughts are things, so we find that different kinds of thoughts become different kinds of things. Thought is always creative; it must always create after its own type. It must always give form to something, and the something to which it gives form is not a thing of itself because the thought that creates the form is the product of the thinker. The thinker comes first, then the thought, and then the form.”

-Ernest Holmes 

To many of us, how the thought world operates is somewhat elusive. We may view the material manifestation of events and circumstances as purely “happenstance” or find some other type of rationalization as to why things are the way they are.

There are many alternate ways of considering how the world around us works, and this is one of the life tasks or missions of the Capricorn Sun, Gemini Moon individual:

to embrace a insatiable curiosity and multi-faceted inquiry regarding the manner in which your personal thought and concept selection influences your reality.

This Sun/Moon blend suggests that one has the potential for self-mastery and authority through diversifying life experiences and exposure to a multitude of viewpoints and perspectives. In addition to the contact with variety, one also needs to recognize, confront and navigate the duality that presents itself within ideas you choose to explore.

The fuel which Capricorn requires to function optimally is strategic and administrative. Devising a system of progressive steps to reach a desired goal or “bottom line.”  The solar light is reflected by a personality that has the need for choices and variation. The individual is fulfilled through variation and the absence of monotony.

The questions which come from this combination center around results; what’s visible as a demonstration of one’s mental abilities. The ultimate goal is to structure one’s life-force through the use of the intellect, adaptability and the capacity to build structures that last.

A dysfunctional expression of this combination is one who lacks discipline and focus.

There’s a distinct difference between having a variety of legitimate interests and only sticking with something until the euphoric newness wears off and then flitting to the next thing which captures your momentary attention.

In this case, “so many interests” may be used as a smokescreen for actually getting down to work; to facing the internal organization it takes to map out a successful game plan.

When operating effectively, there’s an establishment of a concentrative center  and stamina within the intellectual sphere. One is aware of their ability to select their thoughts, just like they do their meals or their clothes. There’s not only the realization that “garbage in equals garbage out”, but a self-appointed responsibility toward mental productivity, with the aspirations toward producing palpable success.

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South Node in Gemini, North Node in Sagittarius

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Retain: Curiosity, Mental dexterity, Analytical inquiry.

Develop: Holistic understanding, Intuition, Breadth of focus.

Your natural tendency is to have your hands in everything. There’s a youthful curiosity about your immediate environment which infuses a state of rapid and constant activity. While your mind and body may be traveling at 100 miles per hour, it’s somewhat a foreign concept to slow down and ponder what all of the information you’re gathering actually means. It’s time to consider that this may well be your job.

Contemplate how synthesizing facts can provide a broad, telescopic overview which can advance your understanding of whatever you happen to be interested in. While you’ve digested the notion that the devil is in the details, you can easily get stuck there and resist opening yourself up to the world outside your window. It’s important to recognize the dangers of erroneous thought patterns which confuse information with true understanding.

Part of your life-task is comprised of developing a philosophy of life which takes multiple views under consideration. As a result of studying larger systems of thought, you’re being encouraged to recognize the interrelationships and patterns which permeate them all. You’re then placing yourself in a position to develop informed opinions about the larger issues which truly matter to you.

There’s a saying that “over-analysis leads to paralysis”. So, while you’re talented at logical dissection and pulling things apart, you now must do so in service of ultimately combining them in a way which serves to expand your map of the universe by opening up new doors, which in turn pose more questions about the world that we live in.

There may have been a time where you felt like you wanted to “taste” all that life has to offer. If this is the case, you’re being asked to decide which “food’ you like best. Once resolved, the journey consists of approaching all of the angles surrounding it leaving no stone unturned. It’s truly a victory for you to discover that every place on earth doesn’t operate in the same manner that your local area does.

In fact, whether you agree or disagree with outside perspectives isn’t as important as refining your tolerance and openness to receive them. While it may pose some degree of difficulty, orienting your thoughts toward the larger horizon, or the bigger picture can aid you immensely in jump starting your capacities for philosophical thinking.

With the South Node in Gemini, you’ve dealt with the “what”. The “why” and the” how” of Sagittarius now requires integration so wholeness has the opportunity to be restored. If Gemini is a multiple choice test, Sagittarius is a “blue book” essay test, where you’re being asked to formulate theories and expound on concepts.

Bear in mind that intellect and intuition are complementary, rather than opposing forces. It certainly doesn’t require the devaluing or diminishing of one in order to develop the other. You’ve been assigned the lifetime homework of learning to trust your hunches and combining that with maintaining the importance of concretizing ideas.

The fields of experience in which this activity is generated will be indicated by the hose positions of the nodal axis in your birth chart. Also, any planets which contact the nodes can serve as helpers in the process of integrating the axis.

A Letter To Venus in Sagittarius

Dear Venus in Sagittarius:

I’ve been watching you, and I must say: I like your style. I’ve seen you hop the train for weekend excursions in the states, fly out to Berlin for the international film festival and relax in the solitude of the sands of San Juan. What makes it so great, is that this is only the physical part of your travels and adventures that I’ve witnessed.

Almost every time I take a peek on your bookshelf, there’s a new piece of mind-expanding literature to be found. Or, when  I snoop through your mail (please don’t turn me in!!) there’s always some foreign flick I can’t pronounce with your name on it. It seems as if spiritual growth and broadening your life philosophy is just your thing, huh?

I love listening to you discuss your life experiences so passionately. I can tell that you’re dedicated to unearthing truth and higher knowledge in all you pursue. However, I would be less than honest if I said I didn’t worry about you sometimes.

I’ve been observing this about you, and please don’t take it the wrong way, but it seems as if every time there’s talk of some type of structure being incorporated into your life, you get antsy and change the subject. Why?

Remember that time I was asking you about why you had to pay your rent late three months in a row and you started telling me about how many varieties of beer they carry in some bar in Brussels?  I was livid!!

What I’m trying to tell you is this: making commitments in life will notimpede on your sense of freedom if you exercise sound judgement and responsibility. In fact, these structures will not only enhance the quality of your life, but will provide you with even more space to teach, share ideas and expand your world and that of those around you.

 

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Becoming more grounded does not  have to serve as a burden, but a gift and extra dimension which can easily be incorporated into your personality. I’ve seen you in action and you possess boundless versatility. All of this chatter that I hear regarding Venus in Sagittarius being commitment phobic and all…… I refuse to believe it.

I realize that you warrant special circumstances. I respect and honor that. It’s obvious that above all, you require genuine friendship.Someone with whom you can share your physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional travels. A confidant of the highest order where deceit, negativity or controlling behavior doesn’t exist. After all, you must have told me a thousand times that love and acceptance without judgement is the key to your heart.

I wish you nothing but positivity in the pursuance of the high ideals you seek in human relationships. I have faith that you will continue to be an embodiment of that which you seek. May your inner wisdom speak to you in volumes and your spiritual understanding increase by the moment as you shoot your arrow toward the heavens but keep your feet firmly on the ground.                                                                                       

Sagittarius Sun, Cancer Moon

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Your path to higher knowledge  has the potential to be realized via your genuine emotional connections with others.

Through exhibiting  your capacity for warmth and nurturing, you’re able to serve as a sensitive teacher. An individual which creates avenues of intimate trust in order to disseminate wisdom gained through experience.

The natal placement of the Sun in Sagittarius suggests that the fuel which ignites your life force and sustains vitality is comprised of the freedom to explore and travel spiritually, intellectually and physically.

To shoot arrows of broad and free flying thought into the universe, asking the large scale questions which surround life’s meaning and illicit a panoramic search for truth.

You can span the globe by plane and or indulge yourself  in “foreign” ways of thinking, philosophies and belief systems, with the hope of broadening one’s scope on life to form a more eclectic and comprehensive world view.

The Sagittarian fuel is used by the Cancerian Moon  to reflect a personality form in which emotional security is a primary need.

In this case, emotional security is defined as :

a peaceful existence and a measure of stability in one’s feelings. The feeling safety which results from an environment which is supportive and non-threatening. Also, one which encourages open displays of love, affection and care.

With this Sun/Moon blend, not only is it important that you feelings be honored and respected, but also, your opinions and philosophical outlook. You must be supported in your quest to ask the large scale questions about the workings of the universe.

The placement of the Moon in Cancer suggests that fulfillment of your life potential resides in forging sincere, heartfelt alliances.

Forming bonds with a biological or ideological “family” which will allow you to display your potential gifts of emotional intelligence, acute intuition, and depth of feeling.

This blend has the potential to work well in that:

the gentle Cancer approach refines the strong thrust of Sagittarian intellect and also opens its channels to understand subtle undercurrents which can permeate one’s environment.

Conversely, the Sagittarian penchant for expansion provides a solid balance to the introverted energies of Cancer, which allows one to display what’s contained “in the shell” in a more outward fashion when necessary.

Astrologer Grant Lewi on the Sagittarius Sun, Cancer Moon Blend :

“This is a highly intuitive, poetic, and sensitive position with an adaptability that  makes it possible for you to use your abilities in almost any field that you want to. Whether you select a business, professional or artistic career, you are likely to master and understand it.  

You are capable of broad abstractions of thought- and of understanding details of philosophy- and hard business sense. When you are thinking clearly you can see through anyone or anything.”

“In all things -studies, business, love, ideas, philosophies- you should seek for depth rather than distance. In business, seek soundness rather than brilliance; in creation as in the arts, quality rather than quantity; in love, concentration rather than variety.

You will find the the reward of your great abilities and your high ideology directly in proportion as you concentrate and refuse to scatter your energies.”

Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, has the potential to elevate whatever it comes in contact with, and the lunar energies, as exhibited by Cancer, are no exception.  One could say that the qualities associated with the Moon could be brought to the pinnacle of their potential, or exaggerated and distorted beyond belief.

With a sincere, straight shooting arrow, you can find the ultimate freedom in allowing your feelings to flow. This includes allowing yourself to be vulnerable in letting others know just how much they mean to you.

Through a wide ranging mind and rich faculties of imagination, painting a picture which motivates the spirit and stirs the fires of the heart is something you can do if you’re willing to aspire to understand the emotional framework of others as well as seek to reveal your sweet, tender  interior underneath your solid covering.

It’s essential that you recognize and become well acquainted with the archetypal feminine (yin) energies which occupy your heart center, as they relate to the expression of the yang. This applies to both Women and Men alike, as the “masculine” and “feminine” are determined not by an absolute, but rather by a relative predominance of one set of characteristics over the other.

By way of the Cancer archetype, your Sagittarian energy can radiate throughout the grandeur of the cosmos.

References: “Heaven Knows What” by Grant Lewi, “The Symbolic Quest” by Edward C. Whitmont

Venus in Scorpio, Mars in Libra

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As the owner of this Venus/Mars blend in your birth chart, your relational needs center around intensity and emotional nakedness.

It’s difficult for you to accept anything less than feeling deeply connected to your significant other or whomever you choose to engage with.

Whether you realize it or not, there’s a dance happening inside you which requires the careful navigation of its rhythms. It consists of allowing yourself to see both your beauty as well as the ugly beast within.

If there’s anything you feel that should remain in the dark “from prying eyes”, for your benefit, you have to face it without running away. In fact, there will be no peace until you do so. You have immense potential to heal and be healed through your personal relationships, but you must come to terms with the cost of admission.

Your blend suggests the application of energy in service of harmony, and this is honorable. However, avoiding the rawness of touchy issues just for the sake of serenity won’t cut it in this lifetime. Your inner peace could be very well earned through trials of fire.

We all know that sex faces aren’t pretty, but you have to let the grimace be what it is, and let the moans out- chances are you’ll feel a liberation of emotional toxins and will be on the way to experiencing the equilibrium that you value so much. Anything which can help you to reveal yourself in a no holds barred capacity is your friend. In order to create a trusting environment, you TOO must lay some cards on the table. Maybe not *every* card just yet, but enough to let others know you mean serious business.

Will you share your depths? Or will you look out the peephole until you think everything is “nice and neat”?

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Understanding Sagittarius: How Big Is Your World?

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“The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest things without it.” – Carl Jung

Here stands Sagittarius. The 9th sign of the ZodiacJupiter ruled and poised to to embark on an infinite quest for the meaning of life. The sentiment that “to travel, is better than to arrive ” fits into the archer’s philosophical framework like Nas’ flow over a Primo track.

The sense that there’s something greater “out there” and the ability to fuse that external search with the richness of their inner landscape is just one of the expressions that makes the centaur’s experience something to behold.

The Symbolism
Half Woman/Man and half horse. A centaur aiming his or her arrow into the boundlesswide open, metaphorical heavens. Yes, it all sounds very simple. However, there is much more at work here. Sagittarius simultaneously occupies the body of both man and animal, of human and beast. The Archer aims at lofty ideals and aspirations which must be reached “down here” on the earthly plane. However, this is not to be at the expense of his/her animal nature.

Through all of the spiritually evolvedhigh-minded philosophy that represents Sagittarius, natives of the sign are also unabashedly human. True, a portion of their life purpose is to discover  the divine order of the cosmos. But it’s also to savor the buoyancy which is a by product of a robust earthly existence. So, whether the knowledge and wisdom attained comes through journal writing with their Montblanc by candlelight, or sitting bar side with his/her favorite imported beverage, the journey never ends.

*Quick Note*:  You may find some similarities in this article that apply to those with not only the Sun in Sagittarius, but also with Sagittarius Rising,  planets (moon, mercury, venus. mars, jupiter ) in Sagittarius. Also, many planets in the 9th house or a significant Jupiterian signature such as Jupiter in an angular house (1,4, 7, 10), Jupiter conjunct an angle (ASC, DS, MC, IC), or making a major aspect(square, opposition) to one of the “lights” (sun, moon) may yield energy that applies. However, it needs to be understood that Sagittarius, Jupiter and the 9th house aren’t the same and there are distinctions to be made between them.

The Sagittarian Curriculum

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As stated in my earlier writings, astrology is not meant to be reduced and rigidly confined to a set of static personality characteristics. Rather it implies a set of celestial instructions as to how we may realize and fulfill the potential inherent within our birth charts.

So, what does the Archer need?

Experiences which will give them more.  More knowledge, more understanding  and more wisdom. Sagittarius needs to be exposed to peopleplaces and activities which will assist in their mental expansion while adding to their encyclopedic storehouse.

The joy, for the centaur, is in finding out what it all means, both on an individual and a universal level. The adventurous, fearless spirit of this sign leads them to look wherever they think there’s a good chance clues to the grand design may be found. Then, it’s back to the lab. The “lab” being their mind, which processes information in a broad andcomprehensive, yet eclectic manner.

Traditionally, Sagittarius is associated with foreign travel. This is because the mere thought of moving our physical body from a familiar environment to an uncharted one implies the widening of one’s worldview.

 

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The same idea is applicable to the travels of the mind, as they inspire us to enlarge our mental framework and increase our window of the universe via exposure to foreign concepts, ideas and philosophies. Sagittarius loves nothing more than to view the forest from their metaphorical mountaintop and explore the myriad of perspectives set before them.

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The Sagittarian Toolbox
Just as each sign contains a set of instructions for self-actualization. They also have a set of tools at their disposal which will assist them on their quest. When used constructively, these resources accelerate development. They advance us. They help us become a more refined, evolved expression of our signs.

What’s in the centaur’s toolbox?

A Thirst For Knowledge, A Gift For Teaching 

More than any other sign in the zodiac, Sagittarius wants to know. They want to be one of the enlightened ones. They’re prepared to venture to the end of the literal and figurative earth to soak up wisdom.

Additionally, contained within the generous nature of the 9th sign, is the desire to share and teach. Sagittarians don’t hoard knowledge. For them, it’s only as good as it’s use and application. Otherwise, it’s just a directionless mass of information. The centaur wants to inspire and empower others to think on a grander scale and enlist in a creation of a limitless vision.

Sagittarius knows that it isn’t so much what you’re teaching, but how you teach it. Does your method encourage others to greater heights? Does it enlarge, rather than limit the scope of possibilities?

A Knack For Synthesis  
Because Sagittarians are on an endless search for meaning, they have become quite adept at connecting life’s dots. They have the uncanny ability to take bits of information, which may initially seem unrelated, and synthesize them to create an even greater entity. They understand interrelationships and are able to capitalize on the insights contained therein.

This talent is not only applicable to outside information, but also to the workings of their own psyche. I am convinced that the idea of the sankofa or “renaissance”man/woman” is highly Sagittarian. One may be a philosopherpoet, artistmusician and writer all wrapped up into one body. This is because the perspective of Sagittarius is holistic. Developing the parts in order to create a more unified whole.

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An Unswerving Faith
Sagittarians have confidence in themselves and they trust the abundance of the universe. They have learned to view life more as a set of divinely ordered experiences, which provide rich hues of meaning and less as a set of haphazard random occurrences where they’re consistently rolling the cosmic dice. The archer knows that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

He/She has learned through experience that this light can only be fully embraced by acknowledging it’s shadow. So, rather than deny that the dark exists, they simply create a constructive outlet within their psychological makeup for it to live. They give it just due. However, the beam of illumination shines when they realize that this shadow will not define, nor devour who they are becoming. This is the Sagittarian faith.

The Centaur’s Trash Can
Sagittarius is undoubtedly a truth seeker. Although they might try to act differently, they know that the universe plays no favorites. It’s laws are no respecter of persons. Therefore, it is extremely important to discuss the pitfalls that Sagittarians are subject to and what needs to be eliminated if they’re going to become an embodiment of the signs highest energies.

When personifying the lower vibration of Sagittarius, the archer is dogmatic. They somehow ingest the notion that all of the “truth” that they have been so fortunate to come in contact with needs to be spread urgently to everybody. MIND YOU, this is whether others are ready to listen or NOT. So, then the centaur takes it further (not in a positive way) and becomes the proselytizer and redeemer of “lost souls”.

What they fail to realize is they are being a hypocrite. And in all of their divine pomposity, they will deny it to the hilt.

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The same “space” and “freedom” that they champion for so loudly (and sometimes obnoxiously) is what they are impeding in other people. Sagittarians must learn to realize the power of a teachable moment. They must be patient enough to recognize the opportunity when it arises.

nstead of breaking and entering, they have to allow others to open the door and invite them in. Coming to terms with the reality that everyone didn’t go out and purchase a pair of Sagittarius lenses.

Open-minded means receptive to perspectives that may differ, and quite sharply from your own. In essence, the evolved Sagittarian must seek to understand others with the same vigor applied in understanding him/herself. If the matter is important to you, you will do so.

In order to maximize it’s potential, Sagittarius must eliminate the attitudes of dogmatism, arrogance, hypocrisy, pomposity and intolerance.

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A Quick Word on Relationships
When involved in relationships of any sort, independence is a key word for Sagittarians. They wholeheartedly believe that a mutually satisfying relationship and the pursuance of their individual destiny can exist in the same sphere. Some astrological writings characterize the archer as a commitment phoebe who seeks to bask in the eternal breeze of bachelor and bachelorettehood . Please allow me to share another perspective.

Sagittarians value their freedom. As they mature and grow into their sign, they realize this freedom is not carte blanche to indulge in self-destructive behavior, but rather the physical and psychological space to think their grand thoughts and share them with whomever they feel the need without restriction.

Any Sagittarian that finds themselves in a confining or restricting situation is a troubled one, indeed. However, the archer’s innate desire to be true to themselves and their aspirations is just too strong to allow them to remain in a stultified.

The horse- half of Sadge bucks at the thought of relationships which are not compatible with their needs for intellectual growthopen exchange and tolerance. If these are not existent,  you may very hear them “giddy up” with the quickness, assess what they’ve learned and continue on their infinite quest.

However, where there is honestya sense of fun and adventure,mutual trust and genuine friendship, the centaur feels truly inspired. Whether it’s the globetrotting couple who sees the world together, or philosophical musings until the wee hours of the morning. This is the environment in which the archer flourishes and has no problem committing. For he/she can feel the positive energy. And in keeping with the Sagittarian spirit, best believe their contribution will be large, as the catalyst to new, broader horizons.

Last Words
The Sagittarian journey is filled with vast potential. The archer needs not to detach himself from his/her physical life, but rather keep his/her humanity firmly planted in reality, while aiming arrows straight and true towards the higher realms of thought and existence.  

Sagittarius: May you stay true to the joy and positive energy that encompasses your being. May you find meaning in life and continue to travel to your heart and mind’s content.

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