“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 Zodiac, Jupiter 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 Preemo 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.
Half Woman/Man and half horse. A centaur aiming his or her arrow into the boundless, wide 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 evolved, high-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
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 people, places 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.
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.
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 philosopher, poet, artist, musician 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.
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.
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.
Instead 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.
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 phobe 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 growth, open 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 honesty, fun, 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.
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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