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Sagittarius-The Explorer

'The ship is safest when it is in port, but that is not what ships were built for"- Paulo Coelho

A birth chart is made up of 12 astrological houses, and while there are different systems that divide the houses up in different ways, your birth chart is never without any of the signs, just like it’s never without any of the houses. This means you embody all 12 signs (energies/modalities) even if you do not have any planets in that sign. Understanding how any of thee 12 zodiac signs work alongside your Big Three (sun, moon and rising) can help you to make more sense of your chart as a whole.

DATES: Nov 22 to Dec 21

SYMBOL: The Centaur / Archer KEYWORD: Far-reaching

ASPIRATION: Victory (achieving our signs aspiration (things we can learn to master) is a key stage in the process of personal evolution. The fully evolved person will attain all 12 aspirations and so come closer to Divine)

MODE + ELEMENT: Mutable (adapting, versatile, dynamic) Fire. This represents fire in a state in which it is established and lit, but gradually changing and morphing. It can be seen as represented in the embers of a fire, wild, scattered, playfully dimming or brightening.

RULING PLANET: Jupiter (which is associated with one's urge to explore and expand their awareness, one's philosophical nature and broad perspective, one's search for understanding, and one's tendency to overdo or exaggerate. In Roman mythology Jupiter was known as the god of the sky and thunder and regarded as the equivalent of Zeus in Greek mythology)

HOUSE: Ninth


BODY PART: Hips, Thighs, & Liver

VULNERABILITY: Blood disorders, tumors

PLANTS & HERBS: chervil, saffron, sage, basil, sage, borage, nutmeg, clove. STONES: Turquoise

COLORS: Maroon & Navy blue

TAROT CARD: Temperance

The word 'Sagittarius' means archer in Latin. In today's symbology, Sagittarius is represented by a centaur archer, who pulls back an arrow that he aims toward the sky. The horse half symbolizes raw, spontaneous impulse, and the capacity to roam and explore with incredible stores of energy. The archer half symbolizes the human mind, on a mission to find meaning and satisfaction from one's experiences. Concentration of focus is needed by the archer to make his target, which is purposeful, optimistic, and far-reaching.

Action can be expressed in many different ways; it can be constructive, creative, joyous, loving or triumphant; or it may be destructive, angry, brutal or violent. Fire can also be linked with insight and enlightenment with seeing what is and what needs to be done.

When in alignment

  • A spontaneous, free-form style

  • Seeking to understand on an abstract, philosophical level

  •  Seeking paradigms which elucidate the personal meaning and wisdom of one's experiences

  • Seeking to feel new opportunity and growth of expansion

  • An adventurous, audacious approach

  • Good-humored

  • Refreshingly blunt and outspoken

When out of alignment


  • One is overextended, taking on too many projects

  • One is scattered, unfocused and lacking in follow through

  • One is reckless in action and blunt in speech

  • One over-generalizes from a limited viewpoint, rather than seeing the higher perspective

  • One is over-zealous about specific beliefs rather than acknowledging the variety of wisdom in all people

Affirmation to reconnecting with self:

...I've come to wake you up, even if I am loud...

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