9th Sign of Zodiac
Anatomy: Hips, Thighs, Muscles
Keywords: optimistic, restless, enthusiastic, adventurous, honest, irresponsible, outspoken, independent
Comparison with its symbol, the Archer: Sagittarius is symbolized by the Archer–half-man, half-horse. This symbolizes the Sagittarian’s attempt to free itself from man’s animal nature. The centaur is thought to symbolize the development of the human soul. It symbolizes the animal natures and desires of man, as well as its spiritual aspirations. In Greek mythology, centaurs were adventurous, brave, and wise; they were also given to brawling and uncivilized behavior.
The glyph for Sagittarius is a straightforward one — it depicts the archer’s arrow slung in a bow. This glyph symbolizes the desire for direction, a higher purpose, and abundance.
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The flowers associated with Sagittarius are the carnation (depicted, and representing good luck and pure love), hydrangea (representing earnestness, prosperity, and abundance), and peony (representing honor and abundance).
The glyph for the sign of Sagittarius is depicted here.
As a symbol of the Archer, the Sagittarian glyph resembles an arrow. This glyph symbolizes the desire for direction, a higher purpose, and abundance. It represents the eternal quest.
Sagittarius: Ruling Planet
Jupiter is Sagittarius' planetary ruler.
Jupiter symbolizes reach, broader purpose, and possibilities. Jupiter is a moral, just, and truth-seeking force. The first of the social planets, Jupiter seeks insight through knowledge. Optimism and growth (including mental and spiritual growth) come under its rule. On the up side, Jupiter is associated with a sense of humor, good will, and mercy. The more negative manifestations of Jupiter include blind optimism, excess, and overindulgence. Irresponsibility that results from blind optimism, not ill will, can be displayed.
Sagittarius' element is Fire. There are three Fire signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Fire signs are spontaneous, reactive, and assertive.
With Fire, we have pride, passion, courage, creativity, and impulse -- all traits associated with Sagittarius.
The symbol for Sagittarius is the Centaur or Archer.
Sagittarius is symbolized by the Archer–half-man, half-horse. This represents the Sagittarian’s attempt to free itself from man’s animal nature. The centaur is thought to symbolize the development of the human soul. It symbolizes the animal natures and desires of man, as well as its spiritual aspirations. In Greek mythology, centaurs were adventurous, brave, and wise, although also given to brawling and uncivilized behavior.
Sagittarius' modality is MUTABLE. There are four mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
Mutable signs are flexible, adaptable, and changeable. Although they can be inconsistent and lack follow-through, they are ready to make small changes and adjustments to accommodate others.
Sagittarius: Ruling Planet Glyph
The glyph of Sagittarius' planetary ruler, Jupiter, is depicted here.
Jupiter's glyph, or symbol, shows the crescent of receptivity rising above the cross of matter. This symbolizes Jupiter’s role in raising our awareness beyond the physical world. Jupiter encourages us to reach, expand, and improve.
This is a depiction of the constellation, Sagittarius.
The sign of Sagittarius is associated with the metal tin, depicted here.
Tin represents knowledge, wisdom, balance, philosophy, and mediation. It's also connected to prosperity.
Gems associated with Sagittarius include the azurite, blue sapphire, and topaz (depicted here).
Sagittarius is associated with the color turquoise, representing calm, wisdom, good luck, joy, and intuition.
Sagittarius: House Association
Sagittarius is the ninth astrological sign and is associated with the ninth house.
The ninth house rules our personal belief system, our sense of adventure, exploration, religious beliefs and personal philosophy, higher education, long-distance travel, morals, foreign languages and cultures, personal truths, publishing, commerce.
Sun in Sagittarius
(The Sun is in Sagittarius from November 22 to December 21, depending on the year).
Restless, cheerful, and friendly, Sun in Sagittarius people are generally on the go. They have a love of freedom, and a disdain for routine. Generally quite easygoing, Sagittarians make friends with people from all walks of life. They love to laugh and tease, and get along well with both sexes.
Sagittarians have an often blind faith in people, and in the world. Their optimism is infectious, although it can get them into trouble from time to time. These are curious people who love to learn. Their idealistic nature is hard to miss.
Although generally easygoing, Sagittarius is a fire sign. This gives natives a generally quick temper. Fortunately, they’re usually as quick to forget what got them angry in the first place.
The need for escape is generally strong, and some Solar Sagittarians come across as a little irresponsible. They’re generally easy to forgive, however. After all, their direct, honest approach in life is admirable.
Some Famous People with Sun in Sagittarius: Christina Aguilera (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Tyra Banks, Ludwig van Beethoven (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Sagittarius), Billy Bragg (Sun and Moon in Sagittarius), Benjamin Bratt, Harry Chapin (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Dick Clark (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars in Sagittarius), Emily Dickinson (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Walt Disney, Kirk Douglas (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Brendan Frasier (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Katie Holmes (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Sinead O’Connor (Sun and Venus in Sagittarius), Ozzy Osbourne (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Brad Pitt, Britney Spears (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Steven Spielberg (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Ben Stiller (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Marisa Tomei (Sun and Moon in Sagittarius), Mark Twain (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Sagittarius).
Moon in Sagittarius
More than anything, Lunar Sagittarians have a need for personal freedom and space. They are extraordinarily happy and easygoing folk, as long as they don’t feel caged in or cooped up.
Lunar Sagittarians have a simultaneous need for activity. Meeting new people, going out in the world, and travel are all important to their sense of well-being. They love open spaces, and, in their homes, a roomy and bright environment.
There’s a bit of a teacher in Moon in Sagittarius, and definitely a helpful spirit. They easily forget appointments and the like, and some are even considered irresponsible. However, it is hard to stay angry at a Lunar Sagittarian! They are so cheerful and upbeat, and their optimism is catchy.
Many people with this position are outdoorsy types. At the very least, they have a great love for friendly competition.
When the going gets tough, these people run away. They don’t like to be caught up in routine for too long, and they simply need to escape.
There’s a blind faith in Lunar Sagittarians that is admirable. They simply believe that everything will work out. Not much for making detailed plans, people with Moon in Sagittarius prefer to wing it. They’re very adaptable and generally on the go.
Some Famous people with Moon in Sagittarius: Jennifer Aniston, Ludwig van Beethoven (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Sagittarius), Billy Bragg (Sun and Moon in Sagittarius), Mariah Carey, Harry Chapin (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Dick Clark (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars in Sagittarius), Kevin Costner (Moon and Venus in Sagittarius), Charles Dickens, Vin Diesel, Gloria Estefan, Richard Gere, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Nicole Kidman, Stephen King, Lenny Kravitz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arnold Palmer, Charlie Sheen, Justin Timberlake, Marisa Tomei (Sun and Moon in Sagittarius), Vincent Van Gogh, Tiger Williams, Oprah Winfrey
Mercury in Sagittarius
Freedom of thought is what Mercury in Sagittarius strives for — at least in theory. These people communicate in an optimistic, forward-looking manner. Their ideas are generally very big, but it’s probably wise to use tact when you see all the little holes in their arguments. Remember, they mean well. These people have vision.
Not always thrilled about focusing on details, Mercury in Sagittarius people prefer to expand their mental horizons through thinking and reading about larger subjects, like philosophy. Their thirst for knowledge can be insatiable, but they have little patience with dry academics or cold, hard facts. Theirs is a restless intellect. They learn best when they are given the freedom to think for themselves, when they are truly interested in the topic at hand, and when the things they’re learning are fun.
Even though their definition of justice might bewilder some, Mercury in Sagittarius defends justice and freedom religiously. They generally have a whole slew of principles they follow, or at least defend in conversation, and they’ll gladly discuss them all with you.
Their optimism is both their strength and their weakness. After a conversation with these people, you’ll probably feel stimulated and invigorated. They make life a little better for their positive, optimistic outlook. But sometimes that optimism can be a little blind to reality.
Organization, too, is not a forte of Mercury in Sagittarius. Who has the time for organizing anyway? When the clutter around them gets too unbearable, they’re given to trashing or piling things instead of putting them in their rightful places. They do appreciate lots of room, or at least the illusion of space, when they’re working, studying, or thinking. So, their office might look alright at first glance. Open up a drawer or a closet, however, and you might find it’s bursting its seams.
Conversations with Mercury in Sagittarius are always interesting. You can’t help but admire their enthusiasm. At their worst, they take to preaching instead of conversing. This may not be intentional, and can get Mercury in Sagittarius into all kinds of trouble nonetheless. A good debate is hard for people with this position to pass up. Mercury in Sagittarius natives think they are very open-minded–and they are in spots–but they can come across as quite moralistic at times too. They’ll be the first to spot bias or prejudice in everyone else’s communication, but they can be a little blind to their own. They’re not always the best listeners, either, and not adept at picking up the subtleties in your conversation.
Bluntness of speech is a trademark of Mercury in Sagittarius. These people get impatient with indirectness and beating around the bush. It baffles them. It may even piss them off for a while. A sure-fire way to get under their skin is to play mind games with them. They may not always pick up on the game-playing at first, but when they do, they won’t be amused.
When they’re not fired up about some issue or another, these people are fun-loving. They love to laugh, and it’s usually pretty easy to get them giggling.
Some Famous People with Mercury in Sagittarius: Christina Aguilera (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Dido Armstrong, Ludwig van Beethoven (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Sagittarius), Harry Chapin (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Dick Clark (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars in Sagittarius), Jamie Lee Curtis (Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius), Emily Dickinson (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Kirk Douglas (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Calista Flockhart, Brendan Frasier (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Katie Holmes (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), AJ Mclean, Ozzy Osbourne (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Britney Spears (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Steven Spielberg (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius), Ben Stiller (Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius),
Venus in Sagittarius
When Venus in Sagittarius people are in love, they need to feel they can grow and expand their horizons through their relationship. They want to learn new things, and experience everything together. These are idealistic lovers who want you to appreciate their beliefs, visions, and ideals. They can be a confusing mix of the lighthearted and serious. They are roamers and seekers, and don’t commit in their relationships as easily as others.
Venus in Sagittarius men and women turn others on with their big smiles and laughs, their jokes, their grand schemes, their dreams, and their friendly, flirtatious behavior. They pride themselves on their open minds, but you may notice they can be judgmental too. They are threatened by inhibitions on the part of their lover, dullness, and emotional overkill. They are restless, and won’t put up with lovers who dwell on any one thing. When the going gets tough in their relationship, they have an overwhelming need to run away. Usually this only means getting out and experiencing something new before they come back, but sometimes it can be for good. They are attracted to people in love with life. You don’t need to be refined, polished, or graceful to win their favor.
Pleasing Venus in Sagittarius involves allowing them lots of room in the relationship to grow. Avoid getting stuck in a rut, and understand their need to move on. Learn to laugh, but take their rants and raves seriously. Avoid criticizing their beliefs, join them in debates, and philosophize along with them. When they feel the need for more experience, join them! Learn to look past their clumsiness with you and your feelings, and avoid cornering them or forcing them to commit.
Some Famous People with Venus in Sagittarius: Christina Aguilera (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), David Bowie, Harry Chapin (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Kevin Costner (Moon and Venus in Sagittarius), Jamie Lee Curtis (Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius), Emily Dickinson (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Sagittarius), Sinead O’Connor (Sun and Venus in Sagittarius), Jimmy Page, Mark Twain (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Sagittarius).
Mars in Sagittarius
When Mars in Sagittarius people get angry, they feel like running. They have to do something–not about it, but something else altogether. They don’t have a lot of patience to wait things out. This is where the restless and adventurous nature of Sagittarius comes in. People with this position of Mars should seriously consider physical activity as the best means of anger management, if they don’t already (naturally) do so.
People with Mars in Sagittarius generally have a number of projects going at once. They are not known for their follow-through, however! They start up new projects, however, with admirable gusto. Their vision and optimism can get in the way of completing what they start–they want to do so much, and they trash things too easily when a new idea takes hold.
Most of the time, Mars in Sagittarius is playful and fun-loving. They love friendly debates, although they can go to extremes. Some take it personally when you don’t agree with them–why wouldn’t you agree, after all? Well, for one, you might (especially if you have planets in Virgo or Gemini) find plenty of holes in their arguments. The thing is, more often than not, they haven’t thought things through, yet they’re very passionate about what they believe in. Mars in Sagittarius loves to “wing it”.
Mars in Sagittarius people see themselves as warm-blooded folk. They are, but they sometimes run roughshod over others’ feelings during their more passionate debates. They can be blunt with people, although if they have a more tactful Mercury placement, this quality will be subdued. Their direct, blunt approach is most obvious in bed. They’re passionate lovers, and are turned on by open-mindedness and good humor. But, they are not usually patient when sex gets too intricate or serious.
Mars in Sagittarius can be a little hard to understand. Sometimes they seem to be the most easy-going of people–they love a good joke and a good time. Other times they are on fire–intense and impassioned about something or other. They abhor anything that fences them in. They need to feel like they have space. They’re the ones who will run away when things get too serious or dull. They’ll likely be back soon–it’s just that they need to feel free for a while or they go batty.
When these people argue, they can too easily pick up a moralistic stance that drives everyone around them crazy. More likely than not, however, they jump off their high horse sooner than later, and get back to having fun.
Mars in Sagittarius is used to getting their way and persuading others to believe what they believe in. Every now and again, they face the few that don’t quite buy their grand theories, or, worse yet, poke holes in their plans. This is when these normally fun-loving people get frustrated. In fact, they take it personally when others don’t agree with their philosophies. (See also the Sexuality of Mars in Sagittarius).
Some Famous People with Mars in Sagittarius: Dick Clark (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars in Sagittarius), Ellen DeGeneres, Steffi Graf, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Meg Ryan, Christian Slater, Mark Twain (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Sagittarius), Rene Zellweger.
The world is filled with adventure, new things to experience, and, most of all, hope, with this Ascendant. There is an unmistakable faith and enthusiasm with Sagittarius rising people. Grand schemes, big promises, and a willingness to explore and experiment are themes, although follow-through is not a strong characteristic of Sagittarius.
These individuals are somewhat restless and often active people. They always seem to be looking for something that is just out of grasp — and many do this their entire lives. They can be quite direct at times, yet they are likable enough to forgive for their faux-pas. Most have a lot to say and offer. Their insights and opinions are usually interesting and exciting, although sometimes lacking in details.
Sagittarius rising people have opinions about everything, and they just love telling others exactly what they are. Not all people with this position are outgoing folk, but they all have a way of moving about that at least exudes a certain level of confidence. Some might even call them naive or overly optimistic. Even the quiet ones don’t shrink from life and from experience.
One of the most obvious and endearing traits of Sagittarius rising is their willingness to keep up a sense of humor. Even when they’re feeling low, they manage to find humor in life and have fun with whatever they do have. The placement of Sagittarius’ ruling planet, Jupiter, will give more clues to how they go about expressing themselves. Jupiter in Capricorn, for example, might give a more sarcastic approach, but underneath there lies an unmistakable hope and spirit for living. More on Sagittarius Rising.
Famous people with this position include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anjelica Huston, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, and Nicolas Cage.
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