Sagittarius is the sign of the lawyer, the sage.
Every year, the Sun enters the sign of Sagittarius on or around 23 November, and transits through it till around 21 December. Individuals born during this period are known as "Natives of Sagittarius", or "Sun in Sagittarius", or "Sagittarians", or simply "Sagittarius".
These natives are absolutely carefree, fun-loving and adventurous. They have a craving for travelling - especially because they are keen on experiencing and understanding various people and cultures. They are casual in nature, and do not avoid experimenting with anything new. Irrespective of their past or present experiences, they are optimistic and believe in moving on. These natives are often restless and have little to do with commitment, stability or loyality - and can hardly keep a promise.
Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, that is ruled by Jupiter.
Symbol: An Archer
In Greek mythology, Centaurs (half man, half horse) are considered brave, wise and adventurous - but they were also given to brawling and uncivilized behavior, due to their animalistic nature. Sagittarius natives are prone to be fun-loving, casual, and have a great craving for travel. Sagittarius natives also have a spiritual and philosophical nature. The Centaur-Archer is used to symbolize the Sagittarius attempt to free itself from man's animal instincts and desires - towards spiritual aspirations. The glyph (or symbol) for Sagittarius depicts the archer's arrow slung in a bow to symbolize abundance, and a direction to higher purpose. The symbol denotes an open mind, positive outlook, and generous disposition.
The Generic Sagittarius Backdrop: Personality Traits and Other Notes
A Sagittarian is nothing, if not optimistic ... eternally optimistic! They have a blind faith in the world, and the people in it. Their idealistic nature is hard to miss, and their optimism is infectious - although these traits can get them in trouble from time to time. Sagittarians adore independence and freedom, and absolutely detest routine work.
They are friendly, cheerful, and most importantly, easygoing. They easily make friends from all walks of life, and get along equally well with both sexes. Sagittarians love to laugh and tease - and these fun-loving individuals make great companions. They are also upfront, and have a quick temper - but fortunately, they are quick to calm down, and tend to forget what got them angry in the first place. They simply have no time for ill-feelings!
Sagittarians are restless, adventurous, and love to travel - and these high-spirited individuals are usually on the go, ready to explore, and make good discoverers. They are also curious, and love to learn. Given their quest for truth and ultimate wisdom, they do not hesitate in asking embarrassing questions and saying unexpected things - in their candid attempt to know and see everything. Nonetheless, they hardly take anything at face value, and are known to take their sweet time in forming opinions.
Most Sagittarians are philosophically bent, often fanatics - yet atheists. Their spirit of inquiry is practically relentless and endless - and they are greatly attracted to religion, mysticism, occult, medicine, etc. They perform well in media and arts, which allow them to work freely in their ways. They resent formal training, and the complex educational system - but are always willing to go the extra mile to find, read, communicate and learn. Their curiosity makes them keen investigators.
Restrictions of any sort is bound to irritate and frustrate them. These free birds are self-confident, tactless, yet serious. Sometimes, they can even be too upfront and garrulous. They also tend to be a little irresponsible, as the need for escape is generally strong. However, their direct and honest approach in life is admirable, and they are easily forgiven for their lack of sense of responsibility.
In love, they are cheerful and giving. They are happiest in a new relationship, but start getting restless as the relationship progresses. They resent the sense of confinement and responsibilities of a relationship, and demand their own space. However, Sagittarians appreciate the importance of bonds, and rarely attempt to break a relationship.
Finishing the Sagittarius Backdrop: Decanates, and Cusps
The Sagittarius is usually tall, with a big distinctive nose and top-row teeth. They have a pleasing voice and shining eyes, that make them very attractive and goes with their jovial nature. They usually have a thick hair, and their hands tend to be longer than their trunks. They tend to gain weight and become restless in the middle ages. Their overall appearance is gay and happy, that goes with a casual sense of dressing. But, they dress as per occassion, as they are flexible and open to change as circumstances change.
||Ninth House, that focuses on: Religion, philosophy, super-conscious mind, long trips, laws, and in-laws.
||Mutable (= Flexibility)
||The South Node of the Moon
||The North Node of the Moon
||Blue, Dark Blue
||Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Black, Indigo
||Sagittarius is a masculine sign, with an instinctive craving of: "We think ...". The Sagittarius likes travel, being outdoors, freedom, and philosophy. And, they dislike details, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, and clingy people. Professionally, they are happiest as/in explorer, commercial traveller, pilot, philosopher, writer, clergyman ...
The best gifts for a Sagittarius are pet-related items, or something for the outdoors.
||Sincere, truthful, fair, generous, far-sighted, philosophical, reliable, self-dependent, energetic, jovial, intelligent.
||Boastful, over-confident, brash, unpredictable, blunt, aggressive, inflexible, inconsistent, casual.
The Sagittarius does not easily form a habit. However, they tend to indulge in an enjoyable activity far too much, to get addicted to something - and then, it becomes very difficult for them to get rid of the habit. They are prone to alcohol and other avoidable addictions. Also, they do not worry much about their money, and tend to get involved in speculative activities. They should control their socialising, that can save some money and avoid unwanted addictions. Furthermore, they have a tendency to be blatantly honest in telling the truth - which can be harsh and hurt others. They should learn some tact in dealing with situations.
In order the further refine the above personality traits, the sign of Sagittarius (as any other) is divided into 3 Decanates (also known as Decans), based on the "triplicity" of signs. The subtle differentiating alterations for each decan of Sagittarius are explained below:
||Sagittarius First Decan: 0° - 10°
Sagittarius/Sagittarius Decanate (Around November 23 - December 2)
Note: Stronger influence of Jupiter, the ruling planet.
Blunt, direct, optimistic - amongst other Sagittarius traits.
Sagittarius magnified, these natives have enhanced Sagittarius traits, and are more "Sagittarius" than those in the other two Decanates. They are honest, frank and tend to be too blunt and "on the face" in communications.
They have a good sense of humor. They are born optimistic, and have a large heart - and, they spread joy and laughter wherever they go. Their optimism is infectious.
They are also adventurous in nature and direct in attitude. They usually have no hidden agenda.
Their honesty is largely appreciated by people who know them well. Otherwise, their frank, direct and blunt views usually land them in trouble - especially with emotional people.
||Sagittarius Second Decan: 10° - 20°
Sagittarius/Aries Decanate (Around December 3 - December 12)
Note: Influence of Mars blended with Jupiter, the ruling planet.
Assertive, open-minded, responsible, but also tactless - along with other Sagittarius traits.
These Sagittarians, influenced by Mars (Aries), are assertive - and find it easy to impress others. They are also open-minded, and are very clear about what they want in life - and act decisively towards achieving them.
They are enthusiastic, and love to take on more responsibilities - especially eager for challenging assignments.
However, they also restless, impulsive and always in a hurry. They yearn for variety, challenges and spontaneity - and tend to get easily bored. They usually aquire workable proficiencies in many trades and systems, but are unable to master any of them.
They may get very tactless, and too open and harsh in their dealings - even on sensitive issues.
||Sagittarius Third Decan: 20° - 30°
Sagittarius/Leo Decanate (Around December 13 - December 21)
Note: Influence of Sun blended with Jupiter, the ruling planet.
Charismatic, leadership, instinctive, but also critical - along with other Sagittarius traits.
These Sagittarians, influenced by Sun (Leo), are instinctive - and always careful and cautious in their dealings. They perform well as negotiators, and settling issues. They are born with leadership qualities, and exploit their boldness and agressiveness towards successfully achieving their goals.
They also have a broad outlook - which makes it difficult for them to gauge the emotions and reactions of others - individually.
They are warm, friendly, charismatic - and easily endear and impress others towards them. They love to be the limelight, and like publicity about themselves. They perform well as actors, entertainers and even lawyers.
They are also truthful, and can get very critical of other's faults and weaknesses.
The Sun, being the most dominant of "planets", forms the core character of any individual. All the above traits and notes are based on the Sun (the Sun enter Sagittarius around 23rd November and stays till around 21st December - is the basis of this Zodiac sign: Sagittarius) and, including the above "finishing touches" with the Decanates, provide the general "backdrop" of every Sagittarius. There are, however, other planets that alter some of the core traits. For example, Venus rules matters of the heart as does Jupiter to matters of optimism and hope.
The "complete picture" for each individual can only be "portrayed" by considering the positions of the other planets, at the time of birth of the individual. For example, compatibility in relationships according to the Sun is generic, it is the position of Venus and Mars (in addition to the Sun and Moon) that will actually "show" the individual's true preferences and compatibility factors. This is what makes each individual unique, and the Natal Chart important.
However, this does imply complete deviations from Sagittarius traits. Whatever alterations the other planets provide, more or less, act upon the core traits of Sagittarius provided by the "backdrop" of Sun.
Lastly, if the individual is born on the cusp (2 days at the beginning and end) of Sagittarius, they should note the time of birth and make sure when the Sun moved in or out of Sagittarius in that particular year (of birth). The Sun-Sign Table and Transit Dates
section provides an easy reference to evaluate the exact zodiac sun sign. Even if the date and time of birth is not available, a brief analysis would solve the issue:
||A person born in the cusp beginning Sagittarius has either very enhanced Sagittarius-like traits (falls in the Sagittarius/Sagittarius Decanate), or is a Scorpio. Similarly, the person born in the cusp ending Sagittarius is either Sagittarius, or has very enhanced Capricorn-like traits (falls in the Capricorn/Capricorn Decanate) and thus, is a Capricorn.
In other words, when considering cusps of Sagittarius, one should remember that no individual can have two different signs, or be a "hybrid" of two signs. There is nothing like a Sagittarius with Scorpio-like traits, or Capricorn-like traits. The only thing that matters is the position of the Sun. If the Sun has moved into Sagittarius, then the individual is Sagittarius, not Scorpio. And, if the Sun has moved into Capricorn, then the individual is Capricorn, not Sagittarius. The first light, like that of the ring of a solar eclipse, is intense - and creates a completely new individualism, leaving behind all traits of the previous sign.
Some popular 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).