Sagittarius – ♐ – Centaur – Philosophy – November 22/December 20 – Fire – Mutable – Yang (+) – Transpersonal – Jupiter
Sagittarius is the learned centaur, educated on the ways of the world and wise. His wisdom comes not only from learning, but also from personal experience – the Centaur has lived extensively and learned from his experiences. He is not afraid to try out what is new, and is a pioneer and explorer. He is associated with the element of fire, and the courage and initiation (such as that associated with exploration) that go along with it. However, the Centaur is not of the Cardinal Modality; rather, Sagittarius is of the Mutable Modality. It takes the ideas put forward by Libra and stabilized and emotionalized by Scorpio and brings them into a whole new plane, where they can be applied to everyone, revolutionizing thought. It is only appropriate that the pioneer is also the first Sun Sign to be of the Transpersonal Orientation. Sagittariuses identify themselves by their relationship to the universe at large, and are the ones who make Libra’s ideas more related to the laws of the cosmos. The Centaur’s wisdom also reflects a deeper understanding of cosmos, and can be somewhat of a mystical teacher (just like the centaur Chiron).
Sagittarius is associated with the Astrological House of Philosophy, again giving the Sun Sign an association with higher learning, wisdom, complex thought, and new ideas. However, Sagittarius also reminds us that we all “[stand] on the shoulders of giants,” as Newton said, and that new ideas do not come about in a vacuum. Rather, most new ideas are merely new ways of looking at and adapting the old. The Centaur and his House is also associated with long journeys – both physical and spiritual – and cultural interactions. Sagittarius is the “meta” Sun Sign, and most associated with the mystic.
Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, and is associated with optimism and open-mindedness; Sagittarius is open to any and all new experiences, and seeks to do the best that he can with what he has. He is also generous and kind, as exemplified in Sagittarius’ abilities as a teacher. Sagittarius is also of the Yang Polarity, and is associated with activity and action.