Sagittarius, the adventure-loving fire sign, is symbolized by the centaur-archer who is aiming for the stars. For those born between November 22 – December 21, or who have other planets in this dynamic zodiac sign, the world is a fascinating place that’s just waiting to be discovered. In this post, we’ll cover all aspects of this 9th zodiac sign in western astrology, from Sagittarius personality traits to strengths and weakness, compatibilities, and more.
Sagittarius Dates: November 22 – December 21
Table of Contents
- Sagittarius Quick Facts
- Sagittarius Sign and Symbol
- Sagittarius Constellation
- Sagittarius Personality Traits
- Sagittarius Modality: the Third Mutable Sign
- Sagittarius Mantras and Affirmations
- Sagittarius Compatibility: Love, Sex, and Romance
- Other Planets: Sagittarius in the Horoscope Chart
- Famous Sagittarians
- Summary: The Freedom-Loving Adventurer
Sagittarius Quick Facts
Here are some high-level aspects about the sign of Sagittarius:
- Strengths: Adventurous, fun, passionate, curious
- Weaknesses: Impulsive, non-committal, short-tempered
- Symbol: the centaur archer
- Ruling planet: Jupiter
- Birthstones: topaz, citrine, sapphire, zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise
- Element: fire
- Season: late autumn
- Modality: mutable
Sagittarius Sign and Symbol
Before we dive into Sagittarius’ personality traits, let’s take a look at the history and meanings behind this sign’s symbol, which say a lot about who this person is. As mentioned earlier, the symbol for Sagittarius is a centaur (the mythical half-human and half-horse creature) holding a bow and arrow. In fact, the name Sagittarius comes from the Latin word for “archer.” So, the glyph (or simplified symbol) for Sagittarius is an arrow that is pointing outward and upwards, as though it’s aiming for the stars. Fittingly, Sagittarius is a sign that sets their sights high. In addition, this aptly describes Sagittarius’ optimistic and confident nature, as Sag is the “go bold or go home” sign.
In addition, the archer with arrow is symbolic of something even loftier. Perhaps more than any other sign except Capricorn, Sagittarius reaches for the stars as they seek to realize their potential and to manifest the highest expression of themselves in whatever they pursue. Furthermore, Sagittarius’ ruling planet is Jupiter, which is the planet of expansion, exploration, and good luck.
The bow and arrow are only as powerful as the creature who yields them, and in this case the creature is powerful indeed. The centaur is a fitting symbol for Sagittarius as they are a marvelous blend of excitable, fast-moving, animal instincts (the horse) and intellectual and spiritual curiosity (the human).
Famous Centaurs: Pholos and Chiron
To truly understand Sagittarius, it’s helpful to be familiar with the Greek myths about the centaurs. In particular, there were two famous centaurs named Pholos and Chiron. While centaurs were unruly, hard-partying marauders, Pholos and Chiron were a bit different from their breed. By contrast, they were self-possessed, intellectually curious, wise, and hospitable. In fact, Chiron was raised by the god Apollo, who ruled music, archery, medicine, and prophecy.1 Chiron was so sagacious that he became a teacher to some of the most famous Greek heroes, including Heracles, Achilles, and Perseus.
Thus, for all Sagittarians, one of life’s challenges will be in coming to terms with the dualism in their own natures: the rowdy, thrill-seeking, wild animal and the curious seeker of greater knowledge and wisdom.
Jupiter: Ruling Planet of Sagittarius
In addition to the symbol for Sagittarius, another important aspect to this sign is its ruling planet, Jupiter. The largest planet in our solar system by far, Jupiter is twice as massive as the other planets combined.2 In addition, Jupiter has dozens of moons that rotate in its orbit like a rockstar’s entourage. Testament to Jupiter’s impressiveness, the planet is named the king of all the Roman gods (whose Greek equivalent was Zeus.)
Jupiter is the planet of abundance, expansion, and good luck as well as philosophical, educational, and spiritual growth. Thus as Sagittarians’ ruling planet, Jupiter inspires them to “boldy go where no one has gone before…”
Part of the Sagittarius story is the constellation in this sign’s name. According to the Greek myths, the centaur Pholos was unusually hospitable to the hero Heracles. The two became friends, drank wine, and engaged in intellectual discussions. However, Pholos met a disastrous fate when the cruder of his brethren – the other centaurs – came to kill Heracles. While the centaurs were no match for the mighty hero, Pholos was a casualty of the battle. He accidentally dropped one of Heracles’ poisoned arrows on his foot and died.
However, the gods never missed the big battles on Earth. They saw the whole thing unfold, including the death of Pholos. In ancient Greek culture, hospitality was one of the highest of virtues, and the gods were impressed by how cordial Pholos was to the hero. So, they paid tribute to him by placing him in the sky as the constellation Centaurus, or Sagittarius. In other versions of the myth, it is the centaur Chiron who is placed in the constellation. Underscoring how much the gods loved these centaurs, the Sagittarius constellation is so grand that part of the Milky Way runs through it.
Sagittarius Personality Traits
One of the most enthusiastic and passionate signs in the zodiac, Sagittarius is known for their sense of adventure, love of freedom, and zany sense of humor. Another trait is that Sagittarians are honest and direct. Of course, we all have a dark side and Sagittarius is no exception. So, let’s dive into Sagittarius’ personality traits a little more, including strengths, weaknesses, and more.
Sagittarius Modality: the Third Mutable Sign
In western astrology, an important aspect to each sign’s personality is what is referred to as its modality. The modality can best be described as the sign’s mode of operation or orientation. There are three modalities in western astrology: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. And each modality contains the elements of fire, water, air, and earth. Furthermore, within each modality, there are aspects of the four seasons of the year: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. For example, Sagittarius’ modality is mutable and it represents the season of autumn in the set of mutable signs. In addition, Sagittarius is the only mutable fire sign.
Here’s more information on each sign’s modality plus characteristics of those personalities:
- Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. The cardinal signs are associated with new beginnings, initiation, and leadership. In addition, they are innovative and proactive. They’re also the types who are pioneers, who take initiative, and who lead.
- Fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. The fixed signs are associated with stability, consistency, and tenacity. Thus, making commitments and seeing plans through to completion comes naturally to them. They’re not wishy-washy types, and they know how to get the ball over the goal line to reach their dreams or objectives.
- Mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. The mutable signs are associated with flexibility, adaptability, and change. Thus, they embrace new experiences, they can deal with ambiguity, and they easily go with the flow. They’re also good at solving problems, being resourceful, and thinking outside of the box.
As the mutable fire sign Sagittarius embraces new experiences, whether it’s places, food, activities, or even relationships. However, the dark side to this aspect might be that they don’t like making commitments. Or, they might bolt from situations if they feel stuck. This can even be to their own detriment, as the grass is not always greener.
Here are some more details on the strengths and weaknesses of this sign:
Sagittarius is a fun-loving sign who enjoys life to the fullest. They are spontaneous and they’re open to new experiences. In fact, Sagittarians rarely fall into a rut because their natural instinct is to break out and try something new.
This sign also relishes their freedom. So, they give others free rein to do what they want to do as well, as they would never want to infringe on someone else’s freedom. Along these lines, Sagittarius respects others’ need for space. They are also very generous people.
Naturally curious, Sagittarius enjoys learning. And because they’re so adventurous, travel is one of their favorite ways to learn about the world, other people, and other cultures.
Sagittarius is also quite passionate. They won’t shy away from lively, even heated, philosophical discussions. Yet, they won’t dig their heels in with every opinion. With rational arguments, you can change their minds.
Possibly one of Sagittarius’ greatest strengths is their witty and even zany sense of humor. This sign loves to laugh and have a good time.
As we all do, Sagittarius also has a dark side. They can be impatient, reckless, and sometimes overly confident. In fact, this side of Sagittarius is in line with the traditional qualities of the centaur, including being restless, impulsive, and hot-headed.
Another weakness that Sagittarians can have is that they have issues with commitment, whether in relationships, jobs, or other situations, because they start to feel hemmed in.
Sagittarius can also be quite blunt. So, while being honest and direct can be a virtue, Sagittarius can take it too far, offending people or even hurting their feelings.
Sagittarius Mantras and Affirmations
Here are some ideas for mantras, or personal affirmations, that fit well with Sagittarians strengths and weaknesses and which can help Sag to thrive:
- My sense of adventure is making me successful.
- My adventurous spirit is making the world better.
- When I commit to something, I am rewarded.
- Jupiter is bringing me good luck.
- I am graceful and tactful in how I communicate.
- My passionate nature means I can accomplish anything.
- I am courageous about opening my heart.
- I am embracing every moment with enthusiasm.
Sagittarius Compatibility: Love, Sex, and Romance
Who is Sagittarius the most compatible with? In astrology, even when you try to set certain rules, there will always be exceptions. For example, even astrological odd couples can make it for the long haul. In addition, the relationships or aspects between the other planets in each person’s birth chart play a role in how two people will interact.
Nevertheless, there are some guidelines that can hint at how easy or how challenging some relationships will be. Here are some Sagittarius compatibilities, plus some ways to turn Sag on or off:
Sagittarius + Another Fire Sign: Aries, Leo, or another Sagittarius
When two fire signs come together, both of their flames shine brighter. These are the two people who understand each other – from their mode of operation to how they handle their emotions. So, in general, Sagittarius is naturally compatible with their fellow fire signs. The danger is when the two people’s lust for life and sense of adventure go in different directions. When this happens, they may not reach a consensus. In addition, they could both fail to meet their partner’s emotional needs.
Sagittarius + Earth Sign: Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn
When Sagittarius gets together with an earth sign, the two people can strike quite a harmonious balance. Sagittarius can stimulate Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn, infusing them with energy. While the earth sign can help Sagittarius feel grounded and focused, encouraging them to create something substantial with all of their energy and bright ideas. The risk with this combination is that egos could clash between two strong-willed people. In addition, they might even be competitive with each other.
Sagittarius + Air Sign: Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius
When Sagittarius pairs with an air sign, it’s a match made in heaven. The Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius can fan the flames of Sagittarius’ fire, motivating and encouraging them in their pursuits. At the same time, Sagittarius can inspire and comfort the air signs. The risk in this relationship is that Sagittarius may feel the air sign is too detached and doesn’t meet their physical and emotional needs. While the air sign may feel that Sag is too intense.
Sagittarius + Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces
Can a fire sign be compatible with a water sign? While this aspect is definitely one of the more challenging in the zodiac, we’ve all seen situations where opposites attract.
In this case, the Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces can help Sagittarius be more in touch with their emotional nature. At the same time, the water sign can have a calming effect on hot-tempered Sag. However, too much emotion and melodrama on the part of the water sign could put out Sagittarius’ fire and make them feel rebellious.
Sagittarius Turn Ons and Turn Offs
If you’re trying to woo a Sagittarian, it can be helpful to know what can turn them on or turn them off. Here are some suggestions:
How to Turn On Sagittarius
- Be spontaneous.
- Take them to restaurants or feed them cuisine they’ve never tried before.
- Introduce them to music they’ve never heard before.
- Make them laugh.
- Laugh at their jokes.
- Give them a fascinating book to read.
- Take them to an independent film.
- Create a travel bucket list with them.
- Surprise them with a weekend getaway.
How to Turn Off Sagittarius
- Be clingy, jealous, or possessive.
- Don’t have a sense of humor.
- Speak cryptically or be evasive about what you mean when you talk to them.
- Tell them about your routine – repeatedly.
- Be unwilling to trying new things.
- Try to keep them home when they don’t want to be there.
Other Planets: Sagittarius in the Horoscope Chart
While this article focuses primarily on the Sagittarius sun sign, other planets in the birth chart can also be in Sagittarius. Hence, these planets are also influenced by the traits of this fire sign. Here’s how the qualities of Sagittarius can manifest in different planets of the birth chart:
Sun in Sagittarius
Our sun sign rules our will, our identity, our self-expression, and our ego. It’s also one of the key drivers in how we will fulfill our life’s purpose here on Earth, or our self-realization. Thus, a person with their sun in Sagittarius will be adventurous, freedom-loving, and intellectually and spiritually curious.
Your rising sign, or ascendant, is the astrological sign that was rising on the eastern horizon at the time of your birth. It reflects how others perceive you, such as by your outward appearance and mannerisms, as well as your disposition. People with Sagittarius rising are generally outgoing, optimistic, funny, and curious.
Your moon sign represents your emotions, your inner world, and your subconscious state of mind. It also relates to your mother. Thus, it reflects how you take care of yourself. People’s whose moon is in Sagittarius, tend to not get stuck in emotional states. Instead, they are adept as using their intellect and self-help practices to heal. They may, however, have escapist tendencies when things get too emotionally difficult.
Venus in Sagittarius
Your Venus sign represents your approach to love and relationships, desires and passions, and what you value. People with Venus in Sagittarius may find it easy to fall in love with people of other cultures. In addition, you might gravitate to unusual ways of making a living, such as being a tour guide or photographer. You might find it hard to stay in romantic commitments.
Mars in Sagittarius
Your Mars sign reflects what drives you. It’s the passion in your nature and how you take action. Your Mars sign often manifests itself in how you work, how you approach you free time, and your sexuality. Fiery Mars is in a powerful position when in Sagittarius. You are likely a person with a lot of ambition and drive who also possesses the wherewithal to see things through. In addition, you’re good at overcoming obstacles in your path. You are also likely to be a fun and inventive lover!
Mercury in Sagittarius
Your Mercury sign governs the way you communicate and express yourself as well as how you learn and process information. Those with Mercury in Sagittarius are usually information sponges who love to learn. You are quick-witted and very direct in the way you communicate. You might get into trouble by blurting things out or interrupting because your mind moves so quickly.
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Summary: The Freedom-Loving Adventurer
For many born under the sign of Sagittarius, balancing the dualism in their natures will be a lifelong pursuit. Yet as one of the most enthusiastic and adventurous signs in the zodiac, Sagittarius provides a road map for other signs on how to live life to the fullest!