You could work out many qualities of Sagittarius the Archer from the life of one great Englishman who embodies the sign perfectly. Name this Sagittarius:
“The optimist,” he said with Sagittarian confidence and enthusiasm, “sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” He sought out dangerous challenges, going to South Africa to report on the Boer War, evading capture and getting his dispatches through even as the price on his head kept going up. He was a famously eloquent speaker, inspiring his countrymen with one fiery speech after another in England’s darkest hour. An indifferent student in his youth – he said, “I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught” -- he was a prolific writer in his middle years, turning out multi-volume works of history. At the end of his long life, he expressed his boundless creativity as a painter.
That’s right, it’s Winston Churchill, born Nov. 30 in the early phase of Sagittarius month (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21), when the ambitious and powerful energies of this sign are strongest. Sagittarius aligns with the Ninth House of government and law, philosophy and religion, so many people born under this sign find success as statesmen and jurists, teachers and writers, and in other fields that require a broad sweep of strategic thinking and action. As the Ninth House also rules long journeys, Sagittarians may be the zodiac’s most avid travelers and adventurers. Huckleberry Finn was a Sagittarian type, as was his much-traveled creator Mark Twain (Nov. 30).
So was wily Odysseus in his thirst for new places and experiences, though his cunning is unusual in Sagittarius, whose nature is hot and spontaneous, sometimes wounding others with unweighed words. Among the advantages of having a Sagittarius on your team are that he or she sees the big picture, and naturally takes responsibility and leadership. The drawbacks: Sagittarius is better at claiming credit than giving it, is impatient in wanting results right now, and is quick to get angry – but unlike Scorpio, forgives and forgets quickly. Having an altruistic sense of justice, a Sagittarius can readily admit being in the wrong, and has the rare gift of seeing all sides of an issue clearly, then being decisive. Not surprisingly, Sagittarians can literally be people of stature, tending to be tall.
Should you date a Sagittarius, even marry one? Only if you’re forgiving. Like Jupiter, the ruler of this sign, Sagittarians love their variety, and have hearty appetites. Relationship with a native of this sign will never be dull, but may not be as solid and deep as you prefer. Sagittarians tend to think home is a place to return to after a fun journey, and may not be the ideal matches for routine-bound homebodies.
While Gemini month (May-June), its opposite on the zodiac wheel, is for new marriages and starting families, the Sagittarius month of late autumn is the time for mature clans with grandchildren to gather in the feasting season and celebrate the bounties of the family and the field. For peoples of the northern hemisphere, the first day of Sagittarius has long been a major weather marker, coming a month before the Winter Solstice, and giving the farmers one more warning to get the crop in at once. This is why harvest festivals like the American Thanksgiving Day are celebrated now.
In the Celtic tree calendar, Sagittarius month is Alder Moon, the time for meeting and integrating the shadow self who rules the time of potential between now and the Winter Solstice. During this month, the Celts and Druids say, the spirit world and the physical world come closest, and communication between them is easiest, especially through such intuitive channels as dreams, fragrances and stones. Many ancient rites, such as the Greek feast of Persephone and Women's Merrymaking Day (both Nov. 25), celebrate the sacred feminine and its power to bring the rebirth of the Sun at the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. This is why so many feasts of light come in mid-December, among them among them the Roman day of Lux Mundi (Dec. 10), St. Lucy's Day (Dec. 13) and Hanukkah (this year Dec. 20 - 28).
In its highest manifestation, Sagittarius is the seeker of universal peace and justice. He may proclaim that all men are brothers, as did Beethoven (Dec. 16), or want to “justify the ways of God to man,” as did John Milton (Dec. 9). In keeping with the December season, Sagittarius may be a poet of light like William Blake (Nov. 28), Walt Disney (Dec. 5) or Steven Spielberg (Dec. 18). Sagittarius may brave the headiest voyages of imagination, as Emily Dickinson (Dec.10) did. She wrote, in words every Sagittarius understands, “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
In the ideal Sagittarian world, all wounds are mended, all wrongs forgiven. This is why the mythic identity of Sagittarius hinges on what he has on the tip of the arrow he aims at the Scorpion's heart, as the Archer is the famous healer Chiron, placed in the sky by Zeus to honor his compassionate wisdom. The Archer is in fact firing a medicine arrow that heals, revives and makes new.
Want to know how the year ahead affects people born in your sign? Dan Furst has been a professional astrologer for thirty-three years. He is the author of Dance of the Moon, and his new book Surfing Aquarius will be published by Red Wheel Weiser in September. He lives in Peru, and does astrology and astrocartography readings for people all over the world by phone and Skype. You can reach him at 51 – 984 – 155622, email firstname.lastname@example.org. His astrology web page is Dan Furst Astrology Web Page.