Sagittarius is the Centaur of the zodiac and you are born November 23rd through December 21st. This is an approximation because of the irregular rotation of the earth and therefore not every year will Sagittarius begin exactly on the 23rd or even end on the 21st.
When I think of Sagittarians what comes to mind is a person with a positive outlook on life, full of energy, athletic ability, adventurousness and a love of traveling and exploration. In fact Sagittarius has a lust for travel and the further away and more exotic, the better!
You are basically optimistic, and continue to be so even when your hopes are dashed. You are the sign of honesty, integrity, and independence with a passion for justice and the rights of others. Consequently so many of you are involved with legal affairs and political activism.
The key phrase associated with Sagittarius is “I perceive,” referring to your intuitive abilities and your vision for a better world and your longing to search the planet for greener pastures and the inner search for meaning in life.
Sagittarius has always been known as the lucky sign of the zodiac, whether in gambling or just everyday life. Your luck probably stems from your optimism and belief in the future that creates your lucky nature.
In love, Sagittarius needs lots of sex and sports but you also have an equal need for an intellectual partner. Nothing spoils a relationship faster for a Sagittarius than a sense of claustrophobia. So forget all the neediness and dependencies when dating a Sagittarius, it won’t fly.
Sagittarians are passionate, sincere and straightforward in love. If your marriages are successful, you will be faithful spouses; but your innate restlessness will inspire you to travel to find your own private space, both mentally and physically. You need to feel free and are often faced with the choice of allowing your careers to take over your lives at the expense of love. This dual nature, and the eternal thorn in your side often create a dilemma between career versus relationship. Sagittarian women, even if you have no career to rival your love, find it difficult to express affection since you are so much more mental than emotional, more independent then dependent, and therefore the duality could be between your desires for a relationship versus your desire for freedom. And of course, men can also fall into this trap just as easy as the women.
When a Sagittarian matches up with another Sagittarian there needs to be the basis of a close friendship first, who also loves to be active physically, sexually and has a passion for travel and ideas. If these ingredients aren’t there along with a healthy respect for space and separate lives it will not last long. Capricorn’s and you are very, very different but you two could get along with a common goal of making money, Aquarians will stimulate you mentally and give you a run for your money when it comes to freedom and travel but often this combination stays for mentally stimulating than physically; Pisces will want to set up a home and family but you two absolutely need to be mature and ready for a long term commitment; Aries will always be your eternal lover and playmate; Taurus will ground you but the match will never feel equal which could work if the Taurus played the role of the grown-up and the Sag excepted the role of the child; Gemini is your opposite sign therefore your marriage partner; Cancer will push all your buttons and cause you to rethink your life which is great except it’s too heavy for the long haul for you; you and Leo’s will want to travel the world in search of new ideas; Virgo’s would make good business partners and if you both had strong common goals it could work out in a marriage; Libra’s makes your best friends and which is the perfect basis for a marriage; and Scorpio works best as a secret lover but too complicated for a lifetime.
Emotionally Sagittarius needs lots of freedom, space and intellectual stimulation. Your restlessness, if excessive, can jeopardize more than your own stability. For some Sagittarians risk becoming amorous players, wasting your lives away in frivolous pursuits. And on the flip side of that coin, some of you can develop a moralizing, religious fanaticism. But usually your nature of fairness and concern for the welfare of others keeps you mostly charming, friendly, easy going and honest, even if it’s a little too honest at times.
Even though you are usually very easy going, you can be impulsively angry and you know how to be outspoken, direct and to say exactly what will hurt your opponent most. On the other hand you are very forgiving.
Sagittarius is also called the Archer. Another quality is their love of the great outdoors and nature and you may hunt animal game, but only for the sport and never the kill.
You can be comfortable in the wilds of nature or the civilized urban settings and with your love of freedom and travel you often seem as if you have one foot out the door, ready to bolt to ensure your freedom.
Being a Sagittarius almost guarantees that you'll excel in at least one sport. More Olympic champions are Sagittarius than any other sign. Equestrian sports are popular for your sign because of your symbol of the Centaur: half man, half horse, so you and horses share a special affinity. Sagittarius rules travel, so running, jogging, hiking, camping, rock climbing, canoeing--anything that will keep you in locomotion—keeps you stimulated.
There isn't a sport you wouldn't try and because you intuitively feel the link between body and mind (man and horse) you regularly seek ways to strengthen both. And because you have so much energy you will need some sort of regular exercise to keep from going completely mental.
Sagittarius is great because you always tell the truth, but sometimes hearing the unforgiving truth can be tough on the rest of us. You have no sense of diplomacy, so if someone asks for your opinion, you will give it! Which explains the clique for Sagittarius; open mouth – insert foot.
You love to initiate new projects and you have an urge to understand concepts that are new to you. You think rapidly, often intuitively and always original. You are strong-willed and good at organizing, a combination that gives you the ability to bring any project you undertake to a successful conclusion. You have both a deep and curious mind, with foresight and good perception, and therefore you can be a great conversationalist.
Creatively the Sagittarius loves the broad brushstrokes of life, the large canvases or using the entire world as a sounding board by publishing books, producing films, designing ambitious ad campaigns, or whatever medium that ignores the small details and goes for the big picture. Sags want their messages also be upbeat, enthusiastic, and clear and honest.
Being that your sign rules the world of ideas, cultures, exotic foreign locations and spreading information; you are natural teachers, journalists, lecturers, philosophers, lawyers, judges, crusaders and religious leaders. Travel and exploration appeal to your restless souls and if you weren’t trained as an archeologist you could be tempted to work as a travelling salesman. There is a gambling, adventurous streak in many of you which is great for occupations in high risk speculation like that of the black jack dealer, and of course, the world of horses.
Sagittarius rules the thighs, hips and liver. When Sagittarians feel restricted they feel wounded. Many Sagittarians or those with a strong Sagittarius planetary aspect will have a scar in the thigh or hip area. But the symbolism goes deeper in that often at some point in the Sag life, they will feel as if they have a thorn in their side, or even a deep, emotional wound that they always have to carry during their lifetime, as did Chiron. This wound or thorn could be with a relationship or child that you can’t let go of but is a constant source of irritation. But this aggravation could be a real health concern; such as a limp, or liver condition or lower back pain because of a tilted hip.
As you are often the sportsmen indulging in dangerous pursuits, you are prone to accidents. The taking of risks in many sports is a danger to the modern Sagittarian.
During the month of Sagittarius the world is deep into winter, frozen, quiet and still. This a time to gather around the hearth and tell stories, a time for philosophical reflection and so one of the attributes of the Centaur is that of the wise philosopher. The Sag period marks the last month of the year when the nights are longer and the days are shorter because this pattern shifts direction with the beginning of the next sign of Capricorn. And so these two signs that have winter in common are very different. The nights are longer indicating more internal, reflective concerns of the masses, whereas, Capricorn is when the days are beginning to grow longer and the emphasis is shifting more towards the personal individual instead of the Sagittarius stage which is more concerned with universal principals. This is also why Sagittarius has a tendency to see the bigger picture for the good of all but also missing the important details that is needed to secure their own personal lives. Sagittarius lives for the greater good of humanity more than for selfish motives.
The symbol associated with your sign is the Centaur, half man and half horse. The Archer and the Centaur are the symbols of Sagittarius.
The Centaur also held a bow and arrow, which is where the symbolism for the archer is derived. The arrow is always pointed upward towards the heavens like the gaze of those who have their head in the clouds being more concerned with a greater philosophical vision, another quality of the Sagittarius.
The centaur was half horse and half man. The animal side of the Sagittarius is a need for freedom and to have their instinctual desires fulfilled. The divine part of Sagittarius, the head of man, will use their rational mind to conquer and control this animal nature.
Faithfulness is a concern for many Sagittarians. They can be quietly committed with the current lover, but the issue is how long can they sustain this commitment before they need to move on. Sagittarians are the world travelers, the eternal students, a sign that is always searching for something else, a longing for greener pastures. This is a quest for the meaning of life and since another human being represents imperfections and limitations eventually the Sagittarius has to spread their wings and search for another adventure that will allow their souls to soar. The Peter Pan syndrome of never wanting to grown up and settle down is often seen in the Sagittarius who’s animal side is stronger than their sophisticated human side.
In ancient myths the Centaur was shot into thigh, one of the body parts ruled by Sagittarius. But the Centaur was a god and could not die so there was this eternal wound in his thigh. Many Sagittarians have some sort of an eternal wound; such as a wife, child, job, obligations that they cannot escape. It’s referred to as the pain in their side that never goes away and many will have a physical scar, usually in the thigh area, that will always be there symbolizing this eternal wound.