The astrological symbol for Sagittarius has a dual meaning. The first and most common is that of a bow and arrow. The second and less well-known is that of an arrow lifting up a cross-shaped burden, representing the struggle the Sagittarius faces.
Astrological qualities and associations
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Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter, not only one of the most important gods in Roman mythology (ruler of the heavens), but also the planet that signifies good fortune in astrology.
As the ninth sign in the zodiac, Sagittarius is associated with the astrological 9th house, which is associated with natural Sagittarius matters - foreign travel and foreign countries and cultures, religion, the law and higher education, all things which seek to expand one's experience, freedom, journeys.
Astrologers assign personality traits to the signs. The following are traits more widely associated with Sagittarius. Note that no scientific research thus far has been able to prove such correlation. Many astrologers consider planetary aspects to hold a key influence which may override sign location and thus conceding many exceptions.
freedom loving / free-spirited
idealistic / believing
intelligent / intellectual
positive / optimistic
honest / sincere
enterprising / ambitious
* energetic / active
independent / unfettered
impatient / restless
Likes and dislikes
- Ideal Careers: Ideal careers for Sagitarians include teaching, the law, theology and religion, politics, public relations or advertising, anything related to travel, arts, science, medicine and research.
- Likes: travel and adventure, honesty, justice and law, freedom, meaning, intellectual compatibility, taking risks, socializing.
- Dislikes: routine and chores, being constrained, being tied down, being forced to do things, being doubted, having to explain oneself, being forced to make promises, being bothered by little details.
Many astrologers believe that each of the zodiac signs has identifying physical traits. Some consider that physically, people born under the sign of Sagittarius usually have a large and well-shaped skull, a high, broad forehead, a slender and well formed figure. They stand high and walk high like a Centaur. They have the tendency to stoop or slouch as if grazing for grass. Sagittarius governs the hips, thighs and sacral area; some astrologers consider Sagittarians as tending to suffer from ailments of the hips and thighs and being prone to sciatica and rheumatism.
Sagittarius is widely thought to be compatible with same element signs, Aries and Leo. It is often considered to have a great potential with Aquarius granted they do not overreact to things, as both are given to whims and can be quite temperamental.
There are many variables that determine compatibility in astrology, such as birth dates, birth months, birth years, position of a sign within the sun, the moon, the stars, etc. The signs listed as compatible with Sagittarius do not reflect an individual profile or individual reading as interpreted within astrology, but rather reflect a general guideline and reference to compatibility as dictated by variables such as qualities and elements within the Zodiac. Professional astrologers rarely boil compatibility down to just the sun-sign. The branch in astrology dealing with interpersonal compatibilities is called Synastry.
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In mythology Sagittarius is often associated with either a Satyr or a Centaur (in the case of the latter, often the centaur Chiron, who taught and tutored various heroes in Greek myth). In Greek mythology, centaurs were adventurous, brave, and wise, but they were also given to brawling and uncivilized behavior. Sagittarius is also associated with the Greek god Zeus and sometimes the Greek goddess Tyche, as well as the Norse god Thor.