Evolution / Hopefulness / Aiming / Adventure / Experience / Conscience
I examine the mysteries, to experience knowledge, the non-truth of truth, and the truth of non-truth
Sagittarius is philosophical, visionary, tolerant, and jovial, known for generosity, exuberance, confidence and optimism; its eyes scan horizons of the future, and its enthusiasm is contagious. Loving sport, playing the chances, and generally being in the thick of it, it exhibits a natural, easy-going, approach to relating – full of humour, pithy remarks and witty candour, frank, blunt, and disconcertingly valid. It is false to deny the sign’s fiercer aspects – the mythological centaur was war-like and inspired awe and fear. Indeed, though acting with integrity, with a genuine moral code that underwrites all of its actions, Sagittarius can be very antagonistic, particular if forbidden the space it requires to expand. It needs freedom to travel physically, intellectually and emotionally, since exploration, vision, and adventure are true indications of its essence-nature.
To measure the evolution of consciousness we need a yardstick, and the duty to create one falls to this fiery, expansive sign. It is an impossible task, yet this suits Sagittarius well because completion and agreement are not considered high-value states – since they diminish the delight of discovery and debate. We endlessly seek to make objective what will always remain subjective, and this paradox drives our development. Wisdom arises through reflection, self-discovery and experience. Evidence that we understand some of the meaning of life is found in high-order mental constructs such as conscience, truth, morality, law, science and religion.
There are natural constraints, and cultural constraints, and life is inherently bound by rules; yet we must always challenge the merit of whatever structure of control we adopt to reflect them. To test the validity of our philosophy requires us to be able to cope well with whatever occurs, strengthened by the principles that derive from it, so that we can manage both opportunity and crisis in good conscience. Any such system must satisfy both body and soul – if collective morality is unworkable in real life then it is not authentic; it is false.
Projecting a considered, workable imagination onto the field of opportunity is a worthwhile attempt to create lasting realities based on considered wisdom. This is a non-judgemental account of the aims of law, morality and philosophy. However, any visionary effort only generates a close approximation to our desires. How well we overcome obstacles, to embrace the unexpected, clearly influences the actual impact of our vision. Others might see the differences between intentions and consequences as grounds for disappointment, yet this sign is invariably positive, and sees the unexpected simply as a new adventure. By staying alert, its characteristic ready resourcefulness is quickly employed, readjusting to establish ideal outcomes. Something of value is always to be found by cutting a path into the dangerous unknown; we learn that in pursuit of self-interest the benefits go beyond survival, and support an ambitious and very effective programme of self-improvement.
It is inherent for us to seek a spiritual aspect to our lives, and the philosophical approach to this comes through the collective development of shared ideals. These offer a form, yet the essence has to be realized personally by somehow making an accommodation for all that arises. This is how to achieve mastery. Eventually we learn to make sacred each part of our circumstances – because everything and every encounter are in service to the highest ideal we have. Somehow we understand that it is through self-sacrifice that we serve our community and yet spectacularly, and counter-intuitively, such sacrifice brings high personal reward.
The Expressions of Sagittarius
Sagittarius 1 – 5
The journey we are embarked upon has not just begun; it is an aspect of the eternal dynamic that links the infinite past to the eternal future. The part of us that was born recently, and will die soon, is quite absorbed in the drama of this particular personality – and yet there is another part of us that knows of the bigger game, the cosmic dimension of our being – and it has its own evolutionary agenda, which differs from, and yet is complimentary to, that of the ego.
Life is change – of course – yet the change is not random, purposeless and unpredictable. Although often hidden, misunderstood and even cynically refuted, the dynamic of life – that which drives the changes towards a particular direction – is evolution. Much as a turbulent river has its certain flow disguised by eddies, whirls and even tidal forces, the perpetual shuffling around is secondary to the forward-moving, uni-directional thrust towards its inevitable destination. When evolution is thwarted then revolution occurs – but it is simply a backlog of designated evolutionary change suddenly unjamming.
Sagittarius 6 – 10
Youthfulness and maturity, idealism and realism, recklessness and caution are polarities we encounter and resolve as we progress in furtherance of our goals. We need to shape ourselves as a ready receptacle for the bounty, and over time this shaping is what perfects us. It takes both wisdom and skill to grasp opportunity and thereby take a further step towards realization. Often there are crucial issues that test and define us, not the least of which is the overwhelming force of desire that cannot be reconciled with common sense. Yet we trust that good fortune comes to those who risk and commit – and this is the hopeful formula for an optimist: risk, commit, and trust. More often than not it results in success – and indeed always for those who positively define any failure to meet an intended outcome as a helpful educational process of self-refinement.
Sagittarius 11 – 15
It is absurd to think we can focus our goals with fully detailed precision – we simply cannot anticipate all the changes that come about within life’s complexity. Every single activity is the expression – on one level or another – of trial and error. Whether it is a marriage, a political alliance, employment or friendship, every interaction between people is subject to shifts in self-interest and the resultant rupturing of shared purpose and mutual benefit that leads to broken agreements. Not only that, people cannot escape misfortune and seduction forever, and some are so knocked off centre that they cannot fulfil their promises and duties. If we do not take these factors into account, then we will certainly be disappointed.
In order to set a meaningful course that will lead to lasting outcomes, we have to come to terms with both darkness and light and try not to judge the one more meaningful than the other. Since our aim is always necessarily imperfect, it will inevitably create both light and dark occurrences, and we must accept responsibility for both. The words sin and repent are derived from French archery terms. If our arrow is not within the range, it is without (sans) – so we need to rethink (repenser). The overlay of guilt is a relatively modern invention; the sin & repent formula is actually a common-sense rule for trial and error techniques.
Sagittarius 16 – 20
The future comprises two aspects – what must be and what may be. When we have learned the relationship between cause and effect, we know how to anticipate what must be. For example, given correct environmental circumstances, apple seeds become apple trees; the sun rises and will always shine after the rain. Yet our relationship with what may be is an adventure that demands our special attention, exemplary acuity and a willingness to become a different version of ourselves. We simply cannot know what is next – and so we must somehow hold an attitude that protects us from danger, yet readies us for opportunity. Between where we are, and where we hope to be, lives an uncharted path – labelled on maps as ‘here be dragons’. Some people would see a sign about dragons as a dire warning – and others as an irresistible attraction.
Sagittarius 21 – 25
By reflecting on what has gone before, and the specific connections and alignments we have experienced, we become more certain of who we are, and of what we feel capable. This stirs us to greater self-expression, and greater dedication to make our mark on the world. There are abundant treasures available to us if we position ourselves appropriately to attract them; they draw us towards them as part of our evolutionary progression.
The soul’s eternal evolutionary journey is seen by Sufis as having two polarities of expression. When disincarnate, it experiences knowledge, and when incarnated it acknowledges experience. Firmly bound by the constraints of matter, there is much more to the soul’s experience of life than corporeal sensuality. Through the hard authenticity of physicality, we get to see the true effect of our qualities – such as poise, courage, radiant wellbeing and optimistic imagination, amongst so many others.
An ambitious push towards an outrageously idealistic vision energizes our situations and catalyses events – so that we are subjected to life more deeply, more fully and more colourfully. It is not more important, or even helpful, to know what we are ‘doing’ – because the soul’s present purpose is not to experience the knowledge of what we are doing, but to acknowledge the experience of how we are being. Process matters, not product.
Sagittarius 26 – 30
Sufis speak of the democracy of the ego and the aristocracy of the soul. In other words, we have to be reasonable and compromising when operating at the level of ego, yet affirm the highest uncompromising level of nobility when expressing on a soul level. In this way, we build a testimony both to our uniqueness of character and our spiritual understandings, in such a way that the soul feels at peace and clear of conscience.
Having awakened the relationship between ego and soul, we seek to master every part of our lives to the greater glory of both. This can be achieved with alert expectancy, primed for either conflict or opportunity – not at all unlike the approach we have when visiting a new philosophical idea, or indeed a new country.
Although prayer and worship are useful tools by which we maintain and develop the soul/ego relationship, they are just tools; they serve a greater function. The point is to bind ourselves back to the whole, to Unity, to all and everything. Of course, we can never truly unravel from it because there is actually nothing else, but we can forget to remember – and that is as isolating as separation would be. Having learned how prayer feels, we then train ourselves to replicate that feeling as often as possible, in fact whenever we remember to. It is thus that we consecrate our lives – by reoccupying a condition of worship even in mundane scenarios.