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.