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Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac

Sagittarius, is a mutable fire sign.

It is a positive, masculine sign, ruled by the planet Jupiter (although some astrologers would say that it is ruled or co-ruled by the planetoid Chiron).

Its symbol is the Centaur (sometimes, the Archer) and its icon is an arrow, denoting the arrow in the bow that the centaur is holding.

It takes its name from the Latin word for arrow, sagitta.

Sagittarius is associated with the hips, the thighs, and the liver, and individuals with a Sagittarius sun sign are susceptible to hepatitis and other liver problems.

The key phrase for Sagittarius is "I see".

Unlike many other members of the zodiac, Sagittarius has a complex mythology.

Symbolically half human and half animal, the alternative mythical figures for this sign also tend to place Sagittarius between the poles of animal brutality and high refinement.
Wounded by a poison arrow, he was unable to heal himself. He gave his immortality to Prometheus so that he could die and put an end to his misery. Out of pity, Zeus is said to have transformed Chiron into a constellation.

The figure of the kindly Chiron, however, is somewhat at odds with the image in the constellation Sagittarius, which points its drawn bow menacingly at Scorpio.

Thus, an alternative image for Sagittarius is as an average, non-divine centaur with all the impulsive, savage brutality normally attributed to this mythical species.

Like the worst centaurs, Sagittarians can be crude, wild wanderers, always seeking adventure and freedom from all restraint. They can be reckless, irresponsible, and excessively blunt. Positively, natives of the sign are humorous, entertaining, and optimistic. Like Chiron, they prize wisdom and make inspiring teachers.

All Sagittarians strive upward. For the less evolved, this may mean social climbing; for the more evolved, a striving toward higher wisdom and spiritual insight. Like all fire signs, they are fond of physical and social activity.

There is a wealth of information available on the characteristics of the zodiacal signs, so much that one website would not be able to contain it all.

One traditional way in which astrologers condense information is by summarizing sign and planet traits in lists of words and short phrases called key words or key phrases.

The following Sagittarian key words are drawn from Manly P. Hall's Astrological Keywords:

Emotional key words: "Proud, zealous, energetic, hail-fellow-well-met, buoyant, openhearted, amiable, tender, idealistic, sincere, speculative, daring, impatient, not domestic, self-indulgent".

Mental key words: "Jovial, progressive, philosophic, intellectual, eclectic, frank, just, good-tempered, intrepid, punctilious, oratorical, prophetic, curious, altruistic, extremely ambitious, financially inclined".

To learn more about Sagittarius Sun Sign Astrology, and how this sign fits into the Zodiac see SagittariusBirthday.com

Sources:
Evans, Colin. The New Waite's Compendium of Natal Astrology. Revised by Brian E. F. Gardener. York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, 1971. Originally published 1917.
Green, Landis Knight. The Astrologer's Manual: Modem Insights into an Ancient Art. Sebastopol, Calif.: CRCS Publications, 1975.
Hall, Manly P. Astrological Keywords. 1958. Reprint. Savage, Md.: Littlefield Adams 1975

Skindiver swimming amongst the fish.
Chiron, the son of Philyra and Chronos, was a highly learned and refined centaur.

Philyra was the Greek daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. Some believe that she was the wife of Nauplius, with whom she had many children.

In the ancient Greek literature, Chronos is the personification of time. He is usually portrayed as an wise, old man with a long, gray beard (Father Time). Chronos is often mistaken for the Titan Cronus.

A wise teacher who tutored Aesculapius, Jason, Achilles, and Hercules, Chiron's vast knowledge encompassed hunting, ethics, music, medicine, and the martial arts.

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