Sagittarius: the world, imagination and possibilities

Trying something relatively new — hanging from a tree. Very Sagittarian of me, a woman with not one single Sagittarius placement in her chart. [Photo by my friend Anna Bryson]

This past month in my life has been immeasurably heavy. I feel like I’m a quilt in a washing machine that broke mid-cycle and overflowed.

When I wrote about the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction, and Mercury moving into Scorpio, I had a feeling things would get crazy, but I couldn’t have predicted the specifics of the chaos those planetary transits eventually unleashed.

My sadness has gotten to the point where I don’t want to think about or deal with darkness anymore. I’m usually a huge advocate for exploring the shadows of everything — heck, I honestly feel most comfortable when I’m in head-to-toe black waving around my selenite wand and pulling tarot cards.

But things have been rough lately, so much so that I don’t want to be sad or embrace the darkness anymore. Instead, I want to look towards the light. And luckily, there’s a big one looking all of us right in the face. It’s called Sagittarius season.

As a Taurus sun, the sign of Sagittarius used to scare me. Sagittarians are free, they’re adaptable, they say whatever they want and they can survive pretty easily without the structure of a full time job or a straight and narrow path to walk on. For a stability-seeking bull child like me, that energy was scary, intimidating and hard to understand.

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate and love the wonder, imagination, enormous possibilities and just downright fun that come from Sagittarius energy. So today, I want to write a post in honor of Sagittarians.

You can’t start a discussion about Sagittarius without talking about Jupiter, its ruler. Jupiter is big and expansive. You can’t look at a picture of the solar system without noticing it.

In astrology, Jupiter is known as the “greater benefic,” meaning it’s a hugely positive force. Venus is considered the lesser benefic, meaning it’s also a positive force, and Saturn and Mars are considered “malefic” planets.

Jupiter and its benefic nature represents where we’re lucky and where we have the greatest potential to, well, reach our highest potential in our natal charts.

And when we think of Sagittarius, we want to think about the term “benefic” as well. Because really it’s such a positive sign. It’s about wonder, hopes and dreams, spontaneity, philosophy, new experiences and world travel — basically everything fun. It’s about parties and having a good time — is it any wonder that this time of year there’s usually party after party after party? It’s hard to be around a Sagittarius person and not be inspired, or at least entertained.

One of my best friends has Mercury in Sagittarius, and you can always count on him for a hilarious, witty comment. Another more prominent example is Lauren Zima of Entertainment Tonight. Zima hosts the weekly “Bachelor” recap show “Roses and Rose” and her humor, goofiness and flair for the dramatic make her an excellent example of Sagittarius energy.

Chrissy Teigen is a spitfire Sagittarius whose humor always manages to somehow bring the entire internet to its knees. She may be beautiful, rich and famous, but she also seems to be a huge goofball.

YouTuber Lindsay Ellis, who makes videos on film and leftist issues, is also a Sagittarius. Her perspective always feels global and all-encompassing — but always in a way that’s hilarious and never condescending.

Like any sign, there are positive and negative expressions of Sagittarius energy. The negative side is probably what first scared me off as a child. Sagittarians can be blunt to the point where their words can hurt.

They kind of just do whatever they want. They shoot their archer’s arrow at will, sometimes without a destination in mind. But you have to admire their gumption.

So if you, like me, are feeling like the entire world is collapsing around you, then know that the sun in Sagittarius right now wants you to think about what’s possible. Make a vision board. Dream about that trip you want to take when COVID is over. Try something brand new — like climbing or surfing. Even better if it’s something that involves putting yourself out there in a big way.

The sign of Sagittarius believes that the world is at its fingertips, and if you embrace it, you soon will too.

Brighter days have to be ahead … right? They just have to. [Photo by me]

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