The mutable fire sign of Sagittarius, the archer, is the ninth star sign of the zodiac in astrology.
Sagittarius represents the farthest southward outreach of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun, where the daylight is subsequently short in the north, called winter, and the days are at their longest in the south, the southern summer.
Probably because of this fact, these thirty degrees of the ecliptic are named ‘the archer’, Sagittarius in Latin, the symbol of the centaur about to shoot an arrow into the far distance. This sign not only represents the higher mind but also long distance travel, the explorer, as well as the philosopher and the lawmaker.
Sagittarius is ruled by the so-called giant planet Jupiter, ‘king of the gods’, also associated with expansion, optimism, long distance travel, religion and philosophy.
Typical Sagittarians are indeed optimists, often sporty, outdoors people, who often need to understand the concept of limitation. Whilst such individuals can be inspirational to be around, the tendency to go too far is often present. For these reasons, issues relating to health will arise.
Hips, thighs and liver
Sagittarius traditionally rules the hips, thighs and liver, the largest organ and gland of the body, reflecting Jupiter, the largest planet and ruler of this sign. Obviously our hips and thighs are instrumental in exercise and getting us out and about.
These are often areas of weakness with those who have Sagittarius strongly emphasised in their charts. Sagittarius likes to be out and about, is often very sportive, even explorative, and so the hips and thighs tend to be subject to injury.
Equally, because Sagittarius often likes to party, a lot, the liver may well suffer too in the long run. Those Sagittarians who have little restrictive elements to their character, have to learn the hard way by experiencing injury to their hips and thighs and/or problems with their liver due to ‘high living’, life telling them to amend their party lifestyle.
In a nutshell, the lesson a strong Sagittarius type needs to learn, is one of restraint. Whilst exercise and enjoying oneself are important factors in making life tolerable — there have to be limits.
Copyright Francis Barker 2020