The faith-filled vision of Sagittarius (preview #2 of my upcoming, astrological e-book)

In honor of today’s new moon in Sagittarius, I’d like to share a second excerpt from my upcoming 30-page e-book on the twelve astrological signs.

To read about the previous sign of Scorpio, you can click here. . . And to read about all twelve signs–AND be one of the first to get a copy of this e-book, for FREE, once it’s edited (in just a few short weeks)–click here.  All of my astrology/healing newsletter recipients will get a free copy of the book (yay!).

And now, let’s expand our view a bit, shall we?–and learn a bit more about the fiery and expansive sign of Sagittarius.

Sagittarius

 

Scorpio may win the prize of “deepest sign” (were there one ;-)), but Sagittarius is all about the highest, and most all-encompassing, view.  Sagittarius is associated with higher education, faith, philosophy, law AND foreign travel.  From the perspective of the Archer, it’s not enough to simply plunge down into the depths–we need to come back up and SHARE our findings with the world.  AND, if we really want to enjoy a life of fullness and meaning, we all need to learn to take a leap of faith, now and again–really extend ourselves (whether in body, mind or heart) to see things from a new, wider (and wiser) perspective.

Sagittarius believes in the power of choice, and that we all have a clear moral/instinctual compass that we can follow–aligning us straight from the mind, to the gut, to those moving feet–IF we take the chance to trust, embody the truth and take a leap!  From a Sagittariun perspective, NOT all options are the same–remember that Sagittarius is the complementary/polar opposite of curious Gemini ;-)–and there really is ONE option, in every moment, that will help us to live a more faith-filled life, in alignment with our beliefs and “calling” (whatever that may be).

 

What drives the Sagittarian mind & heart (the larger view)

Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter–the largest planet in the solar system, and considered by the ancients to be “king of the Gods” (no small claim!).  The God Jupiter was the law giver for all beings, and protector of the Gods–and so, if any of the gods “had beef” with an earthly or heavenly situation, they would turn to him.  And, he would have the final say in what the “letter of the law” would be.  (As good natured as the god Jupiter was, though, he could also be ruled by his own impulses and appetite–as evidenced by his fondness for women of all types, NOT just his wife, Juno. . . Interestingly, the planet Jupiter has 67 confirmed moons–intriguing with the moon being a feminine symbol.)

Also classically considered to be the “Great Benefic”, Jupiter is the bringer of good fortune, as well as opportunity and growth.  It is said (and I have observed) that whatever Jupiter touches is expanded–literally that aspect of one’s life becomes so highlighted that it becomes “larger than life” and we feel compelled to respond and expand, in turn.  (We may, however, over-estimate our capacity to maintain such an expanded way of being–a downside that I will discuss later.)

So, in summary, the sign Sagittarius does carry many of the meanings and attributes of the God Jupiter–namely, the abilitity to see a larger perspective, the good natured comraderie with a broad range of people, the ability to take a stand and make a leap of faith, when needed/desired. . . And the tendency to sometimes make said leap a bit prematurely, based on over-confidence of one’s view, prowess or abilities.

 

The Downside of Sagittarius

Alright, I’ll admit that it does seem a little strange to say that the sign with the highest view and nature does have a “downside”. . . But, nonetheless, we all have faults and foibles, as humans (and even as Gods–read those Greek/Roman tales), so it’s probably best to acknowledge them.

Basically, the “downside” of Sagittarius, and of Jupiter in general, is the tendency to overreach.  Sometimes, for these folks, a pronouncement of faith or commitment is MORE real than the actually, real-world, embodied follow-through.  (Ouch! I know–I said it.)  So, they need to make sure that they’re not over-extending, over-pronouncing, over-stimulating. . .  Basically that they’re not “getting caught up in their own hype.” (Sagittarius IS a fire sign, after all, and a mutable one, at that–thus open to persuasion and mutation when they get “fired up”.)

Also, interestingly enough, I have read (and seen) that Sagittarian folks CAN be prone to depression and disappointment, precisely BECAUSE they do have such optimism and high-reaching expectations. . . It’s a long fall from the heavens, after all! So, some prudence or moderation in one’s approach, even when well-intentioned, can be helpful.

Scorpio: Exploring the Depths (a preview of my forthcoming e-book)

I’ve been working on a book for you, an exploration of the twelve zodiac signs.  A simple concept, I know, but I believe in the power of simplicity.  I believe that simplicity–in this case, choosing to focus on just the twelve signs, rather than the whole encylopedic range of astrology understanding–breeds a certain depth and integration of understanding.

And, so, I’m offering you a taste, an excerpt, of my upcoming e-book.  It will be about 25 pages, with between one-and-a-half and two pages dedicated to each sign.  If you’d like to be one of first to receive a copy, sign up here.  I’m offering it FREE to my newsletter subscribers.  In the meantime, here’s a taste of just one sign–arguably the most complex/layered (and misunderstood) in the zodiac.  Welcome to the depths of. . .

 

Scorpio

 

Getting to know you. . .

Things felt awfully nice under the influence of Libra, but sometimes we long for something a bit more than “nice”.  Or, sometimes, there are some bigger problems lurking in the corner (or under the bed ;-)), and being nice, sidestepping the ugly underlying issues just won’t cut it. . . In those cases, who you gonna call? A Scorpio, of course.

Scorpio is all about depth, and mysteries, and understanding what’s going on underneath the surface of things.  Beneath all the “nicities”, who has the power? Who is in control? . . . And how well do we know each other, really? Do we trust each other enough to go deeper? To exchange secrets, or money, or energy, or ________??. . . (I’ll let you imagine all of the other juicy things that might fill in that blank. ;-))

 

Elemental Breakdown

Scorpio is the sign of Fixed Water, and, more than any other sign, it is the deep sea diver.  There are layers to every Scorpio, many layers, and how much you see depends on how much they trust you, and how deep you’re willing to go.

Scorpio is associated with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, which may explain why we’re so entranced and, sometimes, a bit frightened, of this sign. . . It’s good to investigate these fears, to understand what drives us, and what binds us, and as a the psychologist/Shaman, a Scorpio can assist you in diving into the deep waters of your own psyche, if you’re ready to go there.

But, Scorpio also understands that not everyone is willing to dive deep, in every occasion. . . Sometimes, we can learn a lot, even on the surface, just by examining the roles that people play, and the masks that they wear.  Consider the Scorpionic holiday of Halloween as an example.  There are so many layers to this one holiday–from a child’s inquiry of “Trick or Treat?”, to the masks/personas that we all gleefully don, to diving deeper underneath the surface and understanding that we live in a multi-layered world (with the dead, and with Spirits, yet among us).

 

The intelligence of Scorpio, AND the downside (all rolled into one)

So, let’s give the honesty of Scorpio it’s due, and not play around here.  The plus AND the minus of Scorpio, hands-down, is it’s intensity. . . It’s a admirable quality in so many ways.  Scorpio is willing to say the things that no one else will say, to experience the really juicy and dirty parts of life, to face every emotional battle head-on.  It’s willing to consume, and be consumed, and it doesn’t care what you think (unless, of course, you are the object of it’s rage or passion ;-)).  Without Scorpio, we would all be afraid of the dark, unwilling to face the monsters under our bed.  Without Scorpio, we would never know the pleasure and the agony of torturous passion, and of energetic/tantric merger.  Without Scorpio, well. . . Life would be pretty dull and flat, now, wouldn’t it? It would just be surface, and sheen–no depth to be found.

Of course, intensity can be exhausting, draining.  It can scare people away, leaving you alone (in silence/solitude, where intimacy can be found only within yourself–if you are brave enough to dive into those waters).  As powerful as Scorpio can be, with all of it’s intensity, and all of it’s knowing, really it does come down to this. . . The willingness to be vulnerable.  And the willingness to stay, to work through pain and discomfort, layer by layer, rather than just retreating, seething, indiscriminately merging OR exploding (standard Scorpionic catalytic reactions).

Scorpio can also really benefit from learning to become grounded, centered and steady (like it’s opposite/complementary sign, Taurus)–and meditation/energetic awareness can really help with this.  It has even more ability to be present and powerful, to affect change, if it can develop self-awareness, vulnerability and steadiness in these ways.