How to recognize SAGITTARIUS
I would say that finding an example of this sun sign
is as easy as rolling off a log, except that it isn't
true. It's much easier than rolling off a log. Pick
any party and look at thr centre of the liveliest group.
See that fellow sitting there happily with his rather
foot stuck in his mouth? He's a Sagittarian who has
just gone out on a verbal limb, but he doesn't know
it yet. When he does, he'll look slightly bewildered
and the group around him will be looking daggers.
The archer will walk up to you, give you a hearty slap
on the back and awide, friendly grin. Then he'll greet
you with a remark like, "How the heck do you manage
to look so young when you're as old as you are? Or "say,
that turtleneck sweater sure is flattering. You should
wear them all the time. Hides your double chin. After
one of these cheery openers, he'll still be wearing
his bright grin, but your own smile may start to droop
a little. It will take him a while to figure out just
what he said that set you back on your heels, and even
longer to understand why. Then he'll try to explain.
Keep your cool. It gets worse.
Golly, didn't you understand what he meant? He thinks
it's fabulous to look only twenty-five years old when
you're really thirty-eight ( Which is six years older
than you actually are) As for the double chin, lots
of people your age have a little flab in the neck region.
The only time you can see it is from the side. You know,
when you turn your head. Just don't have any pictures
taken in profile.
Their physical characteristics aren't heard to learn
. Look for a fairly large, well-shaped skull and a high
broad forehead. The features will be open and cheerful,
inviting friendship and the exchange of ideas, and the
movements will normally be rapid ( though you'll find
a few who move slowly and deliberately) They will often
make a wide, sweeping gestures. Which may be dramatic
and vigorous but possibly not very graceful. Sagittarius
can wave his arms to make a point and upset the ketchup.
He'll stride purposefully forward, head high, and trip
over the curbstone. His brief case may snap open at
the same time, scattering his papers all over the street.
Jupiter eyes are as bright and alert as a sparrow's
and they sparkle and twinkle with refreshing humor.
The archers are either very tall and athletic looking
or shorter than average, with strong, sturdy bodies.
The tall ones will remind you of thoroughbred horses
or spirited colts. In youth especially, many of them
have a stray lock of hair which keeps falling over the
forehead, like a horse's mane. They'll flip it back
with a toss of the head or quick, unconscious movement
of the hand- a habit that may last long after a new
hairstyle has been adopted in maturity or after baldness
has set in.
Sagittarians are normally restless. They hate to sit
or stand still. The archer is physically conspicuous,
if only through his obvious confidence and his disregard
for conventional behavior. He walks as if he's really
going somewhere. There's no halting or hesitating. (
But remember that a conflicting ascendant can slow down
the gait) . When you first meet him, Sagittarius could
be perched on a horse ot walking his dog. He loves animals
passionately. Sagittarian with natal afflictions to
the birth planets can have, instead, a morbid fear of
animals, but it doesn't happen often. Ordinarily, people
born under Jupiter's influence fear nothing. The typical
Sagittarian is attracted to danger in sports and in
his job or his hobby. An element of risk excites and
challenges the archers. They love speed. Fast cars,
planes-even roller coasters draw them magnetically.
Daredevil test pilots are often Sagittatians. The average
Jupiter person enjoys nothing more than a hairbreadth
escape of some kind-either physical or emotional. It
exhilarates them. They'll take a chance on literally
anything ( unless a meeker sign on the ascendant dilutes
There's a difference between the legendary bluntness
of the archer and the brutal speech of the Scorpio.
Scorpio tells the truth, completely conscious of its
effect, but still refusing to compromise. Sagittarius
is totally unaware of the effect when his direct honesty
compels him to speak. Scorpio feels little compunction
about the wounds his statement cause. To him, the truth
is the truth, and if you can't bear to hear it, don't
ask. The Jupiter person, on the other hand,is crushed
and dismayed at his own lack of discretion when he discovers
he's really cut you. It would be touching if it weren't
What is on the archer's mind and heart is almost instantly
on his lips. He's as frank and earnest as a six year
old. You can take that old advice, "If you want
the truth, go to a child, and switch it to "if
you want the truth, go to a Sagittarian."
There's a woman in the publishing business in New York
about whom the same thing is said. "If you want
the trutn, go to kay-if you can find stand it."
Kay is not only authentic archer, she also has additional
Sagittarius influences in her natal chart. A Jupiter
girl plus, you might say. She's warm and generous, typical
of the sign, and she has lots of loyal friends who love
her, also typical of the sign. They would have to be
loyal, and they would have to love her to survive incident
like the three year ago when she opened her big heart
and decided to completely outfit her secretary for the
winter. The young girl was flat broke, since she had
just been through a drizzly financial disaster, and
she was touched to tears. Others had sympathized, but
until Kay, no one had offered a concrete helping hand.
Leave it to Sagittarius. (You can read that several
One fine day, the two of them set forth for Saks Fifth
Avenue in a fever of excited female anticipation. The
poor secretary was delirious with happiness-until they
entered the elevator. Suddenly, the Sagittarian gave
her a long, appraising look, and said quite loudly,
"We'd better try the Fat girls department first."
Just after Kays warm. Generous excursion with her secretary,
she cheered up her boss, the publisher, who had been
on doctor's order not to drink for a year. One solid
year. He had infectious hepatitis. No liquor. Not one
drop. After going for twelve long months without even
wetting his lips, he was justifiably proud of his will
power. Kay, just freshly back from Europe, paid him
a typical Sagittarian compliment. "About your drinking."
She began, and she smiled, waiting. "I hear you've
been trying to stay on the wagon." Trying? After
twelve months without a single drop? Trying? As he recovered
his composure, she went on. "Say, you know there's
a party tomorrow night for joe's book?
I though I ought to warn you, but I never get to see
you alone." Warn him? Warn him about what? The
publisher forgot his chagrin under this new threat.
She continued; "We were all hoping that, this is
embarrassing but we are all hoping that you wouldn't
spoil the party." By now, the publisher was speechless
Then she noticed something else weird. Her boss's face
it was purple. Suddenly contrite the friendly Sagittarian
immediately apologized. :Gee, I hope I didn't sat the
wrong thing. It won't matter how you behave anyway.
Joe thinks you're really swell. He was just telling
us all today that he's glad he decided to come to us
even though his old agent had been against it. He can't
understand why he's heard such awful things about you.
I told him people were just jealous. Say, you don't
look so hot. Are you sure your doctor knows what he's
doing?" (There are rumors that Kay's boss went
off the wagon that night, permanently.) The Sagittarian?
Oh, she's happily helping new authors get over their
nervousness at the same publishing company. Fired? He
wouldn't dare fire her. As I said in the beginning,
everybody loves her.
Few people can resent the archer for very long, because
he's so transparently free of harmful intent. You'll
see this lovable, likable, intelligent idealist almost
anywhere or any time. You may catch him shooting out
his careless arrows from your television screen some
Sunday night, leaving his guest stars numb and speechless
with astonishment at his frankness. He may be your cab
driver some Monday, morning, the one who cheerfully
explains to why you why he hates stingy tippers- or
you could find him serving you in a restaurant some
Friday evening, earnestly advising you not to order
oysters because they're a little on the tired side.
Most of the time the typical Sagittarian is happy and
gregarious, but his temper can flare like a sky rocket
if he's pushed around by people who abuse his natural
friendliness or who get too familiar. Rebellion against
authority and stuffy society is also common. Sagittarius
will never run away from a fight or call for help. The
woman can lose their normally pleasant dispositions
and let go with a barrage of unexpected plain talk that
puts troublemakers right were they belong. The men will
use their fists and scorn weapons. A rude, insulting
person who has challenged Jupiter's good nature often
find himself sprawied on the sidewalk wondering where
that truck came from.
You'll always notice something child-like about the
typical, naïve, brave, optimistic Sagittarian.
He refuses to accept the seriousness of life, though
some of them manage responsibility with conscientiousness
in later years. Still, They're never truly happy when
they're burdened by it. Jupiter natures rebel against
confinement, and too much of it can bring on serious,
illness. If the Sagittarian can survive that, and the
wear and tear of scattering his energies, he'll live
to be as Methuselah. Most archers retain their faculties,
razor sharp and refined by age, to the end. Senility
is almost never a problem.
His sensitive areas are the hips, lungs, liver, arms,
hands, shoulders, intestines and feet. The Sagittarian
love of sports and the outdoors may bring accidents
through reckless over-activity. Hospital can rarely
keep him bedded down more than a few days. He gives
in to sickness reluctantly, and usually recuperates
with amazing swiftness. Life seldom defeats these people
permanently. They believe that tomorrow will surely
be better than yesterday, and today is pretty interesting.
Moody spells are gone almost before the clouds have
a chance to obscure the sunshine.
Every Sagittarian is something of a gambler, unless
there's a cautious, conservative influence in the natal
chart. Very few of them can resist throwing a couple
of bills on the green felt. The sound of dice rattling
in the dealer's hand attracts some Jupiter men and women
like the siren songs of Circe. With adverse aspects
between the planets at birth, an archer can gamble away
a fortune, or throw the rent money on the nose of a
favorite horse. Las Vegas attracts Sagittarian like
sugar attracts flies. So do the more staid gambles of
the stock market and real estate. Fortunately, the majority
of them keep the urge to speculate under control, but
even these will risk a few dollars now and then on a
fast poker game or a lottery ticket.
Sagittarians have a tendency to go off on tangents.
The archer will take on a great cause with blind devotion
and believe that the possibilities outweigh the shortcomings,
an attitude that results from his brilliant imagination
and progressive thinking. He never fails to present
his case with cool, reasonable arguments, sometimes
cutting the opposition to ribbons with sharp satire,
and yet remaining aloof from the fray, somehow. The
fire is always ready to leap forth, however, when anyone
unfairly attacks his miracle or his cause of the moment.
He's formidable foe, because he aims straight when he
takes the time to focus on the victim. His arrows then
rarely miss their mark. They're dipped in clever wit
and sharp enough to pierce the strongest armor.
Although Sagittarians have fantastic memories that
tell them exactly what they said and where they were
on April 14, 1939, and they remember every detail of
books and movies, they can forget where they left their
coats. Most of them are constantly losing gloves, car
keys ,wallets and some people are unkind enough to say
they would lose their heads if they weren't fastened
on their necks.
A Sagittarian can never successfully tell a lie. No
one believes him for a minute. Deceit is unnatural to
the archer, and when he tries to dabble in it, the exposure
is usually swift and sure. He's always better off to
stick to the truth and let the chips fall where they
may. Even his observant, highly aware mind won't rescue
him from the result of an excursion into deception unless
he has Scorpio rising. I know a secretive archer who
has such a Pluto ascendant and therefore manages very
well to play a good chess game. This kind of a Jupiter
person is an exception, but be prepared to meet a few.
To the Sagittarian, life is secretly a circus, and
he's the clown, rolling and tumbling through purple
hoops in a sky -blue suit, His face is smeared with
the bright, gay colors of greasepaint, and his eyes
glitter with curiosity and fun. As the music of the
calliope gets louder, he stumbles and falls, then executes
a perfect somersault on the back of a prancing pony.
On his fingers he wears three turquoise rings; on his
toes are bells that ring like the chimes in a distant
church spire that disappears into the clouds. The archer
happily blows a lustrous tin horn, made of the soft,
,malleable metal that's barely affected by moisture.
Whether he's bold or backward, the true nature of this
generous idealist is as merry as the Christmas holly
berry. Bravely, he pins a large carnation over his big
heart, and curves his bow toward the sky. When he aims
straight he shoot higher than man can see-past the stars
to the place where all dreams are really born.
Famous Sagittarius Personalities
Beethoven, Julie Harris, Arthur Brisbane, Pope John
XXIII, Maria Callas, Mary Martin, Andrew Carnegie, David
Merrick, Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Lillian Russell,
Walt Disney, Grimaldi, James Thurber, Betty Grable.