Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Not Just Another Pretty Face

They might be known for their pretty face, but more than that, these personalities share something else. What similarities do you see in Frank Sinatra, John Malkovich, Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Jimi Hendrix, Woody Allen, Judi Dench, Jane Fonda or Walt Disney? Strong personalities? Yes. Take charge people? Yes.  Subtle?  Um, no. They are Sagittarians and they do not stop until they get what they want.
When Sagittarians go bad, they go very, very bad ( gangster Lucky Luciano, mass murderer Richard Speck, dictator Francisco Franco, Manson family killer Charlie “Tex” Watson, Stalin, Vlad the Impaler and Nero). 

Sagittarious is a fire sign, and fire exemplifies their passion. Though very diverse (as you can see above) they all have that “fire in the belly” that makes them successful. It’s what gives the Sagittarians their enthusiasm and drive. They never stop until they get what they want.

Sagittarians are leaders, take charge kind of people. They are motivating, confident and proud so if you need a pep talk, go to them.

On the flip side, they can be arrogant and self-centered, having little patience for emotionalism so don’t tap them for sympathy or comforting—they don’t like neediness. They need freedom and recognition and tend to drive right over the weaker, shyer signs.

The celestial archer is the symbol for Sagittarius and the Temperance card of the Tarot is highlighted. Temperance refers to the blending, moderation and tempering of disparate elements to achieve a balanced whole greater, more harmonious than the sum of its parts. When in their positive mode, Sagittarians are tolerant and broad-minded.

Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter—the god of luck and good fortune which is linked to the Tarot’s Wheel of Fortune card.

The Wheel of Fortune teaches that luck can change and that fortune is part of a universal cycle of ups and downs; what goes around comes around. By linking Temperance with the Wheel of Fortune, the tarot may be advising Sagittarians to develop the virtue of temperance so they are better able to cope with the inevitable downturns in fortune.

In this ongoing series of using astrology and the Tarot for character development, you have much to draw from in Sagittarius for a strong minded--even willful character who gets things done (positive or negative). Do you need a magnanimous character, or an insensitive bull-dozer type? How about a take-charge personality who can get things done? There is much fodder here for a colorful character.

Are you writing a character right now that needs to be a Sagittarius? Go to StarIQ for more on Sagittarius and the Tarot. Or go to It's Elementary, My Dear for more on the element of fire.

Does your knowledge of Sagittarius (either you are one, or you know one) agree with this assessment?

My previous posts on astrology and the Tarot for character development are here:
Libra    Pisces   Taurus    Leo    Scorpio 


marta chausée said...

You are spot on, regarding Sadge's, Cora. My long-term ex is a Sadge and the moment I looked to him for empathy or compassion, it was as if the blade of the guillotine came down between us.

He was all those other things you said, too-- determined, in a leadership position, etc. There are always at least two sides to every personality; it's not just the domain of Gemini.

Marta Chausée

Unknown said...

The characteristics surprised me. My sister is a Sag and although she has the personality of Bette Midler, grace of Lady Judy Dench, and strength of Jane Fonda, I've never seen a negative side or a strong, take charge personality.

I love these for character development because you can blend the people you mentioned into one character: Bette Judy Fonda :)

Cora said...

Wow, interesting that your experience is so spot on. Not true with every Sagittarius because, as you said, there are always two sides to every personality. Thanks for the comments.

Cora said...

Another Sagittarius is Lucy Liu. She doesn't appear to take charge, but she has a quiet persistence that gets what she wants (I'm thinking of some of the amazing interviews she has done). Maybe that's an example of a quieter strength and persistence.

I hope this information will help you develop a character at some point. Thanks for commenting.

Tami Clayton said...

I love this series of yours, Cora. It's so interesting to get such in-depth information of each of the signs and how we might use them in developing our characters.

Kat Hinkson said...

Since there are nine original sibs, 38 nieces and nephews and don't even ask about grandnieces and nephews. I can see sag(s) in my sister and several nieces and nephews, both good and bad points. I see the persistence in some and the bulldozer in others. It's interesting to see the difference in each child and adult.
I have a character that has many Sag traits. This is a fun series to follow.

Kristy Lyseng said...

Very interesting, Cora! I'm a Sagittarius, and I can definitely agree with finding change hard to take especially when things aren't going your way. But I often feel I don't share a lot of the personality traits that define Sagittarians. I've never seen myself as a take charge person. I'm more of a follower. I am, however, starting to see that I do have determination/stubbornness to get things done when I put my mind to it.

Cora said...

Glad you like it, thanks for the encouragement.

Cora said...

Wow, thanks for sharing your personal experience with Sags. That's quite interesting that they all have different nuances of the sign. Thanks for commenting.

Cora said...

I think your determination and stubbornness to get things done is the take charge aspect of yourself = Sagittarius leadership traits.

Sara Walpert Foster said...

Really interesting stuff. I look forward to you working your way through all the signs.

Cora said...

Thanks for dipping in Sara.