… sitting on stools, flinging balls in the air, pushing each other, going out for walks and coming back …
The Centaur and the Water Bearer dance to the lively drum beat of the friendly and karmic 3-11 Big Band Sound (Sun Sign Pattern). They vibrate together sometimes noisily, a little strangely, but excitingly, as Fire and Air are wont to do – generating sparks of ideas, flurries of fabulous freakishness, at times scintillating each other’s sauciness, at other times blunting each other’s edges a bit – and at all times baffling the rest of us.
Sagittarians can’t help being basically cheerful, because they’re born optimists. Yet they are also born skeptics. It’s a tricky balancing act to juggle the contradictory qualities of optimism and skepticism simultaneously, but the Centaurs manage to do it. That’s the way it is with what astrology calls the “double” signs – or the Sun Signs of “duality”. Sagittarius being half horse, half human Archer, Sagittarians are therefore, half happy, half sad. Half frivolous, half serious. Half foolish, half wise. Half clown and half philosopher. They’re not quite the human clones that Geminis are; nevertheless, they are dual.
Aquarius is not an astrological sign of duality, consequently the Water Bearers were not, like Sag, born under the influence ofa “double” sign, although they’re sometimes even more contrary and contradictory than the Archers. Two sides aren’t really enough for the Uranus-ruled men and women. It’s easy to be-come bored, just knocking around with two of yourself. The typical Aquarian has a dozen or so personalities. It would be mundane to possess only a couple, and Aquarius is a sign which is in no way related to the mundane. Water Bearers defy mediocrity (and hate hypocrisy), being more closely related to the marvelous, to all magic and madness. They are, in a word, different.
Combining the essence of Jupiter’s bluntness (Sag) and the unpredictable quality of Uranus (Aquarius) can create some unexpected expectancies. Like, you know how I’m always telling you that Aquarians love to surprise you, and seldom tell you what they’re up to, because they’d rather spring it on you unawares? Well, that’s true. Aquarians do adore surprising people. But they tend to spoil surprises others would like to stage. (If they can’t surprise you, they’ll see that no one else does!) In the late summer of 1978, a California lady, for many weeks ahead, made careful, intricate plans to throw a surprise birthday party for a close friend. All of his dear friends and Hollywood intimates had been invited, and the whole affair had been kept successfully hush-hush, entre nous – until the innocent honor guest’s phone rang a couple of days before the affair. It was Hungarian-American film actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (Zsa Zsa is an Aquarian, with heavy Sagittarian positions in her horoscope). “Darling!” the Hungarian Water Bearer blurted out, “I’m so terribly sorry I’ll be out of town and won’t be able to come to your surprise party Saturday night!” The hostess could have cheerfully strangled the lovable, glamorous Gabor. Understandably.
What is not understandable, however, is how one lone Virgo lady managed to raise three Aquarian daughters. But I’m getting it backwards, Uranus-like. What I meant was that Zsa Zsa and her two sisters, Eva and Magda Gabor, are all three pixilated but brilliant, but magical female Water Bearers! Their mother, Jolie Gabor, is a Virgo. We should all send Jolie sympathy cards. At least, mental sympathy cards. Tons of them. Can you believe it? They should award medals to women like that – to mothers born under any sign whatsoever, who manage to raise three Aquarians under the same roof, especially of the female sex. Actually, coping with any mix of boys and girls ruled by Uranus would be sufficient challenge to deserve at least a small blue ribbon for valor. Particularly when one of them is a mixture of Aquarius and Sagittarius. One would hardly know what to expect next, except more shocks. (Did you ever notice that, by just moving around the “p” and the “c”, “expect” becomes “except”? Aquarians have. They notice things like that.)
If an astrologer could sum up planetary wisdom in one brief phrase, for counseling Sag and Aquarius concerning the achievement of a smooth association together, it would be to advise both of them to make one powerful effort (not just think about it, and agree in principle, but DO IT) to remain calm, cool and collected, under any and all circumstances. Such a few words. But so vitally important to these two Earthlings. Sagittarius is a Fire Sign, therefore extremely volatile. Perhaps not as easily incited into combustion as Aries, but nevertheless volatile. When the Water Bearer (Aquarius is an Air Sign, remember) becomes a little windy and fans the Archer’s fiery nature into flames – the resultant conflagration will whip the Aquarius Air into a regular tornado of fury. Anyone with good ears who happens to be hanging around within a few blocks of the conflict will think the UFO’s have landed, prepared to launch an attack. The close encounters between these two will admittedly, at times, resemble full scale war. Or invasion.
Normally, the male or female Water Bearer is a good natured, tolerant soul, happily tinkering with nonsense and genius, willing to live and let live, bothering no one and behaving in a charming, agreeable, even fascinating manner. Normally, the male or female Archer is a happy-go-lucky soul, cheerful and friendly, equally tolerant of everyone and everything, bouncing around like a basketball or a hula hoop, grinning and likeable. When they bump into one another on their way to the Farmers Market, the ASPCA or a Greenpeace meeting, they become even more cheerful, bouncy, and friendly. Most of the time, their association is lilting and full of likability. It’s just those times when the Aquarius Air happens to fan the Sag Fire a bit too much, and the Sag Fire whips the Aquarius Air into a frenzied reaction. These are rare occasions, not the rule. But it’s best to be warned.
Generally speaking, the 3-11 vibration graces the Archer and the Water Bearer with a foundation of real friendship beneath whatever is the outward reason for their relationship, whether they’re simply friends (in which case they’ll be very good friends), relatives, business associates, lovers or mates. Being a sextile vibe, it also presents them with lots of opportunities to make up and start all over those times when they do quarrel, with little or no bitterness over past mutual resentment. They usually do reconcile eventually, these two, because of the karmic implications of the 3-11 Sun Sign Pattern (see Sun Sign Pattern section in the back of this book).
One nice thing about their togetherness is that the Archer’s blunt arrows of truth seem to be rubber tipped when they’re shot toward the Aquarian. Even if they’re sharp, they seem soft-tipped. Because the typical Water Bearer doesn’t really mind the truth all that much. It doesn’t hurt or fluster them the way it does with most Sun Signs. They just shrug, wiggle their ears and agree, surprising the Archers, who are accustomed to taking it on the chin from others after they’ve unintentionally stuck the rather large Jupiter foot in their mouths. Besides, since Aquarians frequently see Life in a kind of upside-down or backwards fashion (the Present always confuses them, since they live in the Future) and since they tend to laugh when they’re sad, and weep when they’re joyous they also tend to view an insult as a compliment.
However, conversely, they do not take kindly to certain compliments to which they might apply their reverse trick and turn into an insult. That’s when the Uranus hurricane picks up velocity and could blow the Sag fires into flaming response. These are their Red Alert moments of too-close- for-comfort encounters, forest fires and such, when they should be following the earlier given Smokey the Bear astrological advice about remaining cool, calm and collected.
Both Sag and Aquarius are essentially humanitarians, both easily persuaded to join causes that promote brotherhood and sisterhood – and animal hood. They both enjoy, if they’re typical of their Sun Signs, camping and hiking, being close friends with Mother Nature. They both like fun and parties and people. They both have bushel baskets full of friends. Neither could be called a loner. But the Archers are more adaptable in their life styles than the Aquarians, who are more or less Fixed about their private lives and habit patterns, while advocating sweeping changes for the rest of the world. This could occasionally cause a donnybrook between them.
Sag is Mutable and Aquarius is Fixed. Mutable means that the Centaurs like to communicate a lot, and aren’t terribly bossy or domineering. Although they do kind of like to have their own way. I know it’s a fine line, but there is a difference. They certainly don’t like to be bossed around with too heavy a hand – told what to do – or suspected of dishonesty. Then they become slightly outraged, if there is such a thing as “slightly” outraged. And Fixed means that Aquarians are just a tad this side of stubborn now and then, somewhat immutable – which is, as you know, the very opposite of Mutable. Neither do the Water Bearers demand dominance, but on the other hand, they don’t like to be pushed around or shoved into things they don’t want to do any more than Sag does.
The eccentric and unconventional behavior of Aquarius is more likely to delight than to annoy the Archers, just as the Sagittarian love of travel, freedom and frankness will please the Aquarians. Right away the Water Bearer can see that Sag is anything but a hypocrite, and that qualifies the Centaur as a lifetime friend to the Uranus person, who despises any thing resembling pretense. “Be what you are, do what you feel and say what you think” – is a motto Jupiter and Uranus espouse with equal enthusiasm.
The Aquarian involved in an association with Sagittarius will soon enough learn what it’s like to have to swallow an occasional dose of his (or her) own curiosity medicine. Sag will toss many a question into the Water Bearer’s little brown jug of knowledge, and probably receive only another question in reply. (All Air Signs tend to use the technique.) It won’t take the Archer long to answer.
SAG: Why are you so quiet?
AQUARIUS: Why haven’t you mentioned my new haircut?
SAG: I was just about to say that it makes it more visible. Now there’s no problem guessing which one of them.
AQUARIUS: Makes what more visible? Who is them?
SAG: The Seven Dwarfs. Your ears stick out like Little Dopey’s and that haircut really sets them off!
The wise Water Bearer, with the sudden, flashing intuition of Uranus ought to know that Dopey is the Archer’s all-time-favourite character. A little later, Sag will merrily toss the Aquarian another knuckleball compliment.
SAG: Your eyes remind me of Dopey too. They have that same kind of blank expression. Sort of dazed all the time. But your disposition is more like Grumpy’s. And your hay fever makes me think of Sneezy. God knows you’re not Bashful.
AQUARIUS: Do you know why you could never remind anyone of Dopey? SAG: Why?
AQUARIUS: Wasn’t Dopey the dwarf who never spoke, and kept his mouth shut all the time?
SAG: Yes, but he didn’t need to talk. He spoke with his eyes. AQUARIUS: Smart dwarf.
SAG: Okay, Happy, I get the message. Touche!
It’s that 3-11 friendship vibration of inexplicable empathy. Anyone else the Archer would have belted. But the Water Bearer gets away with it. Sometimes.
Love Signs by Linda Goodman