There was a fixed rule that they must never hit back at meals ….
. . . . . and they would all go chasing each other gaily for miles, parting at last with mutual expressions of good-will.
Let’s hope we all part with Sagittarian “mutual expressions of good will” at the close of this chapter.
Before a 1-1 Sun Sign Pattern association can be helpfully analyzed, the singular qualities of the Sun Sign itself must be carefully considered and studied, since the 1-1 influence so strongly intensifies everything of both a positive and negative aspect in the character and personality. This particular 1-1 vibrational association needs such a detailed study more than any other, because these two Mutable people contain such an extraordinary potential for communicating messages of either Peace or Conflict to a troubled world. Nothing could be of more vital importance than which of these two messages is communicated. So let’s have a candid and vivid astrology lesson in the Sagittarian style.
There’s a solid purpose behind the following several paragraphs, and so you mustn’t judge my remarks until the close of the astrology lesson. We’ll use a code. When you read the word “Rumpelstiltskin,” we will have completed our lesson, and not before. Meanwhile, try to remain alert and dispassionate, whatever your Sun Sign. If you’re not a Sag, you’re not supposed to be reading this chapter anyway. Our Jupiter astrology lesson may be too blunt for the rest of you, but Archers expect, want and demand the truth, however blunt it may be.
Because they’re so versatile and multi-talented, Sagittarians follow a great variety of occupations on their quest for truth and self-knowledge. Even when astrology attempts to narrow down their more prevalent and preferred career inclinations, the list is long. A large number of Sagittarian men and women are attracted to the arts, sports, teaching, the stock market, religion, the theatre, the legal and medical professions, the advertising media, publishing and politics.
This is most fortunate, because all these fields and professions would benefit from as many double Archer teams as they could get, bringing the light of some Sagittarius honesty and exposure. At present, they’re crammed with corruption, crowded with the criminal element and totally without ethics – except for a rare, precious few of them. The legal and literary professions could clearly use some cleaning up with Jupiter disinfectant. One practically needs a dowsing rod these days to locate an honest, dedicated attorney or publisher. My own attorneys and the publisher of this book are admirable exceptions, but it did take a dowsing rod to locate them. Suddenly, there was a tug on the end of the forked stick, and there they were! Still, it’s an unsatisfactory method of discovering legal and literary integrity.
As for the medical trust, if the steadily rising malpractice suits (many of them initiated by idealistic and outraged Sagittarian lawyers with Sagittarian clients) should drive the majority of physicians and surgeons out of business leaving us with only those few (most of whom are probably Jupiter-ruled) who are sincerely motivated by a desire to prevent and heal illness, we’d all be healthier and live longer. Politics? Now there’s a field sorely in need of Sagittarian candor, a field that would be more of a mess than it already is, without the Jupiter influence constantly struggling to mop and scour it. There are so few sincere politicians and elected officials, you could count them all on the fingers of one hand, without using the thumb and ring finger – and many of these have the Sun, Moon or Ascendent in Sag. The rest of them are unabashed liars (as The New York Times editorials calmly admit), bribe takers, pitchmen and con artists.
Of course, not even all Sagittarian doctors, lawyers, politicians, merchants, Indian Chiefs and Franciscan monks are perfect. Archers make mistakes, just like all the rest of us – and when they make them, they’re usually whoppers. (Jupiter expansion.) But Sagittarius is never consciously or deliberately hypocritical, and that makes the urgent difference. Sag politician Winston Churchill is a case in point, and you might also meditate upon the refreshing frankness of Sagittarian wives of politicians, such as Mary Todd Lincoln and Betty Ford.
As for organized religion, which is ruled astrologically by Sagittarius and Jupiter (Scorpio rules religious mystery, Pisces, religious mysticism), it would be even more besmirched than it is now without the periodic benign and benevolent influences of forthright, idealistic Archers, such as beloved Pope John XXIII, and others of his kind, who have taught truth, tolerance and brotherhood, not just within the confines of Catholicism, but also down through the centuries, and even now, as spiritual leaders of people of every faith. Yet regardless of these truly holy ones, every church and denomination, sadly without exception, sells some form of hypocrisy and moral dictatorship.
All religions, including the Protestant varieties, Judaism – and particularly the Roman Catholic and Mormon Power Dogmas, with their delusions of infallibility – appear to spend more time and effort competing with one another in the acquisition of wealth and property than they spend in practicing compassion and forgiveness, or in spreading joy and happiness.
Thank Heaven for the teaming up of Centaurs, and for the fascination of all Jupiter-ruled men and women with religion. Taking into consideration the calendar changes from the Julian to the Gregorian, legend claims that Giovanni Francesco Bernardone – Francis of Assisi – was born in mid-December of 1182, making him also a Sun Sign Sagittarian – an Archer who shocked the hypocritical Roman hierarchy by sticking pins of truth into the balloons of their pompous pretenses. Pax et Bonum!
Yet, despite being blessed and graced with such a goodly scattering of integrity-guarding Sagittarians, the major religions of the world still bury their collective heads in the sands of silence, like so many silly ostriches, believing that their bloody, recorded histories of discrimination, persecution and murder are invisible. They refuse to practice what they preach, arrogantly denying their guilt. Nor do they feel any obligation to confess their own past sins, and ask forgiveness for them, in demonstration of that sweet virtue of humility that they extol as a necessity for salvation. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, then, that so many young people are either choosing to be “Born-again Christians” through organizations of undeniably well-meaning but misguided pilgrims (so fanatical and prejudiced in subtle, petty ways themselves, they wouldn’t recognize the gentle Nazarene if he stood in front of their noses) – or have been forced to tum, in intellectual and spiritual desperation, to a cynical blend of agnostic-atheism. No wonder Satan cults and witch covens are multiplying.
Rumpelstiltskin. End of the candid, vivid astrology lesson. Not all the foregoing remarks reflect my personal views. Many definitely do, some do not. This has been simply an astrological demonstration of the no-holds-barred kind of verbalization that could occur when the painful, absolute truth of Sagittarius, incited by the expansive Jupiter (and doubled when two Archers get together), is channeled through the equally honest, and even more direct, essence of a Mars-ruled Aries Ram, like myself.
Two Archers, shooting pointed arrows of truth into each other, can ignite some blazing fires. But should one of them have an Aries Moon Sign or Ascendent, adding the swift and certain penetration of Mars to the frankness of Jupiter, the air will surely be cleared of every trace of misconception, deception and delusion – to say the very least!
Ifone of the two Sagittarians involved in this 1-1 association does have such a heavy Aries influence in his (or her) horoscope, it would be beneficial if the other had a Capricorn or Pisces influence in the horoscope. This would add the cautionary weight of Saturn, and the softening, compassionate influence of Neptune to the final judgment. In fact, a Sag with an Aries Moon Sign or Ascendent might also need the tempering influence of a Sagittarian friend, relative or mate with some Libra and Aquarius planetary positions in the natal chart, for fairness and tolerance, respectively. Otherwise, those blazing fires might flame into a conflagration of awesome proportions – an example of the possibility of Jupiter honesty creating more trouble than it cures, of two Archers communicating a message of Conflict, rather than Peace, to the world – and to themselves. It’s one thing to point out to religious groups, porno or smut peddlers and politicians the error of their ways, but boiling them in oil or burning them at the stake isn’t likely to convert them. Nor will, on a personal level, brutal attacks by one Sag on the other create harmony between them. They’ll only delay the miracles of enlightenment two Archers are capable of accomplishing, when they work together toward a common goal. The real purpose of the astrology lesson demonstrated here is to make all double-Sag teams aware of their responsibilities, now that Neptune has moved into the sign of Sagittarius, and will remain there through 1984. They, as well as the Aquarian Water Bearers, have their missions preordained for them during this crucial period.
Now that we’ve dealt with the dangers of too much tactlessness and undisciplined frankness exchanged between a couple of Centaurs, it should be noted, with equal honesty, that Sagittarians, as a group, are good-natured sorts. The female Archers are friendly and cheerful, the males are straightforward and optimistic, the children rather full of vim and vigor – and all of them hop about a lot. There’s an unmistakable bounce to the Sagittarian walk. Some of them really do remind you of a rubber ball. At times, they remind you of a race horse, the way they canter around, heads held proud and high, leaping over the fences of society’s restrictions and taboos. All Archers are impressively graceful in posture and movement; yet they can’t seem to avoid clumsily stumbling, both physically and verbally. This is undoubtedly caused by the Centaur syndrome in every Sag. A symbolic body, with a human on the front end, and a horse on the rear end, trying to balance itself long enough to arch a bow, and shoot an arrow straight, can be awkward. I’m sure if you were to try it yourself, you would see the problem.
But Sag is one of those perplexing signs of duality, and so there’s always something contradictory in their natures; therefore we don’t really know what sort of team we’re analyzing in this chapter. Some Archers are frisky and playful, some are serious and studious. Some are quiet and reflective, quite nearly as “owlish” as Capricorns. The majority of Sagittarians, however, are happy-golucky people who adore playing practical jokes and who haven’t a worry or a fear to their names – to whom life is one huge gamble or crap game. (I’m sorry to sound vulgar, but there’s no sense trying to pull punches with Sag.)
As you might imagine then, when a couple of Archers are thrown together in this 1-1 association, it matters a great deal which types they are. Of one thing we can be certain (and so can they): all Sagittarians, duality aside, are filled with good will and kind intentions. Now and then they’ll lose their tempers and say some pretty cruel things. Still, even when they’re verbally cutting each other into ribbons with their casual observations or keenly thrust accusations, their motives never stem from malice. They’re just calling a shovel a shovel, to paraphrase the “calling a spade a spade” expression. Using a shovel to illustrate a point is just as correct as using a spade, especially when there’s no difference in what they’re shoveling.
First searching out truth, then recognizing it, and finally being compelled to express it fearlessly is a Jupiter pattern in both the bouncy and the extremely rare quiet and introverted Archers. So is reaching for the brass ring and falling off the horse in the process, wishing on shooting stars and crossing one’s fingers and toes for luck. Every Sag is both an idealist and a gambler, in just about equal portions. These people like to sing and draw and dance – play and take chances. They also like to read, study, observe, learn, teach and travel. When two of them are engaged in doing all these things (or even part of them) together, life is never boring. It may be exhausting, but in no way could it be boring.
As with all 1-1 Sun Sign vibrational people, regardless of periodic conflict between Sag and Sag, they’ll usually remain friendly, because of a basic sympa-thy. They almost never become enemies, even after they’ve exchanged heated words and repeatedly attacked each other’s most sensitive spots. Forgiveness is a virtue Sagittarians share equally with the other two Fire Signs, Aries and Leo – and to a somewhat lesser degree, with the three Air Signs. However, forgiveness is one thing – apology is another. Two Archers won’t find it any easier to apologize to each other than to anyone else. But they will sense one another’s regret, and instead of forcing the issue, they’ll simply begin saying nice things back and forth as a sign that there are no hard feelings. Archers never hold grudges. They’ll frankly admit they’ve been wrong (when they really believe they have been), but more often by their actions than in so many words – and by the return of their cheerful grins, inviting you to forget the disagreement and start all over as friends again. Sag finds ways of signaling “I’m sorry” without speaking the actual words. This saves face for both of them, keeps their pride intact and allows the making up of a quarrel to be more or less painless.
At the beginning of this chapter, I mentioned that the theatre – both the “legitimate” stage and the “illegitimate’ (?) film beckons to Sagittarius. A great many Archers do follow the footlights in every capacity, from performers, playwrights, producers and directors, to grip men, prop people, costume and scenic designers, light crews and camera men – and women. But even those Jupiter people who enter arenas of endeavor other than the theatre are, nevertheless, what might be termed “of the theatre.” They enjoy studying human nature, fully aware that everyone, on occasion, is an actor or an actress, and they take great pleasure in guessing the roles played by their friends. They take even more pleasure in playing parts themselves, especially with one another, whether it’s Mary, Queen of Scots, Don Quixote, a circus clown or a bareback rider.
Sagittarians make interesting psychiatrists, whether amateur or professional, when their tactless speech is tempered by a more tactful Moon Sign or Ascendent, such as Libra or Pisces. Two Archers who are associated as business associates, neighbors, friends, kindergarten buddies, playpen pals, relatives, lovers or mates will spend lots of time analyzing each other, and alternating the roles of comedy and tragedy. When one is weeping, the other will tum comedian (or comedienne) to cheer the sad one, which is one of the very nicest things about a double Sag relationship, regardless of the age or sex of the two Centaurs. Having been born under the influence of a Sun Sign of duality, they’re eternally aware of the truth of poet Kahlil Gibran’s observation that Joy and Sorrow are twins. Each Sag is always ready and willing to remind the other one that, when Failure and Sorrow threaten to dim his (or her) dreams, Joy and Success are waiting in the wings to skip out on stage and do their number – and vice versa. That’s why Sagittarians appear to be so incredibly lucky. Luck has nothing to do with it, actually. It’s just that Archers are not afraid to gamble for the big stakes, because they know that the odds will eventually catch up to them and make them winners – at least often enough that taking a chance is exciting. The natural Jupiter optimism encourages Sag to believe that all losing streaks are temporary. And so they are.
Considering this instinctive attitude, why shouldn’t these two take a chance together, and gamble that they’ll succeed in helping each other subdue their mutual vices, and magnify their mutual virtues? It’s not at all a bad risk to take – for the venturesome. And Sagittarians are the ones who told Noah Webster the meaning of the word (as usual, without even being invited to do so). “Venturesome,” they informed Noah, as he was compiling his first dictionary, “means: daring, bold and fearless, loving adventure, danger and hazard – to have the courage to undertake – to risk or to expose one’s self.”
“That’s us!” the cheery Archers told him. “Be sure to come right out and say so frankly.” But Noah Webster omitted their names from the printed dictionary definition, which I think was mean of him. So you may consider this a corrigendum – on behalf of Jupiter.
Love Signs by Linda Goodman