Among all the astrological symbols, the glyph for Sagittarius is one of the most straightforward. The archer’s arrow aimed upwards provides an immediate sense of direction, release, elevation and higher purpose. The arrow is also the terminal part of the glyph for Scorpio, and indeed there is no way to understand Sagittarius without Scorpio, and vice versa.
This is the darkest time of the year, yet it is also the most gifted for it heralds the coming of the Winter Solstice, 21 December, and the inevitable return of light. This escalates the trust in whatever is good, luminous and beautiful in each one of us, including the world and the universe at large.
A first-class, yet most simple question to ask oneself in this season is:
What is good, luminous and beautiful in my direct experience of life?
What has proved to be good, luminous and beautiful in my direct experience of life?
What can be good, luminous and beautiful?
No matter which tense or verb we employ for this question, as long as good, luminous and beautiful are there, the focus is always the same.
And Sagittarius is a champion on focusing towards the good, luminous and beautiful, an invincible winner, bound to triumphantly lead you to the light even at the climax of darkness.
After transiting and mastering the path of darkness, Sagittarius is challenged to find a target upon which to direct its powerful energies. Part of the challenge here is between objectives based upon second-hand beliefs, or conditionings, and those founded upon direct experience, or what is “good, luminous and beautiful in life” according to your truth.
The flight of the Sagittarius’s arrow illustrates the emergence from the darkness of the underworld and the greyness of the ordinary world, into the realms of inconceivable light that exist beyond. Yet, this journey is intimately based on the luminous appreciation of all aspects of life, low and high, so that as we transit through the earthy landscape all that is found is thoroughly enjoyed and celebrated.
Yet the arrow cannot ascend if pieces of the archer remain in the shadow. The archers need to be whole and this can happen only if they can shed total light on who they are, if they own their luminous as well as shadow sides. Wholeness is not about perfection, it is about acknowledging flaws as well as gifts, it is working with what is available, and allowing that to be part of the whole.
Sagittarius is the senior leader of the fiery signs. These signs represent the invigorating and vital power of the whole astrological circle. They embody pure energy and life force, capable of directly and instantly transforming whatever they touch.
The cardinal fire of Aries reveals the primal spark and the ignition power, fast and passionately burning itself so as to nourish the steady flames of the fixed fire of Leo, which is fire at its peak of grandiosity, visibility and strength.
The mutable fire of Sagittarius is the flame beneath the ashes, the glowing hot embers, which radiate huge amount of heat when the fire is extinguished, and yet can turn into flames with a sudden gust of air. Embers represent fire in its full maturity, glowing with a constant heat, ideal for roasting delicious food, as well as energising all that is good, luminous and beautiful.
As customary, significant good, luminous and beautiful developments are in gestation on the astroshamanic healing front for the forthcoming year, which is the countdown to
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Wishing you peace, beauty and good will on this luminous holiday season!
PS: The Sun enters Sagittarius on 22 November 2011 at 16:07 GMT. New Moon in Sagittarius is on 25 November 2011 at 6:09 GMT (click here for an article on the New Moon in Sagittarius)
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