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sagitarioSagittarius is essentially a hunting sign and the symbol of Sagittarius is the centaur, half-man and half-beast, who is a correspondence of Samekh. Sagittarius is a constellation of the zodiac, the one containing the galactic center. Its name is Latin for the archer, and its symbol is (Unicode U+2650 ♐), a stylized arrow. Sagittarius is commonly represented as a centaur drawing a bow. It lies between Ophiuchus to the west and Capricornus to the east.α Sgr (Rukbat) is not the brightest star of the constellation, having a magnitude of only 3.96 (not shown on the main map as it is located below the map’s southeastern corner, north is up). With 22 stars in this constellation known to have planets, Sagittarius has more known planetary host stars than any other constellation.The Babylonians identified Sagittarius as the god Nerigal or Nergal, a strange centaur-like creature firing an arrow from a bow. It is generally depicted with wings, with two heads, one panther head and one human head, as well as a scorpion’s stinger raised above its more conventional horse’s tail. The Sumerian name Pabilsag is composed of two elements – Pabil, meaning ‘elder paternal kinsman’ and Sag, meaning ‘chief, head’. The name may thus be translated as the ‘Forefather’ or ‘Chief Ancestor’.[4] The figure is reminiscent of modern depictions of Sagittarius. In Greek mythology, Sagittarius is identified as a centaur: half human, half horse. In some legends, the Centaur Chiron was the son of Philyra and Saturn, who was said to have changed himself into a horse to escape his jealous wife, Rhea. Chiron was eventually immortalised in the constellation of Centaurus or in some version, Sagittarius. The arrow of this constellation points towards the star Antares, the “heart of the scorpion.” Sagittarius (♐) is the ninth astrological sign in the Zodiac, which spans the zodiac between the 240th and 269th degree of celestial longitude. According to the tropical zodiac of western astrology, the Sun transits this area of the zodiac between November 22 and December 21 each year (sometimes the dates vary slightly). Sagittarius is seasonally associated with the transition from autumnal moisture to mid-winter dryness. Because its period indicates a change of season, it is known as a “mutable sign”[5] describing an instinct toward change and an easy ability to modify or adapt to the demands of the environment. The sign is governed by Jupiter, a planet which is symbolically associated with temperate qualities which loosen, relax and expand. Sagittarius is also linked with the “element of fire,” which represents outgoing, action-oriented energy that seeks spontaneous expression.[6] As the mutable fire sign, governed by an expansive planet, the symbolic focus of the sign is connected to the principle of exploration and evolution. Correspondingly, Sagittarians are reputed to be drawn toward travel and philosophy, and to enjoy social contacts, meeting new people and exploring other cultures. They are said to be highly intelligent, broad-visioned, tolerant in their views, mainly concerned with the “big picture” but with little patience for the details.[7]Joanna Watters (2003) defined a key phrase for this sign as “I seek” and describes Sagittarius as “the sign of the higher mind … the pursuit of wisdom and search for meaning are just as important as new places and experiences”.[8]Like all the fire signs, Sagittarius can be idealistic in vision but tactless in expression. They are known for their bluntness and are often unaware of their ability to cause anguish in others. [9]

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[4]Gavin White (2008), Babylonian Star-lore by, Solaria Pubs, page 155.
[5]William Lilly, (1647) Christian Astrology. Republished as facsimile, London: Regulus, 1985, p. 88.
[6]Kevin Burk, Astrology: understanding the birth chart: a comprehensive guide to classical interpretation. Llewellyn Worldwide, 2001, p. 46.
[7]Kevin Burk, Astrology: understanding the birth chart: a comprehensive guide to classical interpretation. Llewellyn Worldwide, 2001, p. 71.
[8]Joanna Watters (2003), Astrology for Today. London: Carroll & Brown, p. 24.
[9]Joanna Watters (2003), Astrology for Today. London: Carroll & Brown, p. 24.

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