Zodiac Sign

Horoscope Traits of the Archer Star Sign

The Sagittarius Characteristics in Astrology

The Sagittarius horoscope sign, the Archer, is the ninth sign of the Zodiac in the horoscope. The Sagittarius Zodiac sign belongs to the element fire and the mutable quality. Sagittarius is an impatient force, escaping anything stagnant and any mental or physical confinement. It’s basic need, on which it never compromises, is independence.

Sagittarius, the Archer, is the ninth sign of the Zodiac. The sun enters Sagittarius on or around November 22, when winter darkens quickly, and exits on December 21, the day of the winter solstice. Sagittarius belongs to the element fire, its quality is mutable and its charge is positive. Its Ruler is Jupiter, and Uranus exalts in it. Sagittarius’ motto is: “I see.”

In the horoscope chart, Sagittarius brings a distanced and unattached character to planets or Houses therein.

Sagittarius the Independent

The horoscope ruler of the Sagittarius Zodiac sign is Jupiter, the planetary force of expansion, new experiences and opportunities. It can be described as the planet of luck, to the extent that there is such a thing. The Sagittarius astrological sign wants to be receptive to what Jupiter might offer, or for that matter any opportunity arising in life. For that, freedom and independence are essential.

The star constellation Sagittarius, represented by a centaur. Illustration from Firmamentum, by Hevelius 1690.

Sagittarius is a mutable horoscope sign, which normally means a follower. But in this case, it’s the characteristic of independence, the ability to uproot and move at any moment, as if unattached to the social surroundings. The Sagittarius Zodiac sign doesn’t follow anyone, and simply doesn’t care for being followed either. It’s all about going one’s own way.

The symbol for the Sagittarius horoscope sign is that of the centaur, the legendary creature who was half man, half horse. The centaurs were famous for their archery, which also connects them to the Sagittarius Zodiac sign.

Those with Sagittarius as their horoscope Zodiac sign are born with the sun in it, between November 22 and December 21. For much more about the influence of the Sagittarius Zodiac sign in the horoscope, see the links in the menu to the left.


English name: The Archer

Element / Quality: Fire / Mutable

Ruler / Exalting: Jupiter / Uranus

Keyword: Freedom

Motto: “I see.”

Character: Independent

Sun sign dates: November 22 – December 21

Archetype: The Explorer

Sagittarius Horoscope Traits

The Sagittarius star sign begins when the winter quickly grows darker, ending at the winter solstice when the daylight starts to return. Sagittarius is the horoscope sign with the traits of the independent adventurer, cherishing personal freedom over everything else. The Sagittarius horoscope sign seems disconnected to the world and the things in it that others grab hold of with all their might.

Sagittarius Star Sign

Those who have Sagittarius as their star sign are born when the sun was in Sagittarius, normally November 22 – December 21 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also – more accurately – called the sun sign.

The sun in your horoscope is your natural self – what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It’s your basic drive, a character more or less evident in all you do and all you are.

The sun is the most important point in your horoscope chart, but it’s not the only thing describing your personality. You need to look at all the components of your birth chart, to get a complete astrological description of yourself. But here you find what can be said in general about the Sagittarius Horoscope Traits, based only on the sun’s position.

Sagittarius Integrity

If your star sign is Sagittarius, you’re a person with great integrity, going your own way, rarely following others – nor do you want others to follow you. You do your own thing. Freedom is a key word for Sagittarius. Sagittarius needs to be independent, even though that might lead to limited resources and other difficulties. To Sagittarius, freedom is a wealth surpassing that of money.

Like the archer, Sagittarius aims far. Sagittarius’ goals are distant, some would say unobtainable, but thereby they are also interesting, not to say spectacular – certainly to Sagittarius. Only things that seem to be out of reach are worth reaching for.

Sagittarius has the energy of the element fire, to which it belongs. When you have a goal in front of you, no matter how far in the distance, you go for it, tirelessly. But it has to be a goal you decide, not others for you. Sagittarius even tends to prefer the opposite direction of what most of the others choose, just because of that.

Sagittarius is not any kind of hermit, at least not normally, but you do go your own way and in doing so, you don’t hesitate because it might leave friends and security behind. That triggers you. So, others certainly feel that Sagittarius is kind of elusive, someone difficult to predict and impossible to control. You’re aware of the incurable loneliness of the soul and you’ve learned to appreciate it.

Sagittarius, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.

Three Different Sagittarius

A Zodiac sign doesn’t give exactly the same influence all through its 30°. Its first third has something of a cardinal quality, whatever the quality of the sign as a whole is, its second third is slightly more fixed in quality, and the last third is more mutable.

If you were born at the end of November, the sun is in the beginning of Sagittarius. Then you’re very determined to break free of any chains, no matter how loose they are. Nothing shall hold you back, and you set your goals so far away that they are hardly visible.

If you were born in the beginning of December, the sun is in the middle of Sagittarius. That means you guard your integrity and independence against any intrusion, without making much noise about it. You are hard to catch, although you don’t seem to be running.

If you were born in the middle of December, the sun is at the end of Sagittarius. That makes you seem always to be running away, even when no one or nothing is trying to catch you. You can throw all your riches away at an instant, if you feel that they burden you the least, and you are rarely pleased in you present situation, constantly searching for a change. This part of the sign is the mutable one, which is also the quality of Sagittarius. Therefore, people born with the sun here are the most typical Sagittarius, showing its traits distinctly.

Sagittarius’ Father in the Horoscope

The sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon). That means your Sagittarius traits reveal something about the characteristics of your relationship with your father.

If you have the sun in Sagittarius, your relation to your father is one of some alienation and distance. Neither understands the other very well, nor does anyone of you seem to strive to do so. You feel different, and have no need to reform or adapt to the other. If your father tries to control you, there can be tension and outburst. When you quarrel, it is intense but passes quickly. You don’t spend much time with each other, but even at a distance you can feel connected, as long as you agree on the terms of your relation – mainly that of no rules at all. You’re not obedient, and if your father accepts that, your relation can be one of mutual appreciation. You really want to admire each other – at a distance.

Sagittarius Compatibility

The Sagittarius horoscope sign, the independent, belongs to the element fire, which is that of intense activity. So do Aries and Leo, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Sagittarius is particularly compatible with them – they need to agree on common goals. Nor for that matter is the Sagittarius Zodiac sign always incompatible with, say, the water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, although they are quite different.

All the astrological traits of each Zodiac sign have to be considered when examining their compatibility. Click the header to read more about what it means to the Sagittarius horoscope sign.

Zodiac Sign Calculator

If you’re unsure of your Zodiac sign, or if you want to know on what degree (between 0° and 30°) of the sign the sun was at your birth, please visit the Zodiac sign calculator. It’s very easy to use, and then you’ll know for sure. Click the header to get there.

Sagittarius Sexuality

The horoscope also reveals what your sex life is like. That’s not only done by your Zodiac sun sign, but it does give some general indications. Click the header to see what astrology has to say about the sexuality and sexual preferences of those who are born in the Sagittarius Zodiac sign.

Zodiac Sign Meanings

Your horoscope Zodiac sign is where the sun was at the time of your birth. That’s why it’s called your Sun Sign. It’s also called Star Sign, because of the stellar constellation it represents. Click the header to read more about the twelve Zodiac signs and what they tell about personality traits.

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