November Astromusings – Happy Birthday Sagittarians! Retrograde Mercury, Full Moon in Taurus, New Moon in Sagittarius, Neptune Stations Direct

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Sagittarius the archer

guides his fiery steed
man and horse fused into one
He perceives the vision
and aims his arrow high
that shaft of light
and races onwards towards his goal

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The illustration in the astrology card depicts Arjuna, warrior and seeker of spiritual truth in the Indian epic song Bhagavad Gita, and Lord Krsna, his teacher. Krsna urges Arjuna to adopt a path of action freed from fear, reaction and inner conflict, offering a vision of the Self which is shining, limitless and untouched by sorrow.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Sagittarius
The Personality sounds his note: Let food be sought.
The Soul sounds it clarion call: I see the goal, I reach the goal and then I see another.

Happy birthday to all the Sagittarians who celebrate their birthdays from 22 November to 21 December. Sagittarius is one of the four mutable signs, the others being Gemini, Virgo and Pisces. It forms the triplicity of fire signs along with Aries and Leo.

Symbolism of Sagittarius
Sagittarius is depicted as the immortal Centaur half man/half horse. It is therefore a dual sign as Centaur is endowed with the creative higher mental attributes of man as well the physical power of the horse to carry out and manifest Man’s ideas. It’s duality is also evident in the glyph of the arrow with sign divided by a line on the lower part of the shaft. This duality symbolises the battle between the higher aspirations of man versus the lower natures of our animal nature.

Sagittarius, the domain of Jupiter which rules over the higher mind represents travel both literally and metaphorically – his thoughts shoot out in all directions inspiring humanity with his  far-reaching vision and understanding. The glyph on the physical plane corresponds to the haunches, loins, thighs and the upper limbs. The head of the arrow depicts the fusion of the legs into one thrusting unit and the line of the bottom of the shaft represents the knees. Therefore, Sagittarius is the seat of locomotion in the body as it the action of both moving legs that propels him toward achieving his goal. This represents the single pointedness of Sagittarius who has the potential to transcend his dualism and become focused and achieve synthesis in fusing his duality into wholeness.

In the Northern hemisphere Sagittarius is the last sign to complete its cycle before the beginning of the new year. There it marks a period of long nights and short days with autumn taking its leave followed by the hibernation of the winter months. Sagittarius also marks a period of celebration with the winter solstice which brings thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years Day all under the auspices of the following sign of Capricorn.

The Constellation of Sagittarius

In his book Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology, Alan Oken elaborates on the constellation of Sagittarius. “The constellation which outlines the Archer-Centaur is composed of eight bright but otherwise undistinguished stars, divided into two subgroupings: the Milk dipper representing the Centaur’s body and the Bow. There is an additional frontal star called Al Naal – the point which is the head of the arrow. The Milk Dipper (Ursa Minor) which contains Polaris, the North Star. It is inverted and gets its name because its handle is placed in a star cloud of the Milky Way.

The Archer is eternally after the Scorpio with his arrow aimed directly at Antares, the great red heart of the Scorpion. Although the actual constellation is not spectacular from an astronomical point of view, the region in space in which this asterism is placed most certainly is. Within the Archer’s range is the huge Sagittarius stellar cloud, composed of million of suns. The constellation Sagittarius is unique in that it points toward the Galactic Centre. Sagittarius is easily found low in the southern sky of summer. It is bordered on the east by Capricorn, on the west by Scorpio, on the north by Aquila, the Eagle, and on the northwest by the Serpent.

Alice Bailey in her book, The Labours of Hercules, explains the esoteric symbolism of the constellations associated with Sagittarius. The three constellations Bailey alludes to are Lyra, Draco and Aquila. Lyra is the seven stringed harp upon which the aspirant learns to play and make music with his life. Ara is the altar upon which the aspirant places all, detaching himself so that he may more perfectly and fully serve. Draco is the serpent of wisdom, Summing up the role of Sagittarius, Bailey says: “Music in the life of harmony, sacrifices in the personality reactions and desires, and wisdom. And hovering over two other constellations: Aquila, spirit: and Cygnus, the soul.”

The Ninth Labour of Hercules – Killing the Stymphalian Birds

Hercules’ task in the ninth Labour is to get rid of the hideous, raucous, predatory birds of Stymphalus that are wreaking havoc in the marshes of Acadia. Three birds, on perceiving Hercules, swoop down upon him but Hercules holds his ground warding off their attacks with his heavy club. At first he tries to kill them with a quiverful of arrows but to no avail. Then he remembered the wise counsel given to him by his Teacher: “The flame that gleams beyond the mind reveals direction sure.” He gets rid of the man-eating birds dwelling in the marshes of Acadia by repeatedly clashing the cymbals given to him by Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Frightened by this terrible noise the birds arise out of the marshes and Hercules mounts onto his winged horse and shoots them with his arrows.

Bailey explains the esoteric symbolism of the myth. She states that Sagittarius is the sign preparatory to Capricorn and it is called in some ancient books “the sign of silence”. In ancient mysteries the newly admitted brother had to sit in silence, he was not allowed to walk or speak: he had to be, to work and to watch, because one cannot enter the spiritual kingdom, or climb the mountain of Capricorn, until there has been restraint of speech and control of thought. That is the lesson of Sagittarius: restraint of speech through control of thought.

Sagittarius is the little gate to Capricorn. There are two cosmic gates: Cancer, the gate into incarnation: Capricorn, the gate into the spiritual kingdom. Bailey says she likes to think of it as the little gate at the foot of the hill through which one passes before climbing the mountain and in passing through that little gate, we demonstrate our ability to rightly use the arrows of thought. That is the great test. Alice Bailey explains the esoteric symbolism behind the three man-eating birds and the marshes. The marshes are a symbol of the mind plus emotions. The birds that did the most harm were three in number. In one book they are enumerated: cruel gossip, talk of the self, selfish talk; and casting pearls before swine. Symbolically, the role of the Sagittarian is to get these birds out of the marshes where they can be seen and conquered.

Sagittarian Hall of Fame

Sagittarius rules the ninth house of the birth chart which has dominion over philosophy, religion, metaphysics, law, publishing, higher education, long distance travel and sport. Jupiter, its ruling planet, is the giant of our solar system, 318 times larger than our planet Earth. It also spins faster than any other planet.

Like the other fire signs Aries and Leo, Sagittarians are extroverts. Their role is to disseminate their knowledge and this they do with great enthusiasm, no matter what career they undertake. Sagittarius is known as “the sign of the prophet” Prophet and guru are larger than life labels that have been attached to some very famous Sagittarians. Nostradamus, the famous French seer, was one such Sagittarian whose famous quatrains predicted the future. Another prophet of the new millennium is Arthur C. Clarke whose 2001: A Space Odyssey captured the imagination of the collective. His 3001: The Final Odyssey actually takes place on one of the moons of Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius. Clarke took his writing very seriously, believing that science fiction writers performed an important role in predicting the future and raising the moral issues arising from the technological and space age.

Another very visionary and creatively gifted Sagittarian is Steven Spielberg who was inspired by the imagination of Walt Disney and is now acknowledged as much as his former childhood hero through such movies as ET.

Sai Baba

Another Sagittarian whose spiritual teachings and healings have inspired millions of seekers is Sai Baba. Sagittarians, with their natural predilection to think big, can become very successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists. One such famous Sagittarian is Andrew Carnegie who donated hundreds of millions of dollars amassed from his fortune made in steel to typical Jupiterian causes, such as libraries, education and peace. The renowned French philosopher, Voltaire, wrote ‘Candide’ which is a biting satire on optimism, one of the main Sagittarian traits. The Sagittarian, like the Centaur he represents, can be prone to bawdiness and boisterousness. These qualities are epitomised by the two show business icons, Billy

Bette Midler

Connelly and Bette Midler, whose larger than life jovial personalities have entertained millions with their downright bawdy and often outrageous jokes and antics. Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, Jimi Hendrix, Maria Callas, Edith Piaf, Joan Armatrading and Frank Sinatra demonstrate the typical Sagittarian ardour in their performances. Other notable Sagittarian celluloid heroes include Jane Fonda, Kim Basinger, John Malkovich, Kirk Douglas, Sir Ralph Richardson, and Kenneth Branagh. Sagittarians can also be attracted to a career in politics such as Sir Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli, and locally Kim Beazley, Cheryl Kernot and Amanda Vanstone.

Bill BrysonOne typical Sagittarian is the author and travel writer, Bill Bryson. William McGuire “Bill” Bryson, OBE, FRS (born December 8, 1951 birth time unknown) is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and science. Born in America, he was a resident of Britain for most of his adult life before returning to the U.S. in 1995. In 2003 Bryson moved back to Britain, living in the old rectory of Wramplingham, Norfolk, and served as chancellor of Durham University from 2005 through 2011. Bryson shot to prominence in the United Kingdom with the publication of Notes from a Small Island (1995), an exploration of Britain, and its accompanying television series. He received widespread recognition again with the publication of A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), a book widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science.

Sagittarian Health and Anatomy

As well as ruling the hips and gluteal muscles, Sagittarius rules the sciatic nerve, iliac arteries and veins. It also has considerable influence over the liver, lungs and motor nerves. Structurally it rules the four vertebrae of the coccyx, the sacral bones and femur. Afflictions associated with this sign are rheumatism, sciatica, nervous disorders, hypersensitivity, heart and lung disease and eye disorders.

In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’ Vanda Sawtell, writes that the biochemic cell salt allocated to Sagittarius is Silica. Under the microscope the molecules of this cell salt are pointed and triangular like an arrow head, the symbol for Sagittarius. Silica has been called the lancet of biochemistry acting as Nature’s surgeon. Wherever there is pus to be discharged such as in boils, abscesses, carbuncles etc., this salt is indicated.

Silica has a very definite action upon the sweat glands of the skin, and is a remedy for perspiration of the feet; copious night sweats and insufficient perspiration. Other indications for this cell salt are red eyelids; caries of the bones; tonsillitis; ulceration of the throat; styes of the eyelids; cataracts; dullness of hearing with catarrh of the eustachian tubes. Silica gives the glossy finish to hair and nails. It is found in the connective tissues of the brain and nervous system, and lack of Silica causes inability to connect one’s thoughts, bad memory, and nervous disorders.  Individuals born under this sign need to guard against chest or lung troubles, being the polar opposite sign of Gemini which rules the chest and lungs, blood disorders, and poor digestion.

They are liable to suffer from nerve depletion from over-exhaustion. Bush walking and mountain climbing are ideal exercises for these free spirited individuals, enabling them to exercise their hips and thighs and promote deep breathing to strengthen any possible chest weakness. Being a hot and choleric sign they should avoid stimulants and intoxicating beverages. Their diet should include fruits that have cooling effect on their system such as citrus, berries and bananas. Grains such as oats, wheat and barley are beneficial for the nervous system of the highly-strung Sagittarian. Other suitable foods include asparagus, corn, endive, cucumber, red cabbage and apples. Aromatherapy oils that can be a balm for the highly active Sagittarian include bergamot, calendula, lemon balm, and rosemary.

 2019-2020 Overview for Sagittarians

Jupiter in Sagittarius
Jupiter, your ruling planet and the planet of good fortune, continues its journey through your sign until 3 December 2020 when it moves into the sign of Capricorn your 2nd solar house of finances. Jupiter rules travel, the higher mind, philosophy and law. It promotes a sense of adventure and opportunities for new experiences.

Romance, Creativity and Children
Chiron, the planetoid of wounding and healing, has just entered your 5th solar house. This sector rules romance, children and creativity so there will be opportunities to heal any wounds in this area of your life.

Relationships and Partnerships
There will be a Full Moon lunar eclipse in your seventh solar house ruling relationships and marriages on 30 November 2020. Mercury, the planet of communication pays a visit here from 12-28 May 2020 facilitating communication with your partner. Venus, the goddess of love, graces your partnership sector with her presence for a prolonged visit from 4 April to 7 August 2020  enhancing your powers of attraction and opportunities for romance. Part of Venus’s time here will be spent in retrograde motion from 13 May to 24 June 2020. This retrograde phase of Venus is an ideal time to review your relationships and your finances.

Your finance sector will be activated by a conjunction of Pluto Saturn, Jupiter and the karmic south node. Pluto, the lord of the Underworld’s, continuous its journey through your finance sector can push you out of your comfort zone and you may feel that making enough money is a matter of life and death as Pluto challenges your deepest primal fears. However, Pluto’s Greek counterpart Hades means wealth so it can also work in your favour, resulting in increased wealth. Whichever way the dice falls for you from rags to riches or vice versa you are sure to be re-evaluating your attitude to finances and possessions and in the process re-evaluating you self-worth. Saturn, the planet of restraint, continues its sojourn through your finance sector which would make budget restraint advisable. Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, visits your finance sector from 30 December 2019 to 16 January 2020 making it an ideal period to do your book-keeping to stay informed of the current state of your finances. Your debt and tax sector will also be highlighted by the karmic North Node and two eclipses – the first eclipse is a Full Moon lunar eclipse which occurs on 11 Jan 2020 and the second one will be an annular solar eclipse on 30 November 2020

Home and Family
Neptune continue its sojourn through your domestic sector. Neptune, the planet of losses and sacrifices, continues its 14 year sojourn in your sector of home and family. You may find that you have to surrender some ideals regarding your home and family and formulate new ones. The fourth house also represents your core self so you may undergo a deep inner transformation and feel the need to withdraw to do some soul-searching. You may experience ‘divine discontent’ or confusion around issues to do with the family. You may have to sacrifice your time and energy to look after a sick loved one. There may be dissolution of the family through divorce or loss of a family member. However its presence is felt, Neptune will be teaching you the lesson of non-attachment with regard to your home and family. Other cosmic visitors to your domestic sector include as well as Mars, Mercury and Venus. Quicksilver Mercury pays two visits to your domestic sector, the first from from 4 February to 4 March 2020 and then again from 17 March to 11 April which will facilitate communication among family members and is also an excellent time to organise tradespeople to do repairs. Gentle Venus will grace your domestic sector with her presence from 14 January to 7 February to 2020 bringing harmony on the domestic front.

Travel and Education
Two other cosmic visitors will be Mercury and Venus. Mercury will pay visit here from 6-20 August 2020 facilitating communication in your travel and study zone. Gentle Venus will grace this sector with her presence from 7 September to 2 October 2020 making it an ideal time for a romantic getaway.

Relatives, Neighbours & Short Distance Travel
Your 3rd House of immediate environment and short distance travel will be activated by the presence of dynamic Mars from 31 March to 13 May 2020. Mars will imbue you with the energy to tackle any issues with siblings, relatives or neighbours. You could also be busy making short journeys. Quicksilver Mercury will pay a visit here from 17 January to 3 February 2020 facilitating communications and networking with siblings and neighbours. Gentle Venus will grace your 3rd house with her presence from 21 December 2019 to 13 January 2020 bringing harmony in this sphere of your life.

Friends and Groups
Mercury and Venus will visit your social sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from 6-27 September 2020 facilitating communication and networking. Venus’s presence here from 29 October to 21 November 2020 will add extra sparkle to your social life.

Full Moon in Taurus conjunct Vesta
The Full Moon in Taurus which occurs on 13 November at 19 degrees Taurus 52 is conjunct the asteroid Vesta, goddess of the hearth. Vesta (Greek Hestia) is the Latin word meaning focus. The hearth was and is the focal point of the home, the eternal flame that keeps burning, keeping us warm and safe. Vestal virgins in Rome were highly revered. The symbol of Vesta is a self-contained and pure image. Since Taurus is a sign of material security, home and hearth it will be important features of life in November.
Mercury is retrograde, opposing the Moon and Vesta, giving us extra ability to hone in on what we need to attend to, especially around the home. Details can be overlooked when Mercury is retrograde. What we need to do when Mercury is retrograde is slow down so we can ‘focus’ on what requires our attention. Patience is required.

Jupiter and Ceres are still close to one another and this aspect is known for its activism. Ceres in her role as Universal Mother whose symbol is a sheaf of wheat is passionate about the environment and Jupiter brings enthusiasm to her passion. This aspect has been active for a couple of months, including during Greta Thunberg’s powerful UN speech. It’s now waning, having made an exact conjunction on October 26. Taurus loves nature and as an earth sign, seeks to protect the land. This Full Moon is likely to see more environmental protests around the globe. The fixed earth sign Taurus is resilient and does not give up easily.

mercuryRetrograde Mercury – 1 – 21 November 2019
Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods and the planet of communication and short distance travel stations retrograde on 1 November at 27 Scorpio 28. This could cause all manner of confusion and delays in communication and travel. Therefore, it is important that you dot your Is and cross your Ts to avoid misunderstandings and missed appointments. Mercury will station direct again 21 November at 11 degrees Scorpio 35  normalising communications for the festive season.

New Moon in Sagittarius 27 Nov 2019New Moon in Sagittarius
The New Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 2.05 am on 27 November at 04 degrees 03 Sagittarius.  This expansive new moon brings a renewed sense of optimism and hope. It brings opportunities for broadening your horizons. Sagittarius is concerned with philosophy and the higher mind. This Jupiterian influence is especially predominant with Jupiter being conjunct the Galactic Centre at 27 degrees Sagittarius since early November. This rare event only occurs every 12 years. The Galactic Centre is a gateway to a higher consciousness. There have been two other planets that conjuncted the Galactic Centre that preceded Jupiter initiating this spiritual journey. Pluto the transformer was here in 2006/7 and Saturn that consolidates was here in late 2017.

On the same day of the New Moon Neptune stations direct. On 25 November Venus and Jupiter align at 28 degrees Sagittarius 12 adding brilliance to the evening sky while Mars and Uranus oppose each other. This former is a positive aspect, although it’s also prone to extravagance. It can denote a risk taking energy, but with the opposition of Mars and Uranus, an aspect that can be accident prone it is better to tread warily. Both planets make a challenging aspect to the Sun and Moon, so we may feel a bit out of sorts or uncoordinated. Accidents often happen when we are scattered and our attention is diverted. Given we have a risk taking, extravagant aspect and an accident prone aspect occurring simultaneously, we need to stay focussed. You need to remain conscious of what you are doing and plan your activities carefully.

Mars and Uranus are making challenging aspects to Chiron, so health may be impacted by accidents or over indulgence if these planets trigger planets in your natal chart.
Venus squares Chiron which could cause conflict in relationship that requires healing but the favourable Venus-Mars sextile will help create harmony, providing that we respect each other’s boundaries. This is a great aspect for communication, but as Venus is an evening star and Mars is in the morning sky, we may find we are at odds with our partners.


Sagittarius Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Sagittarius Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Insight Newsletter by Michele Finey

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  1. Sue

     /  November 26, 2019

    Thanks Anne I enjoyed that in depth look at sag especially the connection with the third Herculean task ! Have a great Christmas 🙏😘🌹


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