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Sagittarius as the Sign of the Traveller

Last day of Sagittarius for another year. Here’s a playful riff on Sagittarius as the sign of the traveller. It is excerpted from my book Signs of the Zodiac: Clothing of the Self
Sagittarians love to travel, whether mentally into the higher reaches of the mind or physically around the planet in search of their particular version of the Holy Grail. Intellectual Sagittarian travellers are typically attracted to literature, philosophy, theology and anthropology, subjects where they can take inspiration from the many influential exemplars from their own sign, for example, authors Jonathan Swift, Joseph Conrad, Jane Austen, Jean Genet, Gustav Flaubert, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Laurens van Der Post, C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, James Thurber, Louisa M Alcott, Joan Didion, and A.C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey; poets John Milton, William Blake, Rainer Maria Rilke and Emily Dickensen; and anthropologists Margaret Mead and Claude Levi-Strauss. 
“We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started / And know it for the first time”

                                  – T.S. Eliot [Mars conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius]
From that list it may readily be seen that a good story well told is a Sagittarian forte. Add in enthusiasm, humour and wisdom and it’s easy to see why Sagittarius is such a popular sign. Walt Disney, Woody Allen, and Stephen Spielberg are influential cinematic practitioners of the story telling art, an art that communicates universal truths far more effectively than logical arguments or rational discourse.
“The truth is more important than the facts” – Frank Lloyd Wright


As for physical travel, Sagittarians are often attracted to the wide open spaces or distant places off the beaten track, like Outback Australia, or to holy places of pilgrimage like Rishikesh or Dharamsala, or to decidedly unholy places where they can party and go ‘over the top’, for example, Goa, Ibiza, Byron Bay, or wherever the latest ‘in’ place happens to be. At some point in their travels they are sure to discover the truth of the maxim ‘wherever you go, there you are’ and sooner or later, unless it is their genuine vocation to be an explorer, tour guide, travel writer, journalist, or such like, the restless urge to be always on the move, the compulsive quest for adventure and excitement, the futile attempt to escape boredom and mundanity by changing jobs, partners and places to live will run its course and .. what then Sagittarius? Settle down and grow up? Heaven forbid.


“Life is too important to be taken seriously” – Oscar Wilde
I know! Allow me to do a Sagittarius on you Sagittarius, and I’ll enlighten you forthwith. How about writing that book you’ve been talking about for what seems like forever. You know the one, your long touted autobiography, My Search For The Greatest High, because as God and all your friends well know, you’ve sure led an interesting life. If you can write as well as you talk, it’s bound to be a best seller. 
Or how about setting your sights even higher and set up as a Guru yourself? You’ve certainly read enough books and sat with enough masters to know the gig as well as anyone. And keep in mind too, that the business of ‘isness’ generates big bucks, believe you me. If you can pull it off, you need never work again. Now that’s an inspiring thought, is it not? Wow Sagittarius, the more I envision the possibility, the more excited I become on your behalf. In fact, I can see you in my mind’s eye right now telling tall tales and true to a captivated group of disciples who are convinced you are the real thing. Unreal hey! You’ll see it too when you believe it, believe me. 
But I don’t need to tell you that do I? You know the laws of manifestation better than anyone. Still, for the benefit of those readers who still don’t know The Secret, here it is. Energy flows where attention goes. Therefore, focus your attention on your highest aspiration and you will draw it to you through the power of universal attraction. It’s that simple and it’s that easy. Leave the hard work to Capricorn I say.


“To seek enlightenment is like jumping from one wave of experience to another in search of water” – Ken Wilber
With Pluto, the planet of transformation, death and renewal having transited through Sagittarius from 1995 until 2008, the time is now ripe for Sagittarian spiritual seekers to really get it that to seek enlightenment is as misguided and futile as a dog chasing it’s own tail. How can you seek that which you are? And equally too, how can there be a path to that which always is. As Ramesh Balsekar put it: “Consciousness is all there is, so who is to know or seek what?” 


Better wind up now or I’ll run out of space – a typical Sagittarian problem. Space, and lots of it, is very important to Sagittarius, not least when in relationship. They like to take a holiday from their partners now and then in order to keep love fresh and alive. William Blake has some wise words to say on this theme: “He who binds himself to a joy, doth the winged life destroy / But he who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity’s sunrise.”

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