Sagittarius is most popularly known to represent freedom, exploration, and adventure. It’s a big picture way of living that is, in many ways, incurably optimistic. Sagittarius believes that there is an opportunity for growth and expansion in everything.

That said, Sagittarians can be known to run from commitment and structure for fear of being held back or contained. Sag does not want to be “fenced in” with few or no opportunities for growth. This applies to both professional and personal circumstances and relationships. Not many Sagittarians will be found in very long-term positions or relationships – not unless those roles provide a lot of learning and teaching opportunities for the Sag natives involved.

Sagittarius does not only consider physical or formal educational experiences as sources of knowledge. They also are drawn to philosophy and religion as paths to insights about themselves and others. As Sagittarians move along these paths, they are exposed to many thought and belief systems. And as they explore these systems, they begin to see the dark side of philosophy and religion…which in turn helps them see the Light:

“The Truth will set you free.”

That statement alone reveals what is at the core of Sagittarius’ approach to life: its search for Truth. And ultimately, within that Truth is the freedom that Sag is seeking. It is Truth which gives Sag inspiration and power and sets them free to be and do bigger and better in their lives with authenticity and honesty.

Hypocrisy, pretense, and fraud are the worst offenses in the eyes of Sagittarians. There is much hypocrisy, pretense, and fraud in religion and philosophy, as well as in business and in relationships. This is why Sagittarians are both eager to take on new experiences, yet why they are also hesitant to make commitments – they don’t want to be caught up in a lie. Institutions that practice full disclosure full of people who speak their minds and walk their talk are the ones that Sags look to as sources of wisdom and growth.Sagittarians will sample around with many different things, and they will be “all in” for everything they involve themselves in. Sags always give everything and everyone an honest shot. Yet, after all is said and done, they realize that being oneself truthfully and authentically and completely is the most freedom-embracing way to live. After all, when you are pretending to be someone else, how can you be yourself?

It’s not often you find a Sagittarian who takes on others’ characteristics, identities and/or activities completely. If you do, it’s usually because they are in severe denial of the Truth of who they are. They embody the qualities of hypocrisy, pretense and fraud that they despise most, yet only because they do not know how to go about being themselves…or they really don’t want to take on responsibility for themselves. They do not know how to set themselves free…or they are afraid to set themselves free.

Of course, once Sagittarius natives or people with heavy Sagittarius influence do begin to awaken to the Truth about themselves, they want to share what they’ve found with others. Their ‘perpetual teacher’ nature kicks in, and they want others to experience their path to Truth. The thing for Sags to remember is that each person’s path to Truth is unique and individual to them. There is no one size fits all way to get there. The best thing a Sag can do is to share their experience as their experience – as their way, not as “the way”.

Look at where Sagittarius falls in your astrological chart for guidance in how to utilize this energy in your personal life journey. For more information and insights, see the December 2016 Horoscope for your zodiac sign.

New Moon in Sagittarius – November 29, 2016 at 12:18 GMT

December began with a lively and “upbeat” New Moon in Sagittarius, a fire sign. Those of us who have planets in fire signs (especially Sagittarians) are really feeling the urge to find expression through ideals and beliefs in a way that defies old boundaries. In other words, this is a month of monumental “breakthroughs” in conventional belief systems whether we are looking at politics, religion, or our own personal philosophy of life.

Sagittarius expands our horizons and fuels our “quest” for Higher Consciousness. Under the Sagittarian influence, we are more open and optimistic and dislike restrictions and dishonesty of any kind. Combined with the powerful forces of Uranus in Aries, this is a time for personal revolution and breaking free of anything that feels limiting. We definitely want to “stretch, if not actually push, the envelope”.

Fortunately, Venus is in the responsible sign of Capricorn, which offers some degree of checks and balances, but if there is any area in your life creating limitation or resentment, it will be become a real “ouch” point.

Take the opportunity of this month to exercise your personal freedom and expression, but also to honor your responsibilities and commitments.