Personal Quests

The Sun in Sagittarius has had no connections (aspects**) from other planets for most of the time its been in Sagittarius. Mars and Mercury are in Scorpio, Uranus is in Taurus, while Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are in Capricorn. Those planets make aspects to each other, but not to the Sun. Only our Moon has connected with the Sun as it orbits Earth. I’ve thought about this phenomenon for several days, because it’s a bit unusual. I’ve had so many thoughts about the Sun in Sagittarius that I could write a paper, and I have been writing. But you don’t want to read a paper.

So what follows are my constrained musings about what it may mean that the Sun in Sagittarius is surrounded by, but not engaged with, other planets. It’s only connection at this time being with the Moon as the Moon circles Earth.

The Sun is the heart of our universe. In astrology, it represents life and the creative force. When its in Sagittarius, it draws our attention to beliefs about ourselves in relationship to everything that surrounds us. You, me, everyone acquires beliefs via associations with different Sagittarian themes of culture (both foreign cultures and our own), religious training and experience, and higher education (including esoteric teachings). And we believe what we believe until some new experience causes us to question our beliefs, and then ask ourselves whether if what we believe is true, right, wrong, or just. These questions and experiences create feelings and emotions.

The Moon reflects the Sun’s light and its always changing. In astrology, the Moon is associated with our feelings and emotional responses. What you believe impacts how you feel, and how you feel impacts what you believe.

What you believe—your truth—changes as you expand your thinking through your associations with other people, cultures, belief systems, etc. You grow and change when you have new desires and new experiences. Proof that this is true is all around us in the form of progress, new inventions, new knowledge about health and healing, our changing relationships with other people, countries, etc.

The Sun’s present relationship with the Moon is energizing our personal quests to align our hearts with positive feeling emotions—happiness, optimism, good will, and joy (all Sagittarius themes). You may feel as though a major shift is taking place (or needs to), or you may have simply grown tired of the kind of books you read. If your heart and emotions are not aligned with what you believe, if you resist changing what you believe, then the gifts of Sagittarius—happiness, optimism, and joy—remain elusive.

What are you questing after? What personal beliefs are you confronting? You’ll know your truth when your heart and emotions are aligned with your beliefs. You know when you’re heart and emotions are aligned, because you feel happy and optimistic about life. The changes you make now are preparing you for the next phase. What to do next will be more apparent when the Sun is in Capricorn after the Winter Solstice.

**An aspect occurs when a planet is 60, 90, 120, or 180 degrees from the Sun as we see them from here on Earth.


Courage in the Wake of Insight

The Astrology

  • The Sun and Jupiter are in Jupiter’s sign Sagittarius. These planets are totally focused on Sagittarian concerns, because they’re not making any aspects to planets in other signs.
  • The Moon has joined Venus and Saturn in Capricorn from where its ability to establish the tone of emotions and feelings will be strongly influenced by Saturn.
  • Mercury and Mars are in Mars’ sign Scorpio. These planets are opposing retrograde Uranus in Taurus.


You can begin some days with a substantial “to do” list and get a lot done. On other days, you want to goof off, socialize, be entertained, or shop. You’re inspired to an activity, or not. Inspiration (a new thought) isn’t enough to motivate you to action, though. You need to be in the mood, or have a strong need, before you go out to buy a new car or new appliances for your a new home, or buy flowers or gifts. Unless you’re in the mood and feeling inspired, you won’t buy anything even if retailers have spent their last advertising dollars to lure you into their stores. The stars have to align. Right? Yes, but the planets need to align with your planets (your birth chart), too.

The point I want to make is that you, me, everyone, is sensitive to something we can feel (the urge to shop, for instance), but that we can’t see. We’re sensitive to energy patterns and flow that we interpret as moods, inspiration, motivation, drive, desire, etc.

The practice of astrology is based upon seeing correlations between human activities and planetary placements. Observations over thousands of years have led to broad generalizations. One such generalization is that people who were born when the Sun was in Sagittarius are inspired to explore ideas, philosophies, and cultures. But like shoppers, not every Sun-sign Sagittarian will explore the same ideas or philosophies, and not every Sagittarian will travel to foreign counties. Some will travel in their minds only, exploring new thoughts inspired by reading, study, etc. Others may be inspired to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Some Sagittarians never travel and spend  their time spreading joy to others, like a jolly Santa Claus. Others spread so much joy they’re broke all the time.

That said, the dominant vibe today is associated with Mars. Mars is in Scorpio, which means the potential is high (generally) now for people to experience strong impulses to take action, have an adventure, pursue a goal, or defend their beliefs, property, etc. The intensity of the impulse is fueled by strong emotions and personal needs.

Venus in Capricorn is cooperating with and assisted by Mars in Scorpio to help you get you what you want. In other words, if you want something, the potential is generally good that you’ll get what you want. There is a caveat. You have to stay focused on what you want and not give in to doubts about your worthiness to have what you want, or you won’t get it.

The opposition of Mars to Uranus may coincide with a sudden breakthrough (insight, new energy, new emotions) in the weeks ahead that will provide fuel to sustain an urge you feel now for freedom and independence (from some influence). You’ll feel it in the area of your life that needs to expand/grow in some way(s). You may identify a personal need that is common to many people (updating knowledge about something or some group, for example), but how you need to grow is unique to you and your life. The courage to follow through when/if you get new insights is also contained in the transits of the planets in Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Taurus.

Have the courage to focus on what you want, stay focused, and feel good about it.