Welcome Sagittarius season!
Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign of the zodiac that bridges Autumn and Winter. If Aries is the spark that begins the Zodiac cycle and spring, and Leo is the dancing flame of the bonfires of summer, then Sagittarius can be understood as the burning embers in our hearths that gather us around during the colder months for drinking tea, reading, and sharing knowledge.
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, which is the largest of all the planets in our solar system (in fact it is 2x larger than all the other planets combined!). Jupiter is gaseous and expansive by nature and thus in astrology is commonly known as the Greater Benefic, or bringer of good luck and fortune. Thus the Sagittarius archetype is often characterized by optimism, good cheer, and light-heartedness.
The Sagittarius archetype can also be understood through the image of the centaur, Chiron, with his bow and arrow. Half horse and half human, Chiron represents the merging of animal instinct and intuition with human intellect and reason. Not just primal gut reactions, and not just logic and reason, but the embodied intelligence of merging both. Chiron mastered and taught an eclectic body of knowledge, including music, astronomy, and philosophy. He also developed the healing arts and because of an injury even he himself could not heal, has become the archetype of the wounded healer and the namesake of the Comet/minor planet discovered in 1977.
Sagittarius and Chiron both embody the quest for knowledge and the expansion of one's mind though new experiences and learnings. This is why travel is so often associated with Sagittarius, for when we experience a culture and way of living outside of our own, we naturally expand and gain new awareness. Studying is of course another avenue of expansion, as is befriending someone whose life experience is radically different than our own.
Honestly, I cannot think of a more appropriate archetype and message for here and now (and always!) During a time when people feel isolated and frustrated, on top of polarized by politics or opinions on current events, now would be an appropriate time to open our minds to the 'other' point of view, even and especially if it is hard to do. Instead of immediately closing, or contracting our minds as soon as we hear or read something that opposes our own opinions and beliefs, perhaps we can take a deep breath and try, I mean REALLY try to understand where the other person is coming from. That doesn't mean we have to agree or change our own belief, just that we are willing to listen and consider that our perspective is limited to our own experience.
As the days grow darker and colder (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), Sagittarius season is a perfect time to expand our minds through entertaining diverse opinions, reading, study, and quiet contemplation. Hopefully we will all have more down time, and my prayer is that we all (myself included) take the time to grow our minds outside of their normal confines, in whatever way we are inclined, whether that is reading, watching documentaries, or studying that subject we want to know more about.
Of course, expansion cannot go on forever, and we naturally and eventually bump up against boundaries and limitations, but that discussion is for another time. Stay tuned for next month's article on Capricorn and Saturn, and my Melancholy Tea Blend for the winter blahs.
But for now, brew a cup of At Ease Tea and enjoy the natural expansion and good cheer of Sagittarius season!
Special Thanks for the following authors and teachers for sharing their knowledge that expanded my knowledge of astrology and Chiron and helped inform this article:
Inner Sky Steven Forrest
Way of the Horse Linda Kohanov
Tyler Penor www.thechironium.com
Queen of Letting Go
Break open my heart,
so my love can flow. . .
Flow from the places where I've shut down,
from the dark murky waters, where shadow is found.
For that's where my gems are, there's the real gold,
the love and acceptance that comes once I know. . .
that life and death, shadow and light, yin and yang, wrong and right,
Blend all together in one glorious whole,
reminding me once again, so that I may know
TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT
TO LOVE LIKE I BREATHE
EACH MOMENT, EACH DAY
BE THANKFUL TO LIVE
The River cleanses me,
washes it all away.
Once again, I'm an innocent child at play.
The cold water awakens me,
to this gift that is life,
As I glide through her,
I forget my struggle and my strife.
So I pray to the waters,
I bow down in deep awe,
I thank you for your gifts,
You bring life to one and all,
May we respect and adore you,
May we be mindful of what we do,
So that our children's children can enjoy the waters too!
She who embodies all that is beneath, hidden, repressed
Teach me to accept and surrender to the darkness
Show me how to not cling to passing emotions, feelings, fears, and the changeability of the mind
Teach me how to find the light
Even in the darkest of nights
How to hold on to hope when all seems lost, and I'm afraid, confused, and helpless
Please, caress my soul with your deep wisdom
I pray to you Dark mother
Help me discern that which needs the sword and that which needs patience and love
Teach me to turn within for answers, instead of seeking the opinions of others
I pray to you
I pray for my family, now and for generations to come
May we heal our karmic wounds
May we evolve and live in peace, love, joy, and acceptance
and as we heal our wounds, may we inspire others to do the same,
and in doing so, Heal the Earth
I am but a child in my heart
Wanting to love, and be loved
Shying away from hurt and pain
longing for comfort in my mother's arms
Expressing myself freely
Naturally moving towards what brings me joy
Accepting others differences, without even thinking twice
For aren't we all humans, together here on earth?
Let us be childlike again
Innocent and trusting
Joyful and ever present to moments as they arise
My Dreams are real
I can feel them, touch them
The doubts creep in, but I'm learning to mistrust them
Having a vision, following through
the most challenging and rewarding thing to do
So I take baby steps, one by one
I walk towards my future
Past and future are one
For time is a spiral
and its all-ready real
Choosing my thoughts wisely,
I go by feel
I do what feels good!
I do what feels right!
Following my quiet yearnings,
Dreaming not only in the night!
I seek your council
Teach me in the ways of stillness
Retreat Quiet Non-doing
Stillness comes naturally now
To do lists lose their usual appeal
I meet resistance if my mind tries to plot, plan, and strive
Dark Moon, you teach me
That I am already there
I am HERE
in my heart, in my spirit
Beauty and harmony and perfection already exist
My dreams have already come true- In the spiral of time I meet them now,
and I am content
Step into your power
But also be weak
Shine your beautiful light,
But first in the darkness you must seek,
Follow your heart
By quieting your mind,
Be utterly confused,
Then walk a straight line.
Life is a paradox,
There is dark, there is light.
Be with what is,
to expand with what might. . . .
Do not speak to me of transcendence,
I am of this Earth,
I have come here to dance with the light and shadow,
to laugh and to cry,
to grow through my struggles,
to love despite hate.
I am of this Earth,
I am here to feel and to heal,
to bring balance
to be humble,
to be kind.
Wrinkles around my eyes
(From time spent outside, smiling in the sun!)
Silver hairs around my crown,
Yet surrounded by a culture where the signs of age and wisdom are
erased, avoided, and surgically removed
What does this say about our culture? What we honor, and value?
I say we respect, uplift and admire the signs of wisdom
Let's honor those who have come before us,
Let's redefine beauty,
Embrace smile lines and hair silver like the moon. . .
and not in the name of fashion or trends,
but in the name of
(just for starters)