Incidentally, the picture of a Rottweiler in Monday’s blog did not refer to Hillary Clinton, as it might have seemed, but to Margaret Thatcher. And I was not calling her a b****, but simply a Rottweiler, which in my book praises her and damns her at the same time.
So I’ve had a request to do Sagittarius next in this series. Relief – I’m putting off Libra, the sign I feel (probably wrongly) I know least about. So this series is not about whether you’ll meet a tall, dark stranger and win the lottery – though I’ve nothing against that sort of prediction, providing you’re good at it. It’s about what the outer planets will be doing to you, what transformational currents from the wider cosmos will be seeking you out. There, I’ve got you Sagittarians interested.
So for Sagittarius, Pluto is this year entering your Solar 2nd House, while Neptune and Uranus will continue to pass through your Solar 3rd and 4th Houses respectively. Saturn is in your 10th House.
The big thing with Sagittarians is coming down to earth, making the vision and the cosmic intuition real, overcoming the fear that if you engage with ordinary life, the vision will be killed off. This is why the Earth herself is the so-called esoteric ruler of Sagittarius: she is the energy of the sign functioning at its best.
Pluto is entering the first earth house, the house of MONEY, filthy lucre. It is also a house of talents, the abilities we have which make us worth something in the eyes of the world. So Pluto is saying it is no longer enough to be talented, to be larger than life, to have this deep sense of the profounder mysteries of life, which mere worldlings do not have. You developed all this in the last 13 years as Pluto passed through your solar 1st. It is now time to join the worldlings in the marketplace, to see what they are prepared to pay in hard cash for your services (the Biblical unit of currency was a talent, which I’m sure is relevant here).
In a way, this is putting it in black and white to make the point. You may not have the sort of talents which will ever make a living, and there is nothing wrong with that. You did not choose your talents. The point is that it is easy for you to think and talk expansively and philosophically, but it is time to do more with it, to enact it in specific situations, through e.g. a teaching job with ordinary kids, which to you may initially seem like a dumbing down or a compromise, but which will eventually show you the real worth of what you have to say. This will offer you a level of satisfaction that you had never imagined.
So Pluto is saying discover the power of your talents and your understanding of why we are here through engagement with ordinary life. This is where real purpose, which is so important to you, can be found. If you do not do this, if you hang on to your youthful way of being – the puer/puella aeternus – you will feel increasingly thin, like you no longer have a life.
Neptune is in your 3rd House, which is interesting, because it is opposite Sagittarius’ natural House, the 9th. So we are bringing in the faith (9th) versus reason (3rd) dichotomy, and the need to unite them. Neptune has been telling you for 10 years now that it is not enough to have all these great ideas you have read about from Plato onwards: it is time to let these teachers speak to you directly, to have a sense of these ‘authorities’, these gods, as humans of their time struggling to make sense of their existence, and to let them touch your soul. One Sagittarian I know has the experience of channelling the great philosophers when he teaches, they take him over, he comes out with what they had to say without having read it, and the kids all speak warmly about him for years afterwards as one of those teachers you will always remember. This is unusual, but it makes the point about Neptune in the 3rd.
Uranus is in your 4th House. This is watery Cancer’s House, it is about personal emotion, family, origins, roots, parents. As a Sagittarian this is a good place for you to be, for it is too easy for you to identify with your impersonal, philosophical ideals and not quite realise that you also have the same motivations as the rest of us, you get hurt just the same as the rest of us, you have a need to belong, you have a desire to be loved and accepted, that is just as intense as the rest of us. Uranus has for the last 5 years been wrong-footing you, to bounce you into this sort of awareness: you have been discovering that your real emotions, behind the philosophical justifications, are embarrassingly human.
Finally we have Saturn entering your 10th House since last September. This is Saturn’s favourite House, a place of vocation and worldly achievement. In a way the 3 outer planets are about inner transformation, while Saturn is very concrete, he is telling you how you can pull all these different currents together. He is saying it can all come together if you put yourself out there in the world. This is not just in the more superficial Saturn sense of rising higher in your profession – nothing wrong with that – but also through giving shape to what you know is your calling. Saturn will obstruct your career if you try to dodge this.
So through Pluto entering an earth house, and earthy Saturn also entering an earth house since last September, the overall theme for Sagittarians over the next 2 years is concrete action: putting your abilities and ideals into practice, seeing how they measure up in real life, and taking your place in the world, discovering the real authority that you carry, and the responsibility that comes with it.