Sagittarius is the bold adventurer, the eternal student and seeker of knowledge. It is mutable fire and all of the mutable signs have a duality to them. The conflict for Sag is man vs beast. Civilized, learned, cultured or primal, powerful and raw. The trick for Sagittarius is to artfully blend the two sides, to act with grace and refinement without sacrificing any of their power and passion.
Today’s subject has sun in Sagittarius sun along with Neptune and Venus. The latter two gentle planets soften the legendary bluntness of this fiery sign. Venus lends grace and generosity, and an appreciation for beauty and manners. Neptune obscures and so he is compelled to seek validation, clarification of self perception.
This grouping falls in his second house, the house of possessions. Second house people feel safest when their things are in order. I don’t mean tidy and catalogued. They are happiest when they have what they need and have the resources to get the things they are going to need. Job security, steady income, these things help keep the 2nd house person happy. In this case, the material things are accumulated to a large degree in order that they may be shared.
Mercury’s placement reveals how the mind works and this one has Mercury in Capricorn in the house of communication. Capricorn brings a sense of responsibility to the style of thought and speech. It also brings fears and self doubts to be overcome. Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn, supports this mind. If care is taken, he is an effective communicator. No shortcuts though. He has learned from experience that the job of thinking and speaking clearly must be handled with consistency and care.
Where Sagittarius sun is bold and vibrant, we also have here an Aquarius moon, sensitive and cool. Moon in Aquarius is like a musical instrument, perhaps imagine a harp. The strings so delicately strung that the slightest breeze sets them humming. Aquarius moon learns to limit input so that it can hear each note in turn in order to avoid being overwhelmed by clashing melodies. In this case, moon is at home in the 4th house, the house of home, family, roots and mother. Family is important and family is complex, sometimes challenging.
And if this sensitive moon weren’t enough, we also see Aquarius ruler, Uranus, in the first house, shaping the self. Perception of self and impact on others is seen in the ascendant and the first house. Scorpio ascendant guards while Uranus shakes things up. Uranus greets you there with funny and surprising jokes, little random thoughts and quirky traits. The man himself has learned to use these to his advantage, to charm and entertain, but for him sometimes this placement creates a storm at his threshold and he will seek solitude in order to recharge.
The planets I’ve outlined tell some of the story, but this only scratches the surface. We have a mystic rectangle, trines, sextiles and oppositions leading these players in an elaborate dance. There is more grace here than he knows and challenges he is all too familiar with.