Dana Gerhardt, the founder of this website, once wrote, “Feeling envious of someone else means you’re not thinking big enough for yourself.” Leave it to a Sagittarian to remind us of our limitless potential!
Realizing that potential, however, relies on cultivating a vibrant imagination. Envisioning something that hasn’t existed before is not unique to people born under the sign of the archer, but you can bet that most true innovators have that sign or its ruling planet, Jupiter, prominent in their birth charts. Sagittarian Walt Disney, for example, envisioned a playground that could be enjoyed by people of all ages, and realized it on a scale previously unimaginable. Another Sag, Steven Spielberg, gave the movie-going public an entirely different vision of what films could be. And Jimi Hendrix, also born with the Sun in this sign, took the electric guitar to places it had never been before.
To be an innovator requires trust in yourself and absolute conviction in your vision and truth. The Sagittarian road requires the faith to ignore nay-sayers and to resist the urge to imitate others.
To move in the direction of Sagittarius truth always requires a leap of faith and confidence in our knowledge. But taking this leap comes with the danger of becoming insular and overzealous, of refusing to listen at all to other points of view; this has been particularly true over the past year, as Jupiter has transited its Sagittarius home. The utter conviction that serves Sagittarius so well in many situations can sometimes cause problems if we assume that everyone shares, or should share, our particular view of what is true. Navigating the Sagittarius experience requires that we keep feeding our brains with other ideas and perspectives, to keep ourselves flexible and lively. But for the sake of innovation, it’s equally important to know when to escape into our own imaginations and retrieve the treasures we find there.
Consider the time of year when the Sun is in Sagittarius, and the importance of Sagittarian faith becomes clear. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the beginning of the coldest time of the year, when days are short and dark and survival is by no means assured. It’s no wonder that a tradition of celebrating light, birth, and redemption emerged during this season. When life is hard, we need something we can believe in – whether it’s religion, political ideology, or simply the beauty and wisdom of nature.
During the hectic holiday season, with all its shopping, entertaining, and party-going, it’s telling how often we complain of exhaustion and stress. If left to our own natural tendencies, we might simply retreat to sit quietly by the fire and dream big dreams. Gazing out your window at the dazzling winter sunlight, or into a warming fire, you might find it possible to imagine a world that’s different than the one you inherited, and to contemplate the individual contribution you might make to such a world.
There has never been a greater need for idealists who believe in a better future and innovators with the ability to envision solutions to society’s seemingly intractable problems. The Sagittarius New Moon reminds us to keep thinking big—to keep dreaming bigger dreams for ourselves, and for our world.