Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Symbol and its Meaning

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Positive and adventurous, Sagittarians are motivated by higher aspirations – a drive, which is amply represented by its symbol, the Archer. Likewise the glyph for Sagittarius is rather straightforward in nature and is represented by the archer's arrow slung in a bow. This glyph symbolizes the desire for direction, a lofty purpose and abundance.  Individuals belonging to this zodiac sign are born between 22nd November and 21st December.

Natives of this zodiac sign are upbeat and forward-looking, a trait which is implied by the outward direction of the Archer’s bow. Sagittarians are nothing if not optimistic; they are capable of greeting an unpleasant experience with the same smile that they would lavish on a happy occasion. Few things are terrible or harrowing enough to put these individuals in a fret. They tend to look at the bright side even in adverse or difficult circumstances. This positive outlook is one of the most attractive qualities in Sagittarians and few people are able to resist the sunshine that radiates from these happy beings.

However more than optimism, it is the intellectual nature of this sign that is represented by the symbol of the Archer. A thirst for knowledge is what distinguishes a Sagittarian from someone who is merely happy-go-lucky. He/she possesses an unquenchable desire to discover the unknown and learn about everything new that comes his/her way. Like the Archer which symbolizes this zodiac sign, a Sagittarius aims high at the star of knowledge and reaches for all that is waiting to be discovered. He/she is not happy with acquiring mere money or fame; rather they need to achieve something vaster, more intellectual to feel truly satisfied in life. It is quite common for Sagittarians to be deeply engaged with lofty philosophical questions or issues which concern vast sections of humanity. They love pondering over these, studying their implications and debating these with their fellow-intellectuals.

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Another aspect of the forward and upward-looking trait of the Sagittarian personality is a love of travel. They are thrilled to visit new places since it both satisfies their urge to discover new things and cultures as well as caters to their sense of adventure. However a Sagittarian will be happiest traveling by him/herself, not treading the beaten track, but finding new ways and paths on their own.

Yet another symbol of Sagittarius is the Centaur – a denizen of Greek classical mythology and represented as a being who is half-man and half-horse. For the ancient Greeks, Centaurs were intellectuals and teachers besides being regarded as adventurous, brave, and wise. Perhaps this explains the Sagittarian’s concern with the really big issues of life. Also the Centaur represented the victory of a human being’s intellectual and spiritual aspirations over his/her baser, animal nature.
However the best part about a Sagittarian’s search for knowledge and higher goals is that it makes him/her liberal and open-minded. So unlike a Virgo whose intellect has a tendency to slide into pedantry or the Scorpio who may employ his/her psychological keenness to gain power, a Sagittarian exults in a more humanist and inclusive outlook and is happiest when involved in projects which are going to impact large sections of mankind.

Another implication of the Archer’s bow pointing upward is that the native of this sign is not very well-equipped to handle the practical concerns of life.  Sagittarians tend to put too much faith the power of Providence to see them through tight spots and considering how often they succeed, it gives them a reputation of being luckier than most. Whether this is really the outcome of good luck or merely the workings of over-indulgent friends and family may be open to debate, but what happens over time is that such a Sagittarian begins to wander through life thinking that someone or the other will bail him/her out when the going gets tough. Discipline, hard work and being realistic are important life skills often missing in Sagittarius men and women.

The upward-aiming arrow of the Archer may again signify a nature which does not set too much store by physical passion. Men and women born under this sign are more likely than others to settle into a platonic relationship over a length of time rather than regard physical intimacy as the be-all and end-all of a romantic relationship. The all-consuming fires of passion are not for a Sagittarius lover; rather he/she is looking for a companion and soul mate for life.