by Robert Wilkinson
December features the Fire of Sagittarius. When the Sun transits Sagittarius we are challenged to open to a wider view, a greater truth, and a more generous attitude regarding future possibilities. This is the sign of the quest, where the abstract mind opens to a higher reality and ideally finds a more abundant sense of humor and perspective.
It is the last sign of Autumn and the harvest of our socialized activity from the past year preparing us for personal power and authority to come when the Sun enters Capricorn at the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2013, at 9:11 am PST, 5:11 pm GMT. In the Northern Hemisphere, the light force is at its yearly minimum this month, so conserve energy and concentrate on what you need to learn.
In the Southern Hemisphere, they're approaching their longest day of the year, when the Solar Force is at its max. Still, regardless of which hemisphere we live in, the power concentrated in Scorpio gets distributed with a wider view of possibilities in Sagittarius.
So those "down under" are also getting the global lesson of the signs involved. What we glimpse in Sagittarius gets organized in forms of personal power in Capricorn, so we're all facing a future that's already upon us (even if Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is still retrograde!)
December's Sag energies were heralded this year beginning early October when Venus entered Sag. Then the Sun entered Sagittarius, with Mercury zooming through Sag in direct motion beginning early December. So this year we got a huge early dose of this energy, and now are in the thick of it!
Mercury and Mars dominated the first week of December, as they were in Mutual Reception and therefore the dispositors for all the other planetary energies except for Sun, Jupiter and Neptune. Since then, because Jupiter in Cancer rules the Sun and Mercury in Sag, it gives the sign of the transiting Moon a much larger place in the governing order to things. As Jupiter is retrograde this month between 20 and 17 Cancer, this span has a strong influence on Solar and Mercurial events this month.
Because Jupiter is retrograde, we’re taking a look back at how we’ve reoriented since last June, and opportunities to integrate our personality since early September. We’re now getting different perspectives on what has opened since Summer, and finding new ways to act in order to realize some life ambition. Mostly the Jupiter lessons of December will in some way be related to what opened In the last half of September and first half of October.
As mentioned, Jupiter is said to "rule" Sagittarius. While the Sun is in Sagittarius, Jupiter exerts a greater influence than usual on all things Solar. This past year it split its time between Gemini and Cancer, helping us externalize our discoveries of late 2012 that moved us into “changes of allegiance” in the Summer of 2013.
Since June we've been in a process of opening to new emotional response patterns, new emotional intelligence, and new ways of relating to and understanding our “feeling knowing.” Now that it’s trine Saturn in Scorpio for a while, we’ll continue to learn about how to apply our emotional intelligence in our social interactions.
And now, let's put a spotlight on the birthday sign!
Sagittarius is fiery, mutable, changeable, adaptable, and refuses to be boxed in by ordinary thinking. The Sun in Sagittarius shines the light of wisdom on how we must be open to our freedom to explore universal perspectives, and can lead us to a greater spiritual and philosophical aspiration that demonstrates the higher benevolent law of our cosmos.
In this phase of the twelve-step evolutionary process that which began in Aries, stabilized in Taurus, expanded in Gemini, consolidated in Cancer, creatively projected in Leo, refined in Virgo, shaped into a new ideal in Libra and given magnetic power in Scorpio is shown the truth of itself opening future possibilities.
This sign's keywords are "I aspire." Sagittarius is the open-minded, tolerant, and generous philanthropist. This sign explores the archetypes of abstraction and transference through its experiments in truth, seeing a bigger picture and teaching the world how to open to a larger point of view.
Sagittarius is the freedom loving humorist adventurer, a wandering Magician-Engineer who shows that life is an unending series of "experiments in truth." Everything becomes grist for the mill of Soul, and all things seen as opportunities to break free of obsolete limitations and narrow views. Sagittarius takes an infinite amount of limited interpretations and weaves everything together into a larger understanding, morality, philosophy, and truth.
Sagittarius, when freed of the traps of being scattered, judgmental, excessive, indulgent gamblers who can be too open and gullible to tangential wisps of passing truths demonstrate a generous, honest, open-minded inspired idealism showing others how to dance with ever-greater truths and visions. They are natural humorists, benevolent and demonstrative philosophers who joke their world while refusing to be bound by narrow points of view.
Sagittarius has given us some of the most remarkable beings of history who possessed the power to open their world to a greater reality. Think Ludwig Van Beethoven, who electrified his world by giving them a new kind of music, then blazed even wider musical horizons proclaiming that "a new century needed new music." The same was true of Jimi Hendrix, another legendary Sagittarius whose fiery offerings changed musical history. A major innovator, both his guitar work and his production techniques opened greater possibilities and are studied to this day all over the world. And to note, he gave us the immortal line "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
Two more legendary Sagittarians were Winston Churchill, the World War II leader of Great Britain who became the truth and voice of a nation standing almost alone against Fascism, and Mark Twain, the correspondent turned novelist offering America the vision of its Mississippi legend and its western frontier, complete with jokes, asides, and ironic insights, all delivered while skewering its racism, ignorance, and hypocrisies. Both of these icons began as newspaper correspondents, which is natural for Sagittarius, the sign that rules publishing and all "news at a distance."
Never knowing what they're going to give us next, flamboyant Sagittarian superstars "Little Richard" Penniman, Keith Richards, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, "Toots" Hibbert, and Jim Morrison have all shown us outrageous genius. More major musical talents of history from this tribe include Scott Joplin, Ira Gershwin, Frank Zappa, Jean Sibelius, Spike Jones, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Lou Rawls, Johnny Mandel, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Maria Callas, Arthur Fiedler, Louis Prima, Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, Harry Chapin, Bob Dorough, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Rich, Robert Goulet, Stan Kenton, blues legends Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Junior Wells, Joe Williams, and Motown pioneer Berry Gordy Jr.
Other fantastic musical stars of our era feature blues legends John Mayall and J.J. Cale and major talents Randy Newman, Bruce Hornsby, Paul Shaffer, Neil Innes, Felix Cavaliere, Michael McDonald, Tre Cool, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Don Harris, Gregg Allman, Billy Idol, Shuggie Otis, Billy Gibbons, Benny Andersson, John Densmore, Alvin Lee, Dennis Wilson, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Tom Waits, Ralph McTell, Ozzy Osbourne, Jim Messina, Peter Criss, Jakob Dylan, John Rzeznik, Tom DeLonge, Nick Beggs, Brad Delson, Aaron Carter, Ryan Key, James Galway, Eddie Rabbit, Chris Angel, Billy Bragg, Criss Angel, Jermaine Jackson, David Cook, and my old friend from the Lost Gonzo Band and a great talent in country music, Gary P. Nunn.
Amazing contemporary female Sag musical talents include Dionne Warwick, Judy Carmichael, Sinead O'Connor, Taylor Swift, Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado, Sheila E., Christina Aguilera, Amy Lee, Ville Valo, Amy Grant, Vanessa Hudgens, and Emjay.
In the world of theater we find Lynn Fontanne, Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, and playwrights David Mamet, Noel Coward, and Eugene Ionesco, while a special nod goes out to Sagittarian Walt Disney, who opened the world's inner child through animation, multimedia, and theme parks, and Steven Spielberg, who gave us "ET," "Close Encounters," and many other timeless movies.
Sagittarians are known for their sense of humor. Some who used the silver screen to give the world many smiles include Harpo Marx, Woody Allen, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, and Ben Stiller. Other bright Sagittarian stars of decades past include directors Fritz Lang, Busby Berkeley, Jean-Luc Godard, Otto Preminger, Carlo Ponti, and George Roy Hill.
Legendary actors feature Boris Karloff, Ossie Davis, Cicely Tyson, Eli Wallach, Lee J. Cobb, Kirk Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Margaret Hamilton, Dorothy Lamour, Edward G. Robinson, Maximilian Schell, Ralph Richardson, William S. Hart, Christopher Plummer, Richard Crenna, Lee Remick, Geraldine Page, Dina Merrill, Jeff Chandler, Richard Fleischer, Bruce Lee, Irene Dunne, Diane Ladd, and Betty Grable.
In more recent times we have such talented Sag beauties as Jane Fonda, Liv Ullmann, Ellen Burstyn, Patty Duke, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daryl Hannah, Marisa Tomei, Judy Dench, Kim Basinger, Milla Jovovich, Jennifer Beals, Julianne Moore, Scarlett Johansson, Cathy Moriarty, Lucy Liu, Julie Condra, Jessica Steen, Anna Chlumsky, Holly Marie Combs, Amanda Seyfried, AnnaSophia Robb, Katie Holmes, Kristana Loken, Jennifer Connelly, Hailee Steinfeld, Mo'Nique, and director Kathryn Bigelow.
Modern male stars of the tribe include Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich, Jamie Foxx, Kenneth Branagh, Jeff Bridges and his brother Beau Bridges, Ed Harris, Tom Hulse, Judd Nelson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi, Bill Pullman, Wes Studi, Jack Noseworthy, Alexander Godunov, Brendan Fraser, and director Joe Dante.
Television has given some very funny Sagittarians a forum, including Dick Van Dyke, Jon Stewart, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, John Larroquette, Rich Little, Ted Knight, "Buffalo Bob" Smith, Gary Shandling, Robert Guillaume, Wally Cox, Paul Winchell, Buck Henry, Dick Van Patten, Teri Garr, Morey Amsterdam, Tim Reid, Tim Conway, Ray Romano, and Andy Dick.
Television talents from earlier decades include David Carradine, Agnes Moorehead, Dan Blocker, Don Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, Efram Zimbalist Jr., Rita Moreno, Leo Gordon, Robert Urich, Bob Barker, Wink Martindale, John Davidson, Donny Osmond, and Susan Dey. A special nod goes to televison pioneers Chet Huntley, Don Hewitt, Eric Sevareid, David Susskind, Leslie Stahl, Steven Bochco, Dick Clark, and Phil Donahue.
Modern female stars of this tribe feature Teri Hatcher, Kim Delaney, Felicity Huffman, Jane Kaczmarek, Katherine Heigl, Christina Applegate, Julie Condra, Brook Langton, Madchen Amick, Donna Mills, Morgan Brittany, Salli Richardson, Tyra Banks, Amy Locane, Jill Hennessy, Mayim Bialik, Amy Acker, Katie Holmes, Raven-Symone', Hallee Hirsh, Kaley Cuoco, Elisha Cuthbert, Madchen Amick, Scarlett Pomers, Vanessa Zima, and Alyssa Milano.
Modern male television luminaries include Kiefer Sutherland, Mandy Patinkin, Edd Hall, Adam Brody, Tyson Beckford, Benjamin Bratt, Frankie Muniz, Brian Bonsall, Austin Majors, Jaleel White, Jake T Austin, Bobby Flay, and Rider Strong.
The world of literature gives us major Sagittarian talents such as the author of the most famous predictions in history, Nostradamus. Other legends include William Blake, poet and painter who challenged society's concept of God, Jonathan Swift, author of satires "Gulliver's Travels" and "A Modest Proposal," C.S. Lewis, author of "The Chronicles of Narnia," "A Grief Observed," and many other masterworks, and Madeline L'Engle, author of "A Wrinkle in Time."
Other literary Sagittarians include John Milton, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Joyce Kilmer, Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, James Thurber, Kenneth Patchen, Arthur C. Clarke, James Agee, Gayle Sheehy, Shirley Jackson, Stanley Crouch, and William F. Buckley.
Famous political Sagittarians who made their mark on history are Presidents Franklin Pierce, Zachary Taylor, and Martin Van Buren. We also find those with a more difficult legacy such as two of the worst butchers in history, Josef Stalin and Francisco Franco, as well as Mary Queen of Scots, Strom Thurmond, Adam Clayton Powell, and G. Gordon Liddy. Other political Sagittarians include Aga Khan IV, John Kerry, Fiorello La Guardia, Abbie Hoffman, Shirley Chisholm, Andrew Cuomo, Chinese President Hu Jintao, and "first kids" Caroline Kennedy and her brother John F. Kennedy Jr.
Sagittarians who made us smile include "Peanuts" creator Charles Shultz, legendary clown Emmet Kelly, and comedian Steven Wright, while an eclectic group have made history other ways, including pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead, legendary outlaw Billy the Kid and the equally legendary lawman Bat Masterson, historic military commanders John S. Mosby (the Gray Ghost) and legendary egomaniac and tactical idiot George Armstrong Custer, and sports figures Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Johnny Bench, Larry Bird, Archie Moore, Chris Evert, and Tracy Austin.
Gifted Sagittarian artists include photographer Gordon Parks, artists Diego Rivera, Georges Seurat, Edvard Munch, Wassily Kandinsky, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and Washington portraitist Gilbert Stuart.
Other distinguished Sagittarians of history feature tire magnate Harvey Firestone, circus impressario Charles Ringling, billionaire J. Paul Getty, and prohibitionist Carry Nation.
Of more recent vintage are civil rights crusader and Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees Jr., self-help pioneer Dale Carnegie, anthropologist Richard Leakey, fashion maven Gianni Versace, and paranormal investigator and psychic adept Uri Geller. Finally, a special happy birthday goes out to my friend "Tie Dye" Andy Weaver, and the thoughtful and funny Doctor Jeffrey of Chinese legend and lore.
Birthday cities in the US feature Birmingham, Tuscaloosa (the butt of a classic Groucho Marx line), Anchorage, San Diego, San Jose, Wilmington (DE), Tampa, Macon, Annapolis, Lancaster (PA), Columbia (SC), Greenville, Spartanburg, Chattanooga, Memphis, Beaumont, Spokane, and Cheyenne (WY). Happy birthday to international cities Avignon, Budapest, Cologne, Provence, Naples, Nottingham, Sheffield, Singapore, Stuttgart, and Toronto.
Also happy birthday to the states of Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and the nations of Australia, Belgium, Chile, Hungary, Madagascar, Peru, Spain, and Tibet. We’ll finish this tribute to one of history’s great Sagittarian documents, The Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson