Sagittarius: All About This Zodiac Sign’s Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

Sagittarius is the worldly adventurer of the horoscope wheel. As a mutable fire sign, Sagittarius energy inspires us to dream big, chase the impossible and take fearless risks.

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Sagittarius Personality Traits

Sagittarius Traits At a Glance:

Symbol: The Archer or Centaur
Element: Fire
Quality: Mutable
Ruling Planet: Jupiter — the planet of luck and expansion
Body Part: Hips, thighs
Good Day: Honest, fair-minded, inspiring, optimistic, enthusiastic, encouraging, dedicated
Bad Day: Argumentative, reckless, flaky, preachy, tactless, overconfident
Favorite Things: Dares, flirting, pets, pop music, international travel, laughter, karaoke, books, inspirational stories
What You Hate: Prejudice, routines, rules, being bored, taking things too seriously, the words “you can’t”
Secret Wish: To make the rules
How to Spot Them: Strong legs, laughing eyes, comedic facial expressions
Where You’ll Find Them: Organizing a talent show, publishing a tell-all ‘zine, cracking inappropriate jokes in the middle of a staff meeting, backpacking through South America
Keywords: Adventure, Travel, Expansion, Honesty, Outspokenness, Wisdom


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What Is Sagittarius’ Symbol? The Archer

Sagittarius symbol

The Sagittarius horoscope symbol is the Centaur or Archer. The Sagittarius symbol is usually depicted as an arrow pointing skyward, as Sagittarius is always aiming for a higher spiritual ideal and philosophy in life. Seeking truth through life experience and an optimistic attitude are among the main Sagittarius traits. Thus, the Sagittarius symbol expresses the constant seeking of this adventurous zodiac sign. 


What Is Sagittarius’ Element and Modality? The Mutable Fire Sign

Sagittarius Element: Fire

Sagittarius is one of the three zodiac signs grouped under the fire element. The other two fire signs are Aries and Leo.

Sagittarius Modality or Quality: Sagittarius is a Mutable Sign

The zodiac signs are grouped into three “qualities” or “triplicities”: cardinal, mutable and fixed signs. Sagittarius is one of the four mutable signs. These signs end every season—and have learned the hard lessons taught by spring, summer, fall and winter. The mutable signs—Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces—know that all good things come to an end, and their role is to prepare everyone for the changing of seasons. Mutable signs are the adapters of the zodiac, a little bit older and wiser. More flexible and comfortable with change than other signs, they can “chameleon” themselves to fit into a variety of situations. Mutable zodiac signs are also the editors of the zodiac—the ones who complete the package with a winning touch. A plan can be sparked by a cardinal sign, built by a fixed sign, then perfected with the critical eye of a mutable sign.


What is Sagittarius’ Ruling Planet? Jupiter

Sagittarius is ruled by expansive Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. As a result, this sign can be “larger than life.” Jupiter is one of the gas giants, and indeed, overconfident Sagittarius energy can seem full of hot air at times. Leaping without looking is a Sagittarius habit. Luckily, fortunate Jupiter helps us land on our feet. But it’s not without a few bumps and bruises (also known as “life lessons” in the Book of Sag).

Jupiter was the most widely revered god in ancient Roman times, often referred to as Jupiter Optimus Maximus (literally translating to “all good” and “all powerful”). Not surprisingly, his was the largest temple in Rome. Sagittarius desires the biggest and best, at times to the point of excess and indulgence. In fact, Jupiter was the mythic god of the feast. People with Sagittarius in their charts may quickly expand in girth. Hedonism and decadence without limit can make Sagittarius energy too much of a good thing.


Sagittarius love and compatibility

In love and relationships, Sagittarius is an adventurer, always on the move, seeking novelty and knowledge. In love, this sign needs a travel companion to explore with.

Simply put: Sagittarius needs someone who understands their free spirit but who will also go along for the ride (to where they want to go!). Dating a Sagittarius means trying new things. You’ll have to want to go with the flow if you want to be in tow!

For Sagittarius, sex can be idealized. The Sagittarius ruling planet is larger-than-life Jupiter, which gives this sign the confidence to try many romantic partners. Breakups for this sign are hard. As an eternal optimist, they’ll do anything to make a relationship work. If the other person isn’t willing to try, that’s when Sagittarius walks away. If this sign walks down the aisle, emphasis is on the party, not the ceremony. This sign’s fierce independence ensures nothing planned will be 100 percent by-the-book.

Sagittarius compatibility

While we believe that any two zodiac signs can be compatible in love and friendship, there are certain sign combinations that just flow together easily.

Most compatible signs for Sagittarius:
For Sagittarius, the most compatible signs for romantic relationships, work and friendship tend to be the three fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) and the air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius). With their naturally social and energetic style, these zodiac signs find natural harmony.

Least compatible signs for Sagittarius:
Sagittarius may find their most incompatible signs for love, work and friendship to be the three water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and the three earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn). The regimented pace of earth signs can feel heavy and burdensome to Sagittarius. Water signs, with their many moods and emotions, can clash with Sagittarius, whose blunt remarks easily wound these sensitive souls.

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Sagittarius in career and money

The Sagittarius career path needs novelty and adventure. A job with flexibility and challenge is essential because you bore easily. You’re the sign of the gambler and the hunter, so extreme living—working hard, then playing hard—appeals you to and is where your Sagittarius career path will likely lead. You do great with seasonal work or short-term contracts. You’re a clear, creative thinker with a vision of the big picture, and you love to share your accumulated wisdom. 

When it comes to money, Sagittarius has no limits—both in earning and spending. Sagittarius is the zodiac’s visionary and entrepreneur. You need a budget for your ambitions and should have at least six months’ living expenses in the bank before launching into your next grandiose dream. This isn’t your natural style; you hate to plan because it conjures feelings of claustrophobia and suffocation. Once you overcome this fear, though, you’ll have the freedom you desire.

Sagittarius in a family: Sagittarius parents and Libra kids

For free-spirited Sagittarius, family demands can be at odds with their need for space. The zodiac’s traveler, family members will need to keep up or be okay with staying behind. Sagittarius slows down for no one.

As a parent, the Sagittarius mom or dad is the ultimate adventure-ready, playmate parent. This sign also places importance on journeys of the mind as well as the ones that require a suitcase. You’re a life-long learner and truth seeker. You’ll impart your wisdom and instill in them what’s right.

The Sagittarius kid loves to learn, so give them plenty of books and educational toys from an early age. Don’t be surprised if these kids talk early or use big words. This sign is ruled by Jupiter.

Read more about Sagittarius family dynamics

Sagittarius taste and style: fashion, decor and wellness

Sagittarius Style + Home Decor

The Sagittarius style is travel-ready. Casual, non-confining styles suit this sign best and fold quickly into a suitcase for wherever this globe-trotting sign is going next. Vintage is another Sagittarius favorite, since they love having one-of-a-kind pieces. Sagittarius home decor is typically spacious and styled like a retreat for comfortably resting wary feet after being out in the world.

Sagittarius Health + Wellness

When it comes to Sagittarius health and wellness, staying active is important. This is a “no limits” sign can indulge to the point of excess. To recenter, a Sagittarius meditation or one that invokes the fire element can do the trick.


Famous Sagittarius & Sagittarius Celebrities:

Brad Pitt, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Sia, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Jay-Z, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ian Somerhalder, Vanessa Hudgens, Rita Ora, Trey Songz, Jake T. Austin, Scarlett Johannson, Christina Aguilera, Jake Gyllenhal, Chrissy Teigen, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Manolo Blahnik, Gianni Versace, Joseph Stalin

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AstroTwins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of Astrostyle.com and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.