The Gift and Test of Sagittarius
The gift of comradeship – the art of living together.
The string of the Sagittarius bow stands for longing for something far away. Sagittarius wants to achieve personal goals in the future. He decides to do one thing after the other. Within his being, he builds up an attitude of expectation. He draws his bow, focuses his energy upon a point and does not get distracted any more. The tension of his bow is driving him. He needs tension in life, otherwise it becomes too boring for him.
Experiences stimulate him to a kind of distillation process. He questions everything, wants to find out the true reason, to grasp the essence. He pours his insights into abstract concepts, philosophical thoughts and systems. He exchanges his ideas, talks about God and the world. Deep inside, he is a philosopher. His love is for wisdom. It inspires him to elicit a higher meaning from everything.
This type would love to be omniscient. Through systematic expansion of knowledge he is satisfying his urge. He generalises, standardises, rationalises, abstracts from unessential details and creates comprehensive, universal valid statements. Such knowledge is transferable from one person to another. He is able to formulate ideas, values and ideals which everyone can use for orientation. He always stands up for a higher cause – be it partnership, company, society or religion. He is the advocate of a higher development, to whose elite he definitely counts himself. He enjoys social recognition, fame and honour as well as personal and financial success.
As accurate as its values and ideals may be in general, in the specific context of life they sometimes lack a connection to the individual. In a partnership, everyone has his or her own special needs; in a company, everyone contributes his or her own individual life; in society, everyone lives under his or her own conditions; and in religion, the divine finds expression in the lives of believers in a wide variety of forms. In reality, nothing is fully transferable to everyone. Every ideal must become concrete, must show itself and be enlivened under the limited conditions of real togetherness. Otherwise it is only an aloof idea that does not reach the individual in his or her individual life situation.
The Divine Spirit gives this Sagittarius-type the gift of comradeship.The provenance of the word “camera” stands for a confined space with a vaulted ceiling. Comrades live together, so to speak, under a theme that connects them over their heads – that is, spiritually – with each other. Their common space is limited. This creates closeness and everyday life. Everyone is on the same level. There is neither elitism nor conceit, nor demands nor expectations. Nothing is taken for granted in everyday life together.
For this type, the aim is to overcome the alienation of elevated ideals or too distant goals and to live more warmth and closeness. This strengthens comradeship, the art of living together. He can translate common goals for each person to their individual living conditions and bring them into the appropriate form. Like that, he reaches the hearts and minds of all. His readiness for action and enthusiasm are transmitted and allow others to join in. Joint endeavours thus take on a form that gives each individual the necessary freedom. Everything that is excessive, exaggerated and persuasive passes, doubts evaporate and true unity emerges. It is not the personal success that counts, but common success. This is what the Sagittarius-type feels committed to. In the end, the good for all emerges from this, which makes sense and fulfils himself.
The arrow of Sagittarius is Cupid’s arrow of love. This type should focus on what he and others love and touches all in their individual inner being.
The test of meaningfulness
Whatever the Sagittarius-type relates to, it has a deeper meaning. This is to be discovered. Sagittarius is the sign of finding sense and meaning. So he often asks why: “Why did this and that happen, why do people react in a certain way, why are there so many conflicts, why am I here in the world?” He should never be satisfied with superficial explanations or be deceived by mirages, but should get deep down to the essence of things.
Only then will he receive satisfactory answers and recognise the meaning of events for the future. But why does he in particular have to find such answers? Simply because his inner nature gives him the ability to do so. The outer nature checks whether he uses this ability accordingly and actually does things that create purpose and meaning, or whether he squanders his gift, strives for social recognition, predominantly pursues his personal goals and does not grasp what he is in relationship with.
To grasp the meaning of something means taking all the factors together and to comprehend their essence as a whole. Purely intellectual approaches that block out all feelings do not help this type. They provide explanations, but leave the real reasons in the dark. In order to shed light on the matter, real understanding is needed. Personal experience is helpful. This is also the reason why a Sagittarius-born person wants to make as many experiences as possible and likes neither standstill nor restriction. He needs freedom and movement. He greedily absorbs life’s experiences into himself and then distils them into an essence: What was really good about it, what was significant and had real value?
In order to understand something comprehensively, the Sagittarius-born person does not need to have direct personal experience. It is sufficient if he develops a kind of emotional identification with what he wants to understand. In this way he establishes an inner relationship that goes beyond intellectual thinking and thus can also grasp other people’s nature. As if through an opening, he reaches their inner being, their heart and their spirit. He is able to touch and inspire them – all of them and yet each in his own way. Intelligence in the field of relationship shows itself as a comprehensive understanding of others.
The meaning of something is its purpose. Therefore, everything that serves a purpose is meaningful. The only question is for whom. The purpose of tax laws, for example, is the meaningful redistribution of money. When companies legally, and yet knowing about the injustice, misuse laws for their own benefit, this is rightly perceived by many as unjust. The test of meaningfulness therefore involves much more than mere expediency. The purpose itself should benefit the general public and not disadvantage anyone too much. The ideal of the Sagittarius-born is good for all. To what extent he comes close to this ideal in reality is felt through his sense of fulfilment. What fulfils him is a unanimous spirit and a contented community. If, on the other hand, he feels empty only a short time after reaching a goal, the purpose of his efforts has simply served the community too little. It is therefore of no use to his inner nature to strive only for success and to achieve one personal goal after another if he does not manage to come into harmony with others and himself in the process.
The secret of meaning is hidden in love. Through love, one encounters what one is missing. The one who connects with what he lacks automatically experience a sense of fulfilment and purpose. Once the Sagittarius-person recognises what everyone loves and needs, he can create unity and move everyone into productive communal activity. The purpose of such an activity serves everyone and is perceived by them as meaningful. If the communal activity slackens, such person can find the appropriate words for each individual, words that are listened to. As if by magic, the enthusiasm is transferred and everyone is pulled along. In the end, everyone achieves the goal in togetherness. The common participation connects and brings about fulfilment and satisfaction.
If the Sagittarius-born wants to pass the test of meaningfulness, he must neither engage in lazy compromises nor be afraid of commitment and effort. Love demands everything from you, but it also gives you everything.
The synthesis of gift and testing
Fulfilling experiences come with shared effort. Care less about prestige or success. Do more of what you and others love and what everyone finds meaningful. Inspire them and be fully committed. The rest will come by itself. Your ideals only matter if they connect you with others and make that good visible to all. You can achieve all goals together with others.