Sagittarius And The Shadow I’ve already hinted about the up-role of Sagittarius who is known for jollity and big ways of running things well. He’s known for all the traits of sharp-mindness, seeing the big picture well, being funny, adventurous, etc, etc. But his zeal for independence and going where no traveler has gone before sooner or later can bring his face-to-face with his Shadow which is demanding at least a pound of flesh. Since some roots of all his flamboyance is a fear of failing, he might just fail, or worse, ridicule those who do. I made it; what can’t he!? So he can become highly domineering—even socially at a party by just controlling the conversation and not hearing anyone else (see how the opposite Sign can contribute to the Shadow and our understanding. In this case, Gemini). Of course he can’t let others know he’s failed or MIGHT fail, so he boasts or gets extravagant in some manner—gambling, drinking, telling shady stories. He and the fiery Leo can take on very ugly sides quite opposed to their fine unshaded parts. What a Sagittarian was built for was delivery of either high-minded professional information, or religious/spiritual ideas and enthusiasm to help people rise above this Plane, when bogged down by fear, Ego, Shadow, we can get an ego-maniac in the seminar or fanatic who rules the church or home, pushing the only religious way upon their children. Committing themselves to a spiritual path, or at least a field of endeavor, and persisting wholeheartedly and steadfastly can go a long way towards redemption for Sagittarius, thus gaining people’s admiration for a meaningful journey, instead of the trip of “Hail fellow, well met, let’s have a drink” or “How come you haven’t been up to snuff in sales lately?” Actually meditation for some Sagittariuses is possible and valuable because of the calming and focusing effect on this mutable Sign. Finally the shadow aspects of exaggeration and debating need to be combated and integrated by accepting the personality with no frills or defenses. Sagge can do this because there’s strong potential faith built into the character here. Faith which doesn’t have to be defended or proselytized can carry Sagge to the heights s/he long to go to. The commencement of the last 4 Elements sets the tone for the spiritual achievements that take a person off the Wheel of Births and Deaths.