If you were born between November 22 and December 21, you may know you’re a Sagittarius. You may even know that you’re such a Sagittarius. But when you dig deep, what even is a Sagittarius? To help answer that big question, we’ve put together our own zodiac sign cheat sheet to guide you through the basics. Because if anyone needs to know you, it’s you.
Your sun sign: Sagittarius. (But you knew that already.)
Your moon sign and rising sign: That depends on the exact time and place you were born. Get those deets and you can basically google it!
Your element: Fire. Fire signs are about energy, action and motivation. They are often quick to get inspired and make highly effective leaders. Their love runs hot, so wallflowers and cold fishes need not apply (sorry, Pisces, didn’t mean to call you out).
Your quality: Mutable. This means you tend to be flexible and use your passion and intellect to create connections between people and ideas that normally would not interact. You are the great cosmic networker.
Your ruling planet: Jupiter. This planet is known as the “great benefic,” and he expands all he touches. Wherever Jupiter travels in your chart, he brings good luck.
Your symbol: The centaur. Half horse, half archer, your cosmic avatar represents optimism and ambition on a global scale.
Your one-word mantra: “Sugar.” Sagittarians are wise and honest, but they must pair their insights with tact to be truly effective in all of their relationships. (See all the other signs’ one-word mantras.)
Best traits: Sagittarians are optimistic, lovers of freedom, hilarious, fair-minded, honest and intellectual. They are spontaneous and fun, usually with a lot of friends, and are perhaps the best conversationalists in the zodiac (maybe tied with Gemini). They tend to inspire the people around them to live their best lives, like a cross between Oprah and Santa Claus. Did we mention they are very, very funny?
Worst traits: At their worst, Sagittarians get bored easily and move on, earning them the reputation for being the biggest commitment-phobes in the zodiac. If you want someone to stir the pot and then walk away, call an unevolved Sagittarius. And because they love to pontificate but don’t always do the work, sometimes their grand insights can be a little…unresearched and shallow.
Best careers: Because they tend to be so intellectual, talkative and encouraging, Sagittariansmake excellent teachers or professors, broadcast journalists, coaches, writers or hosts.
As a friend: Sagittarians are always down to do something cultural or intellectual, even if it is weird or avant-garde or requires you to travel to the other side of town. They always tell the truth—sometimes without a coat of sugar—but are incredibly open-minded and nonjudgmental. Also, they’ll help a friend burn down an ex’s house.
As a parent: The centaur tends to place emphasis on education and probably enjoys the process of going back to school through their children. They tend not to be hierarchical and can relate to their kids on their own terms. Sagittarians also love sports (or activities that can function like sports, like debate or chess) and can be found at every game cheering them on. Their sense of humor is ruthless, and all of their kids will grow up with the skills to endure a good roast.
As a partner: Sagittarians love to woo through shared humor, so they need someone who can keep up with them. They are witty and three steps ahead of most people. But while they are confident and charming, they are no egomaniacs, and they love seeing their partners thrive and succeed. Commitment can make them feel claustrophobic, but as long as they have plenty of space to be themselves, they can be incredibly loyal, passionate lovers.
Secret traits: Their unpretentiousness can sometimes mean they get away with not showering more often than people know. They are secretly good at saving money, even though they seem like free spirits without a care for material possessions. Actually, that might be the key to their frugality. And while they can seem a little air-headed and naive when it comes to practical matters, they’re usually whip-smart.