Everything You Need to Know About the Sagittarius Personality

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.)

What are the Sagittarius moon and rising signs?

That depends on the exact time and place you were born. Get those deets and you can basically google it!

What element is Sagittarius? 

Fire. Fire signs are about energy, action and motivation. They are often quick to get inspired and make for highly effective leaders. Their love runs hot, so wallflowers and cold fishes need not apply (sorry, Pisces, didn’t mean to call you out). 

What is a Sagittarian's defining 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.

What planet rules Sagittarius?

Jupiter. This planet is known as the “great benefit,” and he expands all he touches. Wherever Jupiter travels in your chart, he brings good luck. 

What symbolizes Sagittarius?

The centaur. Half horse, half archer, your cosmic avatar represents optimism and ambition on a global scale.

What's the best one-word mantra for Sagittarians?

“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.)

What are Sagittarian's 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?

What are Sagittarian's 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.

What are the best careers for Sagittarius?

Because they tend to be so intellectual, talkative and encouraging, Sagittarians make excellent teachers or professors, broadcast journalists, coaches, writers or hosts.

What are Sagittarians like 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.

What are Sagittarians like as parents?

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.

What are Sagittarians like as partners?

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.

What signs are compatible with a Sagittarius?

Gemini and Aries. Sagittarians are wonderous explorers and full of verve and curiosity, so they need to be with someone who can match that energy. The former is super open-minded, inquisitive and full of child-like playfulness, so when a Sag wants to try something new, the twin sign would be down. Aries with their renowned spunk and spontaneity will keep Sagittarius on their toes, which is always welcome by these routine-averse signs.  

What are Sagittarian's 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.

Kiki O’Keeffe is an astrology writer in Brooklyn. You can sign up for her newsletter, I Don’tBelieve in Astrology or follow her on Twitter @alexkiki.

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