The Sagittarius Personality: Everything You Need to Know

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.

What Is Sagittarius’ Sun Sign?

Sagittarius. (But you knew that already.)

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 Sagittarius’s Modality?

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 cosmic networker.

What Planet Rules Sagittarius?

Jupiter. This planet is known as the “greater benefic,” and he expands all he touches. Wherever Jupiter travels in your chart, he brings expansion, abundance and relief.

What Is Sagittarius’s symbol?

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

Sagittarius’s Key Phrase

“I understand.”

Sagittarius’s 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.)

Sagittarius Celebrities

Sagittarians are known for being a bit…chaotic, but despite their fiery approach to life, the archers have staying power, and are often the most prolific in their field. There’s the actors who are in everything: Steve Buscemi, Bill Pullman, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, Ray Liotta; the pop stars with staying power Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado, Christina Augilera, and of course Taylor Swift (who released not one but two albums during lockdown-era COVID just to show everyone else up); there are the Academy Award mainstays like Brad Pitt, Judi Dench and Julianne Moore; the constantly producing Jay Z; the constantly keeping herself in the conversation Nicki Minaj; the canon writers Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, and Emily Dickinson; the model turned mainstay television personality Tyra Banks; the gone too soon but never forgotten Jimi Hendrix; the outspoken Jane Fonda and Sinead O’Connor; and the timeless crooner Edith Piaf. Sagittarians are everywhere!

What Are Sagittarius’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 Sagittarius’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 a Sagittarius who’s desperately in need of some shadow work. And because they love to pontificate but don’t always do the work, sometimes their grand insights can be a little…undercooked 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 Is Sagittarius 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 Is Sagittarius like 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.

What Is Sagittarius Like 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.

What Are Sagittarius’s Hidden 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.

Sagittarius at a Glance in 2023

For Sagittarius, 2023 is about going back to basics. As much as our excitable archers want to keep exploring, it’s necessary to focus on building a foundation. With discipline planet Saturn now transiting their home and family sector, Sagittarius has been getting serious about nesting: moving in with their partner, helping their parents sell their house or finally settling down in their own space after years of living a nomadic life. With Jupiter moving through their creativity and health sectors this year, Sagittarius is also focused on creating a better balance between work and play. There’s a real opportunity for them to discover their best form of self-care.

For single Sagittarians, this year brings lots of twists and turns on the dating front with eclipses happening in both their community and friendship sectors (April 20 and October 14). There may have been a big breakup in their life during the second half of 2022 and now’s the time for them to get back out there and explore their options.

Money-wise, Sagittarius gets some very good news this year as Pluto—planet of life and death—moves out of their financial zone for the first time since 2008! Over the next couple of years, Sagittarius will be able to drop the scarcity mindset and develop a more relaxed POV when it comes to budgeting. This could lead them to splurge a bit on travel, particularly when Venus is retrograde from July 22nd to September 3rd. Overall, 2023 is the year for Sagittarius to happily stay in their own lane.