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Sketch for Chiron and Achilles by John Singer Sargent (source: mfa.org)

Over the next couple days, a lot of things happen in the sky. First, the moon conjuncts retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius tonight or tomorrow, depending upon where you live. Then it conjuncts Venus in Sagittarius. Then it conjuncts the sun in Sagittarius, marking the final new moon of the year. Then it conjuncts Saturn in Sagittarius, something that won’t happen again for another twenty-nine years or so.

After that, it moves into Capricorn, followed by Saturn, the sun and Venus. By Christmas day, the world is going to feel like a different place. Only Mercury will remain in Sagittarius, going direct on December 22 in the midst of all these other events.

So, what does that mean for you? Sagittarius is symbolized by a centaur, but not just any centaur. Chiron was different than the rest of his kind. He was a both a master of many disciplines and a scholar who nurtured the youth. He also sacrificed his immortality for the life of Prometheus. For that reason, the notion of self-sacrifice for the common good is associated with Chiron and the sign of Sagittarius.

Over the next few days, the concept of sacrificing one’s self for the common good is going to come up: it’s Christmastime, and people everywhere will be congratulating themselves for throwing a five-dollar bill into a Salvation Army collection box. But it can be also be a time to reflect upon just what you’ve done over the past couple of years to make the world a better place.

Sagittarius is a sign of personal enlightenment. In mythology, Chiron represents the growth of a wild, untamed beast into a cultured, erudite being. Have you become enlightened since Saturn entered the sign around this time in 2014? Have you made any personal sacrifices in order to grow into a more well-rounded individual? Have you contributed to the common good?

I’m sure that most people would answer those questions in the affirmative, but I have to question those responses. Sagittarius is also the place where idealism is glorified and people band together with others who share their beliefs in order to have their opinions heard. It can be quite a selfish sign because it encourages such deep conviction in the people it influences that it can result in rather radical behavior.

The negative side of Sagittarius sees us facilitating the worst in others as we protect those whom we call our own. I could get into specifics, but I don’t want to turn this into a political discussion; unless you’ve been living in a hole in the ground, you know what I’m getting at. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Through its connection with Chiron and the ninth house, Sagittarius is also associated with higher education and the enlightenment that results from broadening one’s horizons.

If you have actually made the attempt to broaden your horizons in order to develop a greater understanding of the human condition over the last three years, being able to put that knowledge to use will be your reward once Saturn enters Capricorn. If you have spent the last three years trying to disparage anyone who doesn’t share your beliefs, you are going to get what’s coming to you. A reality check is in your stars.

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