We mostly know Jupiter as a "beneficial" planet that is "magnifying" things and situations ... And we probably know Sagittarius (the sign ruled by Jupiter) as the sign of "religion, higher education and distant traveling" ... There is another important dimension to Sagittarius though which we often neglect: its impetus towards sociability! In other words, the trend of this sign to enthusiastically open up to the "unknown others" and to continuously and indiscriminately mingle and interact with people and groups! Those individuals having a strong Sagittarius, Jupiter or ninth house emphasis in their charts are somehow imbued by a very special "geist", which we could call "a crush on society"! And ultimately this "crush" turns to be one of the fundamental traits of Sagittarius (and of the two other astrological archetypes associated with Sagittarius: Jupiter and the Ninth house)!
In the "dynamic" zodiac (where each sign represents an advanced step of the preceding one) the sign of Sagittarius is located immediately after the "pairing" signs (Libra, Scorpio) and before the "universal" ones (Aquarius, Pisces). Therefore it represents an intermediate step, a phase where the individual should move past the stage of romantic and sexual pairing (which is "sugarish" and tends to "engulf", to close in the individuals). The sign of Sagittarius is thrusting us forward, beyond the often petty and claustrophobic company of our "buddies", of "our own people". It is enticing us to open up to the wider world, to indiscriminately socialize and thus evolve. It advices us to overcome our narrow horizons, our selfishness, the "Samsara" of our micro-routine and gradually pass to the higher state of becoming a "universal being". At that state we encounter ourselves fully twinned with our unknown fellow-humans, ultimately loving them as much as our own self!
The sign of Sagittarius is thus inducing a major "consciousness shift", urging us to go beyond the (often raw and immature) "pairing" and "becoming buddies" thing, to move onto the broader and undifferentiated "socializing"! To begin to feel our intimate "likeness" to our totally unknown fellow-humans. But this is something extremely difficult for the "average Joe" to achieve, unless he has in his chart elements conferring to him this kind of "social crush" quality! That is why the "geist" of Sagittarius (Jupiter and ninth house) is ultimately so important to our society! As much as a Scorpio is longing to meet his/her viscerally desired lover a Sagittarius is longing to meet an unknown to him/her group of people (and the more unknown the people around him/her the more s/he longs to get to know them and exchange energies!)
So the "Archer" is a collective unifying force, a very strong, cohesive and heightened societal link! In order now to be sociable, to stand constantly beside unknown individuals one should have an open, elevated mind and display a friendly and benevolent attitude to his/her fellow humans! You see, the over-sensitive people, the touchy, immature, suspicious ones are mostly anti-social (as they somehow fear the contact with any people they don't know. Thus they enclose themselves within "petty-groups" and environments they are familiar with - which they can manipulate! This kind of people is set to a rather phobic mode when found in an "open" social environment. So, whenever an opportunity arises for them to go out and meet unknown people they mostly overlook it thinking: "why should I go to an "alien" environment, full of people I don't know who might put me down, hurt me etc."...
This mentality is characterizing an awful lot of people who are ending up couch potatoes, watching TV or "procrastinately" surfing on the net (losing thus valuable opportunities their eventual social participation might have given them - i.e. to find a good job or a proper partner). So we need to overcome this anti-social trend that prevails to the average person. And the energy needed to overcome it is provided to us by the sign of Sagittarius (and on another level by the sign of Aquarius, whose Sagittarius is somehow a "proto-form", an early "warmer" version - Sagittarius being a fire sign)!
Most people are not endowed with a surplass of Sagittarius, Jupiter or Ninth House energies in their charts and thus they lack this kind of openness to their unknown fellow - humans. People in general have a tendency to "close in" and mistrust those who do not partake to their own group. This means that our societies are largely composed of isolated groups/companies of people, who do not readily exchange energies and do not fully communicate with each other (thus these groups easily degenerating into fractions, cliques etc.). And of course this is not producing a healthy social fabric at all! Where narrow minds prevail people isolate themselves in small groups and then the vital "societal energies" do not flow freely - they get "coagulated" instead - creating within the social fabric all kinds of gaps and "polarizations". The society as a whole cannot function properly and is ultimately driven into decline and collapse.
This is the case of our modern western societies, which over the past decades have somehow collapsed and led us to the current mega - crisis (which apart from being a financial crisis is mostly a social/ethical one)! Us the Astrologers can easily detect at the core of this social crisis a deficit of sagittarian "social crush " geist! This seems to be the major problem in our contemporary western - or westernized - societies: the guileless opening to our unknown fellow human (with no expectancy of a blatant benefit - such as profit, social or professional advancement etc.). This kind of "opening" creates a free flow of the energies and a general uplifting of the society!
Thus, the stronger the presence of Sagittarius, Jupiter and Ninth house in our charts the more prominently we have a "crush on society", the more open we are towards our fellow-humans, the more we are attracted by the large and unknown to us groups of people and therefore the more we partake of society and of the powerful energies flowing in it, getting "enriched" by them and ultimately contributing ourselves to the formation of a more healthy, "homogenized", progressed and bright society!
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazes
This is a newer version of a Thomas Gazis article that was published οn the December 2013 issue of the Greek magazine "Astrologiki Pyxida" ("Astrological Compass").