Depth Astrology





This is the thirtieth installment of a series of interpretations of the astrological symbol set. For interpretations of Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses and Planets in Aspect, please see the Depth Astrology series at the Smashwords e-publishing site, 

The dynamics of sign-to-sign relationships can be useful not only in the interpretation of compatibility charts; they can also add information to the interpretation of planetary aspects.  As with other symbol set interpretations, the juxtaposition of the essential energies of each sign is the starting off point for exploring their meanings.

This series continues with Gemini-Sagittarius and will end with Pisces-Pisces, working around the zodiacal wheel factorially with a new zodiacal combination presented each month.  Past month’s articles are archived.  Upon completion, some 4 1/4 years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will immediately be published as an e-book for sale.


Gemini-Sagittarius potentially resonates with the opposition aspect between two planets.  Also, out-of-sign quincunxes  can exist between planets in very late Gemini and very early Scorpio and in very early Gemini and very late Sagittarius .  Thus, the Gemini-Sagittarius relationship is mostly one of polarized duality with only a slight potential for integrative crises to erupt between the containers in the two signs.   Interpreting the Gemini-Sagittarius combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets.  These include Gemini in the ninth house, Sagittarius in the third house, Mercury in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Gemini, Mercury in the ninth house, Jupiter in the third house, and aspects between Mercury and Jupiter.

As a reminder, “container” is used here as a general term designating a planet whether in one’s own chart or another’s.  When in another’s chart, “container” may practically be viewed to mean the other person.  So that the analysis doesn’t wind up seeming too cold and depersonalized, I will sometimes use the personal pronoun (you) in lieu of the impersonal “container.”  Recognize that either term can refer to a planetary energy within you or your relationship with another person.

With Gemini-Sagittarius, we have the dynamic between Mutable Air and Mutable Fire.  Air and Fire are generally viewed as being compatible elements and, with both signs being mutable, one would expect (without contravening indicators) that this would argue for a harmonious relationship between containers in Gemini and Sagittarius.  However, the natural opposition relationship suggests a polarized tension that needs to be resolved between the Gemini and Sagittarian energies.  The common mutability and compatible elements may serve as a ground for achieving this resolution.

If the source of oppositional conflict (and need to resolve the conflict by moving to a level on which the apparent duality can be revealed as different sides of a single theme) is not to be found primarily in the elements or modalities of the two signs, then we should look to the ruling planets for an indication of the nature of their relationship.  We can also look to the developmental relationship between the natural houses associated with each sign, the third and the ninth houses.

Beginning with their ruling planets, we see that Mercury is associated with a specific set of psychological tasks--gathering sensory input, mentally processing this input, and communicating the processed mental outcome.  Jupiter, on the other hand, is associated with a more generalized psychological process, that of expansion and assimilation (which is conditioned upon expansion).  The latter can be categorized as a higher order psychological function than the former or, it can be said, that the functions symbolized by the two planets operate on different planes of the psyche.  On one, the specific and personal is addressed; on the other, broader forces operate that seek to organize the personal material in ways that allow this material to be used for higher purposes (e.g., growth and understanding).  Frequently, this organization of personal material has the effect of engaging the personal with the social. 

We can see in this dynamic several themes that apply to the relationship between Gemini and Sagittarius.  One is the opposition between specific and general.  Another is the opposition between personal and societal.  Another is the opposition between freedom and unfetteredness, on the one hand, and the need for some measure of control and boundaries.  Let us note, in an aside, that Jupiter is not normally thought of in terms of boundaries and control, terms that are more often associated with Saturn.  This is because Saturn's version of control and imposing boundaries is obvious--through limitation.  The Jupiterian expansive energy also needs control (lest expansion results in chaos or entropy) and boundary (expansion requires a horizon or frontier into which expansion occurs).  Jupiter achieves control through imposing organizing principles which allow growth to occur in orderly fashion.  It maintains boundaries in order to protect its beneficent kingdom from destabilizing forces. 

With the opposition between the specific (Gemini) and the general (Sagittarius), we see a need to integrate and resolve seemingly conflicting foci on details, collections of items (or facts), and the immediate environment, on the one hand, and generalities, overarching constructs, and global perspectives, on the other hand.  The Gemini container generally displays a tendency to ignore the "big picture" while the Sagittarian container is likely not to pay much attention to detail.  This may produce conflict, with each side potentially faulting the other for not recognizing the importance of what they are failing to perceive. 

When the containers are operating within the same system (natally, or a relationship), there may be tension expressed in the party being pulled first in one direction, then in another, feeling the need to gather and grasp the specifics but then finding that context is being lost, pulling back in order to gain a greater understanding of the situation but then losing sight of important details.  There may be difficulty, within the individual or the collective, in synthesizing myriad details into a coherent system, or in reconciling  separate units with the overall structure.  Arguments may occur over which is more valid, observing or experiencing the "real world" of things perceived by the senses, or knowing and understanding the world from a broader or more philosophical perspective.

This dynamic may also express itself in the contrast between reliance on "facts" and reliance on beliefs.  Again, there may be disagreement over which is more important or valid.  If these perspectives become too polarized, each may lose touch with normalcy.  The Gemini container may conclude that nothing that cannot be verified with the senses has any validity or may insist that anything presented in a factual context must be true and should not be questioned.  The Sagittarian container may allow his/her beliefs to override the facts of a matter--a condition seen in today's world where facts have become irrelevant to what some believe to be true.

There can also be a tendency for each side to overemphasize the degree of polarization that exists between the two approaches.  Thus, the Sagittarius container may dismiss anything put forward by Gemini as "not seeing the forest for the trees," discounting the validity of details and facts being brought to the table by the Gemini container.  Gemini, on the other hand, may dismiss the Sagittarian perspective as not being grounded in reality, being too philosophical, or not paying attention to the facts.  Both stances can become automatic reactions to, or assumptions made about, the other, whether they are justified in any individual circumstance or not.

In order to resolve the opposition, a decision to accept and try to understand the viewpoints of the opposite container may be helpful.  However, a real resolution of the opposition must occur by rising above the level of the polarity and recognizing the underlying unity of the opposition construct.  This may occur through the realization of the integration of the parts and the whole--that the parts (specifics) are inherent in the whole (the general) and neither the whole can exist without its separate parts nor can the parts exist without the context of the whole.

With regard to the opposition of the personal and the societal, the Gemini container will tend to emphasize and value his/her/its personal freedom and personal experience.  This is not saying that there is more ego in Gemini than in Sagittarius but that the lens through which the Gemini container operates is a more narrowly focused one (i.e., focused on direct and immediate experience related to the person) than is the Sagittarian lens (which tends to incorporate references to societal constructs).  Thus, the Gemini container may appear especially cavalier or irreverent to Sagittarius because you are less apt to be focused on (and care about) societal norms that may appear to be irrelevant to or inhibiting to the personal freedom to experience and communicate that Gemini values.  The Sagittarian container may, likewise, appear especially judgmental and pompous to Gemini because you tend to be committed to upholding a certain belief system, one that is usually grounded in some societally sanctioned framework or institution.  Because Gemini's focus on the value of the personal may ignore (rather than intentionally contravene) these societal frameworks and rules imposed by society's institutions, you may be judged by Sagittarius as ego-centric or irresponsible. 

This leads us to the third polarity cited above: personal freedom versus control and boundaries.  Gemini wants the freedom to do anything on a whim.  It is not that Gemini is malicious, recklessly thoughtless or rebellious.  It is just that the Gemini container tends to want the freedom to experience any of the possibilities that he/she/it finds open, the constraint of second thought.  Sagittarius, on the other hand, tends to have internalized a set of unspoken rules based on his/her/its conception of how things should be.  Although this conception may be quite subjective in terms of the individual, it is likely to be grounded in some shared belief system generally operating within the commonly accepted paradigm.  For the Sagittarius container, therefore, there are constraints on acceptable behavior (even if those constraints don't always apply to him/her/itself). 

Given this dynamic, the Gemini container, confronted by Sagittarius' judgmentalism (which may be implicit in your attitudes and comments even if
you are consciously trying to avoid being judgmental), is likely to feel put upon, stifled, or patronizedYou may feel that your relationship with your Sagittarian counterpart is not so much parental in nature as that of an overbearing older brother or sister.  This, in turn, may provoke some rebelliousness against the Sagittarian "shoulds" in order to assert your freedom, which will generally intensify this conflict. 

As with the polarity between specific and general, it is useful for each side to try to understand the other's viewpoint.  It may also be useful for the Gemini container to contemplate the realities of freedom (that absolute freedom cannot exist, there being always boundaries and constraints even if this is just the closing out of options as we make choices) and learn to recognize and accept appropriate boundaries to personal freedom.  Equally, it may be useful for the Sagittarius container to contemplate the value of individual free choice, recognizing that it is the free interplay of personal actions and interactions that keeps the social fabric alive and growing. 

Of course, conflicting polarities are by no means destined in the Gemini-Sagittarius relationship.  Polarities oppose but also attract and complement each other.  Thus, Gemini and Sagittarian containers are often drawn to each other, each seeking to complete what is missing and become whole and fulfilled.  Thus, the Gemini container may benefit by and be attracted by Sagittarius' ability to place things in perspective and see the entire picture.  Sagittarius may appreciate Gemini's ability to handle detail, to quickly grasp and assemble facts, to communicate clearly and precisely, and to move seamlessly from one task to another.  A division of labor is possible in which the Gemini container gathers information and handles the details while the Sagittarian container puts everything into context, synthesizes the paradigms through which the raw data can be understood and outlines the broad plans and concepts within which the Gemini container will operate.

The Gemini container can also orient Sagittarius more to day-to-day life, the realm of the personal.  Sagittarius, on the other hand, can prompt Gemini to remain within the bounds of socially acceptable behavior, providing cues to what is in or out of bounds.  The Sagittarian container can also act as a sort of social conscience for Gemini, orienting him/her/it to keep in view his/her/its greater social responsibilities, as well as helping to integrate the Gemini container into the institutional framework to allow you to function as a complete member of society. 

One polarity that can be traced to the Air-Fire dynamic, however, is the contrast between Gemini coolness and mental detachment (sometimes expressed as lack of commitment) and Sagittarian passion.  On the one hand, this contrast may be manifested in the containers pulling in opposite directions, with Sagittarius passionately and enthusiastically involved while Gemini is ready to move on to the next new thing.  With Gemini having difficulty maintaining interest  long enough to develop any emotional commitment, it may be hard for the two containers to stay on the same pageOn the other hand, the opposition carries the potential for the two attitudes to balance each other out.  Gemini can offer some dispassionate assessment to temper Sagittarius' enthusiasm while the Sagittarius container can maybe inspire Gemini to focus on something that is important and meaningful.  Of course, each container must be receptive to the other's offerings.  Otherwise, Gemini's objectivity may seem like a bring down to the Sagittarian container while Sagittarius' tug to develop some passion can seem overbearing or patronizing to Gemini.

Much of this comes down to a related Gemini-Sagittarius polarity: that between free-spiritedness and commitment, particularly emotional commitment.  Passion is just emotional dalliance without commitment.  Typically, the Sagittarius container will call upon Gemini to follow his/her/its lead and emotionally commit to (become passionate about) something operating in a greater sphere than the personal.  Even if the thing about which Sagittarius is passionate appears to be quite personal--stamp collecting as an example--there is almost inevitably some social connection in operation (the world opened up through the vista of postage stamps or the fellowship of other philatetics).  Gemini (the truest P on the Myers-Briggs scale) will likely view any commitment as a restriction on his/her/its potential to exercise personal choice.  Solutions to the dichotomy may be for the Gemini container to realize the futility of the idea of complete freedom and for the Sagittarian container to recognize the dangers of blind passion.  When you come to the realization that action, or actualization of any potential, ipso facto restricts all future choices, then you may feel free to truly experience (passionately) in the Here and Now.  When you recognize that extreme passion can lead to self-entrapment, you can step back and broaden your passion more inclusively (even, perhaps, achieving the balance of remaining passionate while realizing the relativity of all things). 

We can now explore another dimension of the Gemini-Sagittarius relationship by looking at the two signs through their
glyphs.  Both Gemini's glyph, the twins (Castor and Pollux) and Sagittarius' glyph, the arrow-shooting centaur, are symbols of mutable duality.  Both can be viewed as representing unbridled energies.  In the case of Gemini, Castor and Pollux, in Greek mythology, were raucous and passionate, given to excursions.  The centaur, half man and half beast (horse), was generally ruled by his animal passions
.  The Twins are frequently depicted riding horses; the centaurs were part horse.  Sagittarius, in its animal/human duality, is known for striving to overcome the downward pull of the passions.  Gemini rides those passions (horses), though in Gemini's case, these are not generally animal passions as the passions of a restless mind.  This is not to imply that the Gemini energy is in control of the mind's passions--far from it. 

Both are, potentially, engaged in an internal struggle.  For Gemini, it is to control the restless mind that leads you here, there and everywhere.  For Sagittarius, it is to control the downward tendencies of the animal passions and supplant these with the noble goals of being fully human and truly understanding our place in the universe.  Yet, frequently, this struggle is only potential.  The contrast, then, between Gemini and Sagittarius is one between mental restlessness and passion.  Undisciplined, Gemini will allow his/her/its mind to run in a thousand directions.  Undisciplined, Sagittarius will indulge in a thousand excesses.  The Gemini-Sagittarius complex may find itself pulled in both directions, moving back and forth between mental and physical excess to the point of exhaustion

At a perhaps less extreme level, the Gemini-Sagittarius polarity may signify a conflict between intellect and passion.  In this dynamic, the Sagittarian container may view his/her/its Gemini counterpart as lacking passion and, therefore, lacking authenticity (from Sagittarius' perspective).  On the other hand, Gemini is likely to perceive the Sagittarian container as lacking curiosity, of being content simply to live a vapid life of hedonism.  When trapped in this dynamic, both containers are apt to have blind spots about their own excesses of physical and mental indulgence.

In a more positive dynamic, the intellect-passion dichotomy can form the basis for interchange and mutual reliance between the two containers.  This will happen when each container recognizes the value of the quality possessed by the other.  Gemini can infuse Sagittarian passion and commitment into his/her/its search for mental stimulation, thus enlivening the life of the mind to which Gemini is likely to be connected.  He/she/it can deepen the direct experience of his/her/its environment beyond mere intellectual knowing or the primarily mental processing of your environment by developing the quality of enjoyment in your experience, including paying greater attention to tactile and other sensory aspects of your experience. 

Sagittarius may find that passion guided by intellect is both more fulfilling and more effective.  Gemini's proclivity for multiplicity can lead the Sagittarian container into new and exciting realms of experience, extending your passion in new directions.  While this may be viewed as enabling Sagittarius' potential to sink down into the excesses of hedonism, becoming familiar with the mental directedness can help Sagittarius achieve the next level implied in the Gemini-Sagittarius relationship.

As we have noted above, a quality of Sagittarian duality is the inherent drive to overcome the animal passions and develop qualities associated with humanity's urge to ascend and develop a truly human and authentic self.  A certain amount of thought and mental discipline is required.  Gemini, also, you are to quiet the chattering mind and realize the Gemini potential of the Here and Now, must exercise mental discipline.  Both also must aim for a level of consciousness that transcends the realm of the ordinary.  Thus, both the image of the Gemini Twins riding horses (controlling the impulses and of the lower mind) and of the centaur aiming his arrow to the sky are invoked.   To bring the restless mind under control and to bring the animal passions under control both require spiritual discipline. 

Of course, all of the Gemini-Sagittarius dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two people.  The Gemini-Sagittarius energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether in your own chart or someone else’s.  The depositorships of Mercury and Jupiter may also come into play.  Gargatholil


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