The typical Sagittarius is cheerful, optimistic, and confident (in some cases, overconfident). These traits create a tendency toward risk-taking, carelessness, and boastfulness, though on the positive side, they ensure that Sagittarians are generous with their time, money, and energy. They’re happy to share because they always expect more of everything to come their way, and their positive moods are infectious.
High Need for Personal Freedom
When it comes to a potential romantic conquest, Sagittarians love the chase but may not be so interested in the prize once they’ve achieved it. They tend to be unhappy if a lover is possessive, overly cautious, or too much of a homebody, and they even have trouble with these qualities in friends.
Typical Sagittarians prefer easy-going companions who share their love of freedom and travel, and who don’t restrict their activities in any way. Ideal friends and lovers are independent, open-minded people who love physical activities and seek new experiences.
Genuine and Forthright
Sagittarians don’t put on false personas. Sagittarians are honest and forthright, sometimes to the point of giving offense. This blunt speech can hurt the feelings of more sensitive types, but those who appreciate straightforwardness will find it refreshing.
Diplomacy and sensitivity to the feelings of others are not Sagittarian strengths, so typical Sagittarians are most compatible with those who are not easily offended or hurt.
On the plus side, Sagittarians are known for having wonderful senses of humor and the ability to laugh at themselves, which means that they’re better able to take criticism than most and not as likely to hold grudges. Also, because Sagittarians tend to say whatever is on their minds, the lines of communication are kept open.
Sociable, Fun, and Irresponsible
Sagittarians make fun, playful, positive partners, but they will not be held back from what they want to do, and they tend to lead very active social lives. Typical Sagittarians are not particularly domestic, preferring to get out and do things rather than spending cozy evenings at home. When they go out with others, they tend to be generous, often paying for food and drinks if they have the money to do so (or a credit card).
Sagittarius also has a reputation for being irresponsible, unreliable, and careless with money, though how much this manifests depends on the rest of the natal zodiac. Given these traits, combined with the infamous Sagittarian insensitivity, they usually do best with friends who are laid back and don’t lean heavily on them for emotional support.
The Atypical Sagittarius
The sun sign isn’t the only element that influences personality. Aspects and planetary placements, particularly the moon sign and rising sign (ascendant), are also important. For example, a Sagittarius with Cancer rising will be more relationship-oriented, sensitive, domestic, and reliable, and with Capricorn rising, a Sagittarius will be better at saving money and far more responsible and diplomatic. Virgo rising can make a Sagittarius more cautious, practical, and reliable, though also more prone to anxiety, while Leo rising will have the opposite effect, creating an even stronger tendency toward extravagance and risk-taking.
There are many websites that offer free chart calculation to determine other planetary placements and aspects. Learning these other planetary placements is recommended, as it provides a more comprehensive personality profile.
For more on Sagittarius, see the Sagittarius Personality Profile. To see personality and marriage profiles for all the sun signs, visit the main Astrology page. To get an astrology chart, see the Astrology Charts page.
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