Everything You Need to Know About the Sagittarius Personality

Each month, our resident astrologer, Amelia Quint, shares herВ horoscope wisdomВ so you can better prepare for the weeks ahead. But do you know your sign and how it impacts everything in your life, from your relationships to career to parenting? Do you know how to deal with your S.O.'s temperamental sign, your mother's authoritative sign, or your best friend's type-A sign? In this series,В we explore the personality of each zodiac sign so you can shed a little light on your own personality traits and those of the ones you love.

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Everyone loves a little adventure now and then, but for you, Sagittarius, it's a lifestyle. As the zodiac's explorer, there's no getting between you and your thirst for all of the experiences that life has to offer. Whether you're traveling to an exotic location or opening your mind to new philosophies, you're driven by the desire to push the boundaries of your comfort zone. That's partially due to your status as one of the mutable signs (along with Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces), meaning you thrive on switching up your routine. You're also a fire sign (like Aries and Leo), which makes you a bit of a thrill seeker. You'll do anything once as long as you learn something from it, especially with party planet Jupiter as your sign's ruler. Sagittarius season lasts from November 22 to December 21, so expect to take even more risks than usual in your career, relationships, and spiritual journey during that month.

Sagittarius and Personality

One of the best aspects of your personality is your sense of humor. Yes, you're a poet and philosopher, but you also know when to inject a little levity into a situation. You always have the perfect word or idea on the tip of your tongue (or pen), no matter the situation. Your lighthearted nature and unflappable optimism buoy you through just about anything. Others admire your ability to keep your chin up during difficult circumstances.

The trickiest aspect of your personality is your constant need to push limits. Well-intentioned jokes can go too far, or you can work so hard that you burn yourself out. Boundaries are the most important tool in the Sagittarius toolbox. Know that laying a few ground rules doesn't mean giving up your free spirit-in fact, if you do it right, rules can help you flourish.

Sagittarius and Career

Sagittarius is the sign of academia and publishing, so it's unsurprising that plenty of professors and writers have this sign. It's also associated with media, so you'll also find lots of Sagittarius people under your favorite magazines' mastheads and heading up your favorite websites and blogs. Teachers and counselors fall under this domain too, especially those of a spiritual nature. Your go-to yoga instructor and trusted therapist are probably Sagittarians.

If there was to be a problem here, it's that not everyone understands your transient lifestyle. It's not that you avoid responsibility; it's just that you prefer to stay nimble so that you can pounce on exciting opportunities as they arise. Show your commitment to your team, but find ways to accommodate your intense need for flexibility. Work from home once a week? Yes, please!

Sagittarius and Wellness

As a Sagittarius, you're one of the most spiritual signs of the zodiac. People can't always tell right away because you don't take yourself too seriously, but there's a deep side of you that you should nourish with practices that feel like magic. Astrology and tarot fit the bill, as does meditation and kundalini yoga. Given your low-key sensitivities, you're more likely to benefit from energy-healing techniques like Reiki and space clearing than other signs.

One of your biggest health struggles is your diet. Jupiter, your ruling planet, loves to go overboard, so you could find yourself overindulging in foods that sap your energy or trigger migraines. Balance out your body with plenty of exercise. Sagittarius rules the legs, and cardio can help you burn off some of the nervous energy that comes with being a mutable sign. You'll probably find that the more you work out, the calmer you feel.

Sagittarius and Relationships

Your sign is notorious for being afraid of commitment, but that's not exactly the case. You're a free spirit at your core and need a mate who wants to go on an adventure with you, not pin you down. Fellow fire signs Aries and Leo understand your need for excitement and are more than happy to oblige. Still, you find your best matches among the air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), who share your same high-minded approach to life. Practical earth signs find you perplexing, and the feeling's mutual. Water signs need not apply as your in-your-face style of communicating can clash with their more nuanced emotional approach.

In relationships, you're the life of the party. Ever the bon vivant, you're the one rallying your friends to go to the latest restaurant or gallery opening, as excited to enjoy their company as you are the experience. Your friends always appreciate your willingness to play the ringleader, but keep in mind that not everyone is quite as intrepid as you. Sometimes a dinner party can be just as stimulating as a night on the town.

Sagittarius and Friendships

In the words of Kesha, “the party don't start till you walk in.” Whether you've just gotten in from an exciting overseas trip or are back on the scene after writing your latest book, people can't wait to hear your story. You're generous with your time and attention at social gatherings, making each person feel like they're the center of the universe, especially as you delve into intellectual arguments and philosophical ideas together.

Sagittarius is truly the extrovert's extrovert, thrilled by any opportunity to explore new places, people, things, and ideas. A good time is never hard to find when you're around, but you'd do well to mix business with pleasure and add a little networking to your social endeavors. Jupiter as your ruling planet gives you the uncanny ability to attract VIP players into your orbit, so you never know who you might be talking to. Keep business cards at the ready and see what happens next.

Sagittarius and Parenting

Sagittarius parents see having children as an exciting new adventure and not something to be feared. Your characteristically intrepid approach can keep your spirits up for the long-haul but leave you unprepared for the more mundane realities of childrearing, like changing diapers and sitting in carpool lines. The best way to avoid getting stuck in a rut? Remember to feed your mind just as much as you did before you became a parent. A steady flow of new ideas nourishes you.

The Sagittarius parent delights in any opportunity to teach their child about the world, or even better, learn with them. Ideally, this means plenty of travel, especially to other countries, but even a visit to your local ethnic restaurant can provide global learning opportunities. Lots of story time and museum trips allow you to strike up smart conversations with your child.

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