Sagittarius is one of those Signs which really points out the differences between traditional and esoteric astrology. For one thing, the Earth is its planetary ruler; traditional astrology doesn’t even use the Earth. How can we not use the planet upon which we live and move and have our being? And what of the astrology of the future? When an astrologer is living on – oh, say Mars for example – a colony of folks are already signed up to land there in 2023 – is that astrologer supposed to look out into the vast sky full of stars and planets and say, “Oh, I think I’ll just ignore the Earth!” This really is an astrology for the future.
Sagittarius rules Travel, but not just that form of travel; it is the Inner Journey it is most concerned with. Sagittarius rules the Seeker on the Path. The horse – ruled by Sagittarius – is a common theme in dreams when one is “on the move.” It is a symbol of travel, movement, nobility and a wild, free spirit, all of which Sagittarius is about. Doug Hays’ sculpture is a beautiful example of the sense of both nobility and movement, the movement of wind through the hair when one is on the move, wind through the Soul.
Sagittarius also rules the Native American culture – those who revered and lived on the Earth as a Mother, as something to be respected and cared for, not to be owned or abused. I do not suggest that “The Noble Savage” was/is a perfect human being – they are as human as any other – only that they were indeed connected to the Earth in ways that European cultures had forgotten. They would understand well James Lovelock’s theory (today quite accepted) of Gaia, a living Earth. Today, many are hungry for the Ancient Wisdom of shamanic and native ways; luckily there are some who are willing to share the knowledge.
Bill Worrell’s Sculpture on Stone is indicative of one who incorporates everything about him/her as part of a belief system. Deer, Birds, Sun and Stone – we are all One and part of the One. Mitakye Oyasin – We are all One, is a common mantra we could all live by. Mother Earth is failing due to modern man’s concept of Dominion over the Earth. She needs our help, now.
I leave this dialogue with the thoughts of 2 different Wise Men:
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
– Chief Seattle, 1854
and . . .
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell, And I understood more than I saw; For I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must Live together like one being.
– Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks