Sagittarius:Expansion and Preservation
The levity of Sagittarius comes as some relief after the gravity of the preceeding star sign Scorpio. Scorpio's themes of life, death and re-birth give way to the jovial expansiveness of Sagittarius ruled by the planet Jupiter. This sign rekindles that same sense of excitment and anticipation felt by children on christmas eve. There is also the hope inspired by the return of the sun at the Winter Solstice.
Sagittarius is rich with images that we can bring into our yoga practice; the horse, the archer, the centaur, the blue flame at the heart of the fire.
See: Sagittarius Yoga Practice.
The Centaur- half-horse, half-wo/man
Journeying: "It is better to travel than to arrive"
Jupiter: expansion, preservation.
Fire: The blue fire at the heart of the flame.
Winter solstice- December
The hips and thighs. The liver
The colour purple
"Greek horse-spirits derived from Hindu asvins and the man-horse wizards of central Asia. Centaurs were magic shape-shifters and teachers of the Hellenic gods. Their most familiar appearance was with the head and shoulders of a man and the body and legs of a horse. Their other name was Magnetes, "great ones."
"The Woman's Encyclopedia" by Barbara G. Walker
“Hindus, Arabs, Celts regarded the yonic shape of the horseshoe as a symbol of the Goddess’s “Great Gate”, thus it was always esteemed as prophylactic door charm. Druidic temples were constructed in the shape of a horseshoe. So were some Hindu temples, with the frank intention of representing the yoni. The horseshoe arch of Arabic sacred architecture developed from the same tradition.
Greeks assigned the yonic shape to the last letter of their sacred alphabet, Omega, literally “Great Om”, the Word of Creation beginning the next cycle of becoming. The implication of the horseshoe symbol was that, having entered the yonic door at the end of life (Omega), man would be reborn as a new child (Alpha) through the same door. It was everywhere represented as “a horseshoe, the very figure that is nailed to so many doors in various parts of the world, as an emblem of luck. Mighty few of those who live in such houses know that the horseshoe is only a symbol of the yoni and that by nailing it to their doors, they follow out a custom older than the history of their race.”
The Christian God who claimed to be the “Alpha and Omega” (Revelation 1:8) was only copying one version of this very ancient symbolism, whose meaning seems not to have been understood by the biblical writer.”
“The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets” by Barbara Walker
“Roman Heavenly Father, from Sanskrit Dyaus pitar, the basic Father Heaven mated to Mother Earth. Zeus Pater, the Greek Heavenly Father, was another incarnation of the same Aryan deity, whose worship spread westward with migrations and invasions of Indo-European patriarchal tribes. Like his counterparts in other nations, Jupiter was primarily a rain god; his function was to fertilize the soil with seminal moisture. Thus he was connected also with thunder and lightning – his voice and his weapon. Jupiter Pluvius “Heavenly- Father-who- rains.”
Jupiter was added to the originally female Capitoline Triad by ousting the Virgin form of the Goddess, Juventas, leaving Juno and Minerva as Jupiter’s two female partners. Juno was said to be his wife, though like Hera she was much older than her spouse.”
From “The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets”