The Sagittarius Child
Astrology & the Child
Astrology is a very practical tool in raising children. It provides information that eliminates judgment and criticism of a child (and parent) and can inspire communication between the generations. The knowledge of astrology enables us to enhance a child’s potential and to understand their specific behaviors. We can allow them to be who they are and not what we, society, or schools expect them to be.
Sagittarius and the Child
Like this sign’s symbol of a horse and rider with bow and arrow, Sagittarian children long to run free, thrive in the country, have an affinity with large animals, and hope to own a horse someday. Being natural explorers, life for a Sag is a long traveling adventure. They have a great need for knowledge, a secure home, and lots of physical activity. Order and cleanliness are very important to them, but they do need training in how to perform and complete chores.
When it’s time for school, they need reassurance that a formal education isn’t going to limit them. Because Sagittarian children are often restless in the classroom, the choice- oriented Montessori environment is best when they are young, and the Socratic dialectical method for when they enter college (Reed College in Portland provides this type of education). Because they need to look good, training in physical fitness, sports, and diet will help them maintain self-confidence.
Sagittarian’s global, travel-oriented mind loves all things international. Playmates and partners will be in some way culturally different. A regular playhouse simply won’t do for the Sag child. It must be a castle with moat, tunnels, and strange flags flying. Sag children like the great big picture of life, so give them picture books of all the different cultures.
The Sag child is very social and affectionate. But being a mental sign, these children cannot take too much emotion since it drains their thought-oriented energy field. They need feedback, possibilities, and outcomes with a positive perspective. They have an extraordinary ability with music and languages, and their sense of adventure and direction makes them outstanding travelers.
Sagittarians are freedom lovers. They take chances physically and resist any imposing boundaries. Parents must rigorously apply safety limits to keep the Sag child unharmed.
Part of Sag’s sensual nature is the love of food. The entire world is a dinner plate on which to pile on as many experiences as possible. Experience is food for their Soul, and helps them build the philosophical life.
Sag children can be dogmatic, persistent, and highly moral. Sometimes they will judge others harshly. Parents can soften this tendency by reminding their Sag child to give others the same freedom to live and make choices that they themselves need. Many Sag children feel that killing animals is cruel and may choose vegetarianism at a young age.
Read the daily newspaper to the Sag child, since this is the sign of publishing and the media. They love magazine subscriptions in their own name and later in life they may publish their own newsletter, paper, or Web site.
Sagittarians seek and feel an obligation to tell the truth, no matter how blunt or cruel it sounds. This is unintentional. Sagittarians are not known for their finesse or diplomacy in conversation but rather for their ability to communicate a panoramic perspective or philosophy.
Beethoven exemplified the music of Sagittarius. After becoming deaf, he was still able to translate his internal world of sound into music. Play Beethoven’s nine symphonies for the Sag child. The following are Sagittarians: writer Louisa May Alcott; poets Rainer Maria Rilke and William Blake; Walt Disney; painters Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Klee. As a source of study, the art collection of J. Paul Getty in Los Angeles, the anthropology of Margaret Mead, the philosophies of Socrates, and the prophecies of Nostradamus will appeal to the Sagittarian young adult.