Sagittarius and "surrounding"
Sagittarius' constellation lays just south of the ecliptic beside the few points crossing it. It's the torso of a man with the body and legs of a horse (Centaur) and with bow and arrow. The bow and arrow part is often known as the "tea pot". Sagittarius is an old constellations already known to the Babylonians, where it was known as the "Archer" and was drawn like a Centaur with wings and the Sumerians called it Papilsag, which means "Chief Ancestor" and it often was drawn with 2 heads- in the modern times, the wings were "cut", lol, as well as the other head.
Kind of "embeded" by him Corona Australis and south Telescopium. Pavo and Octans further in the south. Just north of the ecliptic Scutum and further up Serpens Cauda (the tail) and the tail of Aquila - far north the famous Lyra with the bright star Vega.
Sagittarius is of mutable fire and "ruled" by modern Jupiter. Traditionally Sagittarius is about exploration of life, travels and adventures. Wisdom, knowledge, "higher learning" are part of it's expansion. So we find here the Teacher, Seeker, Student, Philosopher and so on... We define our ideals and have dreams - big dreams!!
In very early degrees of Sagittarius we find, south of the ecliptic, our Galactic Center. A few degrees further, the GEN Galactic equatorial node (see "Gemini" for the other pole of the axis), also the winter solstice point lays in this area and just north of this the Scutum-constellation, which can be looked at as the northern defender of the area. North, near Vega, is the "point" where our Sun is moving towards - called the Solar Apex. These early degrees define the galactic connection of Sagittarius - we are, by the evolutionary cycle of the Earth asked to expand our awareness and consciousness towards the Universe.
Planetary points in Sagittarius: (2020 heliocentric data)
Southnode: Jupiter 15°, Pluto 25°, Saturn 28°
Aphelion: Earth 15° , Saturn 5°
The planetary South- and Northnode have similar meaning as the lunar nodes but they move much, much slower than even the precession Cross of Earth. Most of them moved around 2 degrees in the last 500 years. The Southnode is the "digestive" point or also the point of "birth and rebirth", so a transforming point in the evolutionary cycle of each planet - it gives the energy of discernment, of clearing the outdated to make space for the new, according the themes of the involved planets. In 2020 we had all the above Southnode planets conjoining each other and beginning new cycles and that also involving their nodes is a significant happening. On December 21st 2020, together with the solstice, Jupiter and Saturn will begin their new cycle with a conjunction already talked about all over the net. I will too, talk about this in more detail....
Sagittarius, Corona Australis, Telescopium.
Credit: Sidney Hall - Sagittarius as depicted in Urania's Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c.1825.
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References: Nick Antony Fiorenza (lunar planer) and Ian Ridpath's Star Tales and Belmonte_Shaltout (the constellations of ancient Egypt)