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VENUS is in some ways at her best in this sign. She has not the passion which we have noticed in the other two fiery signs. She is more impulsive and less constant. The slightest rebuff kills the interest. And in no case is affection likely to be long-lived. These remarks apply to love rather than to friendship, for, in the latter, the fact that Jupiter rules Sagittarius comes into play.

For this reason we call Venus at her best; she has an aspiring and spiritual quality which tends to remove from her any taint of earthy grossness. This very quality, however, may in some eyes appear as a defect. Those who imagine that the only kind of love is that which is expressed in accordance with social conventions may be unmeasured in the hatred of such tendencies as this sign confers, particularly upon women. {294}

It is very common to find fantastic passions such as have been celebrated by Baudelaire, Verlaine and Swinburne, as well as by the one supreme poetess that ever lived, Sappho. Those things which are gross and unrefined do not appeal. It is necessary to satisfy mental and spiritual cravings and also to content the imagination. The lack of earthiness, the absence of physical bonds, causes rapid changes which may be mistaken for caprice, but which are really not so; on the contrary, they are symptoms of fidelity to the ideal. People with this position are proud and high-spirited, and they demand the same qualities in those whom they love. Indelicacy shocks. Further it may be said that any attempt to bind down the affections is intensely resented. To fish for such people one must employ the finest lines and the smallest flies; though the more brightly they are colored, the more successful is likely to be the sport.

Examples of the peculiar delicacy or spirit conferred by this position are afforded by George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, Chatterton, and Lewis Carroll. Perhaps, too, the unfortunate relations of Charles I with his ministers may be attributed to this position. He never seemed able to trust constantly to them. He would trust too much, become disappointed for quite insufficient reasons, and then betray them. One might also look at the political careers of Gladstone, Bright, John Burns, Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt. The extraordinary rashness in speech of the last named is very typical of this position.

With most ordinary people, these qualities manifest as something not much better than heartlessness and fickleness. Love sparkles and glitters, but is without warmth. Venus does not expand sufficiently to glow or to ennoble the life with true affection. There is never any excess energy to waste. The native has just so much of the Venusian qualities as suits his own purpose. He has none to give to others. As the swift spark is very attractive to those who really seek love, people with Venus in this sign often cause the greatest disappointment—they attract the passion of really warm-hearted people and then fail to satisfy it. Often they cannot understand how they are failing. Similarly, they may cause much anxiety to those who love them because they do not reciprocate the affections of the other party, who may consequently believe that he is failing in kindness, when, in reality, it is merely that he is trying to rekindle a shooting {295} star. Very often true passion is altogether lacking or, if it exists, it is as transient and ephemeral as we learn that certain brightly colored insects are.

It often happens that the natural instincts are replaced by fantasies, forms of love which are expressed by symbol rather than by sense. Hence, the natural purpose of Venus, which is, after all, vitally important to the race, is frequently thwarted. Venus in Sagittarius often induces the native to act in such ways as to avoid what is, after all, the one great glorious human attribute, willing sacrifice. Thus, a woman with Venus in Sagittarius might prefer to adopt a child rather than to go through the pains of bearing one.

In art, we find a very interesting expression of this position in Mark Twain. Here we see an art, extraordinarily jeweled, with brief scintillations, but we rarely find in his writings the large, sustained humor, elaborated and rendered complex by the interplay of one idea with another, such as we find in the greatest masters.

One may also recommend to the reader without comment, the study of three people very different in this position who are yet united by the presence of Venus in this sign: Hetty Green, Maude Adams and Evelyn Thaw.

the following are the names of well known persons who have Venus in the sign of Sagittarius:

Ramsay MacDonald

George Eliot

Will Carlton

Harriet Stanton Blatch

Henry E. Dixey

Maude Adams

Rev. George Clark Houghton

Andrew Carnegie

Nicholas Longsworth

Augustus Thomas

Henry Clay Frick

William E. Gladstone

Havelock Ellis

Rudyard Kipling

Robert Louis Stevenson {296}


Fritz Kreisler

Theodore Roosevelt

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael’s Ephemeris, or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Venus is in the sign Sagittarius are as follows:

From January 7th through February 1st 1840

October 28th " November 21st 1840

December 12th 1841 " January 4th 1842

October 7th " November 12th 1842

December 14th 1842 " February 2nd 1843

November 13th " December 6th 1843

December 26th 1844 " January 18th 1845

October 15th " November 8th 1845

November 27th " December 20th 1846

January 7th " January 31st 1848

October 28th " November 20th 1848

December 12th 1849 " January 4th 1850

October 7th " November 15th 1850

December 6th 1850 " February 3rd 1851

November 12th " December 5th 1851

December 25th 1852 " January 18th 1853

October 14th " November 8th 1853

November 27th " December 19th 1854

January 6th " January 31st 1856

October 27th " November 20th 1856

December 11th 1857 " January 3rd 1858

October 7th 1858 " February 3rd 1859

November 12th " December 4th 1859

December 25th 1860 " January 17th 1861

October 14th " November 7th 1861

November 26th " December 19th 1862

January 6th " January 31st 1864

October 27th " November 19th 1864

December 11th 1865 " January 2nd 1866 {297}

From October 7th 1866through February 4th 1867

November 11th " December 4th 1867

December 24th 1868 " January 17th 1869

October 14th " November 7th 1869

November 26th " December 18th 1870

January 6th " January 30th 1872

October 26th " November 19th 1872

December 10th 1873 " January 2nd 1874

October 7th 1874 " February 4th 1875

November 10th " December 3nd 1875

December 24th 1876 " January 16th 1877

October 13th " November 7th 1877

November 25th " December 18th 1878

January 5th " January 30th 1880

October 26th " November 18th 1880

December 9th 1881 " January 1st 1882

October 7th 1882 " February 4th 1883

November 10th " December 3rd 1883

December 23rd 1884 " January 16th 1885

October 13th " November 6th 1885

November 24th " December 17th 1886

January 5th " January 29th 1888

October 25th " November 18th 1888

December 9th 1889 " January 1st 1890

October 8th 1890 " February 5th 1891

November 9th " December 2nd 1891

December 23rd 1892 " January 15th 1893

October 12th " November 6th 1893

November 24th " December 17th 1894

January 4th " January 29th 1896

October 25th " November 17th 1896

December 8th " December 31st 1897

October 8th 1898 " February 5th 1899

November 9th " December 2nd 1899

December 23rd 1900 " January 15th 1901

October 13th " November 7th 1901

November 24th " December 17th 1902

January 5th " January 29th 1904 {298}

From October 25th through November 18th 1904

December 9th 1905 " January 1st 1906

October 9th " December 15th 1906

December 26th 1906 " February 6th 1907

November 9th " December 2nd 1907

December 23rd 1908 " January 15th 1909

October 12th " November 6th 1909

November 24th " December 17th 1910

January 5th " January 29th 1912

October 25th " November 17th 1912

December 8th " December 31st 1913

October 10th " December 5th 1914

December 31st 1914 " February 6th 1915

November 9th " December 2nd 1915

December 22nd 1916 " January 14th 1917

October 12th " November 6th 1917

November 23rd " December 16th 1918

January 4th " January 28th 1920

October 24th " November 17th 1920

December 8th " December 31st 1921

October 11th " November 28th 1922

January 2nd " February 6th 1923

November 8th " December 1st 1923

December 22nd 1924 " January 14th 1925

October 12th " November 6th 1925

November 23rd " December 16th 1926

January 4th " January 28th 1928

October 24th " November 16th 1928

December 7th " December 30th 1929