zodiac seasons

Your Guide to Sagittarius Season

Notable Sagittarians, clockwise from left: Maria Callas, Janelle Monáe, Sinéad O’Connor, Grace Paley, Arundhati Roy. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty Images

Much as you might love the goth, magnetic glamour of Scorpio season, it gets tiring after a while. It’s not easy to maintain that kind of emotional intensity for long; while the dark side of life can be alluring, it’s a difficult place to live full-time. So when Sagittarius season arrives at the end of November, it’s like a breath of fresh air. You can relax and stop worrying so much, stop trying to control everything. You can finally start having fun again.

The sun is in Sagittarius each year from about November 22 to December 22, and during its time there, it encourages us to live generously and expansively. Whereas Scorpio encourages us to deepen our understanding of the world by digging for hidden truths, Sagittarius emboldens us to broaden it — to explore and ask questions, to meet new people and try new things, to make big mistakes and learn from them. In short, to experience all that the universe has to offer. At its core, fire sign Sagittarius is driven by a hunger for knowledge, understanding, and purpose.

But just because Sagittarius desires knowledge doesn’t mean this sign is scholarly and serious. In fact, it’s often the opposite. After all, knowledge isn’t just information and ideas, but experiences, too. Sagittarius is the sign of travel, particularly across long distances, and of daring to try things that others might deem reckless. After all, this is the sign traditionally symbolized by a centaur — half rational human, half lusty, untamed animal. It’s also ruled by Jupiter, planet of abundance, generosity, and luck — or, to put a different spin on it, of excess, overconfidence, and making a giant mess. Sagittarius season isn’t a time for observing, but for getting out there and doing.

So while the sun is in Sagittarius, you might find yourself feeling particularly optimistic and adventurous, open to experiences and activities that are foreign. You might be more eager than usual to travel somewhere far away, to reach beyond the confines of your everyday life and explore the unknown with an open, curious heart. This is a season for hitting the road, talking to strangers, and asking questions you might have previously hesitated to bring up. Conversely, if your life doesn’t easily accommodate variation, and if your limitations and obligations make your existing routines difficult to break, Sagittarius season can be a time of intense restlessness and desire for escape.

But if Sagittarius gives us the condition of restlessness, it also offers the strength to break free. And in Sagittarius season, escape can be a simple and straightforward thing — it doesn’t require cunning or trickery or deceit, just a direct, courageous bluntness. All we need to do is feel our desire — for purpose, for knowledge, for a life of abundance — and let that desire move us.

Sometimes, a Sagittarian maneuver can appear messy or ill-advised, like when Britney Spears shaved her head in 2007, or Sinéad O’Connor (who also famously shaved her head, describing it as a way to free herself from the oppression of male attention) ripped up a photo of the pope onstage at SNL, or when Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge got really into aliens. But the Sagittarian desire for freedom can also be intentional, guiding you toward a higher purpose.

Sagittarius season will ask you to accept some amount of disorder, even if you tend to like things tidy and predictable. Think of this not as an inconvenience, but rather an opportunity to make your mind, your existence grow bigger. In Sagittarius season, you don’t have to plan five steps ahead; you can trust that each step you take will create extraordinary, unimagined possibilities. You can behave is if the rules that normally bind you aren’t even there. You can feel your mind and your heart expanding, reaching out toward the whole wide world.

Your Guide to Sagittarius Season