Welcome to the season of Sagittarius! The ninth house of the zodiac, Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) is a fire sign represented by a celestial archer. The archer of Sagittarius is sometimes depicted as a man, other times as a centaur, alluding to the restlessness and adaptability of the sign (Pisces, Gemini and Virgo are the other mutable signs of the zodiac) . This one-of-a-kind sign is daring and passionate, blending curiosity and courage.
As symbolized by the bow and arrow of the archer, those born into this house are the explorers of the zodiac, destined for faraway destinations, both geographically and creatively. They thrive in freedom, and with a thirst for knowledge, they often make excellent storytellers. A certain improvised honesty can cause misunderstanding, and sometimes even pain, for those in their orbit. Nonetheless, the dynamism and strength of Sagittarius vision makes them hard to resist (no shock that Diego Rivera was a Sagittarius, for example).
But with so many changing passions and interests, what’s the best role for a Sagittarius in the art world? Do their storytelling skills make them born teachers, or perhaps supernatural curators?
We caught up with Tokyo-based astrologer, artist and singer-songwriter Emilia Wang, who took the time to answer all of our burning questions.
Who do you think is a Sagittarius artist who defines Sagittarius, and why?
In my mind, the quintessential Sagittarius artist is Howard Finster, a foreign artist and Baptist minister from Georgia. The work of his life was the folk art sculpture gardenParadise garden, which includes more than 46,000 works. Finster embodies the Sagittarius impulse to cross and build new worlds, as well as to link the spiritual with the material. His works play with scale to the point of enveloping and relocating the viewer in space and time. Sagittarians often wish to invoke a broader meaning or sacred catharsis with their work.
Another prominent Sagittarius artist is Kara Walker. His work is bold, dark and undisguised – and, as Hilton Als writes, “abstract without turning away from the world to represent internal abstraction”. Sagittarius placements have interesting relationships with both truth and abstraction, often flirting with coming closer and closer to uncomfortable possibilities and then looking for common horizons.
Finally, Marina Abramović. His work also embodies a Sagittarius impulse to create something confrontational, but in this confrontation there is always a glimpse of the desire for spiritual catharsis.
What are the strongest qualities of Sagittarians as artists?
Sagittarius artists have a desire to create transcendent art. It’s easy for Sagittarius artists to connect with the ideas and feelings that make their hearts go up and bring them into a material realm in a way that can be totally immersive. As artists, they are able to work in many different mediums, and often at a scale and breadth that makes their artistic voices very unique. I also love that Sagittarians aren’t afraid to mix the vulgar with the sanctified, or to use humor to say something deep.
What are the most common pitfalls of Sagittarius artists?
They must be careful not to become too didactic or to rely too much on scale or theatricality as substitutes for a deeper interrogation of their own process and material.
What type of medium or role would a Sagittarius be best suited for in the art world?
Sagittarians make great interdisciplinary and performance artists. They could be great publishers of zines or art books. They also have the potential to become excellent teachers and mentors.
If a Sagittarius is feeling stuck, what’s the best way for them to get out of a creative rut?
If you have the means and the capacity, being able to move and travel would reignite some sparks. If that isn’t possible, spending time away from creation and just giving yourself time to read, watch movies, or any kind of pressure-free intellectual exploration will help.
If an artistic career isn’t taking off right now, what would be the best day job for a Sagittarius?
Sagittarians have many passions and might genuinely enjoy teaching, publishing, or doing divinatory or spiritual religious work. A day job where Sagittarius doesn’t have to compromise their ideals and dreams is very important, and also a place where they can really get along with their colleagues and the workspace in general. An overlooked aspect of Sagittarius and its ruler, Jupiter, is that sociality is actually very important: much of their spark comes from trading and sharing ideas and beliefs with others.
Romantic Tip: If a Sagittarius was dating someone in the art world, who would they be compatible with? A merchant, a curator, a painter, etc.?
Most importantly, a Sagittarius would do well to date someone who isn’t too clingy or controlling, and who is very straight forward. An artist with whom they can exchange ideas and debate could be very compatible.
But I actually think for Sagittarians maybe it’s best to hang out with him off the pitch. Or date someone with strong interests outside of art because how are you going to experience that adventurous new romantic feeling if you stick to what you know?
What kind of art gift should I buy for the Sagittarius in my life?
Hmm… if traveling was safer or more accessible, I would say a plane ticket somewhere to learn or have fun, or discover new arts and forms. Otherwise, I think a book of poetry is a very nice gift in which you can get lost and discover new worlds.
What should Sagittarius artists expect this season?
Your birthday season can be a bit rough, or at least exhausting (like last year was too). The South Node completes its transit through your sign, and with a final eclipse in your sign on December 4, you may feel drained but ultimately cleansed of all the releases you’ve made since mid-2020. Make sure you don’t overbook yourself. And congratulate yourself on all that you have lost and on the new layers that you have found within yourself.
What must everyone wait for this season?
The end of the year is quite intense. While much of the action centers around the last two weeks of December, we can start to sense what’s going to happen ahead of time. The main dates I’m watching are the December 4th solar eclipse in Sagittarius and Venus going retrograde on December 19th.
From the perspective of it, we may be confronted with our intense or repressed desires, or we may witness how we deal with power in general. This can take place at the interpersonal level or at the societal level. Be gentle with your shame and allow yourself a safe space to untangle yourself once in a while.
Do you have any tips for staying creative and energized during the winter months?
I think winter is a great time to do nothing. It is the period of rest inherent in nature. Find what makes you feel good, invest in good socks, soak up the sun when it deigns to appear. Allow yourself creativity without a deadline or “goal”.
Wondering which artists are Sagittarians? Here are 10 of the best in the history of art.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: November 24, 1864
Kara Walker: November 26, 1969
William Blake: November 28, 1757
Marina Abramović: November 30, 1946
Georges Seurat: December 2, 1859
Howard Finster: December 2, 1916
Camille Claudel: December 8, 1864
Cai Guo-Qiang: December 8, 1957
Diego Rivera: December 8, 1886
Helen Frankenthaler: December 12, 1928
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