Sagittarius is the Traveler, the Truth Seeker, the Scholar-Lecturer, the Philosopher-Prophet, and the Professor of High Adventure. Astrologer Austin Coppock tells us Sagittarius is “Doom’s Super Soldier” who will stop at nothing once possessed by the spirit of a crusade. When a person’s Sun (identity) is in Sagittarius they will eventually become identified with some sort of crusade or adventure, often of a spiritual or philosophical nature. (Source) Actor Samuel Jackson, best known for playing a Bible quoting philosopher-hitman in the film Pulp Fiction, is a Sagittarius Sun. (Chart)
Sagittarius’s next door neighbor is Scorpio, the sign of the Shaman and the Spy, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop. When a person’s Moon (emotional needs) is in Scorpio, they feel emotionally nourished by situations of life-and-death intensity. The 1981 cult film Escape from New York, released (born) July 10th, 1981, has its Moon in Scorpio. (Chart) The film stars Kurt Russel as a former special operations soldier sent on a mission to retrieve state secrets so unspeakable we’re kept in the dark about what they pertain to until the film’s shocking final moments:
Escape is, of course, a Hollywood movie but its intensely subterranean atmosphere is a very accurate projection of the situations that a textbook Scorpio Moon will resonate with. The Central Intelligence Agency and the United States Secret Service, for instance, both have their Moons in Scorpio. (Source) Operation Gothic Serpent, the U.S. Army’s 1993 incursion into Somalia later depicted in the film Blackhawk Down, was launched when the Moon was in the early degrees of Scorpio. (Chart)
As you can see from these examples, there is good reason why astrologer Austin Coppock has referred to Scorpio as the sign of “The Death Wish”. (Source)
Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon: The Professor of High Adventure Meets the Bringer of Death and Destruction
Combine the consciousness (Sun) of the “Doom Super Soldier” with the instincts (Moon) of “The Death Wish” and you get a Sun/Moon pairing geared towards passionate involvement in life, the fearless pursuit of its own truth, and a spirit of terrifyingly high stakes adventure. Astrologer Bill Tierney writes of Scorpio/Sagittarius:
This combination needs something vast and all-consuming at which to aim their forces in order to keep their energies from being destructive . . . Scorpio provides the drive and endurance to succeed against all odds, while Sagittarius keeps vision alive, even during the most grueling of times. (Source)
The glyphs for Sagittarius and Scorpio both involve armaments. Sagittarius, the Centaur Archer, is armed with a bow and quiver of flaming arrows. Scorpio, the Dealer of Death, is armed with a wide array of weaponary: the Scorpion’s stinger, the Snake’s venom, and the Eagle’s talons. Martial artist Bruce Lee is a good example of a Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon who expressed this pairing’s capacity for lethality in a responsible manner. (Chart)
Actress Scarlet Johansson, who portrays the uber-deadly “Black Widow” character in the 2012 film The Avengers, is also a Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) While not a professional martial artist like Bruce Lee, she does an excellent job of projecting the Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon native’s potent fighting spirit into the imaginal world of film:
Johansson, by the way, did most of her own stunts for The Avengers. Commenting on her portrayal of the Black Widow character, she stated, “I’ve spent so many months training with our stunt team, and fighting all the other actors, it’s crazy. I do nothing but fight—all the time.” (Source) There’s quite a few Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon individuals out there who can relate to that sentiment. Astrologer Jefferson Anders refers to this pairing as “The Crusader” whose propensity for fighting all the time inevitably draws them to high risk thrills:
. . . you are very independent and prefer to blaze your own trail. Free-spirited and adventurous, you furnish your life with variety and thrills. You’ve got plenty of rebellious fight in you and manage Sagittarius-Scorpios have joined crusades and missions . . . (Source)
This pairing’s penchant for crusades and missions makes it an excellent “bandit for hire”. Billy the Kid, for instance, is a Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) He first came came to national attention when on a mission (crusade?) with “The Regulators”, a group of mercenaries active during the Lincoln County War that exploded across the New Mexico Territory in 1878. (Source)
Many if not most Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon natives will take up arms of one sort or another. If, for instance, Billy the Kid had been a highly educated intellectual he probably would have ended up dueling matters out in the legal, academic, or business worlds with the same degree of fanatical zeal that he brought to the high plains of western frontier. Barack Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel, best known as “Rahmbo” for his take no prisoners approach to political warfare, is a Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart)
The cold-hearted tactics Emmanuel has been known to employ in the pursuit of his political objectives are reminiscent of the ruthless methods Billy the Kid employed as a member of The Regulators. (Source) During his time as Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Emmanuel was often referred to as “Obama’s Enforcer” which is another way of saying “Obama’s Regulator” or “Obama’s Avenger”.
Fortunately, not all Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon natives are as ruthlessly career minded as Mr. Emmanuel. South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, is a Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Portrayed by actor Denzel Washington in the 1987 film Cry Freedom, it was Biko who coined the phrase “Black is beautiful”. He too was a Regulator or Enforcer except what Biko was enforcing was his people’s self-respect and right to self-determination.
Biko died at age 30 from massive injuries to the head sustained while in the custody of the South African police. Like many Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon individuals Biko was willing to die if it meant the advancement of the righteous cause for which he was fighting.
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