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Combine the Sun in the sign of extremes (Scorpio) with the Moon in the sign of high adventure (Sagittarius) and the result can feel like a heart pounding run through hell. This is one of the most action oriented of the 144 Sun/Moon pairing as both signs have the theme of “attack” symbolized within their glyphs. Scorpio is symbolized by the Scorpion, the Snake, and the Eagle – all deadly predators who thrive within extremely hostile environments. Sagittarius is symbolized as a wild haired centaur-archer armed with a quiver full of flaming arrows. To illustrate just how well-armed this pairing can be, consider this: using its premier date as its date of birth, the film Terminator is Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) If you’ve never seen the film it’s a high volume but fundamentally accurate projection of what might be the Zodiac’s most courageous, committed, and socially concerned Sun/Moon pairing:
The emotional intensity in the film is a good, if exaggerated, approximation of the impassioned zeal this combination is capable of once it’s committed to a cause of life-and-death proportions. Scorpio can be tenacious to the point of being obsessive while Sagittarius can be zealous to the point of being fanatical. Pair the two together and you get somebody who can be absolutely unwavering once they’ve set their mind on a particular path. Astrologer Bill Tierney explains:
Scorpio/Sagittarius types have a touch of crusader with militant undertones in them. 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)
In the fictional world of Terminator, Kyle Reese’s all-consuming quest is saving the mother of the future. In the real world this combination is attracted to similarly all-consuming quests that involve epic battles between good and evil. The AIDS epidemic in Africa, the brutality of Iphone factories in China, or human-trafficking in Eastern Europe are the type of causes a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon individual will often be found crusading against . . . or on behalf of should they turn to the darker possibilities of this Sun/Moon pairing.
Even those Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon individuals who go on all-consuming crusades for non-violence will often find themselves engaged in legal, social, or political confrontations as ferocious as a gun-battle with the Terminator.
The natal chart of a film will describe both the film’s hero and its villain. The hero typically corresponds to the highest expression of the chart while the villain corresponds to the darkest expression. In Terminator, both Kyle Reese and the T-101 are covert agents (Scorpio) on far-ranging quests (Sagittarius) but one is there to save lives while the other is there to destroy them. Reese is intensely courageous (high-Scorpio) and totally committed (high-Sagittarius) while the Terminator is coldly murderous (low-Scorpio) and unthinkingly fanatical (low-Sagittarius).
If Reese comes off as a paranoid fanatic in the above scenes (or in this violently passionate one) that’s because paranoia, fanaticism, and phobias, are some of the liabilities of this Sun/Moon pairing. Of course, as the saying goes, “It’s not paranoia if they really are after you”.
Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon: The Enemy of the State
Speaking of paranoia, using its premier date as its date of birth the 1998 film Enemy of the Sate – is also a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) Like Terminator, the film is essentially a quest (Sagittarius) through the valley of death (Scorpio). In Enemy of the State, it’s the valley of death formed by the world’s most powerful intelligence agency the National Security Agency that the protagonist must crusade through in order to survive:
“Surely the film is at least a bit of a paranoid (Scorpio) exaggeration (Sagittarius), right?” Probably not. According to a 2007 article in the UK Register, intelligence agencies can now perform real time Enemy of the State style surveillance on *all seven billion people* on the planet. (Source) That the film would be so prescient in its depiction of the police state is no surprise given the shrewd, sophisticated, and truth-seeking nature of its Sun/Moon pairing. This pairing makes a good investigator, one that’s excellent at quickly grasping the big picture (Sagittarius) no matter how deep and dark (Scorpio) it might be.
Calling this pairing as the “enemy of the state combination” might seem a bit of an exaggeration but a number of high profile enemies of the state are Sagittarius/Scorpios. Edwin Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, is a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) So too is former Bloomberg corporate finace reporter Mark Pittman, the journalist who mysteriously died after successfully suing the U.S. Federal Reserve, the central banking catel that is at the center of more conspiracies than the JFK assassination, the October Surprise, and the 9/11 attacks combined times ten. (Chart) Prior to his passing, Pittman had discovered that “the amount going to prop up the financial system dwarfed the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) [issued in 2008]. It added up to $12.8 trillion and it wasn’t clear in all cases where the money was going” according to his Wikipedia entry.
Obviously few if any Scorpio/Sagittarius individuals will ever go to such extremes let alone be considered actual “enemies of the state”. This pairing does, however, possesses a major “Cowboy Vigilante” streak that lands it in pitched battles with the powers that be. To illustrate: Paula Broadwell, the Lt. Colonel turned author who was having an affair with David Petraeus (director of the CIA) is a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) She’s not an actual “enemy of the state” but is now being treated as one. Among other things, her security clearance has been pulled which means her career as a counterintelligence officer is about as DOA as Will Smith’s career as an attorney was in Enemy of the State.
Creepy coincidence: Broadwell’s extramarital affair with Petaeus was uncovered by a rogue FBI agent using methods uncomfortably similar to those used by the rogue NSA agents to track Will Smith’s extramarital “liason” with Lisa Bonet’s character in Enemy of the State.
Astrologer Carolyn Reynolds writes of the Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon female, “. . . she fares well whatever the climate because she can survive. This one will hunt and fish with you. You can take her to Africa and she’ll out shoot you and the rest of the hunters.” (Source) No kidding. In addition to having served as a special operations command officer, Broadwell has (or had) a side gig working as a firearms demonstrator for the high-end automatic weapons manufacturer KRISS. Here’s a screenshot of her literally “out shooting the boys” taken from one of the company’s promotional videos:
As Broadwell’s curriculum vitae testifies to, Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon is one of the most action oriented of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings. the two together and you have a Sun/Moon pairing that’s predisposed to a life of high speed adventure and high stakes confrontation. Actor Charles Bronson, best known for portraying freelance hitmen, vigilante cowboys, and other battled-hardened characters is also a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart)
Astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey tell us this pairing has a “probing, questing, analytical mind”. (Source) To illustrate: astronomer Carl Sagan is a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon known for having such a mind. (Sagan’s Chart) Sagan obviously never traveled through literal time or survived a literal nuclear holocaust like his fictional astro-twin Kyle Reese. His work did, however, take him on wide ranging quests through the concepts of space and time. He also spent several years studying the horrors that a large scale nuclear disaster or environmental collapse can bring. (Source)
According to the Harveys, a metaphoric image for the Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon individual is, “A child gazes up at the night sky, captivated by the mystery of deep space. An alien appears, and reveals a glimpse of the child’s future as a famous astro-physicist.” (Source) That image is an almost literal approximation of Sagan’s life story: he was captivated by the mystery of deep science beginning in his childhood, was very interested in the possibility of making contact with extra-terrestrial life, and he did grow up to become a famous astronomer who was well-versed in physics.
Despite being a staunch skeptic of astrology, Sagan would probably be pleased to know that the International Space Station, launched (born) November 20th, 1998 is a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon just like him. (Chart)
Like many of its Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon astro-twins, the ISS is on a quest (Sagittarius) though an environment (outer space) so fraught with dangers that it is, in a manner of speaking, a valley of death (Scorpio).
Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon: “The Forerunner”
Pablo Picasso is also a Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) His best known painting is Guernica, which he created in response to the valley of death that Guernica became when it was the target of a Nazi blitzkrieg campaign in April 1937. The painting become an international icon for the suffering that war inflicts on both physical and psychological landscapes:
It’s hard not to notice that Picasso’s Guernica bears a number of thematic similarities to the future we’re given glimpse of in Terminator. Take a look at this video of Reese’s flashbacks or at this screenshot of them and compare it to Picasso’s image of Guernica:
While Terminator may not occupy quite the same revered level of art that Guernica does, there are clearly some pretty significant parallels between the two works. The silent horror invoked by Guernica was an all-too-accurate approximation of the highly-mechanized world war just over the horizon for much of Europe. Similarly, the high-tech warfare waged by heartless cyborgs in Terminator has turned out to be an all-too-accurate approximation of the high tech warfare waged for heartless corporations in the year 2012.
That Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon works such as Terminator and Enemy of the State and Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon individuals like Carl Sagan and Pablo Picasso were able to grasp certain truths years before others makes sense given the ecological niche of their Sun/Moon pairing. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson tells us that Scorpio Sun, Sagittarius Moon is the Sun/Moon pairing of “the Forerunner” who “can believe truths that others find hard to fathom, perhaps because it is so far ahead of everybody else.” (Source) This includes truths so terrifying that one must first crusade through a valley of death, either physical or emotional, in order to grasp them.