The sign of Sagittarius corresponds to the Hebrew month of Kislev. It is the central column of the fire signs, ruled by Jupiter (in Hebrew "Tzedek"), and the Hebrew letters Samech and Gimel. The letter Samech created the sign of Sagittarius, and comes from the phrase Somech noflim (supporting the fallen). In the Zohar, the article called "The Letters of Rav Hamnuna Saba” says that the Hebrew letters came before the Creator to ask that the world be created beginning with each one. When the letter Samech came before the Creator, the Creator told it to go back to its place, which is after the letter Nun, and to support the Nun from falling. That is how we get the word nes (“miracle” in English). The letter Nun created the sign of Scorpio in which the Flood happened, and after the Flood, God put the rainbow in the sky as an omen that there would never be a flood again.
Sagittarius in Hebrew is called Keshet, or rainbow. Keshet is represented by the centaur, the mythological half-man, half-horse figure who hunts with a bow and arrow. The figure represents the struggle within the heart between good and evil.
The letter Gimel created Jupiter, which controls expansion. Jupiter represents the desire to learn, to know, and the fields of science, biology, education, art and music. Sagittarians are born optimists; for them everything is always okay and always arranged in the best way possible. Sagittarians feel they can solve all problems and will do all things required of them.
Sagittarians are prone to over-optimism, exaggeration, mockery, gambling and light-headedness. They are natural philosophers, teachers, lovers, communicators, and friends. They like to travel, they love their freedom and space, and they are interested in world exploration, as well as the study of human behavior, culture and religion. They share their knowledge with whoever seeks it. They love life and can be quite mischievous children.
Because Sagittarius is the central column (air element) of the fire signs, it has the additional influence of air. Air fuels the fire and enables it to grow and expand, this is why Sagittarius can be a channel for any job in communication that combines knowledge with humanity.
Sagittarians are adventurous people who make excellent drivers (even race car drivers!) and pilots. They love sports and challenge their destiny by taking unnecessary risks. Everything they do is on a large scale, with the help of Jupiter, which expands the Sagittarian's mind in business, social, and romantic endeavors.
The most important days in Sagittarius are the days of Chanukah, which begins on the 24th of Kislev and ends on the 2nd of Tevet. We light Chanukah candles to connect to the miracle that happened in the time of the Hasmoneans (also known as the Maccabees), when one day's worth of oil burned for eight days in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This amazing example of "mind over matter" took place because of the two letters that control this month; Gimel whose essence is Gomel Dalim (rewarding the poor), and the letter Samech, which created the month of Kislev. These conditions, together with the metaphysical actions that the Hasmoneans did, brought about this miracle that happened 2,000 years ago. We are subject to the very same conditions every year on the 24th day of the month of Sagittarius. This energy is revealed again for eight days and offers us the opportunity to create tremendous miracles in our lives.
Guide to the Month of Sagittarius
Assets of a Sagittarius:
Happy-natured, easy-going, open to learning from experiences, daring, likes challenges, intellectual, honest, forgiving, lucky.
Self-development, going beyond limits, rising to meet new challenges.
Challenges (and how to transform them):
The challenge is more important than the purpose of the challenge.
Stop and visualize the next step beyond the challenge. Learn to see if the challenge is worth taking on.
Extremely self-critical and guilt-ridden if not successful.
We are destined to fall from time to time so that we can learn valuable lessons. When you do fall short of the mark, ask yourself what lesson the Light is trying to teach you.
Undiplomatic, direct, not sensitive to others.
As you treat others, so the Light will treat you.
False certainty, thinking the Light will take care of everything.
While the Light is always there to guide you, it is up to you to put in the effort. The Light helps those who help themselves.
Loves change, no commitment.
When you are ready to change the scenery, ask yourself if what you’re going towards is as good as what you’re leaving behind.
Sees the whole picture, but not details.
Slow down. Slow down. Slow down.
How to Improve Your Relationship with a Sagittarius:
- Don’t be hurt by their frankness. They mean you no harm.
- Appeal to their logic and sense of justice.
- Help them focus on all aspects of a situation, not just the thrill of being involved.
Will achieve fulfillment through:
Realizing that the ultimate challenge is being sensitive to others.