Whether you’re a Sagittarius yourself or you have a Sagittarius bestie, you might’ve heard a thing or two about Sagittarius traits. In general, the Sagittarius personality is known for being adventurous, thrill-seeking, and daring. And though Sags have a reputation for looking at the world with rose-colored glasses, they have an endearing sense of humor and love to make others feel good, whether that’s through sharing their meme stash or lending their optimism.
“At their core, [Sagittarians] seek the continual development of their awareness through different experiences to arrive at the highest truth,” Angel Dawn, a psychic astrologer, tells POPSUGAR.
On the other hand, Sagittarius’ sense of adventure can often keep them from sitting still. They don’t like to be too comfortable for too long and their toxic trait is they will ghost people if they feel their freedom is being compromised. After all, a big sagittarius trait is they seek deeper meaning in the world around them and are ever-changing.
Because of that, they tend to be noncommittal and inconsistent. And while they can be super direct, the fire sign’s tenacious energy can often come off as brutally honest and — let’s be real, a little callous sometimes.
But their sense of optimism and candor only begin to scratch the surface of a Sagittarius personality. POPSUGAR spoke to professional astrologers Tamerri Ater and Dawn to get a better understanding of the personality traits of a Sagittarius.
What is a Sagittarius?
Sagittarius season falls around Nov. 22 and Dec. 21 of each year. They’re the ninth zodiac sign in the wheel and are associated with the corresponding ninth house in astrology. The ninth house is related to higher learning, expansion, and philosophy, which is probably less than subtle in Sagittarius’ larger-than-life personality.
Symbolized by the centaur archer (you know, the mythological half-man-half-horse hybrid), Sagittarius are curious and ambitious. According to Ater, their archer archetype “further contributes to Sagittarius’ dual nature, while the arrow of the archer pointing in the air represents Sagittarius as a seeker of knowledge.”
These happy-go-lucky fire signs are the designated travelers of the zodiac, which helps if you’re ruled by Jupiter, the literal planet of luck.
“[Sagittarius placements] typically have a jovial, optimistic nature, and what seems like an unlimited stroke of luck because of their Jupiter rulership,” says Ater.
Jupiter also rules knowledge, long-distance travel, and abundance, which explains why a positive attitude and an infectious sense of humor are key traits of a Sagittarius. Plus, Sagittarius natives are one-third of the fire signs, who, according to Ater, “are energetic, creative, enthusiastic and impatient.”
Needless to say, there’s nothing standing in the way of Sagittarius zodiac signs from getting their adrenaline fix.
What are Sagittarius Traits?
Sagittarians are optimists. Leave it to a Sagittarius to point out the silver lining. Their positive attitude makes them expert at manifesting their goals, which Ater explains is because their confidence is what fuels Sagittarius’ pursuit of their goals. “Their naturally optimistic nature can help them in life with going after their dreams because believing is always the first step,” says Ater. “And because they usually choose to see the bright side of things, they know how to have a good time and bring positive energy to others.”
Sagittarians are thirsty for knowledge. Sagittarians are basically students of the world. They love decoding the messages in their experiences as a way of making sense of things. “Sagittarius is constantly seeking new experiences, whether it be far flung places or through the philosophical travels of the mind through belief systems and spirituality,” Dawn says. If they can gain new experiences, they’d easily choose to be uncomfortable over being content.
Sagittarians are honest. Sagittarians are great at speaking their mind, even if it stirs up a little drama. “Sagittarians are truth and knowledge seekers, so they are typically straightforward and honest about how they feel,” says Ater. They don’t hold back when it comes to speaking the truth, which can be intimidating at times. But you can always rely on a Sagittarius to give a sincere opinion because they believe they owe it to others to be honest, which makes them great people to lean on.
Sagittarians are independent and love their freedom. It’s not so much that Sagittarians prefer to be alone more than it’s about the restriction that comes with being around others. “They want to go where the most fun and adventure is, so this can come across as a flakiness to others who don’t understand this sign,” says Ater.
What are Sagittarius Weaknesses?
Sagittarians are noncommittal. As a mutable sign, Sagittarians are masters at going with the flow — literally! But because of their ability to adapt to their surroundings, it can be challenging for Sagittarius to devote themselves to any single person or idea for too long. “The Jupiter and archer symbol influence on Sagittarius gives them a love for travel and freedom, but this can lend to a lack of commitment,” says Ater.
Sagittarians are hard to please. Sagittarians are all about abundance: the bigger the better! Once they conquer one goal, it doesn’t take long for them to point their arrow towards another. “The natural tendency toward expansion and loftier ideals can be taken to excess,” says Dawn, “which results in greed, overconfidence, and conceit, which can be its downfall.” It can also lead to constant dissatisfaction because they’re always looking for something more.
Sagittarians are overly fearless. Sure, the brazenness of a Sagittarius is inspiring. They know how to take risks, which can create magical opportunities. But because they have a one-track mind when it comes to their ambitions, they jump into things without weighing the consequences. “The lack of caution and free-spirited carelessness at times, can bring all sorts of calamities to bear,” Dawn says.
What Is a Sagittarius’ Personality in Romantic Relationships?
When it comes to romance, Sagittarius signs tend to be a little cynical. While they can appreciate a steamy love affair (they are fire signs, after all), they love their freedom more than anything else. So it’s important that they can have their space from their partner. “If you’re the jealous type or have codependent tendencies, this is probably not the sign for you,” warns Ater.
Sagittarians are ever-changing, so they work well with people who can accept their whims and constant spiritual growth. They love to chase the thrill, which is just as true in love, so you can expect a Sagittarius to conjure creative dates and adventures.
“[Sagittarius zodiac signs] are fun, adventurous, and usually joyous to be around,” explains Ater, “but you’ll need to keep up with their desire for change and adventure.” In other words, Sagittarius zodiac signs need excitement in their romantic relationships — or they’ll easily get bored.
Don’t worry, you’ll get the hint when a Sagittarius is feeling a certain type of way because they’re brutally honest. Communication is important for the fire sign, and they don’t typically hold back when it comes to voicing their truth. “Don’t ask a Sagittarius a question if you’re not ready to hear their honest answer!”
While they can be somewhat intimidating as lovers, it’s hard to deny their optimism and curious minds. When they find someone who can grow with their whims and keep up with their hunger for adventure, they’re all in.