We have already had occasion to note the transitory nature of the sudden action of Sagittarius. The symbol of the arrow was chosen to express that curious quality. In the case of a heavy and slowmoving planet, the action will be, perhaps, to quicken it to some extent; but with Mars, which is already fast and fiery, there is no such compensating influence. Mars tends to become meteoric when in this sign. Unless the energy be carried on for a reasonably long period, it does not begin to have a fair chance to work. What can be done in a moment may be done exceedingly well; but works involving the element of time are likely to be failures. Our examples, therefore, will give us people scintillating rather than solid, dashing rather than enduring. The swift brilliance of Oscar Wilde is to the point. He was incapable of large construction; his ideas were like shooting stars. Lewis Carroll has an identical limitation, and so had Rudyard Kipling, whose forte is short stories of extreme brilliance and who has written but two novels of any length, both of which are little more than a series of brilliant episodes. Exceedingly curious and highly illustrative is the case of “Datas”. His marvelous memory never forgets a date, but he remembers only disconnected items. It is not at all the same memory as that of Gladstone, who knew Homer by heart. Extremely typical this of the syncopating action of Sagittarius. Charles I showed the same in his kingship. He would start a strong man’s policy one evening, and weaken on it before lunch next day, only to conceive something else equally violent at supper time. This was an effect in method of action, not at all in the will to govern, which was perfectly consistent. Louis XIV is a surprising conclusion to the list, especially as Mars is squared by Mercury, and has nothing better than a sextile of Uranus and a semi-sextile of Neptune to offset this affliction. Mars, however, is very strong by position, rising; and he is the lord of the Ascendant. It is not wonderful that so few persons of note are born with this position of Mars; for, however great they may be within themselves, this fatal defect of discontinuity usually prevents them from translating themselves to the external and objective world.
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