Venus in Sagittarius

Venus is in some ways at her best in this sign. She has not the passion which we have noticed in the other two fiery signs. She is more impulsive and less constant. The slightest rebuff kills the interest. And in no case is affection likely to be long-lived. These remarks apply to love rather than to friendship, for, in the latter, the fact that Jupiter rules Sagittarius comes into play. For this reason we call Venus at her best; she has an aspiring and spiritual quality which tends to remove from her any taint of earthy grossness. This very quality, however, may in some eyes appear as a defect. Those who imagine that the only kind of love is that which is expressed in accordance with social conventions may be unmeasured in the hatred of such tendencies as this sign confers, particularly upon women.
It is very common to find fantastic passions such as have been celebrated by Baudelaire, Verlaine and Swinburne, as well as by the one supreme poetess that ever lived, Sappho. Those things which are gross and unrefined do not appeal. It is necessary to satisfy mental and spiritual cravings and also to content the imagination. The lack of earthiness, the absence of physical bonds, causes rapid changes which may be mistaken for caprice, but which are really not so; on the contrary, they are symptoms of fidelity to the ideal. People with this position are proud and high-spirited, and they demand the same qualities in those whom they love. Indelicacy shocks.
Further it may be said that any attempt to bind down the affections is intensely resented. To fish for such people one must employ the finest lines and the smallest flies; though the more brightly they are colored, the more successful is likely to be the sport. Examples of the peculiar delicacy or spirit conferred by this position are afforded by George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, Chatterton, and Lewis Carroll. Perhaps, too, the unfortunate relations of Charles I with his ministers may be attributed to this position. He never seemed able to trust constantly to them.
He would trust too much, become disappointed for quite insufficient reasons, and then betray them. One might also look at the political careers of Gladstone, Bright, John Burns, Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt. The extraordinary rashness in speech of the last named is very typical of this position. With most ordinary people, these qualities manifest as something not much better than heartlessness and fickleness. Love sparkles and glitters, but is without warmth. Venus does not expand sufficiently to glow or to ennoble the life with true affection. There is never any excess energy to waste.
The native has just so much of the Venusian qualities as suits his own purpose. He has none to give to others. As the swift spark is very attractive to those who really seek love, people with Venus in this sign often cause the greatest disappointment they attract the passion of really warm-hearted people and then fail to satisfy it. Often they cannot understand how they are failing. Similarly, they may cause much anxiety to those who love them because they do not reciprocate the affections of the other party, who may consequently believe that he is failing in kindness, when, in reality, it is merely that he is trying to rekindle a shooting star. Very often true passion is altogether lacking or, if it exists, it is as transient and ephemeral as we learn that certain brightly colored insects are. It often happens that the natural instincts are replaced by fantasies, forms of love which are expressed by symbol rather than by sense.
Hence, the natural purpose of Venus, which is, after all, vitally important to the race, is frequently thwarted. Venus in Sagittarius often induces the native to act in such ways as to avoid what is, after all, the one great glorious human attribute, willing sacrifice. Thus, a woman with Venus in Sagittarius might prefer to adopt a child rather than to go through the pains of bearing one. In art, we find a very interesting expression of this position in Mark Twain. Here we see an art, extraordinarily jeweled, with brief scintillations, but we rarely find in his writings the large, sustained humor, elaborated and rendered complex by the interplay of one idea with another, such as we find in the greatest masters.
One may also recommend to the reader without comment, the study of three people very different in this position who are yet united by the presence of Venus in this sign: Hetty Green, Maude Adams and Evelyn Thaw.