Sun in Leo, Moon in Sagittarius: The King of Noble Crusades and the Queen of the Wild Things, the Team Captain of Fantastic Voyages and Spiritual Super-Quests; the Romantic Hero of the Heavens, the Horizons, and the High Seas; the Dynamic Duo of Creative Abandon; With Wind Swept Hair on the Wheels of Steel
Leo is the Entertainer and the Performer, the Actor and Actress, the King and the Queen, the Movie Star and the Showman, the Mistress of Ceremonies and the Professor of High Theatrics. Ecologically, this sign is associated with the middle of summer – a time when the weather is at its warmest, the sky at its brightest, and even the most solitary of animals can be seen out and about strutting their stuff. Ruled by the Sun, Leo tends to be the center of attention around which her entourage revolves in much the same way the Sun is the center of the solar system around which its entourage of heavenly bodies revolve. People with their Sun (identity) in this warmly generous sign thus typically become identified with their ability to attract attention to themselves. Actress Lynda Carter, whose name is now synonymous with Wonder Woman, is a representative Leo Sun.
Sitting 120 degrees from Leo is Sagittarius, the sign of the the Traveler, the Truth Seeker, the Scholar-Sage, the Philosopher-Prophet, the Professor of High Adventure, and the Department Chair of Broad Intellectual Horizons. Possessed by the energy of a wild horse, prone to taking off on wild escapades, and always looking towards new frontiers, Sagittarius is the sign most likely to go on long distance trips. When a person’s Moon (emotional needs) is in Sagittarius (travel), going on long distance trips is necessary for their emotional health. Sometimes these trips will be geographical in nature but other times they will be across religious, spiritual, or social terrains. Oftentimes they will be across both. Russian Cosmonnaut Valentina Tereshkova is a Sagittarius Moon who embarked on the ultimate high-adventure trip when she became the first woman in space on June 16th, 1963. (Chart)
Combine the generously-theatrical, heart-centered stage presence of a Leo Sun with the high-octane, high-adventure, devil-may-care instincts of a Sagittarius Moon and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that takes an extraordinarly romantic, forthright, and passionate approach to life. Leo is ruled by the Sun which sits high in the heavens while Sagittarius is the associated with far-off horizons and trips across the high seas. Combine the two together and get you the Sun/Moon pairing of the “queenly nomadic, the regal philosopher, the traveling entertainer, and the daredevil extrovert”, to quote astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey. (Source) Imagine a young child bursting forth full speed on a tricycle to explore the wide world of excitement and discovery that lays outside the confines of their family’s front yard and you’ll have a good metaphor for how this pairing experiences life.
Of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings the Leo/Sagittarius is probably the pairing most likely to be famous for going on some sort of fantastic voyage or spiritual super-quest. Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, a Leo/Sagittarius. He’s a high profile but fundamentally representative example of how high and how far this pairing is willing to travel once possessed by the spirit of a quest:
Obviously very few Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon individuals will end up faring through outer space like Mr. Armstrong did. Most, however, will have the travel bug like nobody’s business. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson writes of this pairing’s penchant for high-seas and far-off horizons, “Practically everything under the Sun intrigues you. With so many new lands to explore, so many new people to meet, and so many ideas to ponder, no wonder you can’t find the time to finish anything.” (Source) British Army office T.E. Lawrence, best known as “Lawrence of Arabia”, is a Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon whose life was eventually turned into the blockbuster 1962 film bearing his name:
Even those Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon individuals who don’t go on to become known for being world travelers will find a way to express the wide-ranging, far-reaching potential of this pairing, oftentimes writing books or music to do so. Rapper Coolio is a Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) He’s best known for the hit 1994 song “Fantastic Voyage”, the title of which could be the life theme song for this Sun/Moon pairing. When Coolio raps, “Come on in let’s take a ride. Don’t you say shit, just get inside” he is speaking sacred truths for Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon people of all cultures:
Take a look at this photo of Armstrong courtesy of NASA and compare it to a still-shot from Coolio’s video for “Fantastic Voyage”. While the socio-demographic profiles of the individuals couldn’t be more different, what you’ll notice in both photos are all the major hallmarks of the Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon pairing: a charismatic individual (Leo) surrounded by an entourage of wild world travelers (Sagittarius) about to embark on a joyous, moral-boosting voyage in a first class vehicle:
Curiously enough, both Armstrong’s fantastic voyage to the Moon and Coolio’s “Fantastic Voyage” music video have strong spiritual overtones. When Armstrong landed on the Moon there was for a brief shining moment a sense that maybe just maybe humanity could learn to walk away from warfare and violence. If you listen closely to the lyrics to “Fantastic Voyage” you’ll note that it’s actually an anthem expressing hope for an end to gang violence.
Comparing an astronaut like Neil Armstrong to a rapper like Coolio might seem a bit of a stretch but any Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon individuals reading his will likely “get it”. This pairing has the ability to grasp broad-based, big-picture truths while not getting excessively hung up on details like what a person’s skin color, hair style, or choice of vehicle is. There is also a strong, spiritually-inclined, social consciousness that comes with this pairing. Actress Sally Struthers, best known for her “Feed the Children” commercials, is a Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) Roberto Clemente, the Hall of Fame baseball player who died in a plane accident delivering food aid to children, is also a Leo/Sagittarius. (Chart)
Speaking of accidents, this is something the Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon native needs to watch out for. The joke “Who needs seat-belts when you don’t have breaks?” was quite possibly first uttered by a Leo/Sagittarius. Lawrence of Arabia, for instance, died from a head injury sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was not wearing a helmet.
Leo/Sagittarius natives also struggle to understand that not everybody is as honest, upstanding, and straight-shooting as they are. The textbook Leo/Sagittarius is darn near constitutionally incapable of engaging in deception or deceit. So they are often shocked when on the receiving end of it from less scrupulous types. This is probably the Sun/Moon pairing most likely to leave out money or expensive jewelry when a contractor comes over to their house or to believe their boyfriend is telling the truth when he says he’s been “working late” four Friday nights in a row. Associating with a secretive Scorpio or a shrewd Cancerian who is more attuned to the hidden undercurrents of human behavior is a wise move for this pairing.
As both the entertainer and the monarch of the zodiac Leo is usually at the center of any party. Sagittarius, meanwhile, is the sign most likely to travel far and wide to find a good party. Combine the two together and you get one of the most fun-loving of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings. Jefferson Anderson writes of this Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon individual:
Action is the word that describes you best. People know when you are around because of all that moving about! Never content to fantasize about excitement you go out and create it.” (Source)
This ability to generate excitement makes it an ideal combination for a professional party starter of some sort. Deidra Muriel Roper, best known as DJ Spinderella of the pioneering female rap group Salt-N-Pepa, is a Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) If you’re not familiar with Mrs. Spinderella, she can be seen this video behind her signature turntables. Being a Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon it’s no surprise she’s the one to get the party started in the video’s opening seconds:
According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, a metaphoric image for the Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon combination is “A knight in shining steel armor wins a game of poker and drinks are on the house.” (Source) That’s actually a pretty good approximation of Mrs. Spinderella. She’s not a Arthurian-era knight who wields a sharpened sword but she most definitely is a hip hop era knightess of music who wields the funky beats. She isn’t seen wearing a suit of shining steel armor but she is usually found behind the shining “wheels of steel”. She doesn’t buy everybody in the house a round of drinks but her music has done as much for the success of house parties as any round of free spirits ever did. And if setting off on a world tour at age 16 with two strangers referring to themselves as “Salt” and “Pepa” only to become one of the most financially successful music acts of the last 30 years doesn’t count as winning a major life gamble I’m not sure what does.
Within the human ecological landscape, the niche of the Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon person is to dream huge dreams and to inspire others to do the same. Neil Armstrong did just that for a generation of young people interested in the sciences when he landed on the Moon. Mrs. Spinderella did something similar for a generation of young women interested in hip-hop when she landed at the top of the music world.
Both Leo and Sagittarius are extremely passionate signs so it should come as little surprise that the combination can be quite a handful in the romantic arena. Pair the demanding aggressiveness of the Lioness (Leo) with the high adventure antics of the Centaur-Archer (Sagittarius) and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that will tend to exhaust both itself and its romantic partners. This is particularly the case for the Leo Sun, Sagittarius female as astrologer Jacqueline Bigar explains in her book Women and Their Moon Signs:
You can be a delight to the right man. You will chase, pounce, and attack. He just needs to tell you how very wonderful you are. Your need for adulation can get be a bit much for your partner. You are good, you know it, and you want to know HE knows it. (Source)
Anybody in a relationship with a native of this pairing is well-advised to double down on their intake of B-vitamins, Siberian Ginseng, and Omega-3 rich fish oils. Each of these supplements are reputed to enhance both intellectual and physical stamina and you will need a world of both if you want to keep up with the textbook Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon individual. This pairing will find monogamy a hard road to hoe until it finds a partner with whom it can share its deeply romantic vision of what love – and life itself – has to offer.
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