Today’s Extra: 50 Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

50 Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

A time to think of all your blessings

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching us and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re excited for a day off school or work and lots of food. However, Thanksgiving is way more than just that. This holiday is special because it’s a time to spend with your loved ones and think of all your blessings in life. So when you go around the table this Thanksgiving and say what you’re thankful for, what are you going to say? Here are 50 things you should be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

1. Family

2. Friends

3. Education

4. Health

5. Love

6. Shelter

7. God

8. Happiness

9. Support

10. Success

11. Time

12. Laughter

13. Growth

14. Holiday specials on TV

15. Nature – especially the leaves changing colors

16. Simple comforts

17. Dogs

18. Hugs

19. Sweater Weather

20. Christmas season is just a short couple weeks away

21. Friendsgiving- a chance to have two Thanksgivings!

22. Your career

23. Sunshine

24. Freedom

25. Opportunities

26. The colors of Thanksgiving

27. Holiday sales

28. Good stories

29. Football

30. Holiday music

31. The memories you create and reminisce on

32. A hot meal in a cozy place

33. Vacation day from school and work

34. Another day on earth

35. Fuzzy socks

36. Holiday sales

37. Playing in the leaves

38. Rest

39. Forgiveness

40. Family traditions

41. Safety

42. Warm blankets

43. Difficult times that have turned you into the person you are today

44. Yourself

45. Pumpkin flavored everything

46. And the beginning of peppermint flavored everything

47. All the thanksgiving leftovers and potlucks about to take place

48. Dreams come true and to come

49. A day to take time and think of all that you’re thankful for

50. Turkey!

As you can see, there are plenty of things to be thankful for and there are probably even more. Make sure to use this holiday in the best way you can. But also remember that although Thanksgiving centers around giving thanks, you should be giving thanks every day not just on Thanksgiving. One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving is that it’s our eye-opener to all of the good in our life. It’s a day to be happy and grateful rather than thinking of the stress and difficulties of life. So use this holiday to keep positive the rest of the year and start of 2019 the best way we can.

Originally published on Odyssey

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 22: Why We Can Feel Good Eating Thanksgiving Food!





When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries? Pumpkin? All of these colorful foods, in moderation, are not only delicious, but healthy and nutritious!

Yep, many of your favorite Thanksgiving foods are actually “super foods” and are packed with vitamins and minerals. So now we have even more reasons to be thankful!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids lists what vitamins are hiding in your Thanksgiving meal and what they are good for!

Vitamin A
What it does:
• Good for your eyesight
• Helps you see in the dark
• Helps fight infections
• Helps bone growth
Where it hides: milk, cheese, eggs, liver, fish oil, yellow fruits, dark-green & yellow veggies.
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: collard greens, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mac n’ cheese, apple pie, pumpkin pie

Let’s highlight that pumpkin pie! Pumpkin is especially packed with vitamin A which is great for your peepers, so enjoy that brightly colored fruit (yes, it’s really a fruit)!

B Vitamins
What it does:
• Help make red blood cells
• Help make energy and release it
Where it hides: whole grains (wheats and oats), fish and seafood, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, leafy green veggies, beans and peas, citrus fruits
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: turkey breast, ham, fruit salad with citrus fruits

Most of you are probably having turkey breast. It’s packed with vitamins B6 and B12 as well as nutrients including niacin, selenium, and zinc. Plus, turkey breast meat is one of the leanest proteins around!

Vitamin C
What it does:
• Keeps gums and muscles healthy
• Helps heal cuts
• Helps body resist infection
Where it hides: citrus fruits and juices, berries, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, cantaloupe
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: collard greens, green bean casserole, brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, apple pie.

Not only do cranberries deliver vitamin C, but they’re serious superfoods that with antioxidants that boost your health and ward off disease.

Vitamin D
What it does:
• Makes strong bones and teeth
Where it hides: milk, egg yolks, fish
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: Some people put milk in their sweet potato and green bean casseroles

Vitamin E
What it does:
• Helps make red blood cells
• Keeps tissues in eyes, skin, and liver healthy
• Protects lungs from pollution
Where it hides: whole grains (wheat and oats), wheat germ, leafy green veggies, sardines, nuts, egg yolks
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: whole grain rolls, leafy green salad

Vitamin K
What it does:
• Enables blood to clot
Where it hides: leafy green veggies, pork, liver, dairy products
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: collard greens, dishes that contain dairy products

Those are the ins and outs of vitamins in your Thanksgiving meal!  Enjoy the feast!


Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac





Here are five fun facts about cranberries, an American native and a favorite seasonal ingredient in traditional holiday recipes.

  1. By November, nearly all of the cranberry crop has been harvested. Millions and millions of the little hard, tart ruby berries grown in the bogs of Cape Cod (Massachusetts), New Jersey, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, and the Maritime Provinces of Canada have been bagged fresh or earmarked for juice or canned sauce.
  2. The cranberry is a genuine Native American, Vaccinium macrocarpon, a member of the heath family and a relative of the blueberry and huckleberry.
  3. The Pequot Indians of Cape Cod called the berry ibimi, meaning bitter berry, and combined crushed cranberries with dried venison and fat to make pemmican.
  4. The Pilgrims and those who followed appreciated the wild berries but did not start to cultivate them until 1816, when a bog was planted and tended in Dennis on Cape Cod. By then, American and Canadian sailors on long voyages knew they could eat cranberries to protect themselves from scurvy—making them a cranberry counterpart to British “limeys.”
  5. Cranberry is a native superfood and good for you! They’re packed with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant compounds.

OK, this isn’t a fun fact but cranberries taste great! They add a unique burst of tart flavor to any dish—as well as glorious color.

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 22: ARE SWEET POTATOES YAMS?



Are sweet potatoes the same as yams? No… and yes. Here’s the scoop.


Literally and botanically speaking, the two are not related.

What are yams?

  • Yams are big tuberous roots that are a monocot (a plant having one embryonic seed leaf) and belong to the genus Dioscorea.
  • Yams are related to grasses and lilies, growing in tropical and subtropical countries that provide eight to ten months of warm weather to mature.
  • Yams can grow two to three feet long and some can weigh as much as 80 pounds.
  • According to horticulturist U. P. Hedrick, the word yam means “to eat” in the dialect of Guinea.

What are sweet potatoes?

  • Sweet potatoes are a dicot (a plant having two embryonic seed leaves) and are from the Convolvulacea or morning glory family.
  • In the United States today it is possible to find true yams in some urban Hispanic markets. However, most yams in the U.S. are actually sweet potatoes, and have a relatively moist texture and orange-colored flesh. Compared to sweet potatoes, yams are starchier and drier, whereas sweet potatoes are typically sweeter.


Both the yam and the sweet potato DO grow underground and have yellowish-orange flesh, but there the similarity ends. Yet the two became entwined in this country by household vernacular in part through the work of a publicity campaign. Earlier this century, sweet potato promoters attached the word yam to the deep orange, moist-fleshed varieties of sweet potatoes and left the words sweet potato to the smaller, yellowish, and drier-fleshed varieties.

The two types of sweet potato are interchangeable in cooking, but bring different tastes, textures, and colors to your plate. Centennial and Puerto Rico are two popular moist-fleshed (formerly called yam) varieties; Nemagold, New Jersey Orange, and Nugget have the lighter and drier (sweet potato) flesh.

Today it is common to find either or both words used in supermarkets, although sweet potato promoters wish we would all stop saying yam. The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission currently urges the world to spell “sweetpotato” as one word. But it’s an uphill battle. If your Mama called them yams, for certain you will, too.


Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

This Day In History for Nov. 22: Cutty Sark Is Launched (1869)

Cutty Sark Is Launched (1869)


Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the River Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development, which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion.

The opening of the Suez Canal (also in 1869) meant that steamships now enjoyed a much shorter route to China, so Cutty Sark spent only a few years on the tea trade before turning to the trade in wool from Australia, where she held the record time to Britain for ten years.[4] Improvements in steam technology meant that gradually steamships also came to dominate the longer sailing route to Australia, and the ship was sold to the Portuguese company Ferreira and Co. in 1895 and renamed Ferreira. She continued as a cargo ship until purchased in 1922 by retired sea captain Wilfred Dowman, who used her as a training ship operating from Falmouth, Cornwall. After his death, Cutty Sark was transferred to the Thames Nautical Training College, Greenhithe in 1938 where she became an auxiliary cadet training ship alongside HMS Worcester. By 1954, she had ceased to be useful as a cadet ship and was transferred to permanent dry dock at Greenwich, London, for public display.

Cutty Sark is listed by National Historic Ships as part of the National Historic Fleet (the nautical equivalent of a Grade 1 Listed Building). She is one of only three remaining original composite construction (wooden hull on an iron frame) clipper ships from the nineteenth century in part or whole, the others being the City of Adelaide, which arrived in Port Adelaide, South Australia on 3 February 2014 for preservation, and the beached skeleton of Ambassador of 1869 near Punta Arenas, Chile.

The ship has been damaged by fire twice in recent years, first on 21 May 2007 while undergoing conservation. She was restored and was reopened to the public on 25 April 2012.[5] On 19 October 2014 she was damaged in a smaller fire.[6]


Cutty Sark was ordered by shipping magnate John Willis, who operated a shipping company founded by his father. The company had a fleet of clippers and regularly took part in the tea trade from China to Britain. Speed was a clear advantage to a merchant ship, but it also created prestige for the owners: the ‘tea race’ was widely reported in contemporary newspapers and had become something of a national sporting event, with money being gambled against a winning ship. In earlier years, Willis had commanded his father’s ships at a time when American designed ships were the fastest in the tea trade, and then had owned British designed ships, which were amongst the best available in the world but had never won the tea race. In 1868 the brand new Aberdeen built clipper Thermopylae set a record time of 61 days port to port on her maiden voyage from London to Melbourne and it was this design that Willis set out to better.[7][8]

It is uncertain how the hull shape for Cutty Sark was chosen. Willis chose Hercules Linton to design and build the ship but Willis already possessed another ship, The Tweed, which he considered to have exceptional performance. The Tweed (originally Punjaub) was a frigate designed by Oliver Lang based on the lines of an old French frigate, built in Bombay for the East India Company as a combination sail/paddle steamer. She and a sister ship were purchased by Willis, who promptly sold the second ship plus engines from The Tweed for more than he paid for both. The Tweed was then lengthened and operated as a fast sailing vessel, but was considered too big for the tea runs. Willis also commissioned two all-iron clippers with designs based upon The TweedHallowe’en and Blackadder. Linton was taken to view The Tweed in dry dock.

Willis considered that The Tweeds bow shape was responsible for its notable performance, and this form seems to have been adopted for Cutty Sark. Linton, however, felt that the stern was too barrel shaped and so gave Cutty Sark a squarer stern with less tumblehome. The broader stern increased the buoyancy of the ship’s stern, making it lift more in heavy seas so it was less likely that waves would break over the stern, and over the helmsman at the wheel. The square bilgewas carried forward through the centre of the ship.[7][9] In the matter of masts Cutty Sark also followed the design of The Tweed, with similar good rake and with the foremast on both ships being placed further aft than was usual.[10]

A contract for Cutty Sark’s construction was signed on 1 February 1869 with the firm of Scott & Linton, which had only been formed in May 1868. Their shipyard was at Dumbarton on the River Leven on a site previously occupied by shipbuilders William Denny & Brothers. The contract required the ship to be completed within six months at a contracted price of £17 per ton and maximum weight of 950 tons. This was a highly competitive price for an experimental, state-of-the-art vessel, and for a customer requiring the highest standards. Payment would be made in seven installments as the ship progressed, but with a penalty of £5 for every day the ship was late. The ship was to be built to Lloyd’s A1 standard and her construction was supervised on behalf of Willis by Captain George Moodie, who would command her when completed. Construction delays occurred when the Lloyd’s inspectors required additional strengthening in the ship.[11]

Work on the ship was suspended when Scott and Linton ran out of money to pay for further work. Rather than simply liquidate the company, an arrangement was made for Denny’s to take over the contract and complete the ship, which was finally launched on 22 November 1869 by Captain Moodie’s wife. The ship was moved to Denny’s yard to have her masts fitted, and then on 20 December towed downriver to Greenock to have her running rigging installed. In the event, completing the ship meant the company’s creditors were owed even more money than when work had first been halted.[12]

Broadly, the parts of the ship visible above the waterline were constructed from East India teak, while American rock elm was used for the ship’s bottom. The keel (16.5 in × 15 in (42 cm × 38 cm)) had on either side a garboard strake (11 in × 12 in (28 cm × 30 cm)) and then 6 in (15 cm) planking decreasing to 4.75 in (12.1 cm) at 1/5 the depth of the hold. Teak planking began at approximately the level of the bilge stringer. All the external timbers were secured by Muntz metal (brass) bolts to the internal iron frame and the hull covered by Muntz sheeting up to the 18 ft (5.5 m) depth mark. The stem (15 in × 15 in (38 cm × 38 cm)) and sternpost (16.5 in × 15 in (42 cm × 38 cm)) were of teak while the rudder was of English oak. The keel was replaced in the 1920s with one constructed from 15 in (38 cm) pitch pine.[13] The deck was made of 3.5 in (8.9 cm) thick teak while the ‘tween deck was 3 in (7.6 cm) yellow pine. Her length was 212 feet 5 inches (64.74 m) with a draft of 21 feet (6.40 m) and a deadweight of 921 tons.[14]


The maximum logged speed for Cutty Sark was 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph). The speed of a sailing ship is not so straightforward as a steamship, as winds vary and a ship must tack when sailing into the wind, both requiring the crew to make constant adjustments to sails, so her speed also depended greatly on the skill of her captain and crew. Her greatest recorded distance in 24 hours was 363 nautical miles (672 km; 418 mi) averaging 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph), although she recorded 2163 miles[clarification needed] in six days, which given the weather over the whole period implied she had achieved over 370 nmi (690 km; 430 mi) some days.[16] By comparison, Thermopylaes best recorded 24-hour distance was 358 nmi (663 km; 412 mi). Cutty Sark was considered to have the edge in a heavier wind, and Thermopylae in a lighter wind.[17]


The ship was named after Cutty-sark, the nickname of the witch Nannie Dee in Robert Burns’s 1791 poem Tam o’ Shanter. The ship’s figurehead, the original of which has been attributed to carver Fredrick Hellyer of Blackwall, is a stark white carving of a bare-breasted Nannie Dee with long black hair holding a grey horse’s tail in her hand.[18] In the poem she wore a linen sark (Scots: a short chemise or undergarment[19]), that she had been given as a child, which explains why it was cutty, or in other words far too short. The erotic sight of her dancing in such a short undergarment caused Tam to cry out “Weel done, Cutty-sark”, which subsequently became a well known catchphrase. Originally, carvings by Hellyer of the other scantily clad witches followed behind the figurehead along the bow, but these were removed by Willis in deference to ‘good taste’. Tam o’ Shanter riding Meg was to be seen along the ship’s quarter. The motto, Where there’s a Willis away, was inscribed along the taffrail.[20] The Tweed, which acted as a model for much of the ship which followed her, had a figurehead depicting Tam o’ Shanter.[21]

Your can read more about the Cutty Sark here



  1. Jump up to:a b c d e f MacGregor, David R. (1983). The Tea Clippers, Their History and Development 1833–1875. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 978-0870218842.
  2. Jump up^ “Lloyd’s Register, Navires a Voiles” (pdf)Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 13 March2009.
  3. Jump up to:a b Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, 1870. Wyman & Sons. 1870. Retrieved 3 December2014.
  4. Jump up^ “1883–95 The Australian Wool Years”.
  5. Jump up^ “Cutty Sark: Queen reopens Greenwich tea clipper”BBC News. 25 April 2012.
  6. Jump up to:a b “Cutty Sark damaged in fire on deck”. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October2014.
  7. Jump up to:a b Lubbock, pp. 20–21[clarification needed]
  8. Jump up^ Dear, I.C.B; Kemp, Peter, eds. (2005). Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-860616-1.
  9. Jump up^ Villiers p. 17–19
  10. Jump up^ Lubbock, China Clippers, p. 291
  11. Jump up^ Brettle
  12. Jump up^ Mitchell, W H; Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London: Lloyd’s of London Press Ltd. p. 49. ISBN 1-85044-275-4.
  13. Jump up^ Platt, Alan; Waite, Simon T.; Sexton, Robert T. (February 2009). “The Cutty SarkSecond Keel and History as the Ferreira“. The Mariner’s Mirror. United Kingdom: The Society for Nautical Research. 95 (1): 8–10. doi:10.1080/00253359.2009.10657081(Subscription required (help)).
  14. Jump up^ “Jock Willis’ Specification for the Cutty Sark”John Sankey.
  15. Jump up^ Lubbock, BasilChina Clippers, pp. 295–296, account of a fast wool clipper crewman First published 1903 Charles Protheroe “Life in the Mercantile Marine” page 45.
  16. Jump up^ Lubbock, BasilCutty Sark, p. 9
  17. Jump up^ Lubbock, China Clippers, pp. 155–157




Astro Turkey!
How each star sign goes about the job of getting the turkey ready for Thanksgiving is, different, fun and interesting!

There’s no time to waste for an Aries, they want to get the show on the road and get things organized. Before you know it, they are off to get the Turkey. Stand by, because everyone will have a job to do, it will be a delegated affair. November 22, 2018: Don’t be too serious, it’s a day of togetherness and to reconnect.

If there’s a Taurus in the house, don’t even think about entering the kitchen without permission. They’re in control and you can expect nothing short of a gourmet delight, with stuffing and all the other goodies. November 22, 2018: Trust your instincts today, Taurus, and take a step back to watch the interaction between family.

The twins like to be prepared, so don’t be surprised when they come home with two turkeys. You just never know when someone will drop by, so the more turkey you have on hand the better. After all, then you’ll have turkey for the whole week! November 22, 2018: And an unexpected friend could actually drop by this year. So, expected the unexpected.

Does everyone have enough, there’s more turkey? Cancer sun sign people are great homemakers. They never forget anything, as well as making sure you have a second helping! If you are going to a Cancerian household you better not eat for a week, at least! November 22, 2018: Don’t apologize for spending extra time on how your home looks, it’s all part of the festivities.

In the Leo household, everything is big and grand. You’ll have the biggest, latest and greatest award-winning turkey Mr. or Mrs. Leo can find, even if it is imported. There are lashings of gravy and everything else that adorns a Thanksgiving table. November 22, 2018: Allow yourself to feel sentimental today, even if it does make you feel vulnerable.

Virgo is in charge of quality control. Never mind what it looks like, or the size, or where it came from, let’s get to the most important matter of a turkey – is it juicy and flavorsome? When Virgo is in charge, don’t mess with them. Stand back and let them take over. November 22, 2018: Leave the past in the past. The power and pleasure are in enjoying the moment.

The turkey has to look beautiful for a Libran to find it appetizing and more-ish. Yes, it might be the best turkey ever and cooked to perfection, but if it’s not displayed as a piece of art on the table it can lose its appeal and quickly. Don’t forget to buy the garnish! November 22, 2018: If it makes you feel better to be a little extravagant on the trimmings if you can, then do it.

A Scorpio may not have been involved in the buying or cooking of the turkey, but you can be sure that they will be on call to do the official taste test. There’s no doubt that a Scorpio knows best, so don’t cross them when a turkey is involved. November 22, 2018: You are a great organizer. Be prepared to step in to make sure the day goes to plan, but be careful not to step on anyone’s toes.

Whatever process the turkey goes through before it gets to the table, shopping cart, basted, baked, tasted and sliced, before any morsel of turkey touches anyone’s mouth, it will need to be blessed – Sagittarians are in charge of imparting the prayers! November 22, 2018:

When it comes to turkey for Thanksgiving Day, money is not an issue. Whatever it costs, a Capricorn will part with their hard-earned dollars. Capricorns are family oriented people and money is no object when it comes to a special day like this. November 22, 2018: You want everything to be right, but today, it is best to let go of your perfectionist attitude to allow others to help out.

Being a humanitarian, the Aquarian may be more concerned about how the turkey is treated, rather than the cooking process or how it tastes. If you’re in control of buying the turkey for an Aquarian, make sure you know the process of how it got to the market, before it gets to your table. November 22, 2018: Everyone has a point of view. You can’t please everyone, but you can agree to disagree.

If anyone appreciates a good Thanksgiving dinner, it’s a Piscean. You can expect to hear positive hmm, hmm sounds that let you know all is well. It doesn’t really matter how the turkey gets to the table as long as it does arrive and is extremely tasty! November 22, 2018: Even though there is a lot going on for you right now, it’s a holiday and a time to put aside everything else to be with those you love. Take some chill time.


Source: Jennifer Angel

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, Nov. 23




Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, Nov. 23

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Take up all the space you need Aries. After all, this is your world too. You thought you knew a close one really well, but choices they have made of late have left you having second thoughts.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Try not to cut corners in business today or it will come back on you. I know and you do too deep down inside, that you have taken far too much time away from your original plans to back down any more than you already have.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
There has not been just one problem affecting your personal life, but several and aspects suggest you still don’t really feel like you are actually getting anywhere. New beginnings are offered by a familiar face.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
There is a really social feel to your chart which could well see you saying yes to things you would normally run a mile from. This bravado you have adopted is good but also has its limitations. Find out what is and is not possible sooner rather than later.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Try not to confuse lust for love, or you will only end up with egg on your face. You would be far better to use your time and energy to work on finishing the work project which is causing such speculation. You’ve got this. Don’t back down.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
It’s time to look at the situations in your life from a new angle. If you are willing to be flexible, then others will be to. Truth is you have spent too much time listening to others and not enough listening to yourself.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
There seem to be an awful lot of barriers you have put up of late, which has made it harder for those who love you to help you. Knowing what you want financially is important for reasons you’ll find out within the next seven days.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
A change in your career you thought you wanted could well be better left to time. If not, you could end up looking slapdash to those who can take you on the next leg of your journey.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
The written word is really important right now and can make all the difference as to whether you succeed or fail in some sort of contractual matter. Geminis link to a foot you will be offered up the career ladder.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Someone wants attention and you are not giving it to them. Will they throw their toys out of the pram, or will they communicate with you in an adult and mature manner?

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Why aren’t you trusting your judgement? You of all signs should know that the most important leg of your journey is in you speaking from the heart and not just saying what you think others want to hear. Ring now for both confidence and clarity.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Financial matters have proved harder to deal with than usual and this has led to you telling a few white lies. Make sure you know how far is too far to go with those you are trying to push into your way of thinking.


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About The New Zodiac Sign, Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

The worldly adventurer of the horoscope wheel, Sagittarius energy inspires us to dream big, chase the impossible and take fearless risks.

divider-grayWhat the Sagittarius zodiac sign is all about:

Sagittarius is the ninth of the 12 signs of the zodiac, which begins its cycle late fall every year during Sagittarius season—which falls around November 22-December 21. Whether or not you have Sagittarius planetary placements in your chart, it’s important to understand the energy of this sign, as various planets travel (or “transit”) through Sagittarius all year long, activating this sign’s fiery energy for everyone, regardless of your Sun sign.

Symbol: The Archer or Centaur
Element: Fire
Ruling Planet: Jupiter — the planet of luck and expansion
Body Part: Hips, thighs
Good Day: Honest, fair-minded, inspiring, optimistic, enthusiastic, encouraging, dedicated
Bad Day: Argumentative, reckless, flaky, preachy, tactless, overconfident
Favorite Things: Dares, flirting, pets, pop music, international travel, laughter, karaoke, books, inspirational stories
What You Hate: Prejudice, routines, rules, being bored, taking things too seriously, the words “you can’t”
Secret Wish: To make the rules
How to Spot Them: Strong legs, laughing eyes, comedic facial expressions
Where You’ll Find Them: Organizing a talent show, publishing a tell-all ‘zine, cracking inappropriate jokes in the middle of a staff meeting, backpacking through South America
Keywords: Adventure, Travel, Expansion, Honesty, Outspokenness, Wisdom

divider-graySagittarius: The Archer/Centaur

Ruled by the straight-shooting Archer, Sagittarius energy manifests through enlightenment, travel and truth-seeking. Curious Sagittarius makes us hunger to expand and learn, sending us on adventures to determine the meaning of existence. Philosophical Sagittarius rules higher learning and university settings. It inspires scintillating symposiums and discussions on the deeper aspects of life. Restless, globetrotting Sagittarius loves the great outdoors. Under its influence you might camp under the stars or play urban explorer in a bustling new city. While enthusiastic Sagittarius helps us take risks and big leaps of faith, we can bite off more than we can chew. Under this sign’s influence, we need to know our limits. Otherwise, we can get excited about starting new projects, but fail to follow through. The essence of Sagittarius energy is honest, fair-minded, inspiring, optimistic, enthusiastic, encouraging, and dedicated. Negative expressions of Sagittarius energy can be argumentative, reckless, flaky, preachy, and tactless. What’s most brilliant about Sagittarius, though, is its indefatigable thirst for adventure. With this optimistic sign at the helm, every moment of life can feel like pure magic!

Sagittarius Element: Fire

Sagittarius is one of the three zodiac signs ruled under the fire element. The other two fire signs are Aries and Leo. Since Sagittarius is the third and final fire sign, it harnesses Aries’ trailblazing and Leo’s fiery leadership into a cosmic supernova of universal wisdom and action. Sagittarius is the inspirer and eternal optimist of the zodiac, challenging us to go big and seek limitless possibilities. Under the influence of a Sagittarius planetary cycle, we may feel pumped to travel, learn, connect across cultures and expand our horizons. Prepare to collect some passport stamps as this fiery sign loves to blaze a trail from Bali to Burma to Boston and beyond!

divider-graySagittarius Ruling Planet: Jupiter

Sagittarius is ruled by expansive Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. As a result, this sign can be “larger than life.” Jupiter is one of the gas giants, and indeed, overconfident Sagittarius energy can seem full of hot air at times. Leaping without looking is a Sagittarius habit. Luckily, fortunate Jupiter helps us land on our feet. But it’s not without a few bumps and bruises (also known as “life lessons” in the Book of Sag). Jupiter was the most widely revered god in ancient Roman times, often referred to as Jupiter Optimus Maximus (literally translating to “all good” and “all powerful”). Not surprisingly, his was the largest temple in Rome. Sagittarius desires the biggest and best, at times to the point of excess and indulgence. In fact, Jupiter was the mythic god of the feast. People with Sagittarius in their charts may quickly expand in girth. Hedonism and decadence without limit can make Sagittarius energy too much of a good thing.

divider-graySagittarius: A Mutable Sign

The zodiac signs are grouped into three “qualities” or “triplicities”: cardinal, mutable and fixed signs. Sagittarius is one of the four mutable signs. These signs end every season—and have learned the hard lessons taught by spring, summer, fall and winter. The mutable signs—Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces—know that all good things come to an end, and their role is to prepare everyone for the changing of seasons. Mutable signs are the adapters of the zodiac, a little bit older and wiser. More flexible and comfortable with change than other signs, they can “chameleon” themselves to fit into a variety of situations. Mutables are also the editors of the zodiac—the ones who complete the package with a winning touch. A plan can be sparked by a cardinal sign, built by a fixed sign, then perfected with the critical eye of a mutable sign.

divider-graySagittarius People: What They’re Like

Send in the clowns! Witty Sagittarians can be some of the funniest and most entertaining people you’ll meet. They have a gift for seeing the absurdity of human nature and turning it into comic material. Yet, Sagittarians can also be wise and philosophical, revealing perspectives you might not otherwise see. This sign is ruled by the Centaur, a half-human, half-horse mythical creature. From the waist up, these knowledge-seekers are reaching for the highest truth. From the waist down…it’s all animal instinct and restless hooves. (It’s not easy being the ruler of ethics and the hips and thighs!) Busy Sagittarians have a million friends, projects and irons in the fire. As a result, they may not be the most reliable day-to-day allies. But if you have a five-alarm crisis, they’ll rush in for an epic save, even if you haven’t seen them in years. Time and distance are irrelevant to this sign—they have friends in every port, and if they connect with you, that’s all that matters. Personal development falls under the Sagittarius domain. They’re always up for meeting in a far-flung locale, taking a road trip or joining you for a weekend workshop. Falling for a Sag? Proceed at your own risk. While they can be deeply loyal and monogamous, these explorers must first sow their oats. Sagittarius is known as the “bachelor” sign. These natural risk-takers love to take on dares, and are shameless flirts to boot. You might find them organizing a talent show, rocking the karaoke mic, standing in an airport line, publishing a tell-all blog, or cracking bawdy jokes in the midst of a meeting.

divider-grayFamous Sagittarius People & Celebrities:

Brad Pitt, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Sia, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Jay-Z, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ian Somerhalder, Vanessa Hudgens, Rita Ora, Trey Songz, Jake T. Austin, Scarlett Johannson, Christina Aguilera, Jake Gyllenhal, Chrissy Teigen, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Manolo Blahnik, Gianni Versace, Joseph Stalin

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