Tuesday, February 19, 2008



"Then it doesn't matter which way you walk," said the Cat.

"-So long as I get somewhere,"

Alice added as an explanation.

"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat,

"if you only -walk long enough."

She's not always going to say the kind of things you want to hear. Most of the time,
she'll curl your sideburns with her remarkable, flat statements and her embarrassing
questions. But now and then she'll say something so special and splendid it will
make you feel like singing.

You may need a sample. Scene: Coffee shop. You've just gotten up the courage to
tell her you love her, but before you can say it, she looks at you with wide-open,
guileless blue eyes-or forthright, steady brown ones- and asks you curiously, "How
do you feel about being so short? Does it make you neurotic or anything?" While
you're gulping, trying manfully to recover, she'll add, "You shouldn't care about it.
Lots of men were short. Like Napoleon. And Fiorello LaGuardia." That's almost
adding insult to injury, but before you get a chance to walk out, thinking no woman
ever deserved such ungallant treatment more, shell muse dreamily, "I hate men who
look like bean poles. You're perfect. I noticed when we were walking over here
tonight-we measure just right together."

Sit back down. You're staying. For a long time. A friendly, frank Sagittarius girl has
just wound herself around your heart with her own, peculiar brand of charm. She'll
always be a little outspoken, because she sees the world exactly as it is, even while
she's wearing those ridiculous, rose-tinted glasses. That, you must admit, is quite a
talent. It's not everyone who can apply clear, reasonable logic to every situation, and
retain the happy faculty of believing things will get better or else deciding to accept
them^or what they are.

Sagittarius females are regular Pollyannas. It will cut when she tells you she wishes
you would make more money, but then she'll add, "Of course, too much money can
make people selfish. Maybe it's lucky that you're poor." Admittedly, it's sort of a
left-handed optimism, but you'll get used to it. This girt will never lie to you. Some-
times, you may wish she would. Show curiosity about how she spends the nights
you're not with her, and you'll get a detailed, perfectly honest report of the letters
she writes to that handsome intern she met last summer on her vacation and how
many dates she turns down on the phone. She may even relate her troubles with
insomnia, brought on when she lies awake at night wondering if maybe what she
feels for you is friendship instead of love. You'll feel like yelling at her, "For Pete's
sake, lie a little once in a while, can't you? A man has his pride." Don't yell too loud.
You'll offend her, and she's not exactly noncombustible herself. Sagittarius girls
have been known to fly into some pretty fiery rages.

She will probably live alone. Sagittarius girls are very • independent, and both sexes
have a strange aloofness to family ties. Maybe it's because they travel so much, they
don't get home often enough to get to know their families well. Even if they only

travel to the movies and girl friends' houses, they're restlessly on the go. I don't

to frighten you, but I once knew a Sagittarius woman so unaware of the nuances of
family relationships that she invited her rejected beau to come along on her
honeymoon with her new husband. The poor thing looked so lonesome. He said he'd
pay his own way. Why are you looking at her like that? Did she do something

There's one thing you'll have to learn right away, or the relationship will never get
off the ground. When you want her to do something, ask her. Don't tell her. The
cave man technique went out with Tarzan and Jane, as far as she's concerned. She
enjoys being protected, but she doesn't want to be ordered around. Not even her
mother gets away with that. Who are you, that you should top her mother? She may
have an Aries mother, and if a Mars woman can't boss her around, no male on earth
is going to do it. However, there's a queer twist to her nature. Although she dislikes
being bossed, especially in public, when she's testing you for firmness, be firm.
Jupiter women can't stand weak, wishy-washy men. If she gets too high-spirited and
her clever tongue gets too sarcastic, or she threatens some action that really

you, give her a light touch of the Tarzan treatment. Just enough to keep her in line.
Like "You do that and I'll break your neck." She may react with surprising
meekness if she thinks you're serious. A Sagittarius female has no in-tendon of
giving up her individuality for any male, but she kind of likes to know you think of
her as a girl.

j She may confuse you, but that's nothing to what she does | to herself. Many a
Sagittarius girl mistakes friendship for | love and love for friendship. If you're one of
those old-| fashioned men who prefer evasiveness and timidity in your i women,
you'd better look for another Bingo partner. This young lady has bright, frank ways
with men, and she's not going to play any silly games of "Guess how I feell" or
"Guess what I think!" How she feels and what she thinks are identical with how she
acts and what she says. Her outspoken bluntness naturally causes misunderstand-
ings, and a good share of fiery battles, let alone hurt feelings, but it doesn't crush

spirit. Jupiter pride comes to the surface and rescues her in a crisis, allowing her to
pass off her heartache as the biggest joke of the season. Inside, she may be

but she'll employ such clever wit in answering the questions of friends about the
break that they'll decide the whole affair was a harmless flirtation on her part. Little
will they guess how she soaks her pillow every night, wondering what she could
possibly have said that fractured everything. It might have been when she told him
not to stop by her apartment the time he called from the lobby around midnight-
because she was "busy talking with a man who had a few problems." Actually, the
man was her brother-in-law, but with the peculiar Sagittarius twist of leaving out the
core of the story, she neglected to mention that. Why should she have to explain
herself? (All Sagittarians show a raging, righteous anger when their integrity is
doubted.) Or it could have been when he asked her if she minded him bringing his
little sister along to the movies and she blurted out, "Gosh, I hope that doesn't mean
she's going to be hanging around all the time when we're married." She may have
sincerely liked the young girl, but the natural Sagittarian fear of being suffocated by
in-laws brought on her thoughtless and forthright statement. Now she misses his

sister as much as the man, but it's too late to explain what she meant. Besides, no
one would understand.

Impasses like this are impossible for her to fathom, for all her logical mental
processes, and often lead the Jupiter girl into a never-never land of romance, not
knowing where the fire might flame up, or why, and afraid of being burned when it
does. Then she'll play it too cool and be unable to take anyone seriously, least of all
herself. She'll flirt openly, but without any intention of making it a lasting or a
forever thing, and gain the reputation of a cold heartless female. A fire sign is never
cold or heartless, but then there are a lot of astrologically ignorant men out there
who don't know that. If such a state of affairs should happen to lead to spinsterhood,
she certainly won't be a dry and bitter old maid. She'll still clown with life and have
a barrel of fun. She'll have a dozen interests to replace a man-and enjoy every one


Of course, you're not interested in a Sagittarian spinster. You plan to make one your
wife someday. (At least, I hope you have honorable intentions. This poor girl has
enough problems without you setting out to seduce her.) Let's stop dwelling on
promiscuity, and think about marriage. Like the male Sagittarian, she's a little
skittish about wedlock. You'll need to use some bright, colorful pieces of tinsel as
bait to get her pinned down (to accepting your proposal, that is). She's breezy and
unconventional in her relationships with men. Since she considers herself your
equal, she may copy your mannerisms, as well as wear your sweater. If she also
likes sports and camping, as lots of Sagittarian females do, you may have trouble
distinguishing her from the boys. But she's not the same. For one thing, your
sweater looks different on her. Not that Jupiter women are offensively masculine by
nature. They can be the softest, most feminine women you ever squeezed. It's just
that she pals around with so many men you get used to seeing her in the crowd-
everywhere but in the . steam room and the gym. Since she's so scrupulously honest
and aboveboard, she may be a little careless of her reputation and contemptuous of
the hypocrisy demanded by society. If you question her about it, she'll be plain-
spoken. She'll probably t«U you that waltzing in at midnight doesn't indicate
promiscuity any more than coming home at a more conventional hour indicates
innocence. She knows her morals are above reproach, and that's all that matters.
Naturally she's dead wrong. What other people think matters very much to a female
reputation. But try to understand her attitude. Don't think she's fast and loose just
because she laughs at a few jokes, usually without the slightest idea of what they're
all about (the subtlety of the double-entendre often escapes Sagittarius). So- she
stays up to watch the sunrise from the George Washington Bridge (or from the top
of a silo, if you live in the country)-that doesn't mean she's the wildest girl in town.

The truth is, she's a trusting child at heart. Her outlook is so naive it makes her
vulnerable to wolves, con artists and phonies (though oddly enough, not in other
areas, just in romance). Forget about how cleverly she argues and how startlingly
logical she can be. All that has nothing to do with her heart. Her mind isn't under
discussion. It's bright and intelligent, and well able to take care of itself in any

emergency. But her heart is defenseless. It falls down and gets bruised quite often.

That's another thing. She's slightly clumsy. At times when the Sagittarius girl strides
down the street like a thoroughbred horse, you'll think she's the most graceful
woman you've ever watched-until she stumbles on a crack in the sidewalk,
awkwardly grabs the awning over the fruit stand to catch her balance and upsets two
crates of oranges. The owner may swear a little, but hell soon shrug his shoulders,
tell her to skip it, and hand her some grapes. The sunny Sagittarian disposition can
melt the hardest hearts. Now and then, this girl will remind you of a clumsy puppy
dog, wagging its friendly tail, and walking all over your feet. But then friendly
puppy dogs do get lots of people to love them and feed them. Of course, dogs are a
little cheaper to feed. The typical Jupiter girl has a large appetite. She likes good
food and wine, nice clothes, and when she travels, she likes to go first class.
Sagittarians are extravagant by nature (unless the Moon is in Capricorn or there's a
Virgo ascendant). Money for the sake of money doesn't interest them, and it takes
quite a bit of training to teach most of them the meaning of a dollar bill. Check her
ascendant carefully before you loan her your credit card.

The Sagittarian girl you're involved with may be in show business, because lots of
them are drawn by the lure of the footlights. If so, start out on the right foot by
expecting her to put her career first, until she tires of it. The sweet sound of
applause and the thrill of the encore will ring in her ears with more conviction than
all the romantic phrases you can conjure up. Never force her to choose between
pleasing you and the excitement of pleasing whole gobs of people at once with her
sunshine personality. After a while she'll grow disgusted with the hypocrisy and
artificial glitter she finds all around her in the world of show business, and she'll
come running home to try domesticity with someone who is real. You. Someone
who believes honesty is beautiful and deception is ugly. You again. Leaving a
career won't remove the wings from her heels forever. They were fastened there at
birth. The travel bug will always be nearby to give her a case of wandering fever.
Vacation with her when you can; otherwise let her go off to ride the carousel
herself, and trust her. She loves you, not the clowns and organ grinders she likes to
pass the time with.

Because of her casual attitude toward romance and her shyness of marriage, you
may think she's lacking in sentiment. You are so mistaken. She'll cry rivers at sad
movies and read poetry with wet eyes. She's probably saved every note you ever
wrote her, scraps of the flowers you bought her in the rain, and the tickets from the
hockey game where she met you.

As for her talent as a homemaker, be brave. And be patient. Sagittarius girls are
acutely bored by the confinement of dusting and mopping. No sooner does she
make a bed than it gets unmade. Gosh, you'd think the darned thing would stay neat
for a few days anyway, it was such a drag tucking in those sheets at the corners.
She'll hate it all with a purple passion. When she has a home of her own, however,
she'll probably swallow her distaste. She'll prefer that you get her a maid if you can
possibly afford one. If not, she'll doggedly keep it shining Her mother will never

believe it. That sloppy child waxing the coffee table? Impossible. Pride and the
eternal Sagittarius logic does it. She needs to be surrounded with beauty and
cleanliness to be true to herself. The message reaches her that, if she doesn't wipe

the linoleum, no one else will. If she was forced by circumstances to do a lot of
chores in childhood, she may rebel at first, but she'll eventually reason it out, and
settle down to sweeping the comers with a minimum of resentment.

Her cooking? Well-you can never tell. Maybe you'd iust better eat out on weekends.
If she manages decent 'neals through the week, you can't expect her to keep a per-
fect record on Saturdays and Sundays, too. Most Sagit-tarian women aren't exactly
ecstatic in the kitchen (unless there's a Taurus, Cancer or Capricorn ascendant).

she can whip up a mean, fancy dessert when she's trying to cheer you out of the
blues. Her own moods can be terrors, but they're rare, and they last so briefly you'll
hardly notice them. When she's really hurt, her tongue can be bitterly sarcastic. But
she'll forget what she said almost before she's finished the sentence, and she won't
understand why you want to dwell on it. This is not the woman for a brooding,
melancholy man. Gloom and pessimism, | can actually make her physically ill.

| Her children will probably adore her. Shell be their | buddy, and have a circus
playing with them. Once she's lover her initial fear of responsibility, she'll cope with
§ diapers and daily baths like a crisp, efficient nurse. Almost | everything she does
she does well, with grace, when she | finally decides to learn it. Just like the big
people, the little | ones will get a good dose of her cheerful optimism and |
outspoken remarks. If they survive her blunt truthfulness, | they'll grow up thinking
she's the greatest big sister a | kid ever had. She'll read them funny stories with
happy | endings, and take them on sudden, impulsive picnics in | the woods to look
for the three bears. (She half believes 8 they're hiding there herself.) Her

will probably be well-dressed, but not fussily so, and bright-mannered. If they pick
up a few unconventional tricks from her, like making footprint curtains by spreading
monk's cloth on the floor, stepping barefoot into yellow paint and walking across
the material-at least you won't be raising a houseful of conformists. Her honesty will
mark their characters. If they don't find those three bears after a careful search

all the fir trees, she'll probably tell them to forget it-it's a phony. But she will have
looked first. The child who wrote the editor of the New York Sun to ask if there was
really a Santa Claus just had to have a Sagittarius Sun sign. Moon or ascendant. She
probably raised her own children by the frank, yet idealistic answer of "Yes, Vir-
ginia . . ." The Jupiter mother may have to watch a tendency to be lax in discipline,
except when she's tired or angry. That's the wrong time for spankings.

Youll have a lovely hostess. No one entertains as graciously as a Sagittarian woman,
not even her Leo sisters, who are no slouches themselves in the social department.
There's a quality about her sunny, outgoing friendliness that makes people feel
deeply welcome, from the garbage man to your boss. A Sagittarian breaks the ice
instantly at the stiffest affairs, though she may raise a few eyebrows, too.

As long as you let her call her soul her own, and don't make her feel tied down, your
Sagittarius Pollyanna will give you a triple bonus: her loyalty, her trust and her

affection. The three are inseparable, because when she gives her love, her

trots right along beside it.

The Jupiter woman is an incurable idealist. And here's a secret perhaps she never
told you: She fell in love with you many years ago, when she was a little girl and
wished on the new Moon for someone to share her honest heart. There were lots of
times when she thought she had found you and was disappointed. But when you
finally came along, she knew you right away, because you were a gentle clown with
a dream or two of your own who took her hand and showed her the way to the stars.

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