A woman climbing a mountain.

Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign with an adventurous zest for life — so it should be no surprise that this zodiac sign’s symbol is a centaur holding a bow and arrow. In mythology, centaurs were all about living life to the fullest. Sagittarius, one of the most energetic signs of the zodiac, is full of passion and childlike curiosity. They’re also tell-it-like-it-is honest and as changeable as the wind.

While most people know Sagittarius for being free-spirited, they’re more than that. Here’s what you need to know about the Sagittarius personality type

Adventure-seeking Sagittarians seek everything life has to offer.

Sagittarius is a fearless sign that ranks very high on the risk-taker scale, alongside Aries, Leo and Scorpio. They are thirsty for adventure and powered by adrenaline, often engaging in risky activities like rock climbing and bungee jumping. The sign most likely to eat the local “delicacy” their travel buddies won’t touch? Sagittarius. 

Independence guides their lifestyle. These types are free-wheeling and because they’re so hard to pin down, it isn’t surprising that Sagittarians can struggle with commitment. You may have difficulty getting a Sagittarius person to settle on plans, let alone settle down in a partnership. When they do commit to a relationship, it’s likely to be with someone who respects their need for independence enough to let them be. 

Sagittarians have an endless thirst for knowledge.

What goes well with all that adventure? Some good old-fashioned curiosity. Sagittarians overflow with a passion for learning and life, and their inquisitive nature keeps them seeking answers. It isn’t unusual to find your Sagittarius friend philosophizing and engaging in deep intellectual discussions. In fact, the Sagittarian’s wide breadth of knowledge might surprise and intimidate you. 

This child-like curiosity feeds Sagitarrians in their daily pursuits — they want to discover new things and knowledge. Sagittarius people are often natural creators. They seek to understand something deeply, and sometimes this requires innovation of their own brand.

Their friends might describe them as optimistic, funny and open-hearted.

If you know a Sagittarius, you’ll recognize them by their humor. Sagittarians try not to take life too seriously and live with an infectious, fun-loving attitude. Part of what makes Sagittarius so funny is their lack of filter, but their optimism also helps them intuit when the people around them could use a hearty laugh. 

Because Sagittarius people are so optimistic, others might see them as a touch naïve, but that’s not the case. Instead, Sagittarians want to trust people and find the silver lining in each storm cloud. It’s a choice and it’s their nature, not ignorance.

A Sagittarian will always tell it to you straight, even when the truth hurts. But far from being cold, these personality types are generous, kind and capable of empathizing with others. Don’t mistake their brutal truths for callousness — that’s not their intention, and when they are honest with you, it’s out of love. 

Sagittarians are movers and shakers with strong personalities.

Ambitious and driven to make a splash, Sagittarius people would rather take the lead than follow in someone else’s footsteps. These fire signs are natural movers and shakers and, when they engage with something they are passionate about, they’re inspiring. Some famous boundary-breaking Sagittarians include Taylor Swift, Tina Turner, Miley Cyrus, Brad Pitt, and Tyra Banks.

Because Sagittarians tell it like it is, sometimes their mouths can get in the way. They might sound arrogant or pretentious if they’re not careful. Sagittarius would benefit from stepping back and admitting they don’t know everything, even when they think they do.

Sagittarians are not afraid of brutal honesty. 

The most notorious Sagittarius trait is their honesty. Sagittarians don’t sugarcoat and they never will. Because they have no filter when voicing their opinion, Sagittarians may unwittingly hurt someone’s feelings or come off as harsh.

People who ask a Sagittarius for their opinion should expect complete honesty, not niceties. Of course, it isn’t their intention to hurt feelings or make someone uncomfortable. It’s simply that these fire signs don’t understand why anyone would say anything other than the whole truth. 

Which of the 16 personalities is a Sagittarius most likely to be? 

Sagittarius matches a couple of the 16-type personalities best. They are outgoing (a trait associated with Extraversion), spontaneous (a trait associated with Perceiving), and adept at making connections other people might miss (a trait associated with Intuition). This leaves two matching types — the ENTP personality and the ENFP personality

Like Sagittarius, the ENTP personality lives for discoveries and new experiences. ENTP also shares the infectious sense of humor and innate curiosity that Sagittarius has.

ENFP also matches the Sagittarian’s energetic personality and enthusiasm for new ideas. If you make decisions based on feelings and relationships, this personality may be a good fit.

Some people also match Sagittarius with ESFP, which makes sense as the ESFP is the life of the party and seeks out all the pleasures of life. 

Which Enneagram is a Sagittarius most likely to be?

Because Sagittarians want to experience life’s pleasures and explore the world, the Enneagram type they’re most likely to be is Enneagram Type 7. Type 7, “The Enthusiast,” is unceasingly optimistic and curious, and their deepest fear is missing out on the good things in life. FOMO drives Type 7 to seek new experiences. Meanwhile, their core motivation is to avoid feeling bored, sad or experiencing negative emotions.

While these personality types seem to fit Sagittarius the best, it’s important to remember everyone is different and you may have any personality type combinations. My mother, for instance, is a Sagittarius, a Type 7 and an ENTJ.

Summing up the Sagittarius personality type

Oh, to feel the wind in your hair and the rush of adventure! Sagittarius, you’re the true explorer of the zodiac, and you’ll stop at nothing to ensure you get your fill of life’s pleasures. But you’re more than free-spirited. Your limitless optimism, honesty, leadership qualities and wild sense of humor make you a formidable presence. Embrace what makes you unique, and remember you’re as strong as that centaur with the bow and arrow.

Cianna Garrison
Cianna Garrison holds a B.A. in English from Arizona State University and works as a freelance writer. She fell in love with psychology and personality type theory back in 2011. Since then, she has enjoyed continually learning about the 16 personality types. As an INFJ, she lives for the creative arts, and even when she isn’t working, she’s probably still writing.