Continuing on from our post from last week, we’re going to take a look at the sanguine temperament.
Sanguine is the temperament most associated with the springtime season and this time of year is classically thought of as moist becoming hot. This mirrors the seasonal changes pretty well as the rains and general moisture from the winter season still stick around, but the Sun’s reemergence and climb in the Southern sky begins to heat the Earth. These qualities of heat and moisture combine with the Aristotelian idea of Natural Place to make sanguine one of the more positive and desirable temperaments in classical astrology. According to the idea of Natural Place, air naturally seeks to rise and so the children of the sanguine temperament are naturally inclined to want to do and succeed and are typically self-motivated.
The planetary ruler of the sanguine temperament is Jupiter who is himself sanguine as his qualities are hot and moist. There is a lot of the jovial spirit in the sanguine person as they are very social and jolly with the predominating disposition being “joy” or otherwise contentment. Optimistic, happy-go-lucky, socially fluent, and supportive are all words that accurate describe the sanguine temperament. Of course it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, those with the sanguine temperament can also come off as very shallow and superficial as their knowledge of things and people is wide but not very deep. This can often cause them to come at odds with their peers and make them susceptible to feelings of shame and regret, but the sanguine are a forgiving lot and not one to let their optimism be crushed.
The moist quality brings a sense of connection and flexibility to this temperament that choler lacks. This is what differentiates the two as social and non-social as sanguine has that desire to connect while choler has the desire to be left alone. At the same time, heat provides an active quality and a sense of cheerfulness, optimism, and ambition that phlegmatic lacks. This differentiates the two temperaments as sanguine has a desire to seek out new opportunities to learn about people to meet, whereas phlegmatic lacks this and will continue to connect with the same people, places, or things over and over again.
Physically, sanguines will suffer from an overabundance of either heat or moisture, but tend to suffer most from moisture as it is their main quality. This especially can lead to obesity due to overeating and drinking. Sanguines have quite the sweet tooth and this needs to be tempered down by introducing a complimentary taste and promoting eating those types of foods and drinks to staunch that craving. Sanguine also tends to have difficulties with swelling (particularly around the joints) as well as fatty deposits on the body. Since the sanguine temperaments relates directly to the blood in classical medicine it can also suffer from blood disorders and impurities.
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