DEATH / SCORPIO
Transformation through surrender
Dia de los Muertos is a time when the living entertain the dead, and allows people to feel a sense of community in the face of the ultimate mystery. Graveyards are filled with flowers and candles, fruit, bread and candy, and people keep vigils, staying awake the night. In Mexico, Catholic rites mixed with Aztec, Maya, and Tzotzil rites, rather than supplanting them.
Dia de los Muertos mixes reverence for the departed, revelry to greet them when they come to visit, and mockery in defiance of Death itself.
- All life is "suffering" in the sense of being separate from God's Bliss
- Suffering arises from craving and desire
- To stop desire is to stop suffering
- The end of desire can be attained by following the Eightfold Path
When the last rose of summer pricks my finger,
and the hot sun chills me to the bone,
when I can't hear the song for the singer,
and I can't tell my pillow from a stone.
from the Tibetan Book of the Dead:"Do not let your mind wander. Listen carefully, for this is the hour of your death. Use death as an advantage, the opportunity to achieve Buddhahood. Do this by keeping your mind clear of all thought except thoughts of love and goodness.
You are facing The Primary Clear Light. Be alert and attentive to all that happens. You can now see and hear ultimate reality, the all-good, the dharmakaya, the first state of Buddhahood. Your mind is no longer restricted to your body. It can join with the great stream of universal consciousness. It can be one with the unborn, with perfect enlightenment, with Buddhahood. Know that life is unreal and death is also unreal. Only what you experience is real. It alone is the Truth, the Light."
...and like the baseless fabric of this vision, the cloud capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea all which it inherit-- shall dissolve--And like this insubstantial pageant faded, leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. (The Tempest; Act IV, Sc. I)
From the Upanishads:
"There is a light that shines beyond all things on Earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our heart."
Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7
October 23rd to November 22nd.
Ruled by Mars and Pluto.
Delver or demon.
Fixed Water. Emotion, sensation, power, communication, ideas, depth, all concerns of water, solidify in Scorpio, into the powerful, well-defended, intense, passionate, physical being. Scorpio is the beginning of winter, when the plants all appear to die. Scorpio influences in the chart (Eighth house, or planets in Scorpio) create an emphasis on transmutation of power. This can manifest as deep, satisfying relationships and a rich enjoyment of a creative, spiritual life.
Scorpio, when active in the chart, is intelligent, perceptive, aggressive, agile, secretive, intense, calculating, guarded, competitive, able to make quick decisions, energetic, intuitive, controlling, healing, talented, affectionate, responsive, has "animal magnetism," ages well, purposeful, self-directed, faces adversity, a reformer, quick witted, open minded yet conservative, strategist, discriminating, witty, demands proof, charming, vibrant, artistic, loves debate, daring, undaunted, hardworking, articulate, persuasive, resourceful, philosophical, has a strong sense of self and purpose, dignified, passionate, shrewd, has mechanical/technical ability, attracted to mystery.
Unfavorable Scorpio can be jealous, phobic, over-possessive, likes to provoke problems and crisis, uses people, vengeful, resentful, spiteful, sadistic, sarcastic, mocking, cold blooded, keeps grudges, too quickly imtimate, brooding, coldly critical, deceptive, paranoid, impatient, sexually driven without fulfillment, argumentative, crude, arrogant, combative, selfish, bad with money, a back stabber, angry, depressed, an extremist, or tricks people for fun.
Scorpio needs purpose, direction, and goals. More than most, it becomes frustrated, wasteful, and even destructive when aimless or bored. It can become obsessive, sexually extreme, depraved, power-mad, vicious, manipulative, misogynistic or misanthropic, merciless, antisocial, malicious, ruthless, selfish, vindictive, cruel, and brutal.
Its "Teflon" shell makes Scorpio especially image-conscious. Scorpio is very cautious about its dignity. When this is reversed, we see displays of malicious vulgarity, or deliberate efforts to subvert the Dignified.
Scorpio feeds on the emotion of others, getting beneath surface appearances and probing for secrets and intrigues, while at the same time cloaking its own feelings and intentions. Scorpio is penetrating and impenetrable at the same time. Because of this emotion-controlling, others feel at a disadvantage sometimes, wanting a freer give and take. Scorpio should lighten up, and wear it's heart on its sleeve sometimes. Be ingenuous, not disingenuous.
(See Key 0, The Fool)
Domains of Scorpio are anything requiring focus, passion, and endurance: Medicine, law, engineering, physics, teaching, art, music, mysticism, meditation, emotional arenas, power struggles, coercive or militaristic environments, teaching, and philosophy.
Scorpio, when active in the chart, can bring compulsive behavior, and a drive to control people and situations. Taurus, Capricorn, and Cancer share these traits, but Scorpio and Capricorn are most apt to take them to extremes.
Scorpio enjoys having power over others, like its opposite, Taurus, but much more. The Scorpion's strategy is to penetrate, while the Taurus approach is to permeate. (Taurus is Venus ruled - Scorpio is Mars ruled).
Scorpio, ruled by Mars, is the masculine force, stripped of niceties, even though it is considered a feminine sign (each alternates). Scorpio wants to control, to take charge of things, to plant itself into its subjects, to extend itself outward into its environment.
Since its discovery, Pluto has been given rulership of Scorpio; it is seen as the higher octave of Mars. Pluto takes Martian/Aries urgency to a higher level, to the "big picture." Pluto is the mortality/death aspect of Scorpio, showing the soul the gates of infinity, and presenting a deadline for working out the soul's karmic issues. Pluto empowers too, with its "life or death" determination.
Scorpio is "eye-intense" - it penetrates and acquires - exercise of power for its own sake - Power is its own justification.
Scorpio is a predator by instinct. It is archetype of predators in general; sharks, piranhas, tigers, birds of prey, spiders, or humans.
Like Cancer's crab, Scorpio is symbolized by a primitive, hard-shelled creature. But the Scorpion is a land animal, showing its movement up the ladder, which we see it doing in Key 18, The Moon [Pisces].
The Scorpion, actually a member of the spider family (arachnidae), besides having a spider's eight legs, also has it's tail, and the two "lobster" claws. (These claws are actually modified and greatly enhanced mouth parts). That means TEN appendages, each one articulate and dangerous. The Scorpion can be lighting fast, or stealthy as a snake, and has ten long "fingers" to control with. (Eight eyes, too).
Scorpio is also given the image of an eagle. The Lower Octave of Scorpio crawls on the ground, and the Higher Octave flies to the sun.
Another Scorpio image is of the eagle and a snake.Nomadic Aztecs had ancient legends that told them to settle where they found an eagle with a serpent in its beak. The prophecy was fulfilled in Anahuacalli, the Valley of Mexico, by the shores of lake Texcoco in 1325, in the place that is now Mexico City.
Scorpio is the deep water of the ocean, or a frozen glacier.
Giant deep-sea isopod; Bathymous sp. - 20cm./8" - Habitat: 1000 m./3,280 feet depth; temperature 1?C / 32? Fahrenheit.
Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces influences all can bring problems with addiction, psychological imbalance, and isolation.
Lessons for Scorpio include being open, frank, communicative, generous, guileless, letting others take the lead occasionally, right use of power, and setting spiritual goals.
Scorpio rules the genitals.
For Scorpio, the Shadow takes an ironic form, since Scorpio's domain is the shadow, of having obvious flaws that you are oblivious to. For all your control, in a way you cannot see, you have a great vulnerability. The shadow manifests as people becoming impassive with you, digging their heels in, and refusing to perform for you. Work with your shadow, and the people you project it onto, by opening up yourself, and revealing your intense candour, that others find so endearing. The more you deny your Shadow, the more it will manifest itself and attract what you will interpret as disruption or pain.
The Eighth house has the character of Scorpio: planets in this house are concerned with Power; in mundane astrology the 'house of inheritance-' the deeper meaning is 'use of power in relation to others.' Relational power dynamics, and manipulating them, is Scorpio's passion. This house shows sexual issues, manner of death, inheritance, psychic ability, possessions, and financial conditions. The 8th house is the end of the "Cult of Personality" trend of the second four signs.
The water triplicity is Scorpio (fixed), followed by Pisces (mutable), and then Cancer (cardinal).
In the natural order of the signs, Scorpio is water, preceded by Libra (air), and followed by Sagittarius (fire).
The opposite axis, or antidote to Scorpio, is Taurus.