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Scorpio-Taurus: The Sacred Path of the Spiritual Warrior, Part 1

The enigmatic sign of Scorpio is associated with sex, death, rebirth, power and the deepest, darkest mysteries of the human psyche. Entering the world of Scorpio is not for the faint-hearted. It demands depth of focus, a sense of adventure, and great courage. Welcome to the soul journey of Scorpio: the sacred path of the Spiritual Warrior.

Scorpio must do battle, simply because it is time. Just like a chick has to peck its way out of the egg, because it is ready to be “reborn” into the next stage of its journey, so Scorpio must release herself from the trappings of the personality and be reborn to stand fully in her Soul-Light. In Esoteric Astrology, the Master DK explains that the soul does battle in two signs: the first is Leo and the second is Scorpio.1 In Leo we battle for our individuality. In Scorpio we experience the final battle, for our very Soul. There is no going back.

Scorpio is here to find the point of light in the darkness, to challenge the negativities of human ego and finally transform darkness into light. So is every Scorpio we meet an enlightened being? Not quite. Scorpio has a deep fascination with the darkest side of human nature – necessarily so, for it is her job to transform this very darkness into light. But before she can do this, she needs the illumination of her opposite sign, Taurus.

Scorpio is nothing if not courageous, and she really does dare to go where angels fear to tread. Your Scorpio friend may well have a fascination with sex, death, power and/or money, for she is here to deeply and thoroughly explore the path of desire so that she can understand and transcend it. The Scorpio Soul knows that we must fully embrace all aspects of our nature if we are to integrate soul and personality. Unfortunately, the realm of desire is where humanity can so often fall by the wayside.

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Christ’s teachings encouraged us to resist temptation. There is a reason for this. When we give in to temptation, it causes us to continue feeding habits that reinforce our egoic behavior patterns and keep us trapped in the illusion of ego. Traditionally these common habit-forming behaviors were described within the concept of the seven deadly sins: wrath (anger), greed , sloth (laziness), envy, pride, lust and gluttony. These traits (called by many names in different spiritual traditions, for example Buddhist teachings refer to “five hindrances”2) are the well-recognised obstacles to our spiritual progress. They distract us from discovering our soul’s living presence by keeping our attention on something outside of ourselves.

In The Labours of Hercules: An Astrological Perspective Hercules’ eighth labor represents the soul path of Scorpio.3 In this labor, Hercules is challenged to battle with the Lernean Hydra. The nine-headed Hydra represents nine faces of desire that we can meet (and be tempted by) on our spiritual journey. They are described as: sex, comfort, money, fear, hatred, desire for power, pride, separativeness and cruelty.

This is why our Scorpio friend can be fascinated with (and sometimes express) these tendencies, but to suggest that Scorpio is only concerned with the seedy, sordid side of life is a gross misunderstanding of the vital and very sacred soul path of Scorpio. It is in having the courage to face these darker aspects that Scorpio becomes fearless. No sweeping anything under the carpet when Scorpio is around! It is Scorpio’s job to look these issues squarely in the eye, so we can learn how to transform the darkest aspects of our human personality into light. It is no accident that the courageous and noble sign of Scorpio is associated with both priests and psychologists.

Aside from the Scorpion, the sign of Scorpio is also represented by the animal symbol of the Eagle, which in many Native American traditions is a symbol of Great Spirit. Indeed it is Scorpio’s destiny to plummet to the depths and then soar to the heights, bringing the darkness to the light. Revealing that which is hidden, so it may be transformed.

Keep your eye on the eagle; call down the fire;  do not look at the ground; be centered in divinity.  ~Alice A. Bailey3

Now we have some keys to understanding the soul-path of Scorpio, the need to do battle, and the nature of the “enemy.” The fully integrated Scorpio has mastery over the Kundalini energy – the spiritual fire that burns off all illusion, illuminating and clearing the pathway to our spiritual goal.

It is Scorpio’s job to transform desire into tangible spiritual energy, but before she can do this, she must have the illuminating wisdom of her opposite sign, Taurus. Without illumination, Scorpio becomes lost in a quagmire of confusion and ignorance. She is aware of desire and temptation but is lost in the darkness, without her light. Her light comes in the form of awareness, which she can only find by going within – entering into her own inner world.

Desire in Taurus becomes spiritual aspiration in Scorpio. The darkness of the experience in Scorpio becomes illumination in Taurus. ~Alice Bailey1

Scorpio’s compulsive urge toward conflict (remember the pecking chick?) needs to be directed toward her spiritual goals. It is Scorpio’s job to challenge everything in order to reveal the underlying truth of our spiritual nature, but for those on the receiving end of Scorpio’s intense questioning, it can feel like you’ve just been interrogated by the Spanish Inquisition! This is because the personality-centered Scorpio erroneously directs her energies outward toward others. The journey is within. The conflict is not with others, and they are not your enemy. The enemy is within, and it is in the nature of desire.

In Part 2, we will explore the key to Scorpio’s (and our own) salvation through following her passion to her heart’s desire!


Ruth

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Footnotes:
1. Esoteric Astrology, The wisdom of the Tibetan (Master DK), channelled through Alice A. Bailey.
2. Numbers and labels are arbitrary, and descriptions vary between systems, but human nature is the same everywhere. The point is to caution us about certain habits which can pull us so far off our spiritual path that we “sin” (in the original sense of the word of “missing the mark”) and miss the whole point of our existence. Taken to extremes, these are the very traits which can lead us into addiction and cause us to miss our spiritual purpose altogether.
3. The Labours of Hercules: An Astrological Perspective, by Alice A. Bailey

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Taurus-Scorpio, Part II: The Desire to Know and the Path of Illumination

Nice try, Taurus, but eating a chocolate Buddha won't substitute for meditation. Photo from Chocolate Deities of Redhook, NY.

Whereas Taurus’ opposite sign Scorpio is the first to dive headlong into confrontation, Taurus can dig in their heels and actively avoid confrontation to “keep the peace” (or just present a wall of stubborn silence).

Contentment and preserving the status-quo are the ego-traps of Taurus. The tendency to avoid making waves and to be content with material gain and/or sensual pleasures prevents you from asking the bigger questions, exploring your inner nature, and seeking higher knowledge. This keeps you stuck in “spiritul ignorance,” focused purely on mundane matters and not recognizing your own inner awareness.

The higher Divine vibration and illuminated nature of your Taurus Soul cannot be accessed from such a limited perspective. The deeper mystery of Taurus’s esoteric ruler, Vulcan, is hinting that we have the key to our own destiny: we really are forging our own path. The inner mysteries of Taurus are strongly connected to the development of the three kayas (three bodies of a Buddha) or, in other words, the light body.

As a Taurean Soul, you have an inner understanding of the process of involution – a necessary precursor to evolution – whereby Spirit incarnates into matter to have a physical experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience because of the energies of Taurus. They are the most mystical of energies. At its highest level of illumination, it is the sign of omniscience (all-knowing) and clairvoyance (clear seeing), so it is ironic that at the personality level, many Taureans keep yourselves spiritually limited by not aspiring to spiritual truth.

This is the Soul-path of Taurus in a nutshell: the transformation of desire into aspiration. To transform the desire for mundane sense-pleasures into the aspiration for spiritual truth. Yes, folks, it’s time to put down the chocolate and go meditate!

When you allow yourselves to simply be in meditation – for example, with the radiance of a flower – a deep inner knowing begins to dawn upon you. More than anyone, your Taurean Soul knows that your own physical body is both a Temple and a Universe. You know the beauty and radiance of the flower, felt at a very deep level, which connects with your own inner beauty and radiance until eventually there comes a recognition of the Divine within. As a Taurean Soul, you are learning to use your exquisite sensing capability to sense Divinity in all physical forms. This is how you sense and know beauty.

By being more inquisitive about the nature of your own inner world, you start moving towards Taurus’ opposite pole of Scorpio. This lifts you out of your comfort zone, beyond the doldrums of contentment, and cultivates your desire to know. The knowledge gained in Scorpio awakens and enlivens the higher vibration of Taurus. The full implications of your Taurean Soul Journey are hinted at in the Soul Keynote for Taurus:

“I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light.” 1

This refers to the opening of the inner eye, following which you see and understand the workings of the Universe. The Soul path of Taurus is to know and understand all the mysteries of the workings of the Universe by recognizing and directing your own inner light. The power of Taurus to illuminate was well-known in ancient times. The brightest star in the constellation of Taurus, Aldebaran, is commonly called the “eye of the Bull,” but it was also known in Ancient Mystery schools to be the “Eye Of Illumination.”2

Vulcan, Soul ruler of Taurus, shapes and forges primordial awareness into physical matter. This accounts for the dualistic inclinations of Taurean energy: will you direct your power and stamina outward toward the mundane, or inward toward the spiritual?

When the pristine, primordial, immature awareness of Aries (the “point of light in the mind of God” 1) first moves towards form3 in Taurus, as a result of desire, it is not yet known whether it will incline toward the mundane, become embroiled in the materialistic world and contribute to the “great illusion,” or whether it will incline towards a spiritual path and move to illumination. It could go either way. Will your journey be of benefit to all, or just benefit for yourself?

If you have Taurus strongly placed, it is very important for you to stay alert, aware, recognize your inner senses and make conscious choices to move toward the light moment by moment. This time of year, this not only applies to those with Taurus in their natal chart, but to the rest of us as well. During our annual “Taurus shower,” we all get to bask in the energies of potential illumination. Each one of us has the potential to become a Buddha (enlightened one). What we make of it is up to us. The spiritual path of Taurus is one from ignorance to illumination through a deep recognition of spiritual truth and the power to cultivate and direct spiritual energy into form.


Ruth

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Footnotes:

1. Esoteric Astrology, the wisdom of Djwhal Khul (Master DK) channelled through Alice Bailey.
2. Here is a great article exploring the mystery of Aldebaran: http://www.souledout.org/cosmology/highlights/aldebaran.html
3. Not necessarily physical form. The Soul can be considered to have a “form,” “character,” or “shape.”

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Taurus-Scorpio, Part I: The Desire to Know and the Path of Illumination

It’s time for another installment of Ruth’s inspirational series on the signs of the Zodiac from the perspective of esoteric astrology. Here, we have a look at the meaning of Taurus and its opposite sign, Scorpio. ~ Pat

Taurean content. © Pat Paquette, 2011.

In Part I, we look at the importance of Taurus’s opposite sign Scorpio in awakening Taurus to the treasures of the spiritual journey.

It is said that the Buddha had six planets (plus Chiron) in Taurus.1 It is believed that he was born under Taurus, passed in Taurus, and became enlightened in Taurus. Many important Buddhist festivals are celebrated during the time of Taurus. The highest vibration of Taurus is about revelation, illumination and enlightenment. It is a very mysterious sign, associated with the opening of the third eye.

Esoterically, the ruling planet of Taurus is Vulcan, which itself is hidden (a hypothetical planet once believed to be orbiting between the Sun and Mercury, Vulcan is used only in esoteric astrology.) Vulcan is the blacksmith of the Zodiac, and Master DK says that Vulcan either forges “the chains that bind us” or “the key that sets us free.”2 The choice between imprisonment in the material realm of “Samsara” (the cycle of death and rebirth) or liberation lies in the mysteries of Taurus.

At the personality level, Taurus has a tendency toward stubbornness. This is natural; as the fixed-earth sign, its purpose is to create stability. Anyone with a Taurean friend or relative will know the reassuring sense of stability we feel around our Taurean friends. The purpose of all “fixed” energy is to stabilise; however, the Soul purpose of Taurus relates to the deeper mysteries of “stabilising” spirit in matter.

As the vibration of Venus comes through Taurus at the personality level, most Taurean individuals are seen to be placid, peaceful and only stubborn if you try to push them in a direction they don’t want to go. As an earth sign, they are very much focused on the practicalities of life, so most Taureans are happy as long as the family is OK, everybody has enough food to eat and a roof over their heads, and the bills are paid. “Lazy” is not a word we would usually associate with Taurus – they can be very hard workers. Like the Bull, they plod and plod and plod, because they understand how to work steadily, make money, and cover the basics: to make sure their family’s basic needs are met. Then they are happy.

If you have Taurus Sun, Moon or Rising Sign (Ascendant), this Venusian effect means you need to have beauty in your surroundings. A beautiful home, beautiful garden and/or somewhere peaceful is more than just personal preference. For you, it is vital for your well-being. To be able to sit in a peaceful environment is very important, because you are affected by your physical surroundings. Anything disharmonious disturbs you, while beauty and harmony are therapeutic for you. This is because, like Libra, you also have an innate knowing of harmony and a strong affinity for beauty. Beautiful surroundings are very healing for you.

Beauty is simply harmony expressed in form (whereas Libra is concerned with harmony in all systems, Taurus’s knowledge of and concern with harmony is in its application to physical forms). You may also have an artistic streak, a beautiful voice, or at least a love and appreciation of music, because you understand harmonics. Some of my Taurean friends laugh at this (yes, you also have a great sense of humour) yet you decorate your homes and gardens with as much skill, care, attention, harmony and balance as any interior designer.

Where you can become lazy is intellectually and/or spiritually. The halls of academia are hardly filled with Taureans. You have a tendency to become content too easily, once your physical and comfort needs are met. Once you have material security and beautiful surroundings, you tend to relax and not go any further. While the Scorpios are busy packing their backpacks for the great spiritual adventure, you would rather stay home with the family in the garden with your feet up and a cocktail by the pool.

Taurus, like its polar opposite Scorpio, is on the path of Mastering Desire. But whereas Scorpio’s challenge is to tame their multiple desires, you have to cultivate the “Desire to Know.” Whereas Scorpio desires to dive deeply and intensely into the depths of the human psyche, your energy is the energy of primordial desire, desire for sense pleasures: beauty, harmony, comfort. This has to be cultivated into the desire to know, so that you can aspire to the highest vibration of enlightenment and illumination. The inquisitiveness and deep inner probing of Scorpio is needed for Taurus to realize that there is something inside worth aspiring to. This then turns your attention away from the material world and toward a deeper exploration of your inner world and, eventually, your own true nature. There are inner mysteries awaiting your discovery!

In Part II, we will explore the deeper mysteries of Taurus and find out why it is the sign of illumination.


Ruth

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1. Buddhist Astrology, by Jhampa Shaneman & Jan V. Angel.
2. Esoteric Astrology, the wisdom of Djwhal Khul (Master DK), channelled through Alice Bailey.

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Understanding Ophiuchus: Taming the Hydra, Part II

Detail from Hercules and the Hydra, by Antonio Pollaiuolo, c. 1475.

Sooner or later, seekers on the spiritual path will have to “do battle” with their own inner desires. The myth of the Hydra symbolises this struggle, and it is the spiritual path of Scorpio.

Scorpio is not afraid to do battle, to go deep into the darkest depths of the human psyche and bring whatever is there into the light of awareness for healing. This is why the sign of Scorpio is associated with both priests and psychologists. A dominant theme in this internal battle is our struggle with desire.

This battle with desire is known to all who practise meditation on a deeper level, and is eloquently explained by Insight Meditation teacher Jack Kornfield in his book A Path With Heart: Continue reading

Understanding Ophiuchus: Taming the Hydra

After the recent media fuss over Ophiuchus, I wrote a post providing some basic facts to clear up the misinformation that was circulating on the Internet. My thanks to Ruth for offering today’s post – the first part in a two-part article – in which she delves deeper into the mystery and meaning of Ophiuchus using the principles of Soul Astrology. ~Pat

Hercules and the Hydra, by Antonio Pollaiuolo, c. 1475. Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

Setting aside the debate about Zodiac signs, one thing we know for sure is that, for whatever reason, in 2011 Ophiuchus got global attention. That in itself is significant.

Ophiuchus is now firmly planted in our collective psyche, and maybe we need to hold that image for a reason. This could be a heads-up to look at something, another signpost on our spiritual journey, a synchronicity.

Before going any further, we need to be clear about the difference between constellations and Astrological signs.

Simply put, Ophiuchus is a constellation, not a sign. Constellations are clusters of stars. There are around 88 constellations visible in the night sky from Earth, and since the beginning of time humankind has given them mythological names Continue reading

The Dream of Scorpio

© Pat Paquette, 2010

The other day I was lying on my back, listening to a recording of keyboards intermixed with ocean waves. It reminded me of my life in California, many years ago.

It might as well have been a past life. I was someone else back then, and I was somewhere else, with an entirely different group of people. As the memory flooded into my mind, I wondered … If we can remember being in a different place and time in this incarnation – and in such vivid detail – why should we not be able to remember lives in other places and times outside of this lifetime? What’s the obstacle?

I believe it’s hard-wired into our brains, a necessary adaptation not unlike a scientific experiment in which the variables are controlled in order to understand cause and effect. Being able to see everywhere at once would impair our ability to function in the moment, and we probably wouldn’t be able to learn much.

Sometimes, though, we pierce that veil and get glimpses of other lives. The original meaning of the word apocalypse is “rending of the veil,” the revealing of something hidden. That’s why the “Revelation of St. John” in the Christian Bible is referred to alternatively as the Apocalypse or, simply, “Revelations.” It is about John’s prophetic vision.

Some people are more adept than others. I’ve also found that some locations lend themselves to it more than others, and there are certain times of the year when we’re more apt to have contact with otherworldly beings. According to tradition, the veil between the worlds is the thinnest around this time of year. Many people I know, myself included, are more psychic while the Sun is in Scorpio, especially in the week or so leading up to Halloween. This year, it may not end there.

On November 9, the lunar North Node conjoins Pluto. The lunar nodes move in a retrograde pattern, but they turn direct now and again for a few hours or sometimes a few days. The Node will be retrograde when it conjoins Pluto, but a couple of hours later, it turns direct, just as the Moon is moving into alignment with both the Node and Pluto. If you feel a little strange around this time – dizzy, disoriented, sleepy, or otherwise “out of it,” it could be the veil in your brain lifting.

I have no idea whether this actually will happen or not, but intuitively, I see this rare alignment as a window on time, so it would makes sense that we might get memories of other lives or glimpses into other times. If nothing else, you might experience astonishing synchronicities.

While I was lying there listening to the ocean music, I suddenly remembered The Dream of Scipio, a novel by English author Iain Pears. The book is set in France during three different time periods, each an era when the old culture is being supplanted. Although there are three different protagonists, you get the feeling they are one soul, incarnated in three different lives, facing the same conflict. Each one resolves his dilemma differently, leading to a different outcome for both the hero and his love interest. Although the author apparently didn’t intend his work to be a commentary on reincarnation, it’s a brilliant portrayal of how past lives work (or, as I call them, “other lives”).

Later the same day, I went to our local thrift shop and found a carved wooden box with a zodiac wheel on top. Now what were the chances of that happening? It was made to lock, but the key was missing. And yet, the box opens perfectly.

Messages come in many forms, and sometimes we need a key to unlock the meaning of our dreams and visions. Astrology often turns out to be that key.

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Ask Real Astrologers: How Can Scorpio Get Along Better at Work?

Looking for AnswersThis week’s question comes from Sarah in London, England:

Will relations with colleagues improve? I know Scorpios are infamous for being misunderstood, but this seems to be an ongoing theme for me. I perceive my behavior or reactions as either trying too hard by being too nice or reticent and withdrawn, which can leave me vulnerable to people making assumptions about who they think I am.

Sarah, as you probably know, you are a Rising Scorpio, in addition to having the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in Scorpio. With Scorpio on the Ascendant, that means you have Taurus on the Descendant – the cusp of the house associated with one-on-one relationships – and the ruler of Taurus is Venus. In addition, your chart ruler, Pluto, is in the eleventh house, which has to do with your circle of friends and your business network.

No matter how you cut it, your über-Scorpio personality is very much a factor in your relationships, and there’s not much you can do about that. Trying to be someone or something you aren’t just isn’t going to work for you.

You’re right about Scorpio being misunderstood. That’s because people tend to fear what they don’t understand, and Scorpio is an intensely powerful sign. I’ve often observed that Scorpios seem to be plugged into a cosmic energy source that isn’t accessible to anyone without strong Pluto or Scorpio in their charts. You have that, and it’s like carrying around a loaded weapon. Moreover, anyone who has been on the receiving end of Scorpio’s sting has learned to keep their distance.

What you’re describing is the essential dilemma of Scorpio (or anyone with strong Scorpio in their chart). On one hand, you crave intimacy and merging with another on a soul level, yet you tend to keep people at an arm’s length for fear of being annihilated. The fact is, we’re all vulnerable to being hurt if we open up our hearts, but eventually we learn that we won’t cease to exist if someone we love hurts us. Scorpios who are aware of their power also fear that they will annihilate others, and I think that stops them sometimes from being who they’re meant to be.

As for the assumptions, people tend to judge others by their own moral values and beliefs. There is simply no way to control what others think of us. In other words, we’re all vulnerable to being misunderstood. That said, Scorpio does seem to have this problem a bit more than others, because of the tendency to be secretive. With co-workers, you may have to work at being more open with information that concerns them. If it doesn’t, then what you do in private on your own time is none of their business.

I would urge you to work on stepping into your power and making no excuses for it. The key is to wield your power for the good of the collective and not just for your own personal gain. It’s not an easy mission, but you are more than equipped with the tools you need for the job.

There’s a lot more I could say about your chart, and I didn’t answer all of the questions in your e-mail, because there just isn’t the space here for that. I think you would benefit greatly from a complete reading with a professional astrologer. I do them, but there are many others out there as well, and some much closer to home, if you prefer to do it in person.

I wish you the best of everything, and thanks for writing!

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

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Saturday Extra! So Are We In Scorpio, Or What?

Scorpio is the sign of mysteries, secrets, and hidden things, so it’s no surprise that among its hidden attributes is an entire “lost sign” of the zodiac.

I wrote about this last year in the second half of Scorpio, so many of you already are aware that there’s a thirteenth constellation of the zodiac, Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, sometimes called the Snake Handler. There is so much rich symbolism in this sign, including its hidden nature.

Ophiuchus

As I explained previously, the zodiac is comprised of twelve constellations Continue reading

Weekly Forecast November 2: Full Moon in Taurus, Neptune Direct

Scorpio DaysWe’re heading into dreamtime now. With the Sun in Scorpio and Neptune at a standstill, preparing to go direct, we’re all more open to psychic phenomena and “downloads” from the universe.

I forgot to mention in last week’s forecast that Sunday was the Celtic cross-quarter day of Samhain. In earlier times, Samhain was the beginning of the new year. In the industrialized West, we tend to view night and the dark part of the year as negative and undesirable, but to the nature-centered Celts, light grows out of darkness, so their days began at sunset, not sunrise, and their year began with the descent into winter. The seeds have all been planted for what will be born again in spring.

This also is a time of year when many people feel the veil thinning between the worlds of the visible and the unmanifest. So the tradition goes, the veil lifts very briefly on Samhain, which evolved into our modern Halloween. Still, as with many of our traditional holidays, we’ve retained the rich symbolism, even if we’ve lost touch with its meaning.

Because of this week’s Full Moon and Neptune’s change of direction, the window will remain open a little longer this year for us to travel into unseen realms. Your dreams may be very vivid this week, and they may contain important messages. Keep a journal by your bed, and don’t let those images get away!

We begin the week with the Full Moon in Taurus. Most of you probably have read Neith’s post from Saturday, but if not, don’t miss it. She has a lot of interesting insights, especially for us change-averse fixed-sign types (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius).

Even if you don’t have a lot of fixed energy in your chart, it’s human nature to fight change, and the changes are going to come fast and furious as we head into next year’s cardinal cross. Now is the time for us to take inventory, keep what serves us, and get rid of everything else. We’re going to need to travel light in the times ahead, both materially and spiritually. In my experience, it’s always best to make the necessary sacrifices, rather than waiting for someone or something to take away the things you’re attached to.

Neptune turns direct on Wednesday. We may feel sleepy and slow for much of this week, and concentration will be more difficult than usual. If you don’t have a mentally demanding job, or if you have a lull and can turn off your thought processes for a few days, you can get some amazing insights. Because Neptune is in Aquarius, the sign of the collective, the messages that come to us now may be about how we fit into the unfolding story of our time. We may get glimpses of the future, too. If a booming voice tells you to build an ark and gather the animals two by two, let me know!

The Sun and Mercury conjoin on Thursday, and it’s another day for profound insights and deeper understanding of how the universe works. New ideas may come into our minds as images or even feelings rather than thoughts, and they may need time to process before you understand them. It could take days or even months.

Venus enters Scorpio on Saturday, intensifying Scorpio themes of money, sex, and power. To the undeveloped mind, this translates to greed, lust, and the need to control. But the evolved mind knows that desire is a means to an end and that there is real power in being able to desire with an intensity that could kill us, and then releasing attachment to those desires. That kind of power is a bit scary to think of, and maybe that’s why we have a simultaneous fear and fascination with Pluto and Scorpio.

On Sunday, Mercury sextiles Pluto. The downloads just keep on coming, and we stumble on information that opens our eyes and may even be scandalous. If you need to talk to someone about your deepest feelings, this is a good time for it.

With all this intensity, it’s not going to be an easy week. But with some effort on your part, it will be an amazingly productive week. Be sure to leave comments and let us know what’s going on with you!

Wishing you all much love and courage,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Image: Wet dawn in the Pacific Northwest. Off daylight saving time, with the days shortening, and rain, rain, rain. It’s weather for going inward, and so very Scorpio. Photo by Pat Paquette, all rights reserved.

Saturday Archives: Sex, Lies and Biology from a Scorpio Perspective

Scorpio It must be the t-square with Pluto in Capricorn, Mars in Cancer and Mercury in Libra that drew me to this particular article from my Archives. Enjoy!

To be blunt – we’ve been had. Humanity as a whole is born hard-wired to reproduce and once we hit puberty, we’re at the mercy of changes in blood and brain chemistry unless we learn to pay attention to what the heck is going on. And you better believe that this has not escaped the notice of the Powers That Be all through out history.

One way or another, often in the guise of religious rules and regulations or greedy folk making a buck off sex through the sale of pornography and/or prostitution, humanity in general has a history of being lead by their gonads. Not pretty, people, not pretty!

With my Mars-Mercury in Scorpio plus a strong Pluto influence in my chart, I have observed how this has played out all my life. That being said, it wasn’t until I was close to forty that I started putting some of the pieces together and it was the advent of the crone phase in my life when the picture became even clearer. Some of the research done in this area really opened my eyes. For instance, studies have found there are biological aspects to what draws us to certain people. Here is a link to an article “The Biology of Attraction” from the Psychology Today website.

Many cultures, especially those with strong religious views, encourage early marriages with an eye to controlling through the distraction of sex. We’ve had a big dose of abstinence promoted in this country the last several years for instance. What better way to muddle the thinking of young, healthy people in this sex drenched culture. What’s the best way to make someone focus on something? Deny them access to it!

There are two periods in a woman’s life when the drive to reproduce is almost overwhelming – the first 5-10 years after menarche and the last 5 years before perimenopause. If we are allowed to acknowledge this driving force represented by Pluto and the eighth House, then we can gain some perspective and objectivity – tactics familiar to anyone who is working with Pluto. Men reading this can draw on their own experiences when it comes to the drive to procreate.

There is another facet to this puzzle that’s tied into brain chemistry. Dr. Helen Fisher has a quote that I really feel is true: “Don’t copulate with people you don’t want to fall in love with because indeed you may do just that.” This is the other side of how we are hard-wired to stay together long enough to reproduce. Read this article from McMan’s Depression and Bipolar Website on “The Brain in Love and Lust” and draw your own conclusions.

For those of us with the Plutonian signatures in our charts – lots of Scorpio, loaded 8th House and natal aspects involving personal planets and Pluto – paying attention to this kind of information can save us a lot of heartache because we tend to take the bonds we form with other humans very seriously. We just don’t do casual very well and I see this as a good thing. I have another post in the back of my mind about the pitfalls of so-called “casual” sex but that’s for another day.

Libra with Scorpioposted by Neith . . .