Scorpio, Sign of Spiritual Regeneration and Rebirth
by Mary Jo Wevers
“Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.“
On Monday October 22nd the Sun will leave the social and refined air sign of Libra and enter the intensely passionate and powerfully perceptive water sign of Scorpio. Each succeeding sign of the zodiac builds upon the foundation laid by the previous sign by rectifying or redirecting its energy. Scorpio ventures into the deeper levels of Libran relationships to transform and regenerate itself.
The movement of the Sun into the sign of Scorpio coincides with the time of year when vegetation dies as winter approaches. This is a period of dormancy and decay in the outer world. It is a time for us to direct our energy inwardly towards the dark, fertile part of ourselves that contains the creative potential for new life. As our energy and vitality is drawn down into the darkness it concentrates and gathers strength. It becomes fertilized in the primordial womb, in preparation for the next cycle of creation and rebirth.
The negative polarity of Scorpio gives it an introspective, investigative energy that is secretive and penetrating. Scorpio has a passionate desire to probe the depths of life’s mysteries. It uses its determination, intensity and inner strength in resourceful ways to overcome its fears and face the darkness: the turbulent swampy underworld with its shadows and demons. It understands that darkness and light cannot exist without each other. They are co-creative forces in life.
Scorpio uses its transforming and resurgent powers to cleanse and heal itself. Unafraid of death, Scorpio strips away the superficial and extraneous. It surgically eliminates the unessential and the false to revealthe “bare bones.” It uncovers deeper truths, discovers its true nature, and reveals its innate essence. It becomes transfigured and is reborn.
Just as a snake sheds its skin, we need to periodically shed parts of ourselves so we can spiritually transform and regenerate ourselves.Scorpio asks us to venture into the deepest parts of our subconscious, face our shadows, and experience the “death” of our ego-identified self so we can evolve at the soul level.
The emotional nature of Scorpio is expressed in powerful ways. The key phrase for this fixed water sign is “I Desire.” Scorpio is magnetic and sexual. It is strong willed, persistent, and has difficulty letting go. It can be extreme, obsessive, a lover of chaos, pain and suffering.
The vast amount of concentrated energy stored deep within Scorpio can burst forth unexpectedly and destructively, like a volcano. Scorpio is attracted to catharsis for its drama and intensity, and uses it to provide relief from strong or suppressed emotions.
Preoccupied with power, Scorpio ultimately comes to understand that true power cannot be gained by being obsessive, controlling and dominating others. Exercising self-control, being insightful and inscrutable allows us to reclaim our own power and use it to transform and regenerate ourselves.
Scorpio is represented by different colors and symbols according to the spiritual level of its expression. The black scorpion represents the lowest level of Scorpio. When threatened, it inflicts pain with the venom injecting barb at the end of its tail. The deep red phoenix rising from the ashes represents the resurgent power of Scorpio. The eagle soaring on high with its piercing depth of vision symbolizes Scorpio’s ability to see clearly into the heart of the matter while keeping an objective distance above emotional chaos. Having transcended death itself, the white dove symbolizes the highest and purest spiritual expression of Scorpio, the rebirth of the Soul.
Areas of life ruled by Scorpio include other people’s values, shared possessions, joint assets and wealth, as well as power struggles over shared resources and sexuality. Death, mysteries, secrets and hidden things fall under Scorpio. Significant breakthroughs and other deeply transforming emotional experiences are in its domain.
Occupations and archetypes for Scorpio include private investigators, criminologists, researchers, surgeons, psychiatrists, pathologists, organized crime, terrorists, sex workers, occultists and vampires. Parts of the body ruled by Scorpio are the organs of reproduction and elimination. The gem for Scorpio is onyx. Its metal is plutonium. Thorn-bearing shrubs and chrysanthemums are Scorpion plants.
“… within the seed of all darkness is light. Therefore, the potential for transformation is here for all.“
Pluto, Ruler of Scorpio
In astrology Pluto rules the sign of Scorpio. Pluto is the farthest known planetary body from the Sun. It represents the darkest aspects of ourselves, hidden from the light of our conscious awareness.
The name Pluto means “riches”, and refers to the gems, minerals, oil and radio-active substances found under the surface of the earth. Pluto represents power: the potent, intense, passionate, and sometimes explosive energy that can be destructive as well as regenerative and life-giving.
The dwarf planet Pluto was discovered in 1930, the same year as the discovery of radiation which lead to the development of the atomic bomb. This marked a new development in human consciousness. We became aware of the destructive potential of a new source of powerful energy, deep inside of us as well as in the earth.
Pluto rules what is buried and hidden in our depths, in our subconscious.This wealth of material is fertile ground for us to probe and mine. It contains our deepest fears and phobias, obsessions and passions that need to be brought up into the light of consciousness. Once we summon our courage and descend into our subconscious to uncover its hiddenmysteries and secrets, we can face them, transform them and become empowered.
In mythology Pluto is the “Lord of the Underworld.” At this time of the year he welcomes the return of his wife Persephone. She has been dwelling for six months above ground in the world of the living with her mother Ceres. Now she returns to Hades to preside over the dead with her husband and serve as “Queen of the Underworld.”
With the help of Pluto and Persephone, we can wade through our turbulent, swampy underworld, probing the depths of our psyche. Coming face-to-face with our Shadow, we can discover its true nature and reclaim our power. We can then emerge from our underworld with new self-knowledge, transformed, revitalized and reborn.
“Evil understood is power gained.”
The Month Ahead
As the Sun moves into Scorpio Monday it conjoins Saturn, and forms a Grand Trine in water with retrograde Neptune conjunct retrograde Chiron in Pisces and Ceres in Cancer. We may feel overly emotional, vulnerable,victimized, needing protection, betrayed, jaded, fearful, chaotic andconfused. We can stabilize these freely flowing emotions with our conscious awareness and ground them in reality. Use your investigative powers and insight to dig beneath the surface and discover what is genuine and true. How can these deeply emotional experiences catalyze your spiritual transformation?
Pluto in Capricorn
The Sun in Scorpio disposits to Pluto in Capricorn. During Pluto’s slow 15 year transit in the sign of Capricorn, institutions and organizations that consolidate material wealth, power and resources are subject to Pluto’s influence. Pluto will dig deep, bring to the surface, and expose corruption and decay. As we sift through the ashes of old economic and political systems that are currently crumbling, we have an opportunity to eliminate that which is not honest, and in integrity. We are reminded that Capricorn discipline and responsibility is the balance to Plutonian power.
As we observe events in the outer world, it is important to look within and recognize the parts of ourselves that are also degenerating and need to be eliminated or transformed. This is a time for us to transmute immature parts of ourselves so that we may be spiritually reborn as wiser, more responsible, self-reliant individuals. Rather than give away our power and authority to others and then resent them for it, it is time to reclaim our own power as a wise, compassionate Spiritual Father to our self. Use self-discipline in exercising your power. Be honorable and respectful of others.
Saturn in Scorpio
Pluto in Capricorn disposits to, and is in mutual reception with Saturn in Scorpio. Saturn recently finished its two year transit in the sign of Libra. It entered the sign of Scorpio on October 5th, and will remain in Scorpio until December 2014.
Planets in mutual reception support and work together more than they would otherwise, because they are expressing their urge or principal in the sign ruled by the other. For the next two years Saturn in Scorpio will lend emotional depth and intensity to the ongoing deconstruction process of Pluto in Capricorn.
Witnessing changes in the external world generates feelings of fear, loss, and vulnerability. Saturn’s transit in Scorpio is a time for us to learn how to become a master of our emotions. Instead of being swept away in fear of change, we can ground ourselves in practical reality. Unearth your core values, be resourceful, and use your passion to build new structures and organizations working with others in your community.
Samhain on Tuesday November 6th
Halloween has its roots in the Celtic celebration of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season. Samhain was believed to be the time during the year when the veil between the living world and the world of the dead was the thinnest. In other cultures it is a time when ancestors and departed souls are remembered and honored.
Samhain is celebrated on the day the Sun is at 15 degrees Scorpio, or half way through its transit of this sign. This year Samhain falls on Tuesday November 6th. You may wish to mark this day spending some time in meditation. Going within, honor those that have passed over, or perhaps parts of yourself that have “died” so you could be reborn.
New Moon in Scorpio
A New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon conjoin overhead from our perspective on Earth. This represents the fusion of our outer consciousness and awareness, symbolized by the Sun, with our inner emotional and unconscious self, symbolized by the Moon. This is a fertile time for new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of your new projects and endeavors.
The next New Moon will occur on Tuesday November 13th at 2:08 p.m. (PST). This New Moon will be a Solar Eclipse New Moon at 21 degrees Scorpio, conjoining the transiting North Node. This is a new opportunityto balance our need for personal material wealth with sharing joint resources. By releasing our fixation on personal security and the material needs of the ego we can experience a spiritual rebirth.
The area of your astrological chart where 21 degrees Scorpio falls represents the area of your life where you can consciously create new beginnings that are powerful, penetrating and transformative. Set aside time to reflect on how you can create new beginnings in the areas of shared resources, mysteries and spiritual regeneration. What emotional ties and issues around control do you have with others that need to be examined and purified? How can you transform obsession into personal power and courage? How can you reclaim your intensity and passion for life?
You may wish to set some new goals or create some Scorpio affirmations on November 13th. Examples are: “I penetrate into the heart of the matter with controlled intensity, using my inner strength.” “I transform myself with evolving self reliance.” “I release old toxins so that I may regenerate anew.” “I face my Shadow, probe its hidden depths with insight, and reclaim my personal power.”
You will begin to see evidence of the seeds you sow on this New Moon as they come to fruition on the following Full Moon in Gemini on November 28th. This Full Moon will reward you with new flexible ways to adapt to your environment and communicate with others.
“Fear is excitement without breath.”
– Richard Heller