We now address the first of our philosophical and psychological adjustments to the encounter with the Other indicated by the seventh house or Libran function. The sign of Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac and rules the eighth house of the natural chart. It is the first sign to manifest in three levels and have three symbols to represent those levels. The scorpion, the serpent and the eagle. The most exoteric level is represented by the constellation and the sign of the Scorpion.
This level contains all of the base or primal instincts represented by the scorpion. It’s poisonous sting, hunters cunning, and ferocious nature are all attributes of the human Scorpio at the exoteric level. Self destructive tendencies are amazing in the sign whose key phrase is ” I WILL”. When the will is thwarted in it’s outward manifestation it turns it inward in punishing or destructive ways. In the extreme it eliminates itself. When I was first studying the sign I was told to try the experiment of pouring lighter fluid in a circle around a scorpion and striking a match. Sure enough, rather than dare the flames the creature stung itself to death. A very interesting symbolic act concerning the transformational process of fire.
Scorpio is considered the forceful water sign. Ruled by Mars, before the discovery of Pluto ( its’ natural ruler in my opinion), Scorpionic waters are represented by powerful rushing mountain streams which carve their paths and beds in solid rock. The force of water is a key symbol in understanding the development of life on this planet. Delivered to the earth in comet and asteroid collisions over millions of years, water was one of the first transformational elements shaping a hostile environment into one humanity ( an all other life as we know it ) could develop within. I can think of no other more powerful primal image than that of a water filled meterior smashing into the semi-molten earth at thousands of miles an hour. Dramatic, violent, deadly and thorough are all scorponic key words at the primal level. Willful manipulators, subtle, cunning agressors, powerful charismatic transformers and motivators. These are the willful scorpionic types you may meet at the primal levels. Their solution to many problems is to eliminate the cause, totally. To obliterate, obfuscate and render non-existant is the scorpio way to deal with an opponent. Extreme anything is appealing to the primal nature of the scorpion.
Look! I know this sounds dramatic and you may well say,” Well, David, I know Scorpio individuals who aren’t like that!”. My reply is that you don’t know the total extent of the subtle scorpionic personality your are dealing with at the subtle level. No scorpio ( sun sign is the most blatant) will evel reveal the inner workings of their mind to any outsider at anytime no matter how close you are to them. These are individuals who keep their secrets to themselves, always. Of all of the people I read charts for these are the people who really don’t want me to reveal anything about their inner nature. They really don’t want me to know, much less anyone else! The next level of the sign is dramatically different, however, and by their reaction you can tell just what level of a scorpionic person you are dealing with at any given moment. I will discuss more of this in the next post.