The Scorpion
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Humanistic Astrology - Dane Rudhyar
Abstract meaning Concrete and Traditional Meaning Part of Body Ruled
The substance of association and marriage.
Manifestation of the urge to unite with others.
Regeneration of the attitude of self-centeredness.
Sex, occultism.
All types of power and magical operation.
Regenerative function.
Will, obstinacy, revengefulness.
Jealousy, driving force.
The sex organs.
The lower intestines.
The bladder
New Age Astrology - Alan Oken
I Seek My Self through What I Desire
positive natural tendency misuse or exaggeration of trait
creative through rebuilding
strong and loyal friend
giver of strength
inspires faith
seeks merger with Spirit
totally destructive
uses friends for personal gain
psychic vampire
total egotist
wants others to merge with him
Traditional - Llewellyn George
Physical Characteristics Mental Tendencies
average height or slightly below
tendency to stoutness or at least full form
often square type of face and build of body
thick dark hair curling or wavy, sometimes crimpy or frizzy
prominent brows and perceptive faculties
aquiline or Jewish type of nose and profile
dusky complexion
quick, keen, shrewd, critical
penetrating mind and keen judgment
strong will and determination
self-reliant, bold, fixed views
a subtle mind hard to influence
not easily imposed upon
wilful, courageous, energetic and active when interested, at other times indolent
sarcastic or impulsive, angry when provoked
frequently interested in some form of occult or chemical research, fond of mystery
Traditional - Manly P. Hall
Emotional Key Words Mental Key Words
extremes of emotion; when highly evolved is impersonal, unselfish, imaginative; when not highly evolved is revengeful, secretive, quick-tempered and self-indulgent; not domestic, suspicious.
scientific, altruistic, executive, penetrating, intellectual, prone to investigate the secret forces of nature, temperamental, sarcastic, vindictive


Turning Scorpio Glyph According to the A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator by Llewellyn George, in Scorpio, the Sun gives strong characteristics along with shrewd, keen judgment. The Scorpio native is critical, suspicious, and skeptical, but enterprising, reserved, tenacious, determined, and secretive. They are fond of luxuries, but economical and calculating. They are often restless and energetic, and are fond of travel, especially on water, admiring grandeur in nature. Scorpios attend to their own affairs in business, but in matters of duty they may make trouble for others. They can be very plain in their speech, even blunt, sometimes sarcastic and often forceful, and in politics or law, very aggressive. At their best they are original, scientific, sagacious, daring and creative, and capable of much success through their bold enterprise.

Likewise, those who are born with Scorpio rising are somewhat inclined to be suspicious or skeptical, and they can be stingingly sarcastic. Quickwitted, they are quick in speech and action, being very alert, acting forcefuly and positively. They are blunt, even brusque and seemingly fond of contest; nevertheless they make staunch and splendid friends. They possess grit and enterprise that enables them to reach high attainments, accomplishing their purposes by subtlety and strength of will, even by force if necessary. They possess mechanical skill as well as much constructive (or destructive) ability. They enjoy travel, and being natural detectives, are fond of investigating mysteries and things occult. They appreciate luxury, but nonetheless can be very frugal and economical.

Scorpio is a fixed-water sign, and to say they have a reputation for being difficult to relax around is probably an understatement. Often described as intense, penetrating, brooding, and even volcanic, they sound like something best left alone to quietly lurk in dark, hard-to-reach places, and there is a certain truth that unnecessarily agitating a Scorpion who's within deadly striking distance is a very bad idea!. But as a water sign, Scorpios view themselves as sensitive souls who are commonly misunderstood by others. Scorpios don't want to reveal what they're feeling in any simple forthright manner, seemingly generating a smoldering intensity that warns others to back off - don't dare get too close. The way Scorpio keeps its power-packed emotions under lock and key is enough to make anyone feel suspicious and uneasy. Scorpio can be fixated in its focus and unable at times to just "go with the flow." The Scorpion, almost as a reaction to Libra's friendly openness, realizes that while intimacy can heal, it can hurt as well, and exposing our psychological innards to another involves utmost trust. Such exposure of themselves, especially if they don't use good judgment regarding the partners they pick, can result in criticism, ridicule, abandonment, or worse - betrayal! Emotional vulnerability is a characteristic of all water signs, but Scorpio hates that fact, and will do whatever it takes to hide such hypersensitivity, equating vulnerability with weakness.

The Scorpion can be riddled with deep insecurity, the kind that makes its world appear untrustworthy. But if you try to deliberately humiliate a Scorpio, then watch out for signs of barely contained rage, for Scorpio's fury may be felt even before a sense of shame sets in, if it does at all. A Scorpio will not allow itself to be teased, toyed with, scolded, or even threatened in demeaning ways. Leo may indulge in its dramatic, royal pout when its pride has been wounded, but Scorpio aims for the jugular, at least on those psychological levels where it knows it can do more permanent damage. A Scorpio isn't sure if it can ever "play nice" again once violated by another. But where such intensity of rage and fury can be found, one also finds deeply passionate feelings. In Scorpio, passion is even more intensified because it is often restrained or suppressed, and deliberately holding something back often only strengthens it, so when it does finally come out, the Scorpion's passion can become too strong and uncontrollable a force.

Librans, being air signs, are sharply perceptive regarding the human condition by understanding people's mental frameworks, enabling them to view things the way others do. But Librans can't necessarily get "under their skin" to uncover more like a Scorpio can. Scorpios are gut-sensitive to the unseen, unspoken energies that are constantly being transferred in close, emotionally charged relationships. They can pick up on the scent of trouble subterraneanly brewing between people, and will follow any darkly lit trail until they find the hidden source of such tension. When they find it, they will offer transformative ways to resolve the problem... or else take drastic measures to eliminate the conflict altogether. Self-aware Scorpio types are dedicated to the exploration of the mysteries of human complexity. They seek out knowledge, and perhaps wisdom, regarding the nature and power of our depths within - that realm where we undergo the beginnings of metamorphic change that later erupt to alter the entire landscape of our outer world.

Scorpio is a sign at times cursed by the same powerful energies it seems to love the most, and sexual energy is one such mixed blessing. Taurus will approach sex as a pure pleasure, more of a fertility rite for body-loving Taurus who feels something fruitful could come out of this natural earthy experience. However, things get more complicated for Scorpio because they know they'll use sexual conquest to get at something else in another person, perhaps to dislodge some concealed emotion. Sex is thus used to provoke, as well as satisfy, a partner. Sex also helps the Scorpion release its own engimatic intensities, helping it to come alive in rejuvenating ways. Mere erotic pleasure is not the only thing on Scorpio's mind, however - it seeks a total upheaval of the senses, perhaps triggered by a powerful orgasmic response, as Mount St. Pluto blows its lid! At the same time, Scorpio is more self-conscious about sex than most people would realize, being a highly instrospective sign and one plagued by a perfectionistic streak. Scorpios fear being exploited for their sensuous appetites, but at the same time, dread being overlooked or even underrated as a sex object, as in "What, you don't find me sexy?" And they are more performance sensitive than they would care to admit. Scorpios typically process too many conflicting energies at once, and thus have a hard time losing themselves even in the moment of sexual surrender.

In Scorpio, the resourcefulness of fixity and the emotionality of water are combined with the invisible power of Pluto to create a nature of profound depth and dramatic intensity. In Scorpio a great deal is going on under the surface, energy is being held in reserve. Water stands for emotion, and emotion can be fixed only if it is not expressed, which only increases its intensity. The symbol for Scorpio, the scorpion, is a creature that travels by night and is feared for its deadly sting. This does not mean all Scorpio people are venemous and cruel, but the symbol does convey the qualities of secretiveness, penetration, and power that do characterize the natives of this sign. But the ancient esoteric symbol for Scorpio was the eagle, one of the bilibcal four beasts of the Apocalypse who represent the four fixed signs of the zodiac. The eagle kills too, but it also soars high above the ground and thus symbolizes not only power but transcendence.

Pluto, the modern ruler of Scorpio, was the Roman god of the underworld, associating the sign of Scorpio with death. It is also the sign of birth and sexuality - in short, the critical moments of human existence that involve a release of the ego and contact with the ultimate mysteries. Scorpio people have an awareness of death that is often not fearful, for this is also the sign of reincarnation. They have a natural affinity for occult studies, for occult means "hidden", and like the scorpions who symbolize them, they like to pry into dark conrners. All the water signs are psychic to some extent, but many Scorpios will actually explore areas like ESP and psychic healing, developing the powers that are latent in all of us but of which many people are afraid. The only thing Scorpio is afraid of is being known as deeply as they wish to know. Such an ability to penetrate and probe can be channeled constructively into research or healing, but it can also be used to manipulate people in personal relationships. But they excel in any activity that involves going deeply into things, such as psychology, detective work, investigation and research in all of the sciences, as well as hypnotism and all forms of healing.

In Archetypes of the Zodiac, Kathleen Burt tells us that every year in Scorpio the Earth passes through its transition from autumn to winter and symbolically, we make our descent into Pluto's Underworld: the Eight House of death, transformation, and rebirth. As Lord of the Greek Underworld, Pluto rules the unconscious depths of the Scorpio personality, with its residue of instinctual drives, emotional attachments, and compulsive-obsessive tendencies carried forward from past lives to the present. The ancients connected Taurus and Scorpio with light and darkensss, respectively, because the Pleiades constellation rose in Taurus and set in Scorpio. In Scorpio, the days became shorter and it seemed the sunlight waned as well, giving an underworld feeling to the season. The contrast between the rising Pleiades and light in Taurus and the darkness of Scorpio six months later gave rise to the association of the axis from Taurus to Scorpio with integration of light and darkness, consciousness and the unconscious, rebirth and death. In ancient Egypt, the old Apis bull would be sacrificed in autumn, but each spring a new Apis bull would be found in Taurus and the resurrection of Osiris would be celebrated anew.

As an archetype, Taurus is warm, open, trusting, honest and sometimes gullible, while Scorpio, its polarity, is withdrawn, secretive, and at its worst negative or cycnical, devious, suspicious and manipulative. Whereas in Taurus we are hopeful, in Scorpio we face our fears, including our fear of death. Taurus represents attachemnt to form, but Scorpio's work is to transform, to change and refine the form. Taurus is structured Earth and Socrpio is amorphous, murky Water, but what they both have in common as fixed signs is being resourceful, persevering, stubborn, magnetic and powerful. Both refer to the struggle for liberation or immortality, possessing a powerful will to transcend, to conquer fears and doubts and reach the goal, and the inner strength, the stamina and willpower to become whole, to face the darkness and discover the Self.

To many astrologers, Scorpio is symbolized by the serpent as well as by the eagle, lizard or scorpion, and indeed, the constellation Serpens is interwined with Scorpio. The Serpent Wisdom is a specific kind of knowing - one which includes the deep unspoken, chthonic mysteries of life, death, and sex. Scorpio is truly a feminine or watery sign, for such widsom can only be obtained through the feelings (water), and is not accessible to logic. The Serpent Widsom is feminine - the dark, underworld side of the feminine. Serpents have played a large role in the mythology and ritual of many cultures, but the serpent itself was worshipped because it was said to hold the secrets of life, death, and rebirth. Snakes were also venerated for their venom which contained a substance that chemically altered brain cells, producing an effect similar to that which psychedlic drugs have on the brain, inducing in the user a significant alteration of consciousness and the ability to receive visions in thiis trance state. During religious ceremonies, serpent venom was used to produce the altered state, to induce dreams, and to provide visions from the gods.

There is also an intimate connection between Scorpio and the mysterious life-force called kundalini (the Serpent Power) in Sanskrit. The kundalini is the vital animating force within us; it is regarded as an essentially sexual energy. It sleeps at the base of the spine, and esoteric astrologers are fond of saying that the glyph for Scorpio itself represents this Serpent Power, sleeping, coiled and ready to arise. Awakened by meditation, the kundalini travels up a channel in the spinal column until it reaches the so-called Third Eye in the center of the forehead, extinguishing all duality (masculine and feminine polarity) and creating a unified field of consciousness. In India, this serpent power is associated with the concept of the shakti, the feminine polarity of God, and in almost all cultures the Divine Mother is the source of the Serpent Wisdom. In the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, as the Age of Taurus gave way to the Age of Aries, symbolism shifted from the Goddess and Mother Right to the male Sky Gods and the patriarchy. No longer did the Goddess herself have the Shakti; no longer was she the lead character in the initiation stories, but in the Age of Heroes, phallic symoblism prevailed. Wherever the patriarchy conquered, the Earth Mother assumed the shape of a hideous Dragon or Monster, such as Medusa or the Gorgon, in the eyes of sky gods and human heroes. The hero challenged a form which appeared to him to be the evil darkness left over from a more primitive age - the feminine, the magical unknown, the contents of the unconscious, the imagination and the instincts, then, becoming manifest in his personal Medusa, Gordon, Hydra, or in the case of All-Highest Zeus, his Typhon.

In Scorpio we reach the fourth stage of the Great Goddess, in which, having descended to the underworld, she emerges as supreme, whole, and transformed. Several mythological archetypes come to mind for this aspect of Scorpio, such as Ishtar's journey to the underworld in search of her lover Tammuz, Kore's abduction by Hades, and Orpheus' descent to the underworld to reclaim his beloved bride, Eurydice. All three stories have one thing in common - the descent involves a partner with whom the journeyer is closely paired. Here in Scorpio we are involved not only with the process of transformation that comes from this journey "down under," but also with the merging with another that never happens more intensely than in Scorpio or its natural house, the Eighth. In the first water sign, Cancer, we observed the bonding between mother and child. In the second water sign, Scorpio, it is the separation process that is parmaount. Separation is equally significant with Scorpio's concern with merging. In Cancer, the individual was bound or overshadowed by the mother or family unit. In Scorpio, one breaks away from this interdependence, as when Persephone is snatched away from her mother, Demeter, in order to merge as an equal with her masculine counterpart, Hades. Scorpios are dealing with deep emotional bonding and with the need to maintain some personal control, so that Scorpios will not be controlled by the partner in the same way they were controlled by the family in the earlier, Cancerian phase.

Towards the end of Scorpio there is a constellation called Ophiuchus, pictured as a giant wrestling with a serpent. The holder of the serpent is Asclepius, the healer and honor student of Chiron. Thus, before we can finally emerge from Scorpio and enter into the light of Sagittarius, we must wrestle with this serpent, a process most Scorpios are familiar with, and one which each handles differently. Asclepius was known for his extraordinary healing abilities and was said to have been able to bring the dead back to life. Such is the evolutionary process in Scorpio from ancient times to modern - from deadly scorpion to human being gaining control of the secrets of life and death which the serpent holds, by direct combat with the serpent.

Source:Microsoft Clip-Art The Age of Scorpio (16,759 to 14,773 BCE or 8600 to 10,800 CE) began as the last great Ice Age was slowly coming to an end. This present ice age began, according to current theory, about 40 million years ago, and was the last of perhaps four major ice ages in the history of the planet earth. The present ice age intensified during the Pleistocene period, some 3 million years ago, with glaciers spreading in the northern hemisphere. Since that time the earth has seen cycles of advancing and retreating glaciation on 40,000 and 100,000 year time scales, with the last cycle ending just about 10,000 years ago, during the age of Leo. It is against this backdrop of ice age glaciation that human beings first appeared, as early as perhaps 2.5 million years ago. Near the end of the Pliocene epoch in Africa, an early ancestor of modern humans, called Homo habilis, developed the earliest known stone tools. These were relatively simple tools known as choppers. Homo habilis is presumed to have mastered the Oldowan era tool case which utilized stone flakes and cores, named after the site of Oldupai Gorge in Tanzania. These humans likely subsisted on scavenged meat and wild plants, rather than hunted prey. Around 1.5 million years ago, a more evolved human species, Homo erectus, appeared, learning to control fire and creating more complex chopper tools, as well as expanding out of Africa to reach Asia, as shown by sites such as Zhoukoudian in China. By 1 million years ago, the earliest evidence of humans in Europe is known, as well as use of the more advanced handaxe tool.

Source:Microsoft Clip-Art Homo sapiens, human beings' most direct ancestors, appeared somewhere between 400,000 and 250,000 years ago, as indicated by cranial expansion and the elaboration of stone technologies. What we consider "modern" humans emerged from among these early hominids about 100,000 years ago. However little had really changed in terms of their lifestyle from their earliest predecessors, until relatively suddenly, beginning about 40,000 years ago, they began to produce regionally distinctive cultures, using new technologies, more efficient hunting techniques, and having a more refined aesthetic sensibility. The Upper Paleolithic period, the flowering of the Paleolithic period, saw an astonishing number of human cultures, such as the Aurignacian, Gravettian, Perigordian, Solutrean, and Magdalenian, rise and develop in the Old World. The beginnings of communal hunting and extensive fishing are found here, as is the first conclusive evidence of belief systems centering on magic and the supernatural. Pit houses, the first man-made shelters, were built, sewn clothing was worn, and sculpture and painting originated. Tools were of great variety, including flint and obsidian blades and projectile points. It is probable that the people of the Aurignacian culture migrated to Europe after developing their distinctive culture elsewhere, perhaps in Asia. Their stone tools are finely worked, and they made a typical figure eight–shaped blade. They also used bone, horn, and ivory and made necklaces and other personal ornaments. They carved the so-called Venus figures, ritual statuettes of bone, and made outline drawings on cave walls. Middle Palaeolithic peoples demonstrate the earliest evidence for art and other expressions of abstract thought such as ochre body decoration

Petroglyphs appeared in the New Stone Age, commonly known as Neolithic period. A Petroglyph is an abstract or symbolic image recorded on stone, usually by prehistoric peoples, by means of carving, pecking or otherwise incised on natural rock surfaces. They were a dominant form or pre-writing symbols used in communication. Petroglyphs have been discovered in different parts of the world, including Asia (Bhimbetka, India), North America (Death Valley National Park), South America (Cumbe Mayo, Peru), and Europe (Finnmark, Norway). Rock paintings were painted on rock and were more naturalistic depictions than petroglyphs. In paleolithic times, the representation of humans in cave paintings was rare. Mostly, animals were painted: not only animals that were used as food but also animals that represented strength like the rhinoceros or large cats (as in the Chauvet Cave). Signs like dots were sometimes drawn. Rare human representations include handprints Chauvet Cave. A pride of lions
hunt bison, one of the rarest 
scenes ever found in Paleolithic art.and half-human/half-animal figures. The Cave of Chauvet in the Ardèche département, France, contains the most important preserved cave paintings of the paleolithic era, painted around 31,000 BC. The hall of bulls in Lascaux, Dordogne, France, is one of the best known cave paintings from about 15,000 to 10,000 BC. The meaning of the paintings remains unknown. The caves were not in an inhabited area, so they may have been used for seasonal rituals. The animals are accompanied by signs which suggest a possible magic use. Arrow-like symbols in Lascaux are sometimes interpreted as calendar or almanac use, but the evidence remains inconclusive.

Modern studies and the in-depth analysis of finds dating from the Stone Age indicate certain rituals and beliefs of the people in those prehistoric times, and it is now believed that activities of the Stone Age humans went beyond the immediate requirements of procuring food, body coverings, and shelters. Specific rites relating to death and burial were practiced, though certainly differing in style and execution between cultures. Several Stone Age-dated sites in different parts of Source:AAAnimationsthe world indicate traces of dancing, dancing in files, and initiation rites. Near the end of the last ice age, 15,000 to 9,000 years ago, a large scale extinction of large mammals (the mammalian megafauna) occurred in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia, known as the first Holocene extinction event. This event possibly forced modification in the dietary habits of the humans of that age and with the emergence of agricultural practices, plant-based foods also became a regular part of the diet.

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Scorpio is among the largest of the twelve constellations. It is certainly the most easily distinguishable, since it is composed of notably large and bright starts. Only the tips of its foreclaws peer above the ecliptic, however, while the rest of its magnificent body and long, arched tail remains "hidden", though clearly visible, in the multitude of stars of the Milky Way.

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Click to visit site Scorpius is a mid-Spring constellation with a number of interesting objects. For small telescopes and binoculars there are several star clusters of interest. Scorpius, the zodiac's great Scorpion, wends its way from upper right to lower left in a morning twilight sky. Antares, lying toward the upper right, is the brightest star in the picture. It is flanked by two stars that together are Al Niyat, the one to the upper right Sigma Scorpii, the one to the lower left Tau Scorpii. The three brightest stars in the upper right hand corner (from top to bottom, Graffias, Dschubba, and Pi Scorpii) make the Scorpion's head. Jabbah appears just up and to the left of Graffias.

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Click to visit site The scorpion's stinger is represented by the close pair of stars toward the lower left, the brighter one Shaula, the fainter Lesath. Down at the bottom of the curved tail is Girtab. At the western bend in the tail in south central Scorpius lies Zeta Scorpii, which consists of nearby (Zeta-2) and one of the most luminous stars of the Galaxy, Zeta-1. Iota is the tail's easternmost star. Rho Oph can also be seen in context in Ophiuchus. The solar-type star 18 Sco is on the Scorpius-Ophiuchus border. The Milky Way can be seen faintly at left. The globular cluster M4 is just to the right of Antares.

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Scorpius, the Scorpion, from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603. The horizontal dashed line near the across the center is the ecliptic. The broad dark band at the top is centered on the ecliptic, and shows the region in which the Moon and planets can be found. The first magnitude star Antares (Alpha) dominates the stellar scene. The claws in Bayer's time were taken as Xi Scorpii and Sigma Scorpii (Zubenhakrabi), the latter now part of Libra and called Sigma Librae,

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