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|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.
All types of power and magical operation.
Will, obstinacy, revengefulness.
Jealousy, driving force.
|The sex organs.
The lower intestines.
|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
seeks merger with Spirit
uses friends for personal gain
wants others to merge with him
|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
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
|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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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,
Courtesy of the Rare Book Room and Special Collections Library of the University of Illinois.