by Maria Barron
Welcome, star watchers, to November, the month of the sign of
fixed water. In the northern hemisphere, its time to dig out the ice skates, but beware!
Scorpios lake may be frozen on the surface, but under the stillness, the waters run deep and
Terri Smallwood, your usual
guide on this monthly tour of reflections of outer and inner space, will be back soon. Meanwhile,
the exploration she led us into two months ago, a year-long examination of the signs as stages
in the continuing cycle of the souls evolution, leads us now into Scorpio, a water sign by
element, fixed by quality, of inward, yin, feminine character but ruled by the masculine warrior,
Pluto. In the wheel of 12 signs, Scorpio emerges as No. 8
... symbolized by the loop-de-loop of above and below ... the ever-circling spiral of the figure 8.
In our spiritual growth, we like
to think of rising ever higher, but Scorpio, in its natural rulership of astrological house No. 8,
reminds us that at the apex of the figure, the circle bends. The Scorpio Eagle
soars ... and then winds down, becoming the hidden, nocturnal Scorpion lurking in the dark - the sign
ruled by Pluto, lord of the underworld. Symbolizing the concerns of Scorpio and the 8th house, the upper
and lower loops of the number 8 link the surface and the underworld, the obvious and the deep, the physical
and its loss. The typical astrological keywords for the sign and house are sex and death. You could
say this station on the chart is a little intense.
Like every stop on the wheel of the
zodiac, this one has its lessons to impart, taking the teachings of the sign before it, building on them,
and handing them along to the sign to come. Scorpios deep digging helps the soul learn to fly. Those
turns through the under-
ground, juxtaposed with the turns above ground, provide practice in the dynamics
of the figure 8.
As a figure skater practices a twirling leap on land, in sneakers, before performing
the move on blades edge on the ice, so the Scorpio energy learns its moves, probing the netherworlds
and re-emerging, learning to work the loops, in an effort to link not only the depths and the surface,
but ultimately the Earth and heaven. It is no small matter, then, that Scorpio and the 8th house are
associated not just with sex and death, but also with the Phoenix energy; with passings, but
also with what continues, both in terms of inheritance and in the symbolism of rising and rebirth. All the
signs in the stations to come, 9-12, build on these questions of religion, morality and the place of
the individual in relation to the whole.
No wonder people born under this sign
have a reputation for having intense eyes, if eyes are indeed the windows of the soul. Theirs is an intense
task. The lessons, of course, are for us all. Every soul is challenged to learn and strive to integrate the
understandings reflected in every sign. Like those born under any sign, Scorpio natives live their lessons, and those
around are free to learn from them. But do try to understand that people with strong Scorpio placements
might not always be able or willing to speak what deep-down they know. As a water sign, Scorpio feels its way along.
As a fixed sign, it holds those feelings close, sometimes for a long time.
The preceding sign on the wheel, Libra,
represented the first emergence from the lower, more private, hemisphere of the Earths astrological chart -
the natural chart - into the more public, top half. Libra, a masculine sign ruled by a feminine planet,
sought to balance private and public concerns and anything else s/he could measure with those scales, having
learned both the value of measurement and the value of doing for others from the preceding sign, Virgo.
Libra took the sensible first step in bridging the private world with the public world, taking that task one step at a
time by focusing on one-to-one relationships. Libra and the 7th house rule partnerships.
In Scorpio, the lesson leaves the coziness
of the twosome and is drawn inexorably into the wider arena of the big, bad world. By the time the lesson moves
into Sagittarius and the 9th house, those spunky Archer-animals are singing, Oh, sweet embraceable you, to woo
the wonderful world, but Scorpio is none too sure that the world is worth wooing. Theres a lot of pushing and
pulling in the Scorpio energy between the self-protective I and the scary but enticing world out there that includes
all the rest of you. In Linda Goodmans Love Signs, Scorpio represents desire. Its place in the evolution
of the signs is to teach that love is passion and learn that love is surrender. Thats a lot for a sign ruled
by a secretive warrior like Pluto.
Yet, it is an important task in life to come to
terms with the vast questions of life and death, the possibilities of ascension and rebirth, and to get some practice
with the twists and turns of those deeply personal and yet transcendent issues before one heads out to embrace the
world. In this Scorpio month, which began October 23 and continues until November 22, we all get a chance to ponder
It is fitting in a time ruled by a sign of
death and rebirth that this month is host to a pair of total eclipses, one of the Moon and one of the Sun, although
the solar eclipse will not be visible in much of the world and actually occurs late in November, just after the Sun
passes from Scorpio to Sagittarius. Still, the eclipses represent yet another Scorpionic sign of going down into death,
having ones light in effect consumed, and returning to shine again unscathed.
Down here on Earth, Steve Millers song Jet Airliner
seems to me to reflect the essence of Scorpios role on the wheel, where it bridges the close partnerships of Libra and the
very public Sagittarian interests.
Goodbye to all my friends at home
Goodbye to people Ive trusted
Ive got to go out and make my way
I might get rich, you know I might get busted
But my heart keeps calling me backwards
As I get on the 707
Riding high, Ive got tears in my eyes
You know youve got to go through hell
Before you get to heaven
Big ol jet airliner, dont carry me too far away
Big ol jet airliner, cause its here that Ive got to stay.
Now, in Scorpios time,
is a good time to go within in internal reflection on the big quesions in your life and how
it all relates to the wider world. Just remember that when Scorpios time has passed,
Sagittarius will be waiting in the outside world, ready to talk it all over and have a party.
also offers a beautiful mix of potentially consciousness-expanding transits hinging
on beauty and art while the Sun is in Scorpio. About two-thirds of the way through
the month, as the Sun nears its crossing into Sagittarius, the transit energy shifts
towards indicators of conflict. In the last week of November, the upset energy could
break through or resolve one way or another, under rather contrasting transits, leading
finally, in a calmer way, into December.