The passion of Scorpio is to understand the source of life. To do this, it must comprehend its counterpart, the power of death. The sign of “The Path of Discipleship,” transforms shadow to light, death to immortality and dives deep into the mystery of sex and creation.
Its predecessor Libra demonstrates equality between all. In Scorpio, it’s “the urge to merge”. Joining forces with another, Scorpio gives birth to new creation, metaphorically and literally speaking. This regenerative cycle of Scorpio is symbolized as follows:
The Scorpion is the initial primal phase of development. Focused on itself it seeks power in many forms, of one ego over another for supremacy. This instinctive struggle drives Scorpio to battle to the death with its opponent; killing off what threatens it from victory. This arduous cycle of conflict will eventually become the impetus from which Scorpio will shift its unconscious relationship with power and begin the journey of transformation.
Once the primal nature of the Scorpion has been transcended Scorpio’s awareness expands, and the impulse to look deeper within arises. Here Scorpio is met with the archetype of the Serpent, signifying the need to transform. As consciousness transpires and the hidden aspects of the self that once laid unrecognized in shadows of the personality come to light, a shedding of the skin occurs. This shedding of the skin represents the transformative journey of enlightenment, which we all must make. As the personality of the ego struggles to survive so will the serpent and its venom.
As awakening continues, the Eagle is now met. Somewhat attached to subtle forms of power, even if not for personal gain, Scorpio’s desire nature is now realizing the uselessness of such pursuits. It knows it must slay the inner dragon of the ego and become victorious. This point is the departure from where the Eagle soars high above the lands.
The sharp eye of the Eagle attains clarity of sight and chooses how it will to respond. Knowing it cannot control the winds of life, Scorpio becomes the witness and observes rather than strikes.
To further transform, Scorpio knows it must first die for only with death can Scorpio be reborn. Rising out of the ashes, the Eagle is transformed and resurrected into the Phoenix. The desires and fears of the personality no longer reside in the shadows. Fear of darkness no longer dictates survival and Scorpio trusts the flow of life, transcending desire into selflessness and fear into love. Scorpio has now become a vessel of transformation.
If we can all see ourselves through the cycle of Scorpio’s Journey we can realize that the path is a series of little deaths. We all grow and therefore change through the relationships and challenges encountered along our way. We leave behind what no longer serves us whether we choose to or it has been chosen for us. Regardless, we shed our skin.
True power is life force energy and its purpose is to be life giving. The embodiment of this archetype symbolizes the immortality of the soul. By seeing beyond our personality through the evolution of Scorpio and into the soul realm we learn that life is everlasting and that death is transformation. But if we give the meaning of the word “life” a physical value we will fear its physical opposite death.
Written by Teresa Campos
“Death represents a transition from one state of consciousness to another. There is no death, only entrance into a fuller life.” William Meader