Thursday, November 1, 2007

Entering Scorpio’s Lair

As I sit writing this month’s article, the climate cools, the trees shed their colorful mantle, and my thoughts become introspective and deep. The Sun has moved into Scorpio and winter looms ahead, bringing the opportunity to cozy up to those around us and celebrate the good fortune of being in each other’s company for another year. I have been blessed throughout my life to be in the presence of several Scorpios, both Sun and Rising Sign, and since we have moved under this powerful sign’s influence, I would like to pay homage to them and to the delectable spirit that Scorpio embodies.

Scorpio is co-ruled by Pluto and Mars, and individuals can display powerful Plutonian influence, dominant Martian energy or more often both at varying times. Scorpio is a water sign, and therefore intuitive and emotional by nature. However, unlike Cancer and Pisces, this water sign holds its emotions close; feeling them, but not revealing them fully. The Sun meanders its way through the sign of Scorpio once a year between October 23 and November 22, making it very fitting that Halloween, the time of year when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is thinnest, falls within the scope of Scorpionic influence. Scorpions love to delve deep into the farthest reaches of understanding to uncover the secrets held within.

Those individuals with this Sun sign have Topaz as their personal stone, and resonate well with the colours black and deep red. The evolutionary degrees of Scorpio are represented by three creatures respectively; the snake, the scorpion, and the eagle, with the eagle being the most highly evolved of the three. They are fixed in nature, and therefore very stubborn and persistent. Once a Scorpio has made a decision, it very rarely wavers, and they will strive to fulfill their perceived destiny with a resolute passion that is beyond compare.

Those of us who have had the opportunity to know a Scorpio personally will likely nod their heads knowingly as I describe the uniqueness of those who personify the traits of the eighth sign of the zodiac. There is a deep, quiet intensity to these people, and they can make the meeker of us a bit uneasy with their penetrating gaze and shrewd annotations to our conversations. Scorpios possess great knowledge – while the rest of us are busily revealing our stories, they simply observe, offering little of their own inner world.

I know one particular Scorpio who moves coolly through every party like an arrestingly beautiful, silent, dark mist, feigning boredom until he finds a far off corner to inhabit for hours, quietly studying those around him. He’ll briefly speak, or merely nod, to those who venture up to make idle conversation, until each one eventually wanders away in pursuit of a more active participant in the merry-making. You see, Scorpio does not engage in “chit chat.” When this particular Scorpio deigns to talk, the words must be deep and meaningful. And when a person wants to converse with him, she or he had better have something interesting and intelligent to convey if they want to keep his attention. Otherwise, they may just be treated to a scornful, knowing smirk, which generally reduces the other to about one sixteenth their original size.

This man embodies the more mysterious, somewhat snobbish distain for others that some Scorpios have been known to adopt. It’s a lonely undertaking, but he doesn’t seem to mind. He occupies himself with what he deems to be higher matters; his work, his music, and his intellect. The latter of the group holds more seduction for him than the prior two, and he embraces his ponderings with far more passion than he does his long-frustrated wife. Ah, but to paint some color into our perception of this man, lest I leave you with too negative a taste…if one manages to win his favor, he will become a great help to them whenever there is a need. Anyone who has succeeded in holding his interest will be considered an insider by him, for as long as his interest is held, and could be given the honor of an invitation into his inner sanctum, a.k.a. his den, to partake of the latest installment to the wonderful wall of sound he’s constructed and will be an occasional guest at his table. If the person should have a particular talent that this gentleman finds interesting or useful, all the better for them.

Of course, Scorpios are as varied in personality as any of us, and the traits of their sign will be presented according to each one’s unique style, as well as to the rest of their own personal horoscope. I’ve known some to be effusive, talking my ear off about their latest endeavor, and exhibiting a charm that can be quite disarming. Others I’ve known can be deeply introverted, guarding their inner secrets from all, except for an occasional trusted soul who manages to slip through the iron gates of Scorpionic caution. Yes, it is possible to charm a Scorpio; and if you do, make sure you have the best of intentions. Scorpios have long memories, and if they’ve suffered a slight, real or imagined, woe to the offender who will have to watch his back against the Scorpion’s sting for the duration. And boy can they sting! Definitely not pretty by any stretch of the imagination.

There are still other Scorpios, who at first glance seem normal enough, but on closer inspection the Plutonian/Martian influences begin to emerge. It’s in the eyes. Look closely at a Scorpion’s eyes…I dare you. They can be as fathomless as inky pools, and as piercing as a lightning bolt, all at the same time. Their eyes can display a probing, discerning quality that makes one feel as if they’re pinned to a board, squirming under a microscope. I’ve also seen them suddenly become brazenly sexual in nature, undressing a person with their eyes so completely – as if the threads of the intended’s garments have disintegrated within seconds.

While I’m on the subject, there’s something powerfully sexual about these people; sometimes dangerously so. The impulse can come on swiftly, deliberately, like the vampires in a really good Anne Rice novel; taking the hapless target completely by surprise, and not letting go until they’ve had their fill. Are you intrigued yet? You should be. If these people are anything, they are immensely intriguing. They can be the most intense, profound and overwhelmingly powerful people in the zodiac. They can be the most unnerving, and the most seductive people you’ll know. One thing’s for sure; when one encounters a Scorpio, it can be one of the most memorable experiences of one’s life.

When the Sun transits Scorpio, the mood becomes intense. This intensity infiltrates our interaction with everything, from work to romantic play. Unlike the intensity that Leo or Aries can generate, Scorpio is a smoldering, cunning sort of intense. We are all affected in one way or another, and can expect to experience periods of insightful, deep focus and a desire to probe into matters that run beneath the surface of things. We become inspired to delve into matters that are significant and meaningful to us, and we are able to get to the heart of things more easily at this time. The underlying motivations of those around us are revealed, and masks become transparent to us. Our propensity for excitement is powerful, and we’ll likely approach physical love with an unusual fervor, force and possessiveness during this passage of the Sun. Be mindful of the possibility of jealousy and vengeful feelings during this time, as the intensity of our emotions inspire us to act out these extremes a bit more than usual. Good activities during this period include solving riddles and mysteries, delving into scientific work, and thoroughly exploring topics of interest.

Mercury enters Scorpio on November 11, making our thoughts more probing and intense than usual. We will be inspired to seek hidden truths and deeply held understandings. We will want to probe deeply during our communications, observe our daily experiences more closely and focus our thoughts on matters of Scorpio’s influence. Intellectual needs will become manifest through our probing for deeply buried motivations behind the actions and beliefs of others. Superficial niceties will take a back seat to more evocative communications, and our thought processes will tend to be narrower in focus and sometimes even obsessive in nature.

With that said, you may wish to utilize this time to really get to the heart of matters of significance in your life, and above all else, enjoy the ride!


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