With the Sun’s move into Scorpio a little after 8 p.m. Chicago time on October 22, we make the collective shift away from Libra’s airy idealism and search for balance to Scorpio’s dramatic intensity and quest for truth. During the Sun’s annual passage through the sign of the Scorpion, we may be rocked by intense waves of emotion as we experience this sign’s passion and desire. In the process, we must face our personal darkness in the form of feelings such as anger, jealousy, and hatred that come surging to the surface thanks to Scorpio’s penchant for going to extremes.
Such feelings may come to us through other people, who either exhibit these emotions or behave in ways that provoke them within us. Either way, we are brought face to face with many so-called negative aspects of the human condition that most of us would prefer to ignore or suppress. During this process, we may be reminded of the secrets we hold within and fear examining, let alone exposing to the light of public scrutiny.
Scorpio shows us the folly of fleeing the darkness. If we decide not to explore our inner landscape and refuse to examine our thoughts and feelings, we likely will express this sign’s negative side by using the Scorpion’s famous stinger to inflict pain on others whenever we feel bad. We also may project our dark side onto others by judging them harshly for the very same “sins” we refuse to face in ourselves. We even may use our eyes as weapons by “staring daggers” at another person or habitually seeing an entire group or nation with hatred. Over time, such behavior leads to the Scorpionic tendency to appear cold as ice while concealing a vengeful inner volcano ready to erupt at the slightest provocation. It also leads to serious consequences in the form of strained interactions with other people, reckless driving and other anger-fueled behavior, and broken relationships.
We can avoid all these dangers by surrendering to Scorpio’s wisdom, which asks us to walk courageously into our inner darkness and stay long enough to see it for what it really is. Anger then becomes a powerful clue showing us where our lives have fallen out of balance rather than an excuse for blaming others. Jealousy becomes a clue showing us where our self-esteem is suffering rather than an excuse for being possessive in love relationships. Hatred becomes a clue showing us what we fear most within ourselves rather than an excuse for persecuting others.
As we realize these truths, we tap into Scorpio’s deep power for transformation and begin to heal all our hidden, wounded parts. As we become whole, we grow spiritually and become worthy of this sign’s priceless gifts, which include psychic ability; healing powers; and knowledge of the mysteries of birth, sexuality, life, and death.
One of the Scorpion’s greatest gifts lies in the ability to focus intently, like a laser beam, on a single goal or object. When we heal ourselves under Scorpio’s demanding tutelage, we learn the power for good we hold in our eyes—those fabled “windows to the soul”—when we shine their beams with love. One of the greatest gifts we can give another consists of seeing that person with love. This deeply spiritual act not only uplifts the object of our gaze but brings out what is most noble within ourselves. Take it a step farther and imagine the power we wield when we resolve to see everything and everyone with that same intense love. With that step, we come home to Scorpio’s true power and its potential for catapulting us into the company of humanity’s great philosophers, mystics, and saints.
The Sun continues its passage through Scorpio until November 21. During that time, may life bring us all ample opportunities to bask in loving glances and to bestow our own loving gaze upon all that we see.