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Scorpios - The Phoenix

Scorpio's to me represents passion, strong artistic or musical capabilities, and high sexual energy. They have a deep need for connection, but also are deeply independent and can come off quite confusing to many. They are interesting characters who possess many talents and strong family ties. Scorpions are animals in the order Scorpions, under the class Arachnida, which makes them a distant cousin of spiders. Scorpions have eight legs, while insects have six. Scorpions have two body segments while insects have three... They live and come from depth, so they seek depth in their friendships, relationships, and work. Commitment, satisfaction, and some fluidity as one of the 3 water signs, they are very emotional (even though they might not show it) and extremely intuitive. BE CAREFUL not to cross them, they can be very revengeful and unforgiving. Out of all the signs they do not forgive easily, and if they do they sure as heck don't forget. After personally dating two for a very short period, it's safe to say I think I'm good on them for a while, haha but don't worry, that is just my personal opinion.

This Scorpio season is said to tear down the tower of illusion and push you to sometimes uncomfortable changes. This will be a heavier month so get ready to be pushed out of your comfort zones, to make way for what you are calling in this new decade of 2020.

About me: I’m Victoria, and a part-time intern for Chasin’ Unicorns and full-time medical student applying in psychiatry, planning to work with children/adolescents, and in global mental health.

There are so many different symbols for Scorpio, and all of them reflect the intense underworld/transformation/Pluto energy that is expressed through this beautiful sign: the traditional astrological symbol representing the constellation itself - and the reputation of Scorpios of having a bit of a sting (scorpion), the animal symbol for the intensity and piercing nature of Scorpios (eagle), and my personal favorite, the mythical creature of the life-death-rebirth cycle (phoenix). All three of these symbols represent essential aspects of Scorpio that we all get to delve into as we move through the Scorpio season and reflect on the planets in the sky that are impacted by Scorpio, as well as our own natal Scorpio placements of houses and planets. There is especially some extra time for Scorpio energy this season because we have a Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio for much of November!

Scorpio is a sign of Fixed Water, our second water sign in the zodiacal wheel. So Scorpio combines the intuitive, psychic depths of water, with the stubbornness and determination of the Fixed signs. When you bring these two aspects together, it can be quite an intense combination, as anyone who is a Scorpio and/or knows/loves a Scorpio will attest! These aspects make Scorpio really good at delving into the depths of the unconsciousness and trying their hardest to get to the heart of any matter, no matter what. Using their psychic gifts to explore the hidden, the underworlds, with a drive and focus that can be unparalleled. Using the intuition as a guide for what needs to be explored and understood in the search for the truth. This is a different kind of truth from the following sign of Sagittarius; not the higher truth of the world, but just the full, raw, honesty of the reality of any given situation - with a very healthy dose of mystery and mystical leanings for sure!

I think Scorpio is so deeply attuned to the energies of its ruling planet, Pluto, and I do feel it's a space where we can take a look at the historical ruling planet of Mars as well. Pluto is all about transformation - the deep, raw, gut-wrenching, probably difficult, intense, turn-your-world-upside-down kind of transformation that we all go through during our lives at some point. We will realize that we are in a constant life-death-rebirth cycle and that none of those transition points are really easy to pass through. Something truly beautiful can await us on the other side, and it can be so so worth going through that metamorphosis.  It doesn't mean that it's a walk in the park. It doesn't have to be scary, and yet it is so impactful! Pluto rules the card of Judgement in the tarot, which is really all about our great awakenings and the realizations that enable us to change course and evolve, although we may have a lot of contraction in that process. Mars was the ruling planet for Scorpio until Pluto was discovered, and while I often don't resonate with those older ruling planets a lot, I do really see it with Scorpio. Mars brings the intensity and sharp-eyed perspective that Scorpio uses in delving into the depths.  Let's not forget that Mars is associated with the card of the Tower - the moments of lightning when the false stability comes crashing down and we have this devastating moment that also provides us the ability to rebuild from a stronger foundation. Scorpio itself is associated with the card Death, the underworld transition cross-over moment when we let go of everything that was and get ready to bring forth everything that can be.

Scorpio is a super witchy and psychological sign. It's no wonder that Samhain falls in Scorpio season, as it is one of the times of the year when the veil is thinnest between this world and others. This sign is all about the mystery of the other world, with an almost spooky intuitive knowing capability for what may be and what is hidden. This truly is the quintessential sign for exploring our depths, our shadow places, our hidden areas, maybe even the parts of ourselves that we don't want to look at because it can be easier to ignore them. Scorpio is not here to let us ignore unprocessed shadows! We can get stung by our Scorpio aspects that clearly see where we need to do more processing so we can undergo a real and complete transformation. This energy is all about the snake skin-shedding process. And the process of the tress in the fall - letting go of the old leaves, shedding what was from last season, so they can conserve their energy in the cold months and prepare themselves for the renewal of the spring to come. It's hard for new flowers to bloom when space is still being occupied by the leaves from last season.

Any planets that you have natally in Scorpio will naturally lend their talents towards more introspection, intuitive gifts, and your own underworld work. I am part of the Pluto in Scorpio generation, those of us born November 1983 - November 1995 when Pluto was in its home in Scorpio. So we get lots of intense shadow transformation vibes if we choose to utilize them. The house(s) that Scorpio rules will show you where in life you may find yourself most drawn to exploring your intuitive gifts and opening up the depths of your psyche and how you may go through your shedding process. Scorpio fills the majority of my 1st house, so for me, a lot of this energy is very self-oriented and deeply impacts how I live in and see the world. You also can look to the 8th house for more Scorpio type vibes, as these are the places in your life where you may be connected to underworld and shadow themes. And lastly, check out where Mars lives as well. This will help you to understand the ways that the intense action aspects of Scorpio play out in your soul and your unique aspects of Scorpio-ness.

 

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We all need to spend quality time getting ourselves acquainted with our shadows, our depths, and our mysteries. Many of our most profound lessons and brightest stars hide within those depths. They’re the quartz hidden in the dirt of the mountainside; the process of raw power, pressure, intensity and depth that makes minerals into amethyst, ocean jasper, apophyllite, labradorite, and everything in between. How can we alchemize our mysteries for soul growth? What hidden facets of the self are we called to understand? What gems and perfection lie within the dark caves that seem like they will never end? There can be some overwhelming aspects in Scorpio most certainly, such as a tendency to dwell in the darkness, the brooding, the obsession, and that’s where low-vibe Scorpio needs to look to high-vibe Taurus for inspiration. That’s all about being, existing in this very physical plane, celebrating the luscious abundance of life, enjoying all to the fullest. It’s hard to be so full of life when you are brooding! Instead, use the shadows as fertilizer for the new growth and see what blossoms when you honor, understand, confront, and heal all that is hidden in your caves. It’s a spiraling seasonal process, not just one and done.

A Scorpio who is dear to my heart is Sirius Black. I may never forgive J.K. Rowling for killing him (although his death is sooooo Scorpio, falling through that veil into some kind of spiritual/ghosty other dimensions), even though I get it from Harry’s development aspect (anyone at all surprised that Harry as a Leo is square Sirius as a Scorpio?!). Unfortunately, it seems like adult Sirius got stuck in the brooding aspects of shadow Scorpio energy, and he doesn’t get as many chances to show us his high-vibe Scorpio. But when he does, it’s amazing. He is totally unafraid to run headfirst into the darkness. His Animagus form is the Grim, the oh-so-concerning omen of death when Harry first saw him! And, his quotes are spot-on Scorpio. “We’ve all got both light and darkness inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That is who we truly are” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, no his equals” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). “You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us?” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). I could go on but it makes me a little sad. So let’s raise a glass of Firewhisky to Sirius Black!

This season, make time to celebrate both your light and your dark. Let yourself delve into your caves and be willing to sift through the dirt and the darkness for the gems within. Maybe some Lemurian quartz are in there! Try hard not to fall into obsessions and the heavy unproductive energies of exploring these caves. Let your inner mysteries lead the way as you dig through your compost to bloom. Enjoy all your witchiness and all that is of the occult!!

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