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Week of Oct 21st - Oct 27th, 2005

Scorpio 101

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  Early this Sunday morning, the Sun will enter Scorpio, marking the dark heart of the season. Fall is the time when the Sun crosses the halfway point, on its path towards the Winter Solstice when the Sun is at its lowest in the sky. One month after the Autumnal Equinox, as the Sun enters Scorpio, it is well on its way towards this annual rendezvous.

Scorpion

Scorpion

  The implications of this journey are that Scorpios are withdrawn and internal. Their 'light' is more hidden, with the darkness predominating. Their inner nature is strong, their determination pronounced, but their overt intentions are generally withheld; proceeding silently with a focused willpower rarely matched by other signs of the zodiac. They continually seem to be in survival mode, confronting what they perceive as life and death situations. On the high side they can be passionate, exciting and magnetic. On the flip side they can be obsessive, compulsive and forcefully manipulative, attempting to coerce others to do their bidding by plying some emotional leverage (You will or I'll tell Mom about.., etc.), maneuvering them into situations where they feel they have no choice but to follow the Scorpio's will.

On a green platter

Scorpion on a leaf

      The symbolism of Scorpio is obviously derived from the scorpion. The internal passion and intensity of this sign is thought to equate to the venom which all scorpions carry in their tails. For the scorpion, it is used to kill their prey and for defense. The primordial emotions of this fixed water sign can translate into fear, and fear of this arachnid is easily seen in the reaction which we generally have for this species, our initial reaction being either to give them wide berth, or to kill them before they can do the same to us. This response is generally overstated, however, as their is only one species in the US and about 20 others world wide which are genuinely considered to be dangerous to humans. This is out of a possible 1,300 species currently identified. More often it's sting is compared to that of a wasp, far short of the fatal attraction so often rumored to be associated with their class.

  Derived from their primordial passions are also their primordial beginnings, with some species reaching back 390 million years. The tale, of considerable antiquity, that they will sting themselves to death when surrounded by fire is wholly untrue, since scorpions are immune to their own venom. However, since they are ectotherms, when exposed to intense heat their metabolic processes malfunction and they spasm wildly, and this reaction creates the appearance that they may be stinging themselves to death.

UV Scorpion

UV Scorpion

  In their more beneficial mode, the venom of the scorpion has been used medicinally. I have watched as Mayan healers in Belize have taken the tail of a scorpion, cooked it up in an open pan, ground it, and mixed it with a salve which can then be applied topically to areas for arthritic pain; in this particular instance for the knees. This attribute can also be correlated to many Scorpios becoming doctors, nurses or herbalists, learning the medicinal properties of various drugs or plants, and learning how to apply them for the obvious benefit of those in need.

  Poison or passion, life and death, fear and fearlessness, these are but a few of the mild-mannered characteristics of our eighth sign of the zodiac.

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