Athena's Web Weekly Column
Week of Oct 20th - Oct 26th, 2006
Over the course of the next week, there is going to be a sizeable influx of activity into Scorpio.
Whenever planets group together in a sign, it increases the power and magnitude of how these celestal vibrations impact us, for better or worse. Possibly more than any other, Scorpio is a sign of extremes. This is perhaps best seen in the parts of the body said to be ruled by Scorpio, diplomatically called the 'organs of elimination'. In a curious concentration of forces, these are the parts of the body that are concerned with the waste and by-products of our system. All the things we eat which the body cannot use are jettisoned here.
But while we discuss what seems to be opposite ends of creation's spectrum, know that the power with which these forces impact us go far beyond this sanitized labeling. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, which is to say it represents focused and sustained emotions. On the high side, it can represent great riches and resources, or it can be sensuality, passion and orgasm. On the flip side (does anything plumb lower than the low side of Scorpio?), Scorpio can represent rape, murder and grief, actions and emotions which can take lifetimes to heal.
Last week, we took at look at Pluto squaring the US Midheaven, an alignment which will be exact at the end of this month. Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio and the Lord of this realm. It represents the concentrated heart of Scorpio. When Pluto triggers a chart like this, hidden elements of our personality, normally kept from public view, can be exposed. As a result in Congress now there are a number of representatives who are or recently have been accused of various crimes and ethics violations. This is as we would expect under this alignment.
When the progressed US Midheaven conjuncted natal Pluto at the end of the 19th century, one of the darkest episodes in our history occurred as we massacred much of the Philippine indigenous population, in one of the last chapters of overt colonial conquest. You won't find much written about it in the history books, but after winning over the territories from the Spanish, the modern engine of technological warfare butchered an indigenous population whose desire to remain independent left thousands of native Philippines slaughtered in piles across the islands.
Because of the secretive side of Scorpio's nature, many of the crimes committed while under the influence of the dark light never become known. But hidden in the seed of this sign is also the transformative power to rise from the ashes, to transmute the powers of darkness in the realization of life's continuity, unity and spiritual core. Like the Phoenix, it holds the potential for a life reborn.
Passing the trial is simple. All one has to do is overcome the fear of death itself.