Scorpios, are you confused about your sun sign…? Scorpio is ruled by the very masculine Mars or co-ruled by macho Pluto, by some modern interpretations – yet it’s a feminine sign. You are ruled by emotional, normally fluid water, but are a fixed sign – more like a relentless glacier reforming masses of land and water than the familiar flow. Anyone would find this confusing, yet this is the Scorpio experience – a transformative journey to the Underworld and back. It’s seemingly paradoxical, and always mysterious, fascinating and sexy, like you!
Scorpio, the constellation, is the Great Scorpion with its vivid red star “heart,” Antares. It reflects you – formidable, riveting, and irresistible to our deepest passions. Scorpio mythology – your life story – evolves from this nightly vision. To understand that the Scorpion is mostly in the “Underworld” below the other zodiac constellations helps us to understand that it isn’t an “evil” place, but is essential to understanding this sign – it’s about getting to know the depths of you and of others.
The ancients observed the daily setting and rising of the Sun and envisioned the “Underworld” where the Sun traveled at night when Nut (in ancient Egypt, the stars of the stunning sky “river” of the Milky Way), Venus and other prominent stars ruled. Both nighttime and Underworld travel are part of our everyday experience – and Scorpio, you teach us not to be afraid of the dark!
Since Scorpio also represents the 8th House of death and rebirth, investments and other people’s money, and a major part of sexuality, we need to look to older views of Mars and Pluto to start to grasp the Scorpio depths. In one of the earliest Western culture stories, the Scorpio goddess and god would be related to Erishkegal and her partner Nergal in Mesopotamia.
In Mesopotamia Erishkegal, sister of goddess Inanna/Ishtar, ruled the Underworld while her sister ruled the earth above the horizon. With that in mind, both goddesses would likely pertain to the disappearance of Venus when she is too close to the Sun to be seen in the night sky. From our perspective, Venus never travels very far from the Sun, so she is either visible as the “Morning Star” or “Evening Star,” or is spending time obscured by sunrays, retreating to the Underworld or her Secret Garden.
Thus, when Erishkegal sent her messenger with gifts for a celebration of the gods in the world above (not being able to be in the presence of the Sun) and was honored by all but Mars – like Nergal, she was furious and demanded that he be brought to her realm of death. Nergal sought the other gods’ assistance for this journey, and was finally given gifts to pass through the Seven Gates to reach the great Goddess.
But then, Nergal and Erishkegal were both so overwhelmed at the sight of each other that they tore off each other’s clothes and made love for seven days. After that, Erishkegal and Nergal co-ruled the Underworld. So the Scorpio energy within each of us basks in this wonderful drive we have to make love, procreate and co-create, and this can often require “dying” to another. From our perspective, it can feel like that!
To reach the essential point of maturity for both men and women to raise the next generation, or otherwise nurture the world around us, requires that we go through a number of challenging experiences, both personal and spiritual. These journeys require addressing the Underworld as a part of the experience. In other words, the child must “die” to the “adult” that you have become.
If you were in the military, you may have had a drill sergeant “kill” the child within you so that the brave soldier who would die to save others could be born – think of the classic An Officer and a Gentleman, or parental love for a child. We all experience this journey in one manner or another.
So, Scorpio, your path is essential to the process of every human being’s growth, and you have a very special gift to share with us. You may draw upon your wisdom and anoint your “king” or “queen” lover in your realm of riches and wonder (wow, are they lucky!). You may share wisdom from the inner depths that so many others fear to tread, and you may actually provide this on a large scale in the form of the arts, spirituality or other talents. You are a treasure from the depths of the earth, the place of diamonds, gold and even the fuel that still drives our computers, allowing us to view this article. Here’s to the rich treasure of Scorpio!