The Scorpion is one intense little creature, with enough poison in its own tail to disable or kill a much larger opponent. But the problem with this kind of built-in biological weaponry is that it must be mastered in order to be used most effectively. Scorpios can use their “stinger” for self-defense, using their powerful emotional awareness to render their opponent harmless. But there is a sexual component of a poisonous tail also, and until Scorpio learns to control those strong urges, they may find themselves in uncomfortable situations.
Scorpio is the only sign that has three animal totems. First, there is the well-known Scorpion with its active tail. Second, as the Scorpio learns to master its passion and hold its instincts at bay, it changes into the Eagle. The Eagle has more perspective, for it flies high above the surface of circumstances, swooping down with its power only to kill prey for food. In its third form, the Scorpion becomes the always-peaceful dove. The real meaning of Scorpio is thus shown. Scorpio is about metamorphosis. Scorpios transform the painful poisons of possessive passion into a higher consciousness based on universal love.
The Scorpio motto should be, “What is hidden is more interesting than what is obvious.” They are the detectives of the zodiac. Their magnetic personality draws others to them. But they can also be secretive themselves, for they learn early on that when they express everything, others may be scared by the power of their feelings. Scorpios desperately want to have someone to merge with their feelings, but can become cold and withdrawn when hurt in love. They have the magic to light up the dark, but sometimes would benefit by looking at the positive side of things rather than going into the darkness at all.
Astrologically, the water element symbolizes emotion. Water runs deep; it seeks its own level and will flow until it has found it. The cycle of water is endless with the snows falling in the mountains and melting. The mountain streams join to make the great rivers that run to the sea. The tides and currents churn the oceans. Similarly, our feelings are flowing as they connect the present with past experiences. Sometimes the waters are so deep that we cannot put words to our feelings.
The water of Scorpio is fixed and frozen, but it is a mistake to think that ice doesn’t flow. It does flow — and with great power. Think of a glacier, moving so very slowly, yet with enough power to flatten a forest or even a mountain.
EIGHTH HOUSE: TRANSFORMATION
Since the Second House is the House of Possessions, the Eighth House opposite it, is about what other people have. This can include sexual issues, for they usually involve another person. It is also about the ultimate transformation — death — but not necessarily your own. It could be said that the Eighth House is what we don’t know and what we cannot understand. It is surely a House of Hidden Power.
RULING PLANET: PLUTO
Pluto is the Lord of the Underworld. If this sounds scary, it demands a bit more explanation, for Pluto symbolizes everything that is beneath our consciousness. This isn’t about the Hell where we are punished. Rather, it is the Hell that William Blake describes as a place “so beautiful that it would torment an angel to insanity.” As the ruling planet for Scorpio, Pluto is intense and powerful, representing those things that we don’t or can’t understand. And it is from these hidden Plutonic spaces that magical transformations arise.
Biggest Strength: your passion about your feelings
Potential Weakness: need for secrecy can be isolating