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Keyword: I Desire
Best Quality: Resourcefulness
Worst Quality: Troublesomeness
ache, aspiration, bothersome, covet, crave, creative, difficult, drive, hunger, impetus, incentive, longing, lust, motivation, need, passion, spur, stimulus, want, wish, yearn.
The companion Spiritual
Scorpio exercise by Christopher Gibson is accessed by clicking here.
“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring
the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.”
When the subject of Scorpio arises most people think of sex
in its most dramatic and passionate terms. We hear stories of Eagles and
Scorpions; bursts of passion—primal,
creative, destructive, and drastic. Desire directed toward lofty spiritual goals
will, like the eagle, attain great heights of creative accomplishment. Desire
focused on selfish craving, like the scorpion that is satiated only after it
devours its lover, will consume everything around it. In either case, it is
desire that causes motion.
While the archetypal energy of Scorpio is about primal
power, its tangible influence lies in how we harness desire energy and how we
apply it in everyday life. Like Rev. Patrick Ramsey reminded us in last Sunday’s
sermon, it can move mountains.
Horace Mann tells us of the important role desire plays
when it comes to teaching and learning. The Brotherhood of Light lessons teach
that desire energy must be present each time thought and matter is moved from
status quo into a new state. The image of hammering on cold iron highlights how
impossible it is to create change without first generating the heat of desire.
The only thing achieved is an annoying clanking of metal against metal
and the only resulting movement is the effort to escape the noise.
The Thomas Mann quote calls to mind a vivid childhood
memory that tells a story of how the metal of one’s psyche can be heated with
desire energy and how mountains are moved, or—in
brick wall crumbles.
The story: I’ve just turned thirteen years old and am
entering my freshman year of high school. A few weeks into the new term I suddenly encounter a very dense and
stubborn brick wall—its
name is freshman algebra. The timing is shortly after my father’s passing. He
was the one I went to when I struggled with math concepts. He was also the one
who prodded me when I didn’t think the effort seemed worth the bother. Standing on the dark side of this brick wall, I find myself staring at
the pages of my algebra book and NOTHING speaks to me. In class, the teacher’s
words are a foreign language for which I have no interest in learning. I’m
drifting along, knowing I’m in trouble but not really caring too much—the
iron is definitely cold! First, my algebra teacher confronts me with my
less-than-impressive performance in his class which arouses some concern but not
enough to make me want to push through that wall! Then, a favorite teacher of
mine calls me into his office. He tells me of his concern for me and reminds me
that my lack-luster performance is going to determine the opportunities I have
in the future. He knows I can perform much better than my current scores
demonstrate. It happens that I really like this teacher and I feel his genuine
concern. Part of me doesn’t want to disappoint him. More than that, I want him
to think highly of me. Armed with new desire and determination I again try to
bash through that WALL. As I sit on
my bed, staring at the silent pages of my algebra book. I begin writing the
equations on paper. I still don’t understand. The effort literally feels like
I’m pressing my head against stone. I begin plotting x’s and y’s on graphs. I
move a’s, b’s and c’s around equal signs without really understanding what I’m
doing. I ask a friend for help. Slowly, somehow, in what still feels like magic,
my determination and effort start to shift the sludge in my head. I see a new
way of considering the “unknown.” The x’s and y’s and a’s, b’s and c’s are
starting to feel like a little game for which there is a reasonable and
predictable answer! The brick wall is crumbling; the light dawns; eventually it
breaks through the crumbling wall. I can do freshman algebra! I feel victorious!
Horace Mann would say the iron is no longer cold.
We all have similar experiences from which we may draw. By
making personal experiences conscious and learning to call upon the feelings of
achievement and pleasure they engender, they become a personal battery that
jumpstarts the engine of desire.
REALIZATION is the keyword for the Scorpio tarot card.
Without desire it’s impossible to acquire or achieve anything. Take notice of
those things that create desire in your soul. Look at your birth chart for the
keys to understanding yourself. Today, with an astrologer’s perspective, I look
anew at the example of breaking through the brick wall of algebra. A quick
glance at my horoscope provides insight into my personal chemistry and how my
teachers were able to jump start my effort. I have Jupiter in Sagittarius
(teachers) in the 10th and it is trine my Sun in Leo (self-esteem) in
the 6th (no stranger to work) and in between the two legs of this
trine sits Mars (math) in Libra. In my case just knowing that someone
(particularly a male figure, with my absent father and both Jupiter and the Sun
resonating with masculine energy) was what I needed to jumpstart my effort. The
triumphant result of heating up the Mars math iron was all mine!
In the grand scheme of things my algebra experience isn’t
dramatic or filled with sexual intrigue but it did help me soar. In retrospect,
the triumphant feeling is something I call upon regularly. As occultists and
Stellarians we know that each of us is unique and bursting with potential. As we
study the Brotherhood of Light lessons we discover the secrets to unlocking our
potential. With the desire energy of Scorpio we can realize anything we can
imagine and are willing to make the effort to achieve.
By Vicki Brewer
Excerpt from Spiritual Astrology by C. C. Zain
WHEN the Scorpion Grows Wings
“Through Sex Man Contacts the Inner Planes, Drawing into Himself
According to His Mood, the Finest Energies that Vivify the Spaces or the
Grossest Forces from the Fetid Border Spheres.”
—C. C. Zain, Course 7
There is a creature of the desert which lives in the arid
dust, hiding from the light of day under sticks and stones, preying upon other
living things. It has claws with which to grasp, a cruel mouth with which to
bite, and in addition, a deadly weapon where least to be expected, a venomous
sting at the end of its tail. This creature is the treacherous Scorpion.
No other animal, perhaps, exhibits such intensity in its
love making, and none is more jealous and cruel once its desires are satisfied.
The male and female Scorpion, preceding the nuptial union, clasp hands in
ecstasy, and each in rapt admiration of the other stands immobile for as much as
a night and day. The enthrallment of the other’s touch seems, for the time
being, to lift them to such heights of bliss that they are oblivious of the
world and passing time. They are entranced by the wonder of it all. Desire so
permeates their bodies as to render them motionless.
Yet when finally the spell is broken, and fertilization has
taken place, a monstrous change in attitude occurs. In members of this and
allied tribes, such as the spiders, the female is the larger. And it is as if,
satiated by the long embrace, she were consumed with jealousy of a future rival,
driven to frenzy by the thought her mate might desert her for another. This, at
any cost, and at any cruelty, she is determined to prevent. She, therefore
grasps her erstwhile lover, and despite his frenzied struggles, his mute
entreaties, and his attempts to recall to her the beauties of their recent
honeymoon, she tears him limb from limb and devours him completely.
Those, therefore, in the ancient past, who wished to
portray in the sky the intensity, the power, the cruelty and the vileness of the
destructive side of sex, could have selected no more fitting universal symbol
than the Scorpion. The oldest seals and boundary stones of Mesopotamia bear the
picture of this constellation; and it is one of the symbols to be seen on the
Arkansas Astrological Stone.
All energy, wherever manifest, is the result of the
interaction of positive and negative potencies, and broadly speaking can thus be
considered as an expression of sex. That is, mental action and spiritual
aspiration, as well as physical movement, are dependent upon desire; upon the
utilization of energies on a higher vibratory level which if permitted to
express on the Scorpion plane would manifest as cruelty and lust. Religion also
is the sublimation of the love impulse, and all art and appreciation of beauty
are its manifestations in a realm above that of the brute.
Because creative ability can express on an infinite variety
of levels, it would not be feasible to represent each separate plane of its
manifestation. Yet it would not convey the correct information if its expression
were portrayed merely on the cruel, lustful and destructive level so well
represented by the dastardly Scorpion.
Religion being a sublimation of the impulse which on a
lower stratum leads the individual to seek a mate, the only Eagle among the
constellations portrays the second decanate of the religious sign, Sagittarius.
Yet tradition maintains that the Eagle is also the symbol for the higher side of
Scorpio; and in symbolizing the four quadrants of heaven, instead of the
Scorpion being used to represent the Scorpio quadrant, the Eagle invariably has
been employed. That is, the four fixed signs of the zodiac, as representing the
whole celestial circle, are always pictured as a Man, a Bull, a Lion and an
Eagle; the Scorpion never being shown.
The Eagle is the bird which it was believed flew higher
than any other creature. At least, in its upward soaring it ascends until
completely out of sight. Moving thus upward into heaven, it came, quite
naturally, to be considered the universal symbol of the highest spirituality.
Thus in the Scorpion the ancients sought to convey the idea of the lowest and
most vile; while in the Eagle they saw the symbol of those most exalted
spiritual heights to which it was possible for man to attain.
This creative energy, manifesting on innumerable planes and
permeating both the highest and the lowest in the universe, was expressed by the
Mound Builders who left the Arkansas Astrological Stone as the zigzag bolt of
lightning. They pictured it as coming from out the Scorpion constellation in the
sky, descending to vivify the productive powers of man.
The Hopi Indians of our Southwest, however, living in a
region where lightning is a constant source of danger, where trees and dwellings
are frequently struck during the numerous summer thunderstorms, where life is
forfeited to this menace from the sky, regarded the lightning not so much as the
symbol of the sexual power, as the manifestation of its destructive use. Instead
of picturing the Scorpion, they pictured the lightning. And to indicate the
constructive trend of the sexual force they used, as Old World peoples did, the
Strangely enough, their ceremonies in which the destructive
lightning is used to indicate the lower Scorpio attribute, and the Thunderbird,
which is an Eagle, is used to portray the higher side, coincide most perfectly
with our knowledge of the co-ruler of Scorpio, knowledge which we have gained
only since the discovery of the Planet Pluto, early in 1930.
This most remote member of our planetary family not only
has an affinity for the Scorpio sign, but in a violently marked manner it
expresses, in its observed influence upon human life, both extreme
characteristics of the sign. It may partake of the highest or the lowest, belong
to the light or the shadow, produce glorious life or ignoble death.
In such Hopi ceremonies, therefore, as have for their
object the overcoming of evil and the prevention of destruction, the Thunderbird
commonly plays the leading part. It is he who at the winter solstice, for
instance, after a struggle, dispels the darkness, brings back the Sun, and gives
to earth the light.
These ceremonies, in which the Thunderbird takes part, are
held in a kiva, or chamber beneath the ground; for Pluto, the planet of Scorpio,
rules the underworld. This underworld, however, is not merely the ignoble region
of the desert Scorpion, but also the high empyrean of blue in which the upward
soaring Eagle is lost to sight. That is, it is the invisible world, the realm of
the afterlife, divided into a realm of light and a realm of darkness, into
heaven and hell, into the abode of the good and the dwelling place of the
The kiva, therefore, into which the Indians go to hold
communion with the dead, to get in touch with their ancestors and to perform
their more sacred rites, is built underground to symbolize that region where the
spirits of the departed dwell. That is, such constitutes an appropriate
surrounding for the Thunderbird to express his peculiar powers; for in all lands
Scorpio is recognized not merely as the sign of sex but also as the abode of
In Central Asia the constellation still is known as the
Grave Digger of Caravans; and Greek mythology tells us that invincible as Orion
seemed, he was finally vanquished by a Scorpion. Juno presided over marriage and
was the patron of women distinguished for their virtue. It was she who sent the
Scorpion to bring the downfall of Orion, who had incurred her displeasure. True
to its nature, it lay concealed in the ground, and stung him in the foot as he
passed. As the foot represents understanding, and as nothing defeats
understanding more quickly than passion, the significance of this story is
obvious; that he was vanquished through unwise devotion to sex.
Orion sets in the west, goes down to defeat, just as
Scorpio rises triumphant in the east. And it will be remembered that Phaeton
also met grief through his encounter with the Scorpion, which sank its sting
into the flank of one of his steeds as he strove to guide them through the
From the commencement of this sign, to the first of Aries,
where the Sun is released from the signs of winter is a distance of five months.
This circumstance, together with the knowledge that on its inversive side
Scorpio rules those forces and entities which most torment mankind, makes
Revelation 9:3-5, understandable:
“And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth:
and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it
was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any
green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God
in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but
that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment
of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.”
Because, as psychologists have discovered, the sex impulse
is the seat of most of those insistent desires which when suppressed lead to a
wide variety of nervous and mental complaints, and because the mating urge is so
strong a force wherever life manifests, the Key phrase given Scorpio, where the
Sun may be found each year from October 23 to November 22, is, I Desire.
Its energy is either creative or destructive, light or
darkness, and can express in any field. Creative writing calls it into use, all
art is its expression, the orator can sway his audience little without it. Yet
whether it takes the upward trend, carrying its user on the back of the Eagle
into rarer atmospheres, or sinks him in the mire of grossness and dissipation,
depends upon his Desires. These give the trend which the energy must take, and
the energy carries him along wherever it goes. If Desire is in the direction of
refinement, charged with aspiration to something better, his progress is
assured. If it is toward the sensual it pulls him down.
Desires become surcharged with emotion, and emotion tunes
the nerves and etheric body in on invisible energies of a similar vibratory
rate. This leads to the text: Through Sex Man Contacts the Inner Planes, Drawing
into Himself According to His Mood, the Finest Energies that Vivify the Spaces
or the Grossest Forces from the Fetid Border Spheres.
The companion Spiritual
Scorpio exercise by Christopher
Gibson can be accessed by clicking on the image below or here