Scorpio and The Alchemist

The twelve signs of the Zodiac represent twelve different characters, sort of like roles in a play. They can be described as archetypes, models into which human personality traits tend to group. Plato had theories about mental ideas - or forms - that were imprinted in the human mind before birth.

The psychoanalyst C. G. Jung picked up the idea and developed his own meaning to the word. He stated that there are fixed numbers of models or types that we all share without necessarily having been taught them. They're part of what he called our collective unconscious and influence how we look at reality and what we expect from it. He also meant that we should see these archetypes as inner clues as to how we can grow into self-realization.

The twelve signs of the Zodiac can be seen as a system of archetypes, making a complete world of sorts. We will be looking at the twelve signs and using each archetype to help manifest that particular energy in our own lives. Notice also that the shifting of the seasons as the sun travels through the Zodiac tells us a lot about the characteristics and energy of each signs.  When the Sun is moving through Scorpio each year, nature is dying and getting ready for rebirth. Scorpio helps us to “weed” our spiritual gardens in preparation for spring “planting”.

Scorpio is a fixed water sign traditionally ruled by warrior Mars, now in modern times ruled by transformative Pluto.  Scorpio is the archetype of transformation through deep, intense experience of emotional surrender. Planets in Scorpio are charged to investigate the mysteries of life. Concealed within the depths of Scorpio are hidden the secrets behind sex, death, and rebirth as vehicles of change and release. Through transformational, alchemical processes Scorpio understands the dynamics of the soul and its seasons. This archetype is about the investigation of eternal mystery of life through probing the taboo depths to reach a realization of the spiritual power of water as the element of soul and imagination. Scorpio inspires you let go of the past to embrace the possibilities of the future. As the old saying goes, “when old doors close, new ones open.”

The house with Scorpio on the cusp is where you need to investigate mystery, probe the depths, and release passion. The same goes for the houses that contain Pluto and Mars. It is in the fierce realms of shadow and mystery that you can teach others the alchemy of regeneration and renewal.

When your Scorpio energy is misdirected the invisible and sometimes compulsive undercurrents transfix you. Remember, we have all twelve archetypes and their planets in our charts. We must be willing to claim the Scorpio in our charts, especially in a society that has repressed much of what this archetype is about. There is passion in Scorpio and the Latin root for passion means “to suffer.” When we face the dark essence of eternal being brewing within we come to our own human passion and how we are managing it. Scorpio doesn’t sugar coat life. It lives in the depths. It stings, it hurts, and it regenerates and heals. Letting go can hurt and Scorpio governs the process of change. Our attachment is the source of our suffering in life. If we weren’t so resistant to change then we suffer less. Lost in obsession and vengefulness, the shadow of Scorpio emerges causing us to smolder in danger and moodiness.