Astrology Lessons: Scorpio’s Qualities and Lessons for Evolution




The Personality is developed from Aries to Virgo; the Soul is developed from Virgo to Pisces.




ZODIAC ENERGY:  SCORPIO                     SYMBOLS:  Scorpion > Eagle > Phoenix

Scorpio’s 3 symbols depict each of the three levels of the evolutionary spiral for this Sign:  Scorpion = Totally Personality-Centered >>> Eagle = Awakening to the Soul-Personality Relationship >>> Phoenix = Soul-Centered Individual.


ELEMENT:  Water                                       QUALITY:  Fixed/Feminine or Negative

Masculine signs are Positive; Feminine signs are Negative.

          As a negative fixed energy, SCORPIO is interested in values and ideas.


PERSONALITY LEVEL – Mars/Pluto                            SOUL LEVEL – Mars


RULES:  SCORPIO rules the 8th house———-Taurus rules the 2nd house

RAY:  4th RAY of Harmony thru Conflict

                   The rhythm of the 4th RAY flows from:  a relative state of harmony >>> change appears >>> tensions of struggle >>> a battle >>> death to the old form >>>construction of a new form >>> harmony.

BASIC SOUL PURPOSES:  A SCORPIO incarnation is an arduous one involving the search for transformation.  SCORPIO incarnated to win the battle of Armageddon within self, to engage in the struggles between the lower self’s desires and passions – and – the soul-centered Self.

          QUALITY TO OVERCOME:  Total selfishness.

          LESSON TO LEARN:  Self-sacrifice.

          MOTIVATED BY:  The urge to individualize and refine self.


          MOST COMPATIBLE:  Cancer & Pisces

          COMPATIBLE ENERGIES:  Taurus, Virgo, & Capricorn

          INCOMPATIBLE ENERGIES:  Those of fire & air elements – often compatible                           Ascendant energies will largely overcome incompatibility.


                   An intimate relationship with another SCORPIO means inability to recharge each other’s energy field.  There is a tendency to blend and “act as one element.”  Unless there are strong energizing elements present, there can be a slow starvation of the nervous system.  Conflict need not be present.

                   Attraction to others attuned to an element one lacks usually does not form the basis for a lasting relationship.  One or both end up saying, “We are too different.”

                   Relationships can be either “too intense” or “devitalizing” according to the energy combinations of both persons.  A strong reason for knowing the Soul Maps of those with whom we have close personal relationships.  We can work positively with what we know.

                   Sleeping together merges the energy fields and can dramatically affect each person’s state of health, for good or ill.  If in an intimate relationship with a neutral or incompatible Sun Sign, sleeping in separate beds/bedrooms can be very beneficial.  (Stephen Arroyo, Astrology, Psychology, & the Four Elements)

EVOLUTIONARY SPIRAL:  (According to Alan Oken, Soul-Centered Astrology) – as we grow holistically, we spiral upward from Totally Personality-Centered >>> Awakening to Soul-Personality Relationship >>> Soul-Centered Individual.

           Totally Personality-Centered Level – SCORPIO, on this level, is totally selfish.  The scorpion symbolizes the personality-centered SCORPIO.  She engages in a dance of death for total ego supremacy over everyone.  SCORPIO weaves a web of astral (emotional) energy into which she attracts her victims.  While they struggle within the web, SCORPIO can use her victims’ resources for her own advantage.  If SCORPIO remains unredeemed, the toxins within her web will eventually poison her and send her even further into the depths of the astral world.  SCORPIO’s destiny is then most often characterized by a series of self-annihilating experiences.  The purpose of these experiences is to create enough pain within SCORPIO to awaken her to her own latent forces for redemption.


          Awakening to the Soul-Personality Relationship – symbolized by the Eagle, this level SCORPIO moves between heaven and earth opening self to duality and the struggle between pairs of opposites.  SCORPIO has a very sharp eye and has developed a degree of objectivity and patience.  Her inner brilliance is beginning to shine forth.  SCORPIO is loyal to her family and willingly gives priority to their needs.  SCORPIO is supportive in assisting others in their creative self-expression.  She is brave and stands up for what she believes.  The desire nature is still very strong, seeking the heights of ambition and the passion of sexual and social conquest.  Still SCORPIO seeks to exalt the personality rather than rise above it.  She relentlessly pursues her desires, whether those desires are for the well-being of others or for her own personal gain.  SCORPIO is still attached to her passions and goals; however, she is beginning to realize the futility of many of her personality-centered battles.  SCORPIO is awakening to her own inner brilliance radiating from her noble heart.  The latter stages of this level are occupied with the battles of Armageddon.  SCORPIO conquers the lower self and anchors herself on the Path of Discipleship.  This is the stage of test and trial; it is also the stage of ultimate victory.  SCORPIO is tested and re-tested to make sure she is ready to become the “One-pointed Disciple” personified in the Sagittarius incarnation.  If SCORPIO loses the battle, she returns to a Libran incarnation (the 7th Day of Rest) before once more engaging in the battles of SCORPIO.

          Soul-Centered Individual – from the ashes of the lower self and its desires, SCORPIO is resurrected as the Phoenix.  SCORPIO is aflame with her inner brilliance, magnetic powers, and tremendous healing ability.  She is victorious in her own battle of Armageddon and is now ready to do battle for the Divine Plan, fighting for the whole of humanity.  The SCORPIO Phoenix is the “embodiment of love winning out over adversity, harmony arising out of unavoidable conflict, and the resurrection of the life force through a totally dedicated and self-conscious human being.”


          The I CREATE, THEREFORE I AM sign is one of the most powerful of zodiac energies due to her strong will, determination, and intense powers of concentration.  SCORPIO thrives on accomplishing the impossible task.  She possesses an analytical mind, strong intuition, reasoning powers, perception, and long-range planning ability.  SCORPIO can be extremely resourceful, courageous, and efficient.  Personal magnetism can be intense, with the ability to easily make friends from all walks of life.  SCORPIO is unwavering in her loyalty to friends.  She often has a “double standard” in that SCORPIO likes to know what her friends’ plans are while, at the same time, being secretive over her own plans.  SCORPIO is capable of extreme self-sacrifice for those she loves and will strike out if she feels they are being threatened.  SCORPIO’s intuitive perception grants deep insight into the behavior of others.  She, herself, is deep, psychic, and mysterious, with a quiet strength that belies the intense emotions seething underneath.  These intense emotions can be channeled into strong sexuality or creative endeavors that will literally take on life.  SCORPIO is innately in touch with the unconscious.  SCORPIO possesses great endurance; she will battle against seemingly severe odds.  She is self-sufficient, though not always self-assured.  SCORPIO never seeks applause or the limelight.  At the same time, she is exceptionally creative.  In love, SCORPIO is affectionate and demonstrative.  Marriage and relationships are important to SCORPIO.  Her regeneration lies in learning to cooperate and to be outgoing toward others.  SCORPIO is truly powerful when using that power to heal and bless others, rather than seeking power for self.  SCORPIO’s goals are reached by service, purity, compassion, and humility.  When SCORPIO serves selflessly, she is truly dynamic and majestic.  The SCORPIO ego is already well formed; SCORPIO knows the depths of her being.

NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS:  (Remember that as you focus on developing your positive characteristics, the negative ones tend to disappear.  Those who express in negative ways are frustrated, consciously or unconsciously, because they are not being who they truly are.)

          SCORPIO, functioning on the personality-centered level, can be vindictive, underhanded, sarcastic, very stubborn, proud, possessive, and jealous.  It can be difficult to truly know SCORPIO, due to her reserve and secretiveness.  SCORPIO’s tongue can be deadly in its capacity to sting where it will hurt the most.  SCORPIO has strong tendencies to repress her true feelings and instincts.  She is aware of her shadow side, but may try to repress it.  SCORPIO’s intense emotions place her in easy contact with the astral plane.  Astral experiences seep through her consciousness uninvited.  This unconscious access to the astral plane can be avoided by maintaining the White Light Protective Shield around us and remembering that “Like attracts like”—meaning that as we think negatively, we attract negativity.  It is extremely important that SCORPIO live in a positive environment.   SCORPIO carries on her struggles within the physical, whereas signs like Aquarius and Virgo will carry on mental battles.

A SCORPIO INCARNATION is a pivotal incarnation during which she will either progress or retrogress.  Beginning early in life, much past life karma will be resolved, either consciously or unconsciously.  Nothing is frivolous; everything is important to SCORPIO.  SCORPIO is the way out of the personality life—in her, the Way of the Disciple is revealed.  The process of death to the lower self and resurrection into the Higher Self is the path of SCORPIO.  SCORPIO’s struggles will include dealing with past life residue while attempting to reach for the Soul.  She must descend into her depths in order to ascend into her heights.


Be sure to check your chart to see what your Ascendant is.


          The zodiac energy on the Ascendant is the energy that the public beholds.  We also look at the world through our Ascendant.  SCORPIO ASCENDANT, on the mundane level, sees a world of adversaries.

          In soul-centered astrology, the Ascendant is indicative of the soul’s purpose in physical incarnation.

          SCORPIO ASCENDANT is most often indicative of an old soul who has, in prior lifetimes, developed the capacity to endure the abrupt changes and struggles that will be a part of this incarnation.  SCORPIO ASCENDANT is thrust into life’s struggles at an early age.  Her insistence on individuality is uncompromising.  If others refuse to cooperate with SCORPIO ASCENDANT, she will continue on without the support of those others.  She will risk all in order to bring her visions into reality.  SCORPIO ASCENDANT commands respect by her great inner strength.  In emergency situations, it is SCORPIO ASCENDANT who will take charge and calmly bring about order.  SCORPIO ASCENDANT is to live a life of initiations as she evolves through actual physical experience.  Initiation = the opportunity to attain a deeper awareness of truth; to achieve higher consciousness.

          SCORPIO ASCENDANT reveals that the soul is to be activated through the 4th RAY of Harmony thru Conflict.  The rhythm of the 4th RAY flows from:  a relative state of harmony >>> change appears >>> tensions of struggle >>> a battle >>> death to the old form >>> construction of a new form >>> harmony.  The 4th RAY is the RAY on which many of the most outstanding artists and musicians are found.  Thus, 4th RAY people are highly attuned to color, sound, and form.  It is the RAY of artistic beauty and talent, thus SCORPIO ASCENDANT is to find a means of creative self-expression, to use her extreme resourcefulness.  4th RAY SCORPIO ASCENDANT, functioning on the soul-centered level, can be the greatest of healers.  She is extremely intuitive.  Shamanism is innate with SCORPIO ASCENDANT.  Shamanism = the capacity to heal with the unseen energies and in cooperation with the unseen beings of our universe. 

          THE HOUSE IN WHICH MARS IS FOUND will indicate the area of life’s experiences where the lessons of the 4th RAY will tend to manifest.  Since MARS CHANNELS THE 6TH RAY of Devotion, many of the lessons will involve SCORPIO ASCENDANT & SUN IN SCORPIO’s learning to incorporate a spirit of devotion, tolerance, and cooperation into life’s experiences.  Functioning on the soul-centered level, the 6th RAY can lead SCORPIO ASCENDANT & SUN into the selfless devotion and mystical faith of the great healers.


Be sure to check your chart to see where your MOON is located.


          The MOON reveals the personality as it is displayed in our reactions to the events within our daily lives.  It also reveals much that is hidden within our subconscious minds.

          On the soul-centered level, the MOON reveals habit patterns that must be overcome or transformed in order to advance in spiritual maturity.  This struggle to overcome the negative tendencies revealed by the MOON is the “Cross” we bear (Alan Oken).  The MOON reminds us of the negative habit patterns formed in prior incarnations that created the karma we brought into this lifetime.

          MOON IN SCORPIO indicates that soul growth will occur as the individual overcomes tendencies to engage in ego battles with those around her.  Habit patterns involving the search for revenge, suspicion of others, jealousy within relationships, the misuse of psychic powers, lack of consideration for others—all must now be transmuted and lifted to a higher level of expression.  MOON IN SCORPIO can mean the individual’s ambitious desires overshadowed concern for how her actions were impacting others.  MOON IN SCORPIO has sought to repress her unconscious instincts and avoid looking at her shadow side.  It is especially important for MOON IN SCORPIO to honestly accept and work with her shadow side.  Otherwise, this very powerful energy will find negative expression in subtle, but destructive ways—self-destructive as well as destructive for anyone toward whom the energy is directed.  SCORPIO energy can manifest in a very positive, healing manner – or – through very negative, destructive habit patterns.  Energy as powerful as SCORPIO must be closely monitored.

          MOON IN SCORPIO is learning to forgive and release all resentment and emotional pain.  The difficulties in her life stem from the karmic debts she incurred through the misuse of SCORPIO energy in prior lifetimes.  When functioning on the positive level, MOON IN SCORPIO adds magnetism to the individual.  MOON IN SCORPIO needs to channel repressed emotions into creative endeavors.




          The SCORPIO/TAURUS POLARITIES work together to bring about a positive regulation of energy flow within the physical body.

          Achieving a balance between the qualities of SCORPIO and TAURUS, thereby transforming negative habit patterns, will assist in maintaining good health.  For example, achieving a balance between:

                   SCORPIO’s secretive, reserved manner – and – TAURUS’ warm, open, honest manner.

                   SCORPIO’s intensity – and – TAURUS’  laid-back demeanor.

                   SCORPIO’s suspicion and jealousy – and – TAURUS’ receptivity to grace.

                   SCORPIO’s impatience – and – TAURUS’ patience.

                   SCORPIO’s sarcasm – and – TAURUS’ love of harmony and beauty.

          Failure to recharge one’s Sun Sign energy results in depletion, irritability, and increased vulnerability to physical and emotional dis-eases.  The element of one’s Sun Sign is the fuel needed to feel alive.  It is the source of vitality and power, the resource for coping with stress and challenges.

          SCORPIO recharges by:  1) Regular association with other watery people, especially Cancer and Pisces.  2) Intense emotional involvement in her work, relationships, and creativity.  SCORPIO is such intense emotional energy that it must have constructive outlets of release.  Using the 4th RAY energy of artistic creativity is an excellent emotional release.  3) SCORPIO needs to live near a body of water and regularly immerse self in it.  The ocean rhythm is very healing for SCORPIO.  Brisk walks along the ocean are both healing and serve as an emotional release.


          SCORPIO, especially at the personality-centered level, will seek out challenges and problems.  At a subconscious level, SCORPIO realizes that conflict calls forth her greatest strength and resources.  All water signs are easily hurt.  At other times, SCORPIO will tend to maintain a pregnant silence, not wanting to cause unnecessary conflict.  SCORPIO has trouble forgiving and resisting the temptation to “get even.”  Her secretive nature may avoid any real open, honest communication within a conflict situation.  As powerful as SCORPIO may be, she is still vulnerable to being hurt.  She will instinctively seek to protect herself.


Featured Image: Zodiac Sign of Scorpio by SergeM73


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