Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Scorpio/ Taurus polarity


We will begin this analysis with the introduction of the concept of Receptivity.   Scorpio and Taurus are both feminine signs, and thus deal with the reality that we are a receptacle to energy, and at the same time seek to creatively transfer this energy into other vessels for the purpose of spreading consciousness.  It is often the case that humans perceive this energy to be their own, or a derivative of their personal mind rather than viewing themselves as a temporary station of energy that is in constant flux.  

The symbol of Taurus looks much like the head of a bull with its horns pointing upward.  Using the image of the bulls head, at the center of the symbol we would find the “Bull’s Eye”, and this is connected with the chakra in the center of the forehead known as the third eye.  We are sensitive and receptive to light, and we begin the discussion of Taurus with the sensitivity to frequencies of light that resonate with who we currently are.  Who are we?  We are both the light and the receptive body.  As one changes vibration or form, the other changes in response to this.  Each of us is a combination of frequencies that dictate emphasis of form, interest, personality, karma, etc.  This is the very premise of astrology from a perspective of energy.  The central energy hub from the human perspective is the ego.  The motion of cosmos mirrors change in life experiences, and the processing of these energies generates change, and ultimately transformation, of both the inner light as well as the form.  Eventually this change reaches a frequency that necessitates a new ego and body entirely.  Physical death is not really death, but merely a part of the cycle of life.  You have lived many lives before this one, and will continue to live many lives moving forward.  This is the vantage point of the Soul, the body that gives life to all of your personal incarnations or ego perspectives.  As you experience and learn from the energy you process, you are continually transformed, and thus are ever receptive to different light frequencies. This ever dynamic process of ‘Becoming’ has been ongoing since the incarnation of our soul.  

At the Aries/ Libra polarity, we learned that the ego warrior is only as powerful as his necessity to the Soul.  We are all necessary for the Soul, otherwise the receptive feminine principle would not have responded to the masculine desire to live out our unique consciousness through the physical body.  While seeking a vessel for the fire within, Aries realized that he/she IS a vessel.  He was chosen by perhaps a higher power to carry out a mission, and that mission is to plant the seed of his light and fire.  At Libra, energy is transferred in relationship, and the status of the hero’s mission is viewed through the lens of his relationships, which is an embodiment of the Soul itself.  As this fire burns throughout collective humanity, the message of who the Aries is becomes loud and clear as consciousness is transformed to reflect this light. 
What is the source of this light to which we are receptive; this energy that animates us with our purpose?  There is a universal, as well as a physical source.  We are the receptacle in the center.  The universal may be perceived to come from “God”, or well up from the unconscious in the form of inspiration or realization.   We are always in a particular energy state, and that state is in relation to the changing energy we receive.  So we perceive this energy in some way, positive or negative, but we are ready for it, as it is the energy that in our process of becoming will help further clarify and define who we are and what we are creating.  The physical source mostly encompasses our relationships.  As we change, we are drawn to relationships that we have chosen as a reflection of our energies.  These relationships serve as a reflection of the relationship between us and our source.  For example, if we are not nurturing the inner creative light that is our mission to carry out in this life, and instead we indulge in past acquisitions out of fear in relationships that do not resonate with us, we are going to find that these relationships do not nurture or serve us in any way and will see them end in disappointment.  This, again, is the symbolism of the Libran scales as emphasis towards the past robs the emphasis on the present.  This intensifies the responsibility to carry our current mission back to the forefront, and requires that we tune in to the energies that are receptive to the energy that is meant for us, the receptacle of spirit.

We find the polarity of Taurus and Scorpio expressed through the mythology of the Egyptian Bull-deity Apis.  The fertile, receptive Bull is filled with the solar fire of “God”, and when the third eye opens to the truth that is accepted as God in current time, this bull could be identified with Apis.  Of course, the Bull is merely a vessel for the light of universal essence that we are referring to as God here.  Once transferred to the realm of the Soul, the light shines throughout the collective humanity that it was meant to serve.  Each of us has a light within us that we are meant to plant within the womb of humanity.  As our body dies, we still flourish because our light lives on within the collective.  In Egyptian mythology, Apis was reunited with Osiris in the underworld.  Osiris, although considered “dead”, ruled over agriculture, as the quality of what is planted into the soil comes back as new life.  Whatever we plant into humanity comes back to us, and when we are channeling our true light through our “Bull’s Eye”, the light we transfer to the Soul never dies, even long after our physical body dies. 

The symbol of Taurus is in reality made up of the circle, representing the circumference of the Soul, with the crescent on top denoting the Soul as a vessel or container for light.  The light is the masculine aspect of the self, in other words it is the LOGOS.  This is the creative idea, plan, Arian mission, or purpose which needs the feminine vessel through which to express and give form to this consciousness. 
When we move from masculine signs to feminine signs, or masculine aspects of consciousness to feminine, it is important to remember that not one exists without the other, and that they are mirrors of each other.  Receptivity here is the basic feminine principle, but it is the masculine principle of Spirit that animates and causes her to change form in response.  Confusion arises when we move back and forth from archetypal imagery to human forms.  Feminine does not refer to women, and masculine to men.  Humans, both men and women, embody both masculine and feminine principles.  When we think of how these modes of consciousness play out in human terms, we must hold that both play out simultaneously.  

When the world seems to yield to the whim of our desire, much like a mother responds to her infant baby, we feel loved.  This love of the mother can be expanded into the archetype known as the ANIMA.  Although the physical mother is the first recipient of this archetype projection, the Anima is the Soul; the higher body that has given birth to each of our many incarnations.  The inner fire in all of us wants to be valued and loved by her.  She is the mother of all of life, and when we find that the world is receptive to our mission as we perceive it in the moment; when we find that the world has a place for us that perhaps was promised by our mother; when our actions produce an abundance of resources, we experience the fulfillment of this promise that was unconsciously given to us by the ANIMA at birth.  By nature of coming into form, the body of the mother archetype responded to the Arian desire to BE.  

This archetype we call ANIMA, or that which ANIMATES or gives birth to life, is the feminine principle.  What she truly represents is the security sought by the ego from the soul.  She has given birth to each of our incarnations, death merely being a threshold between incarnations.  

Let us imagine the image of a Large Moon, and within this moon there are 12 small Suns.  Each of these Sun’s is a seed of creative fire that seeks to be given form so that it can carry out its mission.  The Moon itself is the body, and these Suns are the fire that animates the body.  It is easier to imagine the Sun as the large center of light in our solar system, and the moon the smaller body that revolves around the earth.  In truth however, given that we are dealing with human bodies and minds that process phases of consciousness, it is the Moon that gives birth to the different expressions of the Solar fire during the course of a year.  It is the Sun that must go through the Moon in order to experience life, love, and value.  Each Sun within this great Moon can be made analogous to the birth of an incarnation along the journey of a Soul.  The fire within us is given birth when the energy within us is needed by the body of humanity.  This imagery is a mirror of our receptive nature to the creative solar light that is meant for us, that is the star in which we must align ourselves with in order to carry out our purpose!

This entire image, the feminine Moon with the 12 Suns within her, is the Anima and the Soul.  She loves all of her children equally, however each incarnation in turn has its time to shine, to fill her with light (the symbolism of Full Moon),  to plant its seed, to enact its purpose, and then to die and incarnate into another form.  From a bird’s eye perspective, she has given birth to all of our brothers and sisters, and yet there is war on this planet between these brothers and sisters for her adoration.  Each of us feels entitled to become our potential, and at birth this is a promise the ego unconsciously projects upon the Anima. 

It is the nature of EROS, the feminine, to draw together all life as one.  We are all one integrated life force, and the energy of EROS that binds us all together is what we refer to as Love, which is not always expressed in a way in which the ego will enjoy.  It is the nature of LOGOS, or the masculine principle, to discriminate or to carry out a particular purpose or mission.   It is natural for us to discriminate against some of our brothers and sisters, for these energies resonate with mistakes we made in the past.  Within each of us is ultimately a love that serves the SOUL, and we recognize energies that we have expressed in the past which have harmed the soul, or failed to fulfill the mission of creating harmony and balance with the discriminating solar fire that moves through us.  It is the ego that separates us from everyone else.  It is the Soul that binds all of us.  It is the love between the ego and the Soul that causes the greatest source of war and conflict, and at the same time the highest experiences of love and transformation.

From the masculine perspective, failure to produce the vision of the creative fire breeds guilt in the face of the Soul.  The masculine feels inadequate, and will try to correct these mistakes well into future incarnations, as well as project on brothers and sisters that are making the same mistake.  Those that are the recipients of this projection reflect our SHADOW.  The desire is to maintain the love of the ANIMA, from the masculine perspective.  From the feminine perspective, it is to be worthy of the solar seed that we are all carrying.

The feminine aspect embodies the duality of the nurturing, motherly Goddess, as well as Kali the destroyer.  On one hand, she/we are always giving birth to new energy and new life.  As we take this new light in, the light within us goes to battle with this foreign light that threatens to destroy it.  Much the same way, new incarnated beings must face the established regime.  The passing of the torch of light does not always flow peacefully.  Both the new and old masculine form faces the Goddess, however one faces the motherly aspect and the other faces Kali the destroyer.  The soul at Scorpio is a conditioned one, and she gives birth to the new incarnation of human in response to the Spirit, as she is receptive to the ephemeral nature of his aspect.  The soul is primarily conditioned by the previous masculine seed that came before it, and in response to the ever dynamic motion of spirit, brings about new life to replace the old.  Scorpio faces this duality of the soul; the nurturing loving mother that values the new seed, and at the same time the destroyer that is conditioned by the past.  

What ultimately must be embraced is that our lives are not destroyed due to failure to carry out our mission.  Digging into the depth of the unconscious, we perceive this as an indication that the Anima does not love us anymore.  She wants us to find our way back to center until we find fulfillment.  She births us again so that we may return the wiser; with our mission and purpose more defined.  Our life is truly eternal!  Energy never dies, it only changes form.  Our individual flame does not remain as we have learned it to be, but it is added and transferred to the collective light, to that of the SOUL, and becomes one of our teachers in our future lives.

Joseph Campbell is an author of several books whose subject matter focuses on the collective unconscious archetypes and how we connect with these through our fairytales and mythology.  He retold one specifically in his book ‘The Hero with 1000 faces’ that brings to light the Taurean bull, as well as the crisis of consciousness faced upon the integration of the Scorpio/ Taurus polarity.  This story is again recalled here:

The story is told of the great Minos, king of the island empire of Crete in the period of its commercial supremacy; how he hired the artist-craftsman Daedalus to construct for him a labyrinth, in which to hide something of which the palace was at once ashamed and afraid.  For there was a monster on the premises – which had been born to Pasiphae, the queen.  Minos, the king, had been busy it is said, with important wars to protect the trade routes; and meanwhile Pasiphae had been seduced by a magnificent, snow-white, sea-born bull.  It had been nothing worse, really, than what Minos’ own mother had allowed to happen:  Minos mother had been carried by a bull to Crete.  The bull had been the god Zeus, and the honored son of that union was Minos himself – now everywhere respected and gladly served.  How then could Pasiphae have known that the fruit of her own indiscretion would be a monster: this little son with human body but the head and tail of a bull?
                Society has blamed the queen greatly; but the king was not unconscious of his own share of the guilt.  The bull in question had been sent by the god Poseidon, long ago, when Minos was contending with his brothers for the throne.  Minos had asserted that the throne was his, by divine right, and had prayed the god to send up a bull out of the sea, as a sign; and he had sealed the prayer with a vow to sacrifice the animal immediately, as an offering and symbol of service.  The bull had appeared, and Minos took the throne; but when he beheld the majesty of the beast that had been sent and thought what an advantage it would be to possess such a specimen, he determined to risk a merchant’s subtution – of which he supposed the god would take no great account.  Offering on Poseidon’s altar the finest white bull that he owned, he added the other to his herd.
                The Cretan empire had greatly prospered under the sensible jurisdiction of this celebrated lawgiver and model of public virtue.  Knossos, the capital city, became the luxurious, elegant center of the leading commercial power of the civilized world.  The Cretan fleets went out to every isle and harbor of the Mediterranean; Cretan ware was prized in Babylonia and Egypt.  The bold little ships even broke through the Gates of Hercules to the open ocean, coasting then northward to take the gold of Ireland and the tin of Cornwall as well as southward, around the bulge of Senegal, to remote Yorubaland and the distant marts of ivory, gold and slaves.
                But at home, the queen had been inspired by Poseidon with an ungovernable passion for the bull.  And she had prevailed upon her husband’s artist-craftsman, Daedalus, to frame for her a wooden cow that would deceive the bull – into which she eagerly entered; and the bull was deceived.  She bore her monster, which, in due time, began to become a danger.  And so Daedalus again was summoned, this time by the king, to construct a tremendous labyrinth with blind passages, in which to hide the thing away.  So deceptive was the invention, that Daedalus himself could scarcely find his way back to the entrance.  Therin the Minotaur was settled; and was fed, thereafter, on groups of living youths and maidens, carried as a tribute from the conquered nations within the Cretan domain.

A point was made to examine Minos in the role of the Son, whose mother had been carried by Zeus in the form of a bull.  Here we have a similar case to the Christian concept of the immaculate conception.  The mother, or feminine principle, was receptive to the universal essence, taking the form of a God in mythology and in this case, the God in question is Zeus.  Note that the bull, an archetypal image of the psyche, is projected upon the light of which the feminine is receptive.
Conventional interpretation, as expressed in Campbell’s book, is that the King over associated himself with energy that was never his.  This energy was temporal, passing through the vessel of his soul, his mission to impart this to the collective which is a physical embodiment of the soul itself.  In holding onto this energy as if it was his, he created a “monster”.
Ultimately, the fire within us is a part of the universal essence.  Life can be viewed as a gift, and once again bringing the resolution of the Aries/ Libra polarity into play, our life is ultimately sacrificed to the Soul, which is closer to the archetype of the Self than that of the ego or present incarnation.

What is the monster that is hidden in the story?  To understand the depth of the Scorpio nature, the receptive nature must be looked at from two sides.  

The sign of Scorpio itself looks like the letter M with a tail at the end of one of the 3 “pillars” that make up the letter.  The three pillars are reflective of the triple nature of the sign of Scorpio, as is the sign of Virgo which is also depicted by a similar “M” glyph.  First, let’s example these three pillars from the perspective of the center feminine pillar.  In other words, from this perspective, the central pillar is the Soul.  On one side we have the new life we are receptive to, and on the other we have the old regime with its older, established methodology.  The masculine archetypes of both the Wise Old Man and the Old Fool can be projected onto both sides.  One one hand, the old regime has the wisdom of experience on its side, as well as established material wealth or value that has been earned by its efforts to establish itself as the Fire of the Soul, the Logos.  On the other, the old regime has partially forgotten his spiritual nature, and in his attempt to establish a legacy in which his ego lives forever, has created an imbalance within the Soul that now must be healed and transformed.  The new born life is not really new, and while its having been renewed by the universal essence gives it a spiritual wisdom that is often lost with physical experience, it carries perhaps the foolish naivety that rushes in with his sword and the promise of the love of the Soul with no idea what he is yet to face. 

The Soul is the conditioned feminine nature.  She has been conditioned by the previous incarnations, and we have been born into this Soul, surrounded by the karma of our past.  We carry with us a renewed solar fire, and the mission of the Hero is to recondition the Soul to the new way.  From this perspective, it is a battle against the old ways.  

It is the nature of Taurus to hold on to the ways that produce results in the form of things that we value.  Taurus is associated with great strength, receptivity, fertility, perseverance and loyalty.  Holding on to the values of the old, and being receptive to the energies that increase the strength and foothold that these values have within us is a great part of its nature.  Its ruler, Venus, deals with automation of aspects of self.  For example, planting a seed that not only produces a fruit filled tree, but drops new seeds and continues to plant fruit trees continuously is the creation of a life system that automates the production of nourishment.  The creation for an automated production and nurture of our consciousness or solar seed is not nearly as simple a task.  A good example would be a breastfeeding child.  For the first year or two of life, a child perhaps gets its only nourishment from breastfeeding.  The baby does not have to fight to produce its own food.  It does not have to demonstrate its personal value to be worthy of this food.  The function of eating is automated outside of the self.  However, this exchange eventually comes to an end.  A time comes when the new incarnate learns what value he has inside that is essentially an exchange for the value of being fed.  This mother has a need for him, and as he is left with his own hunger that, while feeling responsible for fulfilling her need, will at some point need to address his own need.  This need is the expression of the unique inner spirit fire that he must first value wholeheartedly before anyone else can consume it effectively.  This perspective is a great example of the duality between the value of the personal fire represented by the needs of the ego, and the value of the Soul here represented by the needs of the mother.
In the story of King Minos, and all of the examples given, hold in mind that all characters in the story as well as all archetypes described are ONE!  When a story is told, it is giving the perspectives from different parts of the psyche.  Keeping this in mind will help you to understand the complex nature of this polarity.

The receptive soul is not fully conscious that the new life will transform her.  Wanting the illusory trappings of the old, she may hide the ways of the new away.  The “monster” here is the unconscious that must be faced that brings about a death of the ego.   King Minos as well does not want to pass the threshold that will take him away from the automated prosperity he has experienced.  What lies in the labyrinth is the unconscious rebirth of the self as well as the soul through the energy exchange with each other.  This energy will recondition her and bring new ways of living to the forefront.  This energy will transfer the solar light from him to her, and at this time he will die but be reborn through her transformation.  The monster as well represents the Kings fear of this transformation that from his perspective brings about the death of his ego as well as the end of her need for his him.  He hides this vulnerability within the labyrinth, aware on some level that although the collective sees him as its valued leader, that it is really the universal essence that moved through him, and that he alone is a fraud; merely a vessel for spirit.  Fearing the inevitable impotence in the face of the collective that loves him, he hides the monster away.  

The Fall of Spirit into Matter brings about duality.  Let us bring into the picture the story of the Garden of Eden.  The garden represents the oneness of all that spirit provides, and the foundation of the story is the lack of need for anything other than this. The serpent in the tree represents motion; the desire to journey outside the threshold of the garden; to experience duality, thus move into the unknown. Serpent energy is the transfer and transformation of energy.  It represents death and rebirth.  Christians may take issue with this story being picked apart as they have been taught to view it from a particular perspective, however the symbol of the serpent and the tree is found numerous times in comparative religious studies as well as in ancient symbolic texts, mythology, human dreams dating back to the beginning of any recordings of such, and is of paramount importance in the study of the unconscious psyche.  Creating on earth from the unseen inspirational fire within, our spirit, that is the very nature of life and its continuum.  However, the story is often told in such a way as to depict the desire to create from one’s own creative center as evil.  The vantage point starts from the love of the feminine, and it is that love which is the true temptation of Adam; to be loved like a God, and within him the power to create life and have domain over his own garden.  However, if not for the serpent, there would be no adventure.  There would only be grazing in the pastures provided by one who would represent both a God and the breast feeding mother.  

The story of Lucifer’s fall, or the story of King Minos divine bull as a gift symbolizing his own reign, is an archetypal story centered on this same theme.  Minos took on the role of THE LIGHT that could fill the entirety of the Soul, and in doing so entered duality and birthed a monster.  This monster is shame.  It is the feeling of inadequacy in comparison to the original light.  Let me note again that this is an important part of life, as the fixed Scorpio power is developed through the awareness and development of self-worth.

Our unique seed of consciousness shines within us within the body of the Soul, represented by collective humanity and the key people in our lives that hold us together; that make us who we are.  This collective body is not fully conscious of the special light the each of us carry that will take part in the transformation of collective methodology.   For this reason, the new incarnate faces the duality of the Soul that lies within him as well as projected and manifested without.  The mother may transform from the nurturing loving mother to the archetype of Kali the terrible mother, for she will not let go of the old regime and give the new life that she brought about the chance to demonstrate his true worth.  She is conditioned by the ANIMUS, the unconscious masculine principle from the feminine perspective.  The animus is the father imago of the soul, and she loves and holds true to her father’s ideals, her body having been transformed in the past in response to his ways of life and methodology.  It is the way of God, the father that rules the garden in which the soul grazes.  This visual is merely archetypal from the ego perspective.  She feels a sense of guilt that she dared break the threshold of his garden, where she once grazed freely upon his pastures without having to face the harshness of self-awareness or self-actualization.  We face this animus, which is the methodology and ways of ourselves in past incarnations, as a rite of passage for the heart of the soul.  It is in this way that we right our previous wrongs, by facing the shadow of consciousness that embodies what we once were. 
Separation and personal creativity is a part of life.  Embrace the fact that there is a seed of God within, and you create from this unique perspective and add to the diversity of life through this.  If not for this, there would be no Animus of the Soul, for there would be only ONE light and ONE body.  The body would never change and the word would never change.  People come together to support one dimension of the Animus, and call this religion.  Many of our world religions only serve to contribute to the creation of the monster within, calling the inner God a sin.  They are no different, having separated themselves, and seeking the faith and intuitive discipline to find their way out of the labyrinth and back to the garden where all needs are perceivably met.
To associate ourselves, ego, with the greatness of God, and through the magnetism of Venusian love, pierce the threshold of the soul and fill it with light is the motion of the serpent.  We can only acknowledge that we live in a state of duality, and much of what we once were is unconscious to us now.  We are separated from the safety of the garden, having left the automated feeding breast of the divine mother, and sought to create our own.  

The end result of this is the contrast between us and our source. (The Bull depicted as a monster).  As we reproduce our inner seed, we are continually reborn into a collective humanity of which our mother, farther, and brothers and sisters are a part.  This collective needs us, yet our brothers and sisters for the most part treat us like strangers.   They do not trust us to carry the solar light, but we do each in fact carry a unique seed of that very light.  We as well do not trust the collective, for once we give of our light, our own energy wanes.  Creative control is transferred, and others are valued for something that we created.  There is fear in the death that comes with this.  However, this is also a projection of the shadow self.  We unconsciously feel that they will be as much of a fraud in carrying out our inner light as we are a fraud for carrying out the seed of universal essence of which we have been entrusted.

I have included a case study of my brother’s chart, and the timing of his experience that was found to be shared by many.  Lying in bed one night, a vision came before him of a great serpent that spoke “You are Not Worthy”
When we realize that this collective is the intense, physical embodiment of our own needs for ourselves, it is frightening, but it is in the darkness of the Scorpio side of consciousness where the strength is garnered to create with this fire without fear that it will be devalued or fear that it will burn out.  The desire to be valued for who we truly are, a carrier of a unique spark of universal essence.  The fall into the labyrinth where value is unseen forces us to strengthen ourselves and find our true inner value.  Our creation of ourselves is a work in progress.  The way for us to find this is a mirror of the way of Taurus.  It is receptivity to the mirrored light.  It is the discernment that is learned at Libra as to what relationships and values to invest our light in.  From all of this comes the statement “Be Ye Wise as Serpents”!

Scorpio is the experience of the unconscious itself.  Scorpio consciousness, when it has reached a more evolved state, recognizes that the relationships surrounding him/her is a reflection of his own inner relationship between the self and the soul.  At the Aries/ Libra polarity, the drive to reproduce led the ego into many relationships that did not provide the proper nourishment or support to carry out the mission.  This is an exhausting process of finding the self through relationships.  At the Scorpio polarity, the soul has been used many times, and has used others to gain a foothold into the light once again.  However, it is in the darkness of these waters that the Scorpio can develop the wisdom of the serpent, and intuit its way out of the labyrinth, and reach the surface stronger than ever before.

The cause of the darkness is the differentiation itself.  This is simply a part of the journey away from the safety of the garden; away from the connection to ALL THAT IS, and the journey beyond the Threshold of the perceived ALL THAT IS, and into the heart of one’s own creation.  Hence, Scorpio is all about facing one’s karma.  The value that you receive is the value that you create.  The way that you nurture and have faith in the inner light of the universal essence is reflected in the way that the collective womb responds to your creativity.  Often we choose to cling to the safe and established values of the animus, or allow ourselves to be conditioned by the conditioned feminine, nurturing us towards the path of least resistance.  However, we know good and well that this is not safe, and in doing this we find ourselves following the father and creating the same mistake with a sword or methodology that never fit us to begin with.   When we find and live according to our true value, the collective body responds by opening its true value to us as well.  

It is the nature of the feminine to draw the Animus, or Father, and the new light, the Son together.  While the feminine loves the energy of the Father, and is conditioned by this expression of the Logos, she also unconsciously leads him to his defeat at the hands of his unconscious shadow, the Son.  In truth, this is not defeat or death.  It is transformation of light and body for the purpose of creating a stronger and more holistic way and body.  However, the father imago fears that love will be stolen from the mother by the son.  The masculine light within seeks to inject this conditioning control into the feminine soul, becoming the father that provides the fodder for grazing; the logos of physical reality.  The father’s desire is to embody the universal essence, but in doing so embodies the bull figure that is unconsciously ashamed for making such an attempt.  The collective humanity that surrounds him is a mirror of himself, in that each seek to find their own way as well and break free from the threshold boundaries that he has created.  After death, he is reborn into this collective as the son of his past, and as the son he had to defeat the selfishness and displaced values of the father, and return him to his own center of values.  In the story of King Minos, the beast is ultimately slain by an outsider whom the king’s daughter had fallen in love with.  In fact, it is she that helps lead him to the beast, unconsciously seeking to free herself of the animus and return to the light of truth.

Early in this chapter, we described Taurus in relation to the original source of the desired body.  We can make the analogy of a planet and the affinity it has to a constellation whose source of light brings out its qualities to the fullest, or again to a child whose mother becomes the source of nurturing and nutrition, and helps raise him into an avatar of the values stemming from the original desire.  The energy of Taurus is the source created from the separation of desire and form.  It is important for Taurus to be raised in such a way as to be appreciative of their personal value; of the gifts that come from the light within.  It is better for them to graze on the seeds of their own fruit rather than merely become a vessel and fodder for others desires.  The battle of this very duality is its polarity at Scorpio.  Through the many experiences of death and regeneration, the battles are primarily between the current state of the self and the many states of this past.  For example, in one life you may have created a new methodology for gardening that produced larger, tastier fruit.  You wanted others to appreciate the beauty of your creation as well, however, others came down on you for the damage that your methodology was doing to the land.  Your unorganic methods of gardening were poisoning the soil.  However, to assimilate this and go back to the drawing board would feel like a defeat to the fragile ego that wants recognition.  The truth is hidden like a beast as the product is sold to the collective in such a way that markets it benefit to the soil.  In the next life, you have a father that is a farmer that uses the product that you invented from the previous life, yet you know intuitively from the illnesses you and your family experience that there is a better way.  You spend your life as an advocate for organic farming, thereby attempting to slay the methodology of your father which was the way of your very past!
It is through this battle that each of the Suns within the Lunar Soul, given the former analogy, gather the inner strength and vision to build better structures of service for humanity.

Mars ruled Scorpio is where the ego ultimately goes to die and be transformed.  There is a war for this ego though.  From the masculine perspective, the Shadow Self is the Old Fool that stole the light and used it for his own good.  The current incarnation, as well as the brothers and sisters cannot plant seeds in the garden that is controlled by the light of this old fool.  What gives this archetype power, which is a polarity to the Wise Old Man, is that the warrior was nurtured by the mother that has been conditioned by the ways of the Fool.  And so in the beginning all the warrior knows is the usage of the sword that was used by the Old Fool, be it the father or the authoritative rule of the collective body.  In the darkness of the unconscious, the warrior learns that the seed within him is the only sword that can cut into the collective and carve his legacy.  He learns to value that which he is. 
The feminine comes back to the warrior possessed by the ANIMUS, which in reality is the Soul conditioned by the SHADOW. At Scorpio, the masculine side of consciousness must cleanse the feminine via the land, the collective, the structures of physical reality, towards a wiser methodology that serves the Soul Group rather than the Ego. 

It is no coincidence that we celebrate Halloween under the Sun sign of Scorpio.  Halloween is a time that we are receptive to not only the incarnations of our past, but also of the people that we encounter in this life that resonate with our past modes of consciousness.  Scorpio can recognize the vibrations of those that he had affinity with in the past.  Scorpio is the Alchemist, whether conscious or unconscious, and he can draw a person in through his “Scorpio magnetism” in an attempt to gain mastery over his unconscious.  The Scorpio may take one of many actions.  He can attempt to regain mastery over the resources that he had acquired in the past by overtaking the resources of the other person.  This can be done with force but more often is done through the creation of a relationship in which the dynamic dictates this in the form of exchange and automation.  For instance, in living a life that attempts to heal the soul through organic gardening and take down the regime that you formerly created that produces the inorganic gardening products, you may find that you are in the minority and unconscious of the collective.  You may find that this fight requires you to walk away from the money that your family has surrounded you with, this money having been automated much like a child breastfeeding.  This is the example of the Scorpio following the path of least resistance, however he cannot escape the fire that burns within.  The war is between the collective holding pattern and that inner light, and ultimately he must make a choice.  The Scorpio, because it understands the emotion behind the value of the previous regime, is best equipped to enter this value and help transform the soul with his inner light.  This transformation of the collective but also the self is the ultimate trial. 

The path of least resistance draws a person towards the automated breast of the mother.  However at the same time the inner child desires to demonstrate to her that the sword of his solar seed is capable on its own, and can come back to provide healing and value to her.  The feminine projects her shadow upon the woman that attempts to make herself attractive or more well prepared to carry the seed of the HERO than herself.  This shadow is in fact Maya, the illusion weaver.  The masculine projects his shadow onto the man that claims to be that Hero, and with his sword discriminates against the self and other brothers and sisters that from this perspective are victims of falling out of grace with the Anima.  Carl Jung used primarily the archetypes of the SHADOW, ANIMA, and ANIMUS specifically as archetypes dealt with within the all-encompassing archetype of the SELF.  He claimed that the Shadow was specifically of the same sex, and his logic is described above.  He described the Anima as the unconscious feminine within an incarnate man, and the Animus as the unconscious masculine within an incarnate woman.  Here we really touch on the difference between the Cancer/ Capricorn polarity and the Taurus/ Scorpio polarity.  Cancer/ Capricorn deals with specific security of the individual.  The projection of the Mother Imago stemming from the need to maintain security in selfhood is the primary motif at Cancer.  At Capricorn the individual secures this into his collective in the form of a service, cementing a commercial legacy in which self-expression can be gestalted.  However, at the Taurus/ Scorpio polarity, the definition of self expands beyond the threshold of the incarnated ego.  Here, the archetypes of Shadow, Anima, and Animus are ultimately assimilated as a part of the self.  They are projected upon all individuals, and the collective at large.  CHANGE is an unconscious process, and this polarity is fixed upon the self as a receptacle of ongoing universal change, continual return to aspects of the self in order to build, destroy, transform, and grow in love.  

The solar seed within is not created in a vacuum.  It requires a collective that mirrors the creative process.  The collective cannot mirror the creative process and be completely dependent on one creator.  While Taurus holds space for divine light, Scorpio takes control of the creative process, and in doing so makes the difficult shift from ego centered consciousness to soul centered consciousness.

Becoming the serpent, and biting the collective or aspects of it, which in a sense is intuitive gardening, can also be viewed as Alchemy.  It entails mixing the energies of the self with facets of the collective in order to build something of greater value.  The result is death of the individual flame.  When the serpent bites it wants to transfer energy, and at the same time there is a desire to maintain the Cancerian security within the controlling dynamic.  To be bitten by the snake can be looked at as an honor.  The serpent comes from light within the collective that intuits you as an appropriate vessel, and this can include one individual seeking relationship based on the intuited dynamic. This serpent also comes from the light within that intuits the people in which we desire to change and transform our soul with.  What starts as a war that is essentially the serpent biting its own tail, in fact is truly love.

The Empathic nature of Scorpio is not so much feeling what another is feeling, it is recognizing a vibration of which the individual is and has always been a part of.  It is relating to another on a basic emotional level that has its roots in the collective psyche.  At Scorpio, we recognize that we are the Anima!  Our creative seed gives life to itself, duality being the derivative of this.  We are nurturers of this light, and we project this onto others as we wish for them to hold space for our light as we do the same for our brothers and sisters.  Herein lies the symbolic nature of money, of value, given the matrix of resources that are merely an illusory substitute for the only resource that truly exists, that of light! 

The darker side of this polarity is afraid to let go of the trappings that come with the formation of the body, a vessel for the particular solar seed or EGO.  A part of us fights the transformation, and seeks to maintain a solid identity even in the acts that normally bring about transformation.  People make love with each other yet block the experience from being one of true mergence.  People hire lawyers to assure that if the alchemy of a business fails, that they will exit the other end with all the materials and trappings they came in with intact, trying to insure that the self can enter transformative experiences with no risk.  This is absolutely impossible. 
The Eagle archetype of Scorpio takes a bird’s eye view, surveying the Soul and recognizing the light of all the brothers and sisters within the collective.  The eagle alchemist recognizes that all the key relationships in the life want to plant their solar seeds of consciousness into him and be valued for their part in the creative oneness, and this is no different than his own desire to do the same.  

At Scorpio, we become the unconscious of each other.  The energy that is exchanged here moves through the inner anima, who loves the individual incarnation of each.  Both parties are drawn to each other in order to heal and return to the light of the Soul.  Let us take for example the woman that spent the summer in France to learn what it was like to be her brother, or the woman whose father left her at the age of 10 and continued to draw relationships in which his energy was projected.  In the latter case, the vibrations were drawn and if allowed, she was able to heal by transforming the perception of the vibration, shifting her personal vibration.   As far as the girl with the brother, she was able to transform her relationship with her brother, as well as her family dynamic, by experiencing what it was like to be her brother.  Both of these case studies are further reviewed in the case study appendix.

Returning to the Taurean principle; when we refer to the collective society as cattle, this is an insult.  Its meaning is that the collective is receptive to the Animus that commands it to graze on the prescribed consciousness.  This reference is to those that are blind to their own inner light; to those that demonstrate the strength of fertility and receptivity, however hoard the inner light that lies like a monster in the inner labyrinth.  

Kathleen Burt points out in her excellent book ‘Archetypes of the Zodiac’, how important it is for Taurus to grow up with a mother that engrains a high degree of self value.  We can see how lack in this area would increase the karma of receptivity to energies that could damage the native emotionally.  We live in a time now where people are beginning to realize that we live in a world where the resources are controlled by a select few.  This is not limited to physical resources, but primarily includes resources of consciousness.  Those that are asleep are of little threat.
Scorpio is pulled into the unconscious, which in the beginning is the realization of the inner light.  This is followed by the war of reconditioning the soul who has been receptive to the light of others that are not fully conscious.  This begins a war for the garden of the soul, at the expense of the light of the brothers and sisters.  There are lifetimes in which Scorpio succeeds in using the receptivity of others to carry his light, attempting to regain control of reality in this way.  Scorpio may attempt to transmit a vibration that will draw a receptive person in.  Once another person finds themselves in the underworld of the unconscious with the Scorpio, the Scorpio aspect may attempt to use the resources of the unconscious one to pull himself up and back into the light of prominence.  The Scorpio, being every bit as receptive, repeats this cycle until he ultimately comes to realize that he cannot fight the unconscious with the sword of the Animus of which he has been conditioned.  It is the Scorpio who learns to value the unique strength of his own inner light, and it is only by that sword that the unconscious monster can be defeated.  This sword is ultimately a seed of light, resonating with the authentic value and love that the soul came to share.  It can only be shared in its depth through love.  This is all a reaction to fear, for on the inside there is a light that cannot continue to live if it is hoarded and by itself.  We see the flipside of the monster, which the Scorpio is now conscious of, yet feeds as he attempts to build his own world and become the God of this.

This only makes the receptive Venusian nature unconscious, and from that point on, relationships are drawn to the self that mirror the dark nature, but also plug away at the center of light, mirroring a vulnerability that gives the Scorpio permission to free the monster.  This is the Eagle that lifts the snake out of the darkness.  

The great serpent has been depicted as light that writhes through cosmos; perpetual motion of life.  Herein we have described it as conscious direction; both a symbol of sexual penetration as well as one of energetic alchemy.  The Tree of Life of the Kabbalah depicts a serpent moving down the tree as it differentiates its energy into ever increasing densities of consciousness.  This is a symbol for creative birth into the material plane, and just as the story of the Garden of Eden, the entrance into the world of duality.  The serpent is depicted as wrapped around the root chakra at the base of the spine three and one half times.  When an individual begins the path of enlightenment, the serpent uncoils, and “swallows” the light of the other chakras which each are receptive to and transmit a range of light within each individual.  

“The Mother of the Gods” Devi-Matri, as it is from her Cosmic Matrix that all the heavenly bodies of our system were born – Sun and Planets.  Thus she is described, allegorically, in his wise: “Eight Sons were born from the body of Aditi; she approached the gods with seven, but case away the eighth, Marttanda, our Sun”
-          Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

A great omen appeared.  A snake, and his back streaked red with blood, a thing of terror!  Olympian Zeus himself launched him into the clean light of day… He slid from under the alter, glided up the tree and there the brood of a sparrow, helpless young ones, teetered high on the topmost branch-tips, cowering under the leaves there, eight they were all told and the mother made the ninth, she’d borne them all -  chirping to break the heart but the snake gulped them down and the mother cried out for her babies, fluttering over him… he coiled, struck, fanged her wind – a high thin shriek!  But once he’d swallowed down the sparrow with her brood, the son of crooked Cronus who sent the serpent forth turned him into a sign, a monument clear to see – Zeus struck him with a stone!  And we stood by, amazed that such a marvel came to light
-           Homer, The Iliad

Ultimately, the awakened soul moves with fixed deliberation throughout the matrix of his collective soul, reconnecting with his soul family and transforming the previous experiences that caused harm, suffering, and the devaluing of each other.  This is the primary result of Pluto transits, the planet of the Underworld and co-ruler of Scorpio.  When two humans come together energetically, the potential is a transformation in which both individuals “die” as egos, and become something greater than what they once were, building upon the living library of human experience.  The Threshold Guardian is found no longer outside of the self, but has been released and is now part of the inner flame.  The Guardian has been bitten by the inner snake, and swallowed up into the womb of the soul, to be reborn completely transformed.

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