Scorpio and its Strange Karma

I have written two posts on Scorpio. One on Scorpio ascendant and the other on Moon in Scorpio. One friend, a Scorpio Moon herself, called up to say that the posts are very accurate but a bit harsh. But Scorpio, as a sign, is very harsh, on others and on its own self too. You cannot sugar-coat the Scorpio! The most occult of the signs, it is perhaps the most powerful sign of the zodiac. The natural 8th of the zodiac, in charge of the sudden terrifying transformations which change you forever in an instant. And Scorpio cannot be understood unless you step into the metaphysical. Scorpio is the structure of the nadis and the pran movement in them. Mars, its ruler, is the energy of life, death and the uncharted beyond. Mars’s other sign Aries, is the physical body and the power coursing through it. Scorpio is the occult/ pranic body and its power, ie pran/ vital energy.

If you have your ascendant in Scorpio or your Moon sign is Scorpio in in your birth chart (or even the navamsha D9 chart), you are a very different individual.

Scorpio and its strange Karma

A scorpion has three appendages of power, two claws and one tail sting. These three are, metaphorically, the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna nadi-s. This animal has an articulated body tapering in the sting, something like the vertebral column. The tail sting would then be the location of the Kundalini for the higher Scorpios and the sex organs for the lower ones. As a Scorpio, you always have the choice to feed desire/ energy to the sex organs or the Kundalini. It is either one or the other, you cannot have both at the same time.

Generally Scorpios have some imbalance in their Ida and Pingala nadis. This is the reason for the extreme touchiness, sensitivity to slights and the subsequent triggered aggression. Ida the Chandra-nadi is connected to the Moon. When Ida is active you use the pran you pull in for your nourishment and growth. Pingala is the Surya-nadi, when it is active, you burn your reserve energy, you use up pran to project yourself on others. The neutral Sushumna nadi is available for very brief periods where you can briefly be in touch with your spiritual self, there is no coming or no going of energy, it is a state of perfect stillness in terms of energy. General Scorpios cannot balance their Ida and Pingala energies which leads to their typical harsh Scorpio nature. Balancing the flow of pran in these nadis requires knowledge of their working, the desire to control them and extreme focus. Only then can you control the movement of pran and guide it consciously in the subtlest nadis. In case you do manage to do so, ie by regular spiritual practice, you can eventually access the Sushumna, wake the Kundalini, guide it till the Brahma-randhra and possibly gain the prize of self-realization. This biggest prize requires the hardest work, the strictest focus and the greatest sacrifices, but it is very much worth it.

Scorpions are solitary animals, they avoid contact with other animals, except when they want to attack or eat them. They also avoid contact with their own species unless they have to fight or mate. And it is a fight to the death. And after mating the female generally devours the male. This is a clear indication of the Scorpios highly individualistic and inherently aggressive nature.

Sexual and sensual passion is a part of the Scorpio world, but this reflects the lower nature of Scorpio. A lower energy Scorpio desires personal gratification and gets lost in this sensation for a life-time. This causes him harm in the long run and the end of life is often bitter and alone. But then just look at the spiritual equivalent of this physical act, this indicates merger of the individual soul into the Eternal! Those higher Scorpios who have understood this secret, focus on this higher aspect, balance their Ida/Pingala, access their Sushumna, drive the pran and then the Kundalini into it and achieve realization. The ability to consciously control pran/ Kundalini is the most important exclusive ability of Scorpio. (If you study the charts of enlightened Seers, you will see Scorpio or the 8th house or Mars playing an important role in either the birth chart or the Navamsha charts.)

As a Scorpio, you are aggressive but subtle, your real power is the psychological, astral, occult, stuff definitely not of the physical world. You hide your nature, your objectives and actions. There is nothing visible about your behaviour which can put others on alert. And your actions are always very lethal, targeted, focussed. A Scorpio will study his target with his unusual intelligence, will identify the most vulnerable points and eventually will attack. The basic nature is to dominate, to control. (But what should really be controlled? What is the ultimate thing you can dominate with your Will? Where should you focus your unusual intelligence on? Ask yourself.)

Scorpio is the energy of ‘secret depths’, you know how to use this confidently. This talent is exclusive to Scorpio. In the lower energy form, this means the utter depths of sexuality and base emotions, cruelty, separations, breaking, dominance, indifference etc. A Scorpio knows how to use physical intimacy or emotional tools to get back at people whom he thinks have insulted or rebelled against him. He can turn physical pleasures to physical punishment in an instant. In case a Scorpio has learnt to control pran, but not his nature as yet, if provoked, he can attack on the astral, psychic or occult levels too, this can get very dangerous for all concerned.

Scorpios are sensitive, ie cannot stand it if someone defies them. But here, the underlying emotion strangely is a secret fear! So if you are influenced by Scorpio, do think on this sometime. What are you deeply afraid of? Rejection, pain, suffering, loneliness, loss of control (over what?), abandonment? If Scorpio is involved, it always indicates a deep karmic fear which exists in the psychological realms. The source of this karmic fear is a secret kept away from your conscious self. This fear can be addressed by deep introspection, mediation or some spiritual practice where you delve into your own subconscious and face whatever is shown to you with your characteristic courage.

Scorpio and its strange Karma

Moon is debilitated in this sign, this is a very significant information. It is a warning and an opportunity both. (No planet is exalted in Scorpio.)

  • This Moon’s extreme discomfort in Scorpio means that the Mind can get deeply engrossed in the lower sensual, material, Mooladhar chakra related stuff, the ‘dull’ energy. If you remain passive, let your mind flow uncontrolled in the sensory urges of this lowest Mooladhar chakra, if you do not attempt to consciously control it, you will eventually be in trouble. The typical destructive nature of Scorpio will be given its full expression. Destructive for yourself and also for the others around you.
  • Or because this Moon’s energies are so different, the mind can be more easily subsumed by the Will. This will later lead to the Unmani-avastha, ‘absence’ of mind, which is an essential step in self-realization. But for this to happen, you have to consciously rein in your attraction to his senses. The vicious cycle of materialistic desires has to be broken. The consciousness has to be kept in strict control at all times. Especially after you starts your spiritual practice, start waking up your pranic power/ Kundalini. In such a situation you cannot afford to let your lower sensory desires to influence your Mind. If you lose control at this stage then you can become very dangerous as everything spirals out of your conscious control.

A very strong sign Scorpio, you, born with its influence are very tough. It is impossible to win over, dominate, influence or break a Scorpio. There is a core of subtle strength within you which defends, offends, avenges and revenges. If  someone crosses you, you can go to any extent to revenge yourself. You have the unfathomable reserves of strength and the ability to carry on through circumstances which would utterly terrify others.

( I have mentioned that Scorpio in D1 birth chart would give the outer actual behaviour and Scorpio in the navamsha would indicate the core, the potential, the expectations that one has in life. So if you are D1 Scorpio and D9 Sagittarius, your outer behaviour will be as per Scorpio’s attributes. But the inner core will be Sagittarius. So you have divine luck, blessings, positive karma and auspicious merits hidden within you. You will have to focus on these inner attributes and bring them out in your outer behaviour. The outer harsh Scorpio manner can be managed easily with a bit of conscious effort as Sagittarius grants benevolence and ability to accept things on faith. You might feel a bit contradictory in the initial life, as your outer actions may go against your inner inclinations. But later as planets mature this could become a harmonious combination as these two signs are placed one after the other, they represent a continuing evolution. If you wish to do spiritual practice, use the higher Scorpio energy consciously, the inner Sagittarius potential will not let you to fail in your endeavour. All secrets can be known in Scorpio and accepted/ assimilated in Sagittarius. But if it is the other way round. ie if you have eg Sagittarius in your D1 and backed by Scorpio in the D9 then things will be a bit different. First no one analyses the D9 so you won’t know about your Scorpio core. Outwardly you will behave like the generous, benevolent Sagittarius but your inner core will be the harshness of Scorpio. )

Scorpio and its Strange Karma

Mars and his Scorpio. So if you feel like it, try to carefully nurture the positive attributes of Mars, eg. initiative, willingness to explore, take up challenges, face hardships, to find new things, to invent, personal dynamism, capacity to be alone, to push to the limits, fearlessness, courage to take risks, face ordeals, venture into uncharted territory etc. And use these attributes in a way which can bring positive changes in yourself and the others around you.

Scorpio and Mars give tremendous power, psychological, mental, emotional, occult, etc. But how to use this unusual power is the question. Most Scorpios do not get guidance or proper direction as they never share their innermost problems and issues with anyone. And they do not listen to anyone either. They’d rather not read posts like this and even if they do they will try to find faults in the information rather than picking up the bits relevant to them. (This is a generic post, the actual horoscope will give exact readings). Their nature is so typical that their possible well-wishers fearing their sting, avoid offering help and eventually move away (Everyone has well-wishers and more likely in the early life. Later these people are pushed away by Scorpio’s harsh nature. Scorpios are often lonely the later life). So the average Scorpio does not know how to best use his potential, which aggravates the issue. Temperaments and Choices!

Mars is a warrior, but he can also be a protector, he need not be an aggressor all the time. So, Dear Scorpio, the toughest one, find something which you can protect forever within you. Search for that prize which you can really fight for, the biggest prize ever, the Self. Search for the Self and keep it safe in your Awareness, this is the real challenge before you and this is the only one worthy of your talents.

 

Scorpio and its strange Karma

The Scorpio ascendant is Secret

I had thought of doing a series on the ascendant signs. Not the regular stuff which you can read anywhere, something that will make you think about yourself and help you grow. The ascendant sign and its ruler are the most important forces in your life. I have written about the Cancer ascendant and Leo ascendants in depth and a bit on the Libra ascendant and its compulsion to balance.

Most of us are students of astrology, so we should not limit ourselves to the birth chart D-1. If you have the exact birth time, you should also open your Navamsha chart, D-9 and see how your potential D-9 translates into the manifested D1. Eg your ascendant sign in D1 is Cancer and in the D-9 the first house becomes Scorpio, you will be outwardly Cancer but your inner core expectations will be of Scorpio. Your overall personality/ environment will be a blend of these two signs. This is real self-discovery, delving into the layers of your personality till you reach your real self.

Scorpio is the 8th sign of the zodiac, ruled by Mars, linked to the secret, mysterious hidden things and the sudden catastrophic transformations of the self. Let’s see how Scorpio works in the 1st house as the ascendant sign. If you have Scorpio as your birth chart’s ascendant, this will be your actual life, your personality, the actual environment around you. If you have Scorpio as your D-9 chart’s 1st house, these will be your innermost expectations and potential, the deepest foundation of your current life.

The Scorpio ascendant is Secrets

You are beautiful, mysterious and alluring, attracting others with your mystique. Your life, in one word, is ‘Secret’. A secret mystery, dark and dangerous. You keep secrets from your family, friends, spouse, children etc. You never open up to anyone, ever. You keep secrets from your own self! You are quite capable of saying one thing, doing something else and actually deeply you do something completely different. ‘Secrets’ is the motif of your life. Secret affairs, secret friends, secret doings, secret enemies, secret diseases, secret thoughts, secret businesses, secret secrets.

Highly intelligent, quick-witted, you always have a reply ready and are able to navigate every situation in life. But you also have rigid, prejudiced and unreasonable views combined with a razor sharp tongue and a vengeful heart. This is not good for you nor for the people around you. You have the wits to make the most of any opportunity in life. You can connect the dots between seemingly unconnected events and come to very unusual conclusions which are generally correct. You make use of this unusual intellect in your secret activities. Yes, you are exceptionally intelligent and use it for your own secret purposes.

Scorpio is typically vindictive, revengeful. You are very sensitive to criticism, alert to insults, ready to retaliate. You are very aware of your own position, power and the respect you deserve, you like to dominate others. If you ask your close friends, you will realise that you pick up quarrels very easily, you do not think twice about verbally abusing others. Egoistic. You cannot speak well, in the sense you cannot bring peace to others with your speech. There is no emotion in your voice which can inspire or reassure others. There may be a hint of accusation tingeing your every word. When you talk to others there is an undercurrent of ego, selfishness and secrecy in your voice, thus people do not feel confident about you on the personal levels. You might speak of evolved subjects but your actions show that you desire personal power and dominance. You can deeply hurt others with your speech. You may be actually be disliked by others, but you are neither aware of this nor is it actively expressed by others to you in your face. Your social circle is large, you have good people as your friends, people high up in the society are known to you, but you cannot establish a deep and genuine relationship with them. You do not value individuals, once your personal interest is done, you do not look back at them. No appreciation for the help you receive. Strangely you do not value your own existence either, you take unimaginable risks with yourself.

The Scorpio ascendant is Secrets

Highly ambitious, you desire a prominent and comfortable status in life. You expect so much from your materialistic life that you can delude yourself into believing you can attain the impossible. In this material pursuit you can get into shady, secret, criminal activities. You do not believe yourself to be under any other’s rule. Law, social mores, ethics and traditions are rather meaningless to you. You desire power, wealth and status etc material stuff, but you are not very concerned with long-term plans. Immediate situations are more in your vision. You want your immediate desires to be fulfilled and you fail to make life-time plans. This is a short-sighted personality, where the immediate satisfaction of generally sensual needs is given more importance than life term permanent gains. When later in life you look back and review yourself, you might feel deep disappointment, frustration and bitterness.

It is said that the Scorpion stings others but also stings itself. You quarrel with, dominate and hurt others, it is evident. But your own nature is essentially self-destructive and in the long run, metaphorically, you do sting your self. Short term achievements mixed with long term frustration. You are often your own worst enemy.

Health is generally average. But you suffer in secret. Mental and emotional upheavals are a routine part of your life. You are always alert thus under stress. You are intelligent, logical, you micro-analyse everything. This takes its toll on your emotional and physical health. Blood related diseases, haemorrhages, surgeries, psychic attacks, harm by the occult etc are possible. Diseases or abnormalities in the sexual organs are possible. In addition if there are other combinations, secret drug addiction can happen. You engage in risky behaviour, so accidents of different types also cannot be ruled out.

Marriage does not satisfy. Marriage is a compromise, a fair and equitable relationship where both partners mutually adjust to each other. But you can never adjust to your spouse’s wishes, you will always dominate. You generally marry into a good family but you are not satisfied with your spouse. You indulge in physical intimacy, affairs before and even during marriage are possible. You are concerned only about your own personal pleasure, your own satisfaction and your own needs. There may be some secret intimacy issue. You might not be faithful to your spouse. If your spouse sacrifices his entire existence and remains fully subservient to you, then this marriage can work. But no spouse will continue in this situation for long, there will be tension. Being continually repressed is practically domestic abuse for the spouse. This causes general unhappiness in marriage. Death of spouse, divorce, separation and multiple marriages are possible, conflict in marriage always exists in some form or the other.

Children are few and you cannot deeply connect with them either. Unless you have some planets supporting your 5th house, children can be a source of problems and frustration. (I have observed such children carry deep impressions of their early life marked by arguments and issues between the parents, which is a baggage in itself.)

In the professional field, you prefer jobs where secrecy, arguments, lawlessness, indiscipline, occult, trauma, etc predominate. So you might get into illegal activities, perhaps a smuggler?, become a lawyer, surgeon, astrologer, tantrik, shaman, etc. You will associate with a variety of people, unexpected alliances and relationships are quite possible. You will have occultists, philosophers, the odd-balls of society, negative people, immoral people also in your contact. Cruelty is an attribute of this sign and it will find its expression in your actions. You earn money by your efforts and are generally well-off. You do not like to waste money but will not hesitate to splurge when your sensual desires are to be satisfied.

The Scorpio ascendant is Secrets

You have an understanding of the other dimensions and the occult. You know that there is more to life than the material. Helping others, as a concept, appeals to you though you do not act on it. You do desire realization of the Eternal and you understand the importance of spirituality also. Maybe you practice something on this path too. But, and this is your Achilles heel, you are very passionate, stimulated by the sensual, sexual, highly materialistic and quite interested in gratification of the body. Your greatest challenge is on the sexual desire front, understand that this is actually an imbalance, the more you feed it energy/ desire, the more you pay attention to it, the more it will pull you down.

Torn between opposites is a very typical feature of Scorpio. You know what is the correct path, you know which action is the correct one, but your highly passionate nature frustrates you. You are unable to fully commit to the altruistic or spiritual path, the higher energy route, because you cannot control your Mind’s passions. And if you choose the lower materialistic path, you cannot be happy here as your spiritual ideals do not allow you to enjoy this sensual gratification either. This can lead to intense psychological frustration, which pours out in your typical hurtful behaviour with others.

Finally Scorpio at the very last stages of life annihilates material attachments. This is strangely sad that you, who for a life-time desired sensual gratification and chased after short-term desires, at the very last phase of life realise that all this was a waste. You are taught the lesson thoroughly, the tempting apple was rotten at the core.

Scorpio is mysterious for another deep reason. You are buffeted by the impulses connected to your past karmic actions. You have undefined fears, secret fears linked to these past karma. You cannot control them as you are consciously unaware of them. These impulses are kept secret from your conscious control. Your sub-conscious is highly motivated by these mysterious impulses. Life events and circumstances are most directly the fruits of past karmas. If you sink into the material then this can be thought of as karmic retribution, this results in immense suffering for you and the others around you. Or if you rise to meet your spiritual vision, this is a blessing from your previous auspicious karma, you gain the Eternal, there are obviously trials and frustrations, but your greatest ability to control the pran/vital energy and the Kundalini comes to the fore. Scorpio is the most occult of the signs just for this reason.

This choice of material/ spiritual will be offered to you only once in this life. Choose well. Once you commit your energy to the sensual slippery slope, getting back to the spiritual will not be possible in this life.

As you vacillate between hope and despair, you face your existential challenge. Your challenge is not to control your conscious actions, this is just a very small part of it. The real challenge is to understand and control your sub-conscious. A challenge worthy of your typical abilities. You will be torn by conflicting ideas, desires and possibilities. You know your motivation for the material is selfish, egoistic, short-sighted and your desires for sensory gratification are shallow. You have the gift of seeing your own naked self, but you somehow cannot bring yourself to look upon yourself. You are a secret to yourself! But your own unusual intelligence and abilities will show you your own incredible depth, with time. The trick is to not get enmeshed in tangles created by your materialistic actions in the meanwhile.

The Scorpio ascendant is Secrets

This was the very basic analysis on the psychological levels, the details and modifications will depend on your individual horoscope and the placement of the planets. I have always thought Scorpio to be a very typical ascendant. Dangerous if you do not handle your energies with intention and firmness. I have seen for people with Scorpio as their D1 birth chart’s ascendant, married life is always problematic. Death of the spouse, divorce, affairs, separations, multiple marriages, general incompatibility are a common trend. But Scorpio as the D1 visible energy, is evident on the face of it. Someone marrying this person will know what kind of a person he/she is marrying so perhaps can adjust to the Scorpio nature or come to some sort of terms with it. And you also know how your nature is, maybe you read posts like these and realise things about yourself.

But most strange are those people who have their D-9 chart’s 1st house with the Scorpio sign. Most of us are not aware of the Navamsha charts. So one never knows, in so many words, what their core expectations and potential is. Their outward nature is something else, eg Cancer ascendant in birth chart. But their core expectations are as per the underlying Scorpio nature! This transforms them more completely after marriage. So this person will show his Scorpio core with the spouse/ children. Which can be quite a shock for all concerned.

Scorpio sign is not a good or a bad ascendant, no sign is good/bad, all just exist. It just means that you have chosen a specific route to balance your karma. The sign is a collection of attributes, some are very base, some are very highly elevated. Choose the attributes which help you reach your highest goal in the best possible way. You always have a choice. One or the other.

If you are such a Scorpio, choose long-term goals, engage your energies in finding inner peace, this will mean mediation of some sort. Try to gain control over your pran/ vital energy. Try to think on what good you can do for the society, follow some sort of enabling positive philosophy in life. Surround yourself with people who wish you well, acknowledge their love and support. Control over your mind and its base desires is essential for you. There will be intermittent periods emotion/ passion which will put you severely off-balance.

There are two distinct types of Scorpio’s, the Highest Spiritual and the Worst Material, nothing in between. So Choose how you decide to lead your life. If you choose the Spiritual you will suffer karmic pain but the end result will be worth it. If you choose the Material your life will be complicated, frustrated, bitter and nothing to show for it as you express the worst traits of the self-destructive Scorpio. So your fire must be directed towards the Highest Spiritual to best make use of these high voltage Scorpio energies. Analyse yourself in depth and listen to your conscience always before you act. You alone are responsible for what happens to you in life.

 

The Scorpio ascendant is Secrets