Preface For those of you who are not familiar with esoteric philosophy – or do not know it well – I will remind you that all is energy. Thus you should simply relax and try to feel the energy rather then concern yourself with knowing all of the words. During the lecture you can ask questions if you wish. After the meditation we will gather for coffee/tea and you may also ask questions.
Why are we here? • The time of the full moon is a time of celebration. • We celebrate the energy of the SUN. • The reason is that when the Moon is full it is the furthest from the Sun, thus the Sun’s energy is the strongest. • Thus we celebrate the energy of the Sun through meditation and reflection.
Why are we here? • The time of the full moon there is a direct alignment between the energy of the sign the sun is in and the affairs of the sign the moon is in. • Sun - Scorpio - purificatory tests • Moon - Taurus - release light via speech
Scorpio Presentation • The Sign of Scorpio • The Labours of Hercules • The Full Moon Chart - Short Break - • Meditation - Short Break - • Coffee/Tea - discussion
Which sign is the Sun in? The Sun is in Scorpio. And which sign is the Moon in? The Moon is in Taurus. The exact full moon is Friday, October 26th at 12:53 AM EDT
But I’m not a Scorpio! • I expect some in the room do not have their Sun in Scorpio. • Still, you may have another planet - or the Moon - in Scorpio. • And even if you do not the Scorpio energy will still affect you - and, perhaps, as importantly those around you.
The Astrological Symbol for Scorpio Scorpions have “two lobster-like claws” and when a scorpion captures its victims with its claws, it “inflicts a disabling sting with its tail”. Scorpios are thought to be rather cunning, and sometimes revengeful.
The Astrological Glyph for Scorpio Scorpio’s glyph, or symbol, looks like a letter M with a tail. The curves show the grounded nature of the sign, ending in an upward-turned arrow, symbolizing the need for action and the striving for something higher. Some believe the symbol represents the male genitals -- the sign of Scorpio is strongly connected to sex.
Mythology of Scorpio The myth behind the astrological sign of Scorpio focuses on Artemis, who called on the giant scorpion to destroy Orion. As a giant and son of Poseidon, Orion thought much too highly of himself and forgot to show proper respect to the immortals. He did something that angered Artemis, the worst one to enrage as the goddess of the hunt and of revenge. The scorpion stung Orion, as Artemis commanded, and killed him. Artemis placed the scorpion in the heavens as a reward for serving her. Orion was placed in the heavens as well (since as a son of the gods he could not go to Hades). He can be seen eternally fleeing the poisonous scorpion, Scorpio, across the night sky.
How does this myth relate to the Scorpio characteristics? Orion thought much too highly of himself and forgot to show proper respect to the immortals. What does a Scorpio do when someone wrongs them? The scorpion stung Orion … and killed him.
Energy - Preface The difficulty in mentioning the energy of any particular sign is that each of us has many energies influencing us. One energy is certainly the sun sign we are born in, but there are many other energies. Some of these would be the other astrological elements, our karmic history, our rays, our heritage, etc. And then to confuse the issue more there is the energies of the transiting and progressed planets.
Energy - Preface Additionally there is no “best” or “worst” energy. There is no “good” or “bad” energy - as there are no “good” or “bad” tools - or as, for example, electricity is not “good” or “bad”. In astrology we refer to the energies associated with the planets, houses, signs, and relationships between them as “non-challenging” or “challenging”.
Scorpio Energy As the eighth sign of the zodiac, Scorpio represents the eighth stage in the evolution of man and his place in the universe. This stage is concerned with an emotional development that goes beyond Cancerian concern with home and family. Scorpio’s emotional involvement is not based on love or pleasure, but on the control and understanding of human emotions and the role they play in the mysterious process of life and death.
Scorpio Energy Scorpios are stubborn and impervious to changes not of their own making. However they accomplish many things in life because of their tenacity in sticking with projects when others lose patience and stamina. On the surface they may seem easy-going, congenial, and gregarious but they are also extremely tenacious with a tendency to manipulate and control.
Scorpio Energy Scorpios react emotionally to everything they experience in life. Before they take physical action, before they sort out the practicality of what they are doing, and before they reason things out intellectually, they express their feelings. Though their emotions are the strongest motivational factor in their behavior, unlike the emotionally oriented Cancerians and Pisceans, Scorpios are not apt to wear their hearts on their sleeves.
Main Challenge The main challenge, as with each of the astrology energies, is to use the energies in a positive way. To think above the belt. To be the enlightened being. To turn the challenging aspects into non-challenging ones.
Scorpio Non-Challenging Energies • Passionate • Tenacious • Complex • Clever • Investigative • Magnetic • Brave and Loyal • Social • Intuitive • Determined • Good Memory • Protective • Deep • Sensual • Resourceful • Self-Reliant • Dynamic • Totally Hypnotic
Scorpio Challenging Energies • Volatile • Obsessive • Demanding and Jealous • Suspicious • Brooding • Moody • Shrewd • Compulsive • Hot-tempered • Overbearing • Cunning • Intense • Lustful • Impenetrable and Secretive
The Exoteric and ExotericRuler is Mars • Mars is definitely the planet which rules and controls the physical vehicle. • In Scorpio, the result of all the struggle carried forward during the pilgrimage around the zodiac is brought to a point of climax through the activity of Mars. • The disciple has now to demonstrate the strength, character and quality which he has unfolded and developed within himself during his long pilgrimage.
The Exoteric and ExotericRuler is Mars • All aspects of the lower nature are involved in this crisis, and the tests applied involve the form nature--gross and subtle, integrated and potent. • The effect of Mars is largely mass effect and group results, producing great struggles but leading finally to great revelation.... • In Scorpio, it is the revelation of the vision of liberation and service; .. . It must never be forgotten that Mars establishes relations between the opposites and is a beneficent and not a malefic factor, as is so often supposed.
The Hierarchical Ruler is Mercury • We shall find that Scorpio rules and governs the fourth Creative Hierarchy, the human, from the angle of the soul and not from the angle of the lower nature. • The final struggle in Scorpio only takes place when the point of balance between soul and body has been reached in Libra and it is in Scorpio that the preponderance of spiritual energy is imposed upon the lower personal forces. • Scorpio governs "the initiates", which is the true esoteric name of man, and through its hierarchical planetary ruler, the Sons of Mind, the Messengers of Deity are revealed, but it is through Mars and the Martian activity that the revelation comes about.
Ray Ruler for Scorpio • The fourth ray of “Harmony through Conflict” is associated with Scorpio. • It is through such conflict that the real task of Scorpio rising takes place—transformation! • And while Scorpio is transforming herself, she is also encountering those life experiences which bring her into contact with the opportunities to be an agent of transformation and renewal for others.
Who are some Scorpios? • Pablo Picasso • Hillary R. Clinton • Theodore Roosevelt • Emily Post • Bill Gates • Truman Capote, Grace Slick, Dan Rather, Larry Flint, James K. Polk, Michael Dukakis, Marie Curie, Billy Graham, George Patton, Kurt Vonnegaut, Jonathan Winters, Whoppi Goldberg, Mamie Eisenhower, Prince Charles, Martin Luther, Ted Turner, Alistair Cooke, Stan Musial, Goldie Hawn, etc.
The Labours of Hercules • The Labours of Hercules is a book by Alice Bailey written in 1936 wherein Hercules needs to complete 12 tasks – one in each sign. • Each sign represents a different aspect of man’s development. • This the story of the individual Christ, crucified upon the cross of matter, and incarnated in each human being, God, incarnate in matter.
The Labour in Scorpio When a drought occurred in Argos, Amymone called upon the aid of Neptune, who commanded her to strike a rock, from which, when she did, gushed out three crystal streams. But soon a terrible hydra came to live there and a plague spread over the whole countryside. Hercules must now destroy this monster with its nine heads, of which one is immortal. His teacher warns him that conventional methods will not work for destroying one head causes two to grow in its place. The only help he can offer Hercules is to remind him, “We rise by kneeling; we conquer by surrendering; we gain by giving up”.
Hercules completes his task In the stench of the Lernean swamp, Hercules tracks the foul beast to its lair and is forced to resort to firing arrows, dipped in burning pitch, to draw it out into the open. Provoked, the raging monster attacks Hercules and battle commences—the hydra growing stronger, not weaker, with each assault. Then, recalling his Teacher’s advice, Hercules throws away his weapons, drops to his knees and raises the hydra aloft. In the pure air and sunlight, the monster looses its power and its nine heads drop, lifeless. Then Hercules is able to perceive the mystic head that is immortal. He cuts it off and buries it, still fiercely hissing, beneath a rock.
Interpretation of the myth Scorpio has been described both as a turning point for the individual and in the life of humanity. In the hydra, we have depicted the serpent of desire and all the unredeemed aspects of human nature and in the associated tests and trials are illustrated the formidable problems of self-mastery. Its symbolism is particularly appropriate in our contemporary way of life in the ethos of a consumer society that feeds selfish desire with little regard to the consequences or the pressing material needs of others.
Interpretation of the myth If we aspire to reconnect to the wellspring of spiritual life, we must free ourselves from the prison of clamoring desires. Like Hercules, the disciple must first recognize the existence of the hydra, search for it with patience and finally, with humility, destroy it. The concise reminder, given to Hercules by his Teacher, is revealing: “We rise by kneeling, we conquer by surrendering; we gain by giving up”. As long as Hercules fights the hydra in its own environment, representing the unredeemed aspects of human nature, his task is impossible. When he raises his problems above the slough of the subconscious into the light of that wisdom we call the soul, he can view his dilemma from a new angle of vision, overcome the hydra and bury its immortal head beneath the rock of the will. Rightly controlled and channeled, it now becomes a source of power.
Interpretation of the myth In Scorpio, Hercules becomes the triumphant disciple. He demonstrates to himself that he can rise above the thrall of matter and stand, for all time, in spiritual being. The same test awaits each disciple and humanity, the world disciple. But all who work in Scorpio to overcome the Great Illusion in their own personal lives contribute to the good of the whole and the progress of the group disciple.
Scorpio Hercules Question Here is Hercules and the Hydra: What do each of the nine heads present?
The three tests in Scorpio concern the three aspects of the human being as they fuse and blend upon the physical plane. • Tests of appetite/physical plane • Sex--the relation of the pairs of opposites.--These can be selfishly utilized or divinely blended. • Physical comfort--life conditions, selfishly appropriated. • Money--selfishly cornered. • Tests of desire/emotional plane • Fear--which conditions activity today. • Hate--which is a factor in conditioning relationships • Ambition--conditioning objectives. • Tests of lower critical mind/mental plane • Pride--which is intellectual satisfaction, making the mind the barrier to soul control. • Separativeness--which is the isolated attitude and which makes the mind the barrier to right group relationships. • Cruelty--which is satisfaction with personality methods and which makes the mind the instrument of the sense of power.
Scorpio Full Moon Full Moon Friday, October 26, 2007 12:53 AM EDT Sagittarius Full Moon Saturday, November 24, 2007 9:31 AM EST Sagittarius Full Moon Meditation Friday, November 23, 2007 7:00 PM EST
A mystic rectangle which includes the Pisces/Virgo Nodal Axis and Saturn in Virgo. Basically, this is the total spectrum of bodily experience meeting the total potential of spiritual experience. The Sun/Saturn Sextile opens the doorway to breaking down the barriers to seeing reality as it is. The sextile from the Moon to the North Node is an invitation to drop into a realization of oneness of all manifest existence. Mystic Rectangle - Sun - Moon - Nodes - Saturn ( - Pallas)
This aspect should stimulate the con-sciousness of the planet and should encourage spiritual and scientific interests. Sextile - Jupiter - Neptune
In our meditation this evening, let us visualise a common goal for humanity. Groups of men and women of goodwill bonding together to support right-human values. Let us use our magical powers of manifestation, and see this happen. Leaders and ordinary people alike, afire with goodwill and humanitarian vision, acting in concert for the good of mankind as a whole.
Seed Thought for Scorpio Warrior I am, and from the battle I emerge triumphant.