People often flinch when they find out I'm a Scorpio. A Quadruple Scorpio at that! (Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Scorpio, Mercury in Scorpio, and Pluto in Scorpio)
When it comes to Scorpio's, we often have a bad rep. Most people know us for our negative tendencies – Dark, Mysterious, Secretive, Cunning, Jealous, Possessive, Seductive, Vengeful, Distant, Cold, ect ect. We have our positive qualities too.
Little do people know, Scorpio is actually the ONLY sign in the Zodiac that has another form! It is the Eagle, sometimes the Phoenix.
The Eagle/Phoenix is a higher expression of Scorpio power. One who transcends from the crawling scorpion to the soaring Eagle, still predatory and carrying with them the essence of penetration and patience, is now capable of flight. This flight brings greater clarity and bridges the theme of destruction and renewal as a story of evolution. The Eagle represents clear vision,intelligence, power, majesty, and Freedom.
To the Ancient Egyptians, the Scorpion (& Beetles) represented initiation into the Sacred Mysteries. They honored the Scorpion, as a dweller of the underworld, to be spiritually linked to the process of death, rebirth, and resurrection (similar to the Phoenix).
“The Phoenix is the transformational symbol of Scorpio. Like the Eagle, in ancient times the Phoenix was a symbol of the Sun that was said to live for 500 years. At the end of its life it built a funeral pyre and burned in the flames, only to regenerate its progeny from those very flames. The Scorpio nature cannot run from the destruction of the fire of its emotional intensity, but within that fire is the secret of immortality and resurrection. Scorpio is a water sign but Mars bestows the essence of fire as well and with it the courage to enter the fire and become transformed.”
At the first level of Scorpio energy, symbolized by the scorpion, the raw energy is thrust forth for protection, as retaliation from infringement. The scorpion “sting” is penetrating and deliberate. Sometimes, Scorpio is not conscious of its own power and the impact of its “stings.” When Scorpio's learn to control their stinger, transmuting their negative qualities into virtues, they then begin to blossom into the next form. The blossoming Scorpio represents the energy of survival that transforms itself anew, as symbolized by the Eagle(Thunderbird)/Phoenix of mythology, which emerges from the flames of transmutation.
The Scorpio/Eagle will always have a Scorpio's basic traits. What makes them an Eagle is how they use those traits. While the earthbound Scorpio who is injured by another might brood and allow his bitterness and resentment to poison himself and his future relationships with others, the Eagle will still feel deep hurt but is able to heal himself and to not allow resentment and negative emotions destroy his life. The Eagle will transmute their intense emotions into a driving force for success & higher wisdom. Eagles don't need to prove it to anyone or rub it in any ones face – The Eagle only cares to know that it has won itself, and does it with grace.
They have no need in "testing" others to prove if they are worthy of their attention and their trust. They use their power only for good purposes and the need to "sting" others is unnecessary as they have evolved much higher wisdom and compassion.
Scorpio carries much power but power is easily corrupted. The Eagle has no use for a corruption of power as The Eagle knows that using power inappropriately is only creating new negative karma that will have to be balanced in another lifetime.
Many Scorpio's have the ability to dive fearlessly into the darker emotions of the human psyche. Like the scorpion, the Scorpio personality prefers to crawl low to the grown, hiding in dark corners, hidden from sight, ready to sting and destroy if threatened in any way. This illustrates the influence of Mars on the earth-bound nature Scorpio, the aggressive intensity of rage and self-protection. The Eagle shares with the scorpion the ability to strike at a moment’s notice, but where the Scorpion’s journey is low to the ground the Eagle soars above the earth, proud and free. The Eagle has a probing eye that sees what others miss and like the Mars warrior, is very aware of the subtle dynamics of power. The essence of the Eagle is the clarity of insight & depth of penetration most Scorpios possess. With their Eagle's eyes, these illuminated Scorpios see what others miss. They discern hidden motives; they ferret out secret flaws and vulnerabilities. And yet they are not about exploiting others' weaknesses to their own advantage such as the lower Scorpio.
Among Scorpio's most important tasks, astrologers say, are ridding themselves of the tendency to be judgmental and tempering their insight with compassion. Those who manage this difficult assignment manifest the virtues of the Phoenix, the redemptive third aspect of the sign.
Like the Phoenix, Scorpios are survivors. Emotionally they may perish in the ashes of their own destructive nature. But they can also transcend and transform; they can bring forth from the ashes new and shining life. During this phase their intense perceptions will bend toward compassion & understanding, rather than judgment. Their eroticism will reach beyond passion, toward love.
“The Phoenix type of Scorpio experiences many “little deaths” in its lifetime, because it’s here to transform itself, through an alchemical trial by fire, into a finer, more precious personal essence. The energy carried by this type can metamorphosize everyone it touches. These are some of the most powerful people on the planet, particularly emotionally.”
Ideally, the transformation that occurs is one that purges them of their tendency to judge others while leaving their discernment intact. The phoenix represents the capacity for empathetic observation without judgment, and therefore the capacity for compassion
Most Scorpio's tend to feel themselves on this spiritual quest of transformation, as their depth of minds are equally attracted to higher philosophy and depth psychology. Scorpios have the capacity for high spiritual development, but, astrologers say, their path toward it is the most difficult in the zodiac. They must be alchemists, transmuting dark nature and selfish impulse into purified desire, striving to discipline themselves and to curb and channel their great destructive power toward constructive ends.
And thus the real meaning of Scorpio is shown. Scorpio is about metamorphosis. When Scorpio transforms the painful poisons of its shadow side, it can lead to a higher consciousness based on universal love.
This potential is inherint in everyone, including all zodiac signs. All people have the ability to transcend their lower nature, into the Eagle/Phoenix of higher consciousness. Every person has their own unique journey to go through in life, yet we all share the opportunity for growth in every moment.
May you rise like the Phoenix, and soar like the Eagle!