Scorpio and Scorpio
But there was one who did not fear him: there was one prepared to enter that circle …
… which will win? …
Putting this combination together is like pairing Merlin and Macbeth to stir a potion of eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog. It’s a baffling blend of personalities, as much so to the two Scorpions themselves as to those who watch the contests between them—and oh, there will be contests! You can bet your wool of bat there will be.
Each is cautiously and suspiciously aware of the other’s unleashed power, even though both are overjoyed to have finally found someone who really understands them (if overjoyed is a word that can be used to describe a reaction from these two poker faces). Just so the understanding isn’t carried too far. It’s a difficult thing to desire to be understood yet simultaneously and inexplicably be unwilling to allow the one who understands you best to know your innermost secrets. This creates a human pysche game that’s thrilling to watch as long as you’re on the outside looking in and not personally involved.
I’m pleased that they’ve found each other, aren’t you? But it’s disturbing to think of what might occur if one should happen to offend the other—and the offended one decides to get even—then the recipient of the revenge decides to get-even-back—then the first one is compelled to top the revenge action of the second one—and by the time the getting even has become an actual contest … one shudders to image the scene. The thing is that Scorpios must win. They’ll risk anything to win, short of their lives, and some of them will do even that.
If you happen to know a couple of Scorps at the office, in the classroom, in the family circle next door—or down the street (whether children or adults), you’ll think I’m making a big mishagosh about nothing. You say they are mild, law-abiding citizens, quiet sorts, soft-spoken, certainly not dangerous or sinister, and as far as you can tell, not dedicated with fury to winning anything? I see. Hmmmm. How well do you know them?
You have to be married to a Scorpio, or be a blood relative of one, to really know him—or her. Everyone else receives only the image of the Halloween mask any particular Scorpio has decided to wear to cover Pluto’s secret nature. You might start with asking their mothers if they were sweet, quiet, soft-spoken little angels when they were growing up. As a matter of fact, you can even ask me. I have a Scorpio son myself, Michael.
A New York bank recently made the mistake of refusing to allow Mike to open a checking account because he wasn’t old enough. That did it, for all time. He’s finished with banks for life. They simply do not exist for him. He is (quite seriously and literally) shopping around for a safe with a combination lock in which to keep his cash in the future. The banks didn’t want him? Fine. Then he has no use for them—now—or ever. That’s the way it is, and don’t try to seduce him with Christmas Club bonus gifts of electric blankets and egg beaters. When an Eagle has been rejected, he won’t forget. Remember that, all you banks. He may possibly give the Colorado Springs National Bank a chance someday, because they’ve been fair and square with his mother, but they’ll have to solicit him with respectful caution if they want his business.
A Scorpio, male or female, adult or child, has a long memory. Only Taurus remembers longer. Eagles are quietly outraged when they learn of an injustice suffered by a friend or family member, and they’ll attempt (attempt?) to see to it that it’s not repeated, with a sort of calm Godfather undertone. Here’s an important meditation exercise for Scorpios (and for all those who deal with them). There are two particular individuals I’m thinking of who have the reputation of successfully attaining their goals by never losing their tempers, consistently remaining cool, poised and collected, and always speaking with a soft voice. A Mafia Godfather. And Jesus, the carpenter. That Great Truth is worth hours of contemplation. Any Eagle understands the message. The key is in the phrase attaining their goals.
When an injustice is committed against Scorpio himself (or herself), retribution is even more certain. It need not be the next moment. As a Water Sign, Scorpio is willing to wait. These people don’t need, always, to seek revenge in a tangible way. Just wishing or willing it on a subconscious level often causes it to occur for those ruled by the awesome planet Pluto—also ruler of the underworld, birth, death, the mysteries of sex, reincarnation and regeneration. You can imagine what happens when one Scorpio becomes angry with another. If you can’t imagine, I’ll tell you. What happens is they’ll both learn fast that getting even is The Big Boomerang, especially when it’s directed against another Pluto person. Negative actions and words inevitably return to the sender, through a law of the Universe not even Scorpio can alter or cancel.
Those times when Scorpio does not seek to even the score, he or she will, at the very least, take care to avoid in the future the person who’s caused the unkindness, as if that person didn’t exist, until the guilty party begins to feel nervous, not real. He’s not, to Scorpio. What the Eagles do not respect, they ignore, with an all-encompassing disdain. It makes the victim want to pinch himself (or herself) to be sure of not being a ghost. Did you ever have a Scorpio stare through you, as one stares through a glass window? It’s different, somehow even more chilling than when they stare into you. There’s a decided difference, and the latter is preferable. Once these people have lost faith, it’s not an easy thing to earn back their trust and confidence. Yet when one Scorpio has injured another, confidence and trust will usually be restored more quickly. There’s more compassion and forgiveness between them than either will ever grant to those outside their Pluto serpent-circle, with the occasional exception of Pisces and Cancer. You can understand that I usually—not always but usually—tread carefully.
All dangers of a clash of wills aside, Scorpio and Scorpio can accomplish many marvels together, considering the immense force resulting from the combining of their latent energies—anything from causing a savings account to grow large enough to purchase their dream home, near the water—producing an award-winning film—to saving the baby seals in Newfoundland from being butchered before their mothers’ eyes. Do you happen to know two Scorpions who aren’t busy? There’s a sad, sick world out there that needs them. Of course, first they’ll have to overcome the tendency of all 1-1 Sun Sign Pattern associations to exaggerate the negative qualities of their mutual characteristics. It requires consistent, concerted effort, but if they can cope with keeping this under control, their achievements as a team or a unit can be impressive.
When two Scorps set their minds to anything, be it negative or positive, detouring them from their path would be like—oh, I don’t know what it would be like—I guess like attempting any other impossible task. Not like landing on Mars. That’s possible. Not like parting the Red Sea or walking on the water. They’re possible. Like . . well, like expecting not to become wet when standing in a downpour of rain. How’s that for an example of an impossible feat? I had to work on it. So few things are really impossible when the Keys of the Kingdom have been found by two Scorpions. Even remaining dry in a cloudburst, perhaps, is then possible—but for now it will suffice as an illustration.
You might have received the impression I’m afraid of Scorpios. Me? An Aries, ruled by Mars, afraid of Pluto? Or, in Nature-talk, a sturdy Ram afraid of such a simple creature as the Scorpion? To be candid, yes—I am. I’m Fire, Scorpio is Water. As explained elsewhere in this book, Fire is aware that Water can put out its flame. And so, yes. I fear the power of Pluto in Scorpio people. I fear them, but I also respect them—and respect wins over fear every time. I’ve never yet met a Scorpio who really stung me—who hasn’t demonstrated the Eagle’s steadfast loyalty and support when I’ve needed it. Some of them have been quiet (deceptively quiet) and helpful friends, who have treated me gently. A few have amazed me with their intensity of purpose and strength during periods of soul testing in their personal lives—and almost every one I’ve known has been deeply compassionate when my own spirit has been troubled.
If the two Scorps who are skipping along a sandy beach together in this incarnation share a harmonious Sun-Moon aspect between their nativities, they just might part the Red Sea themselves. It’s been done once, why not again? Or perhaps two Scorpios could aspire to somehow prevent the cataclysm predicted for the West Coast, which may be approaching within the next decade, but which can be stopped. One way that’s been suggested to halt the Earth tremors is through the cessation of nuclear and hydrogen testing beneath the ground. Another way is to speak out against the reign of sexual excesses and financial greed so highly concentrated in California. The planet Pluto governs both the negative and the positive aspects of sex, and is soon to re-enter its own sign of Scorpio, which rules the deeper mysteries of religion. Maybe that’s why Scorpio Billy Graham is working on the angle of speaking out the truth, as he sees it personally. Since he doesn’t believe in astrology, he doesn’t know why he’s so obsessed, so compelled, so intensely determined to win his battle for souls. But we know why, don’t we?
The proud Eagle type of Scorpio scorns the meanness and pettiness of revenge, which is sometimes resorted to by the lower-evolved Grey Lizards of this Sun Sign … yet even these can rise, like their own symbolic Phoenix, into their full birthright, at any time they choose to do so.
When Pluto power is contained within two ordinary mortals, if both are Grey Lizards, the pitfalls are many. If one is a Grey Lizard type Scorpio, the other an Eagle—the latter has the power and the glory to raise up the fallen angel in the former, and this has occurred many times. I’ve personally observed several occurrences of this sort of miracle, and it’s a thrilling kind of magic to see. If both individuals are the evolved Scorpion Eagles, then the heights to which they can fly together cannot be measured. If the harmonious relationship of other mutual planets, especially the Moon, is added to their combined vibration, the influence for great good will be greatly increased. An inspirational and grand friendship or business association may result—an awesome and powerful love affair or marriage may be realized—or a historic spiritual mission on the Earth may be accomplished.
To the two Scorpios reading this: Remember that your ruling planet, Pluto, contains all the power you need to build happiness into a tower, or to destroy happiness with the energy force of a nuclear blast. Whether or not you call upon it, such power of will is yours. Used wisely, there is, literally, nothing you dream that cannot manifest for you. Not in the hereafter, but in the Here and Now.
Scorpio Woman and Scorpio Man
Not so much as a sorry-to-lose-you between them! If she did not mind the parting, he was going to show her … that neither did he.
But of course he cared very much.
This man and woman, boy and girl, or whatever the case may be, will wander, hand-in-hand, down essentially the same intensified character and personality path as any other 1-1 Sun Sign Pattern couple with conjoined Solar Luminaries, but with a few vital differences. One of these could be termed a lack of the slightest touch of the casual in their mutual natures—therefore, in their relationship.
Scorpios unite for keeps. They part for keeps. They reconcile for keeps. Nothing they do is meant to be temporary. At the time the action is taken, the intention is rock-bound permanency. Should something change the direction in which they’re swimming (which has to be a near Act of God, considering they’re both Fixed Signs), the new line of action instantly assumes the permanency of the old or the former.
Now, you’re probably asking yourself if I’ve become confused (and it would be no wonder, with all this complicated mixing and matching of mates) and have made a mistake, allowing a couple of Geminis to hoppity-skip into this Scorpio-Scorpio section. No. I am not confused. I have made no mistake. There are no Geminis within sight. These Scorpio lovers will make a change in their relationship (or anything else) with extreme rarity. I was only attempting to point out that, on those rare occasions when they do make a change, the word permanent still applies—and it’s not only well-nigh impossible to swerve them from a declared intention; it is, in addition, dangerous to cause a change in a Pluto heart, because a split will usually be as permanent as the original union was meant to be. Scorpio anger is also permanent. There’s much less chance of kiss-and-make-up with two Scorpios than with other Sun Sign twosomes. They’re both self-protective enough not to want to get stung twice.
There does exist the faint possibility that a couple of Scorps will meet, mate and marry (or meet, marry and mate), then split in divorce, then legally remarry. Very faint. I know of exactly one case in which this occurred between two November lovers, a husband and wife who are now more deeply in love than ever. Divorcing and then remarrying the same person occurs surprisingly often with Sun Signs other than Scorpio, very much more often than few but astrologers realize. Most people would be amazed (and I hope pleased) by the actual statistics of multiple marriages to the same mates, but it’s not a pattern that normally fits a man and woman ruled by Pluto. Anything that could cause a change in the affections is carefully considered by each of them, since they’re always aware both of their own and of each other’s Fixity.
Those other Sun Sign couples just mentioned . . some of them wed, divorce and re-wed up to as many as three and four times, or more. If such a marital double-feature is ever indulged in by Scorpio and Scorpio, one such second chance is the absolute ultimate limit they’ll grant each other. If you happen to know a couple of Scorpions who’ve broken that record, you can be sure that there are either heavy Gemini, Pisces or Sagittarius influences in both horoscopes—or they were adopted. The latter is another thing that occurs with far more frequency than people other than astrologers suspect. I’ve personally stumbled upon a shockingly high number of nativities that reveal, in intricate but unmistakable ways, that they could not possibly be the birth charts of the people they are supposed to represent, resulting in the bringing to light of many secret adoptions, which would otherwise have been buried forever—for at least the life of the unsuspecting adoptee. I happen to be of the opinion that every human being has the inalienable right to be told the absolute truth regarding his or her precise birth data, and never mind the emotional hang-ups of the real and the foster parents.
In astrology the planet Pluto, along with Mercury and Jupiter, governs matters of adoption. This means that there are often reasons why a Scorpio man and a Scorpio woman become involved in the adoption of—or in the giving up for adoption of—children. Naturally, the adoption syndrome doesn’t apply to every double Scorpio combination, or even to most, but since it applies to Scorpio with so much more frequency than to other couples, it’s a subject worth mentioning here. Since Scorpios tend to believe that keeping personal matters secret is a solid virtue, they need a reminder that children deserve a voice in the matter, especially after they’ve become adults. More times than not, the tendency of Scorpio to retain secrets, to keep private matters totally private, is a positive thing. In this instance, it is decidedly negative, and this is a good time—and a good way—to remind the Pluto-ruled that there are occasions when complete frankness should be honored over and above the natural Scorpion tendency to be discreet. There are few things on Earth more beautiful and commendable than adoption, than taking a parentless child into one’s heart to care for and love. There’s no chance that the child itself, when it’s old enough to comprehend human emotion, will fail to recognize the unselfish devotion involved in its adoption. But deceiving the child in order to protect the feelings and privacy of adults, is a sad blot upon the beauty and benevolence of the original decision. I pray that this truth is realized by all Sun Signs reading this section, not just Scorpios. For it’s time this injustice ended—time we all spoke out honestly concerning a denial of human freedom too long permitted to exist under the protection of the courts.
In addition to ruling childbirth and adoption, Pluto rules death, or what we call death—the transition to another level of awareness—or the moving from one flesh body eventually into another. A chapter written to reveal the areas of harmony and discord between lovers and mates may seem a strange place to find a mention of death. Not when the lovers or mates are both Scorpios. It is a natural subject. It is, in fact, often the very thing that draws them together—or that, if it does not draw them together—causes a deep bond between this man and this woman. They may share highly unique ideas on the subject of death, which others have thought far-out, making them feel lonely and uncertain … . . until they found comprehension in each other. Perhaps each has suffered the deep scars of a great bereavement (or more than one) in childhood or youth. One or both might have been married before and is a widow (or widower) at the time they meet. One might have nearly died at one time and feels that he or she was brought back for some as yet unsolved purpose. In some way, at some time, death, in its positive as well as its negative aspects, will be a powerful influence in the relationship in some extraordinary way.
In all 1-1 Sun Sign Pattern associations, and especially so in this one, there is an added dimension to love … the inexplicable joy of discovering another human being so very much like oneself that there is little need to explain things other people have considered queer or crazy for so long. Someone understands. Someone sees—and knows! Such timeless moments of trembling joy are rare. The kind of warm I am home again, at last feeling experienced when this man and this woman recognize their secret selves behind each other’s deep gaze is a beautiful thing, a gift to be treasured, which each can give, one to the other.
Pluto also governs, in astrology, the deeper mysteries of religion and reincarnation. Since all Scorpios are ruled by this silent, powerful planet, many Scorpion men and women experience unusual reincarnational or other religious enlightenment through their love. Some facet of the mystical, the spiritual or the occult is usually woven within the threads of their emotional bond.
Religion leads naturally (for Scorpios) into the subject of sex. Other Sun Sign readers may wonder what on Earth could possibly be the connection between sex and religion. These two will not wonder. For, to them, the physical expression of their love has about it a haunting and indefinable nuance, which may elude them on a conscious level but which mysteriously and beautifully magnetizes their hearts and souls and minds into a rare and singing harmony of Oneness, experienced by too few men and women. The mutual sensitivity and deep wells of need they both possess cause their lovemaking to be an extraordinary source of fulfillment for them. Of course, if there are afflictions between the Sun and Moon, and other planets, in their respective nativities, the sexual compatibility between them may not be so ecstatic. There can be, from powerful Pluto, the extreme problems of frigidity, impotency—or promiscuity. But sex, in all its pure and impure aspects, is an inseparable part of the Scorpion essence; therefore, it will play no small role in the relationship of two Eagles.
One of the most serious threats to happiness for two Scorpios will be the tendency of each to get even when hurt—or worse, to hide his or her true feelings from the other because of false pride and a reluctance to reveal vulnerabilities. This is regrettable, since it only leads them into a series of misunderstandings, like an endless circle going nowhere—or the pain may break out of the circle, and drive them to seek their separate ways, without ever hinting to each other of the mutual need and desire for reconciliation.
For weeks, months, or even years, then, the Eagle and his Pluto lady may contain all their longing within themselves, when all it would take is a confrontation with truth together. Instead, they keep their secret, and speak with each other only astrally, which is far from satisfactory, silently communing …
the odd-shaped things I save
that smell, and feel of us …
a crumpled book of matches from the pizza place
some wilted flowers
picked outside the door
you couldn’t enter
a bleached and crooked twig
washed ashore at that spot on the sand
where you first said you were lonely
and surprised me into tears
a hotel room key
stuffed inside an airline ticket envelope
… … I guess you saved the bird verse
and the memory of my last smile …
they take so little room in your scrapbook
Now, isn’t that a sad and unnecessary scene? Two Eagles, pasting their love in a memory book, when they should be exchanging it with each other—in the spirit of regeneration and rebirth represented by the Phoenix rising from its own ashes—which is the higher octave astrological symbol of the Sun Sign of Scorpio.
Pluto’s placid mask of indifference is not the entirely safe defense against pain he and she imagine it to be. It can turn Valentine’s Day into a very frightening Halloween for them both. The fear of rebuff and rejection is behind the Scorpio pose of it doesn’t bother me at all. But I have a question for both of these intensely emotional lovers. If you can’t trust your hearts with each other, then with whom can you trust them? Somehow, someday, someway . . you must trust someone. And no one will treat your secret more tenderly, guard it more loyally, than a Scorpio … like yourself.
There are the usual number of hidden dangers in this, as in any relationship. With these two Scorpios, such dangers can in some way be related to unfaithfulness (resorted to by the Pluto-ruled only under the most intense misery and confusion) … to hypnosis, mind control, alcohol, drugs … and negative facets of the occult.
They are both frequently unnecessarily suspicious, a problem that can be eliminated only by total honesty exchanged between them. They’re also both a little selfish—and much more than a little violent, just beneath the surface. These traits are magnified in the Scorpio-Scorpio love vibration, but then, so are the Scorpion courage, durability, gentleness and protectiveness magnified. If they both make a conscious effort to control the negative and stress the positive qualities of their characters and personalities, they can wish on each other, instead of on a star or the new Moon . . and make all their dreams come true.
Forgiveness is the magic key to every Scorpio difficulty. If they can master this greatest of all virtues (for all other virtues are as nothing without it), their love can last as long as all love should last … forever-and-a-day.
It’s important for both of them to remember this: He is not as self-sufficient, poised and in control of his emotions as he pretends to be. Nor is she as aloof and unmoved as her silences indicate—as her detachment would make her seem. Wearing a mask is such a bother. It may be necessary in public, but when you’re in the arms of the one you love, it’s time to remove the false face and the dark glasses of pretense … … to simply be yourself. That’s what love really means, you know—acceptance of another person, with all that person’s imperfections. In fact, sometimes the imperfections of the one you love make you love him (or her) even more, because they represent the familiar, the intimate… . the secret flaws revealed only to someone with whom they can be trusted… . someone who won’t laugh at them or judge them.
When the Scorpio man and the Scorpio woman have quarreled, and each secretly aches for one more chance to make love return between them, it can be a very sad thing, because neither of them dares to make the first move, to say, I’m sorry I hurt you. Or, Please come back. Somehow, they just don’t know how. They’ve practiced self-sufficiency so long with the rest of the world, never admitting dependency. Maybe the wisdom of a child will help.
Once upon an enchanted time, a little Scorpio girl then aged eight, who lives in Falls Village, Connecticut, fell in love with a young Scorpio boy—a few years older than she, who lives in New York. Following the Pluto pattern, the love relationship between these two young Eagles was shadowed by the consecutive accidental deaths of four of the little Scorpio girl’s beloved dogs, within the short period of one year.
For months, the tiny Eagle struggled with her feelings, with her natural Scorpion reticence to reveal them—for fear of rejection or ridicule. Finally, after what must have been much painful soul searching, love won, in a triumph of emotional courage. She sat down and wrote the Scorpio boy a letter. In typical Pluto fashion, it was brief, direct—and to the point. No words wasted.
I’ve asked her permission (and his) to share it with Scorpio lovers everywhere … and with a touching and beautiful victory over their Sun Sign’s innate sense of personal privacy, they have granted it. Both said they didn’t mind—and hoped that grown-up Eagles would use it as a guide when there’s something heavy in their hearts which they feel will make them burst open if they can’t find a way to express it.
Here, then, is her letter—a genuine communication of truth and courage, from Scorpio to Scorpio—in her own words, including even her own spelling.
This is going to be a short note … becase its a short note.
Some of my frends think I am dumb to like you. But that won’t ever stop me from loving you. I like you becase we both beleeve in fairees, elvs and druides . . and we both beleeve in magik and the THIRD EYE!!! I gess that means we love each other … doessnt it?
|Ruled by Pluto||Ruled by Jupiter|
|Symbols: Scorpion & Eagle||Symbols: Archer & Centaur|
|Night Forces—Feminine||Day Forces—Masculine|