Light & Dark? The Scorpio-Saggitarius Seasonal Polarity
Some astrologers traditionally understand the signs as separate, even if they are also aware that these signs are progressions of each other. But what if they were mirrors or complementary forms of energy? What if what astrologers usually comprehend to be two distinct signs are potentially two sides of the same mythological beast? In this piece I’ll analyse how Saggitarius energy and Scorpio energies are intertwined and reflect on the the light and dark aspects of the human ego and the astrological archetypes which govern them, symbolically matched with the darkest months of the year when the sun is away from us in the Northern hemisphere, November and December. However, December is electrically enlightened due to its association with the birth of baby Jesus and the Christmas holidays.
Saggitarius energy is wild and unencumbered. It is meant to roamb freely and not suffer from any limitations, after it emerged from the darkness and the depths of Scorpio season, where human energy was trapped underground and often repressed. For Saggitarius, or the Centaur, being in chaos, sometimes awakens the stability within. The constant need to move and discover fuels a creative fire that maintains sexual energy, a thirst for adventure and a feeling of being alive and constantly growing. Saggis are also highly competitive. For them, winning is then the act of managing to overcome whatever challenges appear in the path of their journery of discovery, and to keep that fire intact, undimished, flickering towards the heaven as each obstacle is surmounted with intelligence, humour and honesty. Losing for them, is spiritually crushing because it waters their fire down, and although it can helpfully ground the ashes reducing their energy back to the deep waters of Scorpio, much air is needed to start it all up again. In a metaphorical nutshell, this is Saggitarius archetypal energy. It’s elemental 🙂 and works to connect all of the 4 elements: fire, earth, air and water.
The opposite sign to Saggitraius is Gemini, representing the cool air of intellect. A mutable storm of ideas, that often makes natives born under Mercurian energy, literally sparkle. Gemini is the opposite of Saggitarius, the open-minded yet fickle thinker, a jack of all trades that shifts in the same day from consenting opinion, to disent, to a range of arguments that they invalidate by dinner time, then awake the next day and perform this role again, for each person they meet in a completely new and different ways. In terms of knowledge production and acquisition, which both are naturally talented at, Gemini moves where Saggitarius conserves. Saggitarius searches for ‘the Truth’, while Gemini is aware that there are many truths, according to mood, circumstances, or what you ate last night. These energies are how the axis plays out in an everyday level, but there is also a deeply spiritual level, where Gemini is equated with the Lovers and Divine Union, while Saggitarius represents the Holy Warrior, the image of the announcing angel of Temperance or of Archangel Michael who commands the heavenly fleet of angels that sent Lucifer crashing down to Hell. In a sense, this story is how the seasons purify each other.
Saggitarius comes after Scorpio, at the end of November, and marks the purification of intensity. As it is known, Scorpio produces a lot of filth (especially lower energy types) in their path to experience life. However, when the energy shifts and the Saggitarian constellation is illumintated by the Sun, there is an upsurge of light that cleanses the garbage acquired in the previous season, and preserves only the best of Scorpionic experiences – true intimacy, depth of intuition, a keen researching spirit, and stealth determination. The secrets that caused pain during Scorpio season appear to the surface in Saggitarius season, are cleansed, illuminated and transformed into widsom. A judging process takes place (this is why Saggitarians rule morality and acquire many spiritual authority positions in society). This process parses what is true from what is delusion (and Scorpios just as much as Pisces, suffer often from delusions).
After this assesment is complete, levity kicks in – humour can be used to learn from the situation, and a brighter new perspective on life appears, upon which new foundations can be built. This makes sense since after Saggitarius comes the Master Builder, Capricorn, who requires strong foundations.
On desire & the dual ego energy
Nature’s cycle of death-rebirth governs the months of November and December. During this period the earthly ego (obsession, sex and the body) and cosmological transcendence (research, spiritual knowledge, overcoming) are important themes which are activated in our collective unsconscious. If you live in the Northern hemisphere, this is when the darkness is at its most heaviest on Earth, as the planet completes its movement of revolution around the Sun, and since December also brings with it the Winter Solstice. Before there were technological and scientifical developments, this season usually inspired artists and craftsmen to intense representations of the battle between light and dark, of representing archdemons and archangels. For example, in the traditional Ryder-Waite tarot deck, the Death card which represents Scorpio energy and the Temperance card which represents Saggitarius energy are excellent depictions of these light and dark themes.
But instead of thinking of these two energies as opposities, I want to challenge this perception and argue that they are merely continuations of each other. Energetic forces of equal intensity, exemplifying the journey and exploration that each of us has to undergo in their lifetimes versus the stillness and concentration required of impending life changes (getting pregnant, giving birth, marrying, divorcing, getting a job, training for a career, moving places, dying and witnessing death, making love, losing love etc.).
All these actions transform us, we usually are never the same version of ourselves we used to be before that significant live-event. These moments include our deepest sense of self and our egos in connection with higher forces which remain mysterious to the human mind (for example we still don’t know what exactly happens to the human soul after the body dies, we’ve also yet to precisely uncover where do we exactly come from and towards what are we collectively heading)
The transformed & self-improving self
Eckhardt Tolle believes that it’s always wonderful when things go wrong throughout the day. This is because when challenges arise, the triggers push us back into presence, so from our ego we are sent to experience the presence of our soulfulness. To my mind this is the perfect description of what the Saturn in Capricorn sextile Jupiter in Scorpio transit has been about in this last year (2017). These two energies do not offer obvious, flashy and directly positive gifts, but ones that require effort (the effort of being present) and patient to access your innermost self (Scorpio) the seat of all power and creativity (where we reach ourselves as parts of the divine) so that you may transform the ego’s manifestation from karma (or past life debt) into dharma (or present gifts), into little morsels of enlightenment – being just for the sake of being.
People who thought Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio in 2017 did not deliver anything good (and I include myself among the complainants) where operating from the ego at the level of form. However, at the level of spirit tiny wonders were happening: a paradigm shifting emotional release, reassessing our relationship with anger, activating the divine masculine, and divine feminine energy, noticing karma and how we produce it and how it works through us in other people’s lives, integrating the lessons from 2011 until now (as the moment when we collectively started to transform due to the intense planetary activity, supercharged eclipses and multiple retrogrades in an almost-decade long period of Saturnian and Plutonian influences.
Below is a piece I wrote when Jupiter was in Leo transiting my 10th house, and when I also started to write the content of this blog. Re-reading my initial post some 3 years later, I noticed while under the mentoring influence of Tolle that the first words I used to begin it are ‘We suffer’. I was at the time deeply immersed in a karmic relationship with a rich and arrogant man. After the relationship dissolved (in a typical Plutonic fashion, completely out of the blue and really painfully), the life-event made me realize that inner growth is needed, and I was pushed into a solitary self-development path. For years now I’ve been honing my spiritual awakening into something I can manage, and find ways I can share with others the insights I gain from my High Priestress-like periods of seclusion:
Within the sheltering warmth of everyday spiritual acts, your ego is flexible and malleable and this is how you learn that there is pleasure in feelings which are different than happiness (if as me you are exhausted with ‘happiness speeches’): the wistfulness of melancholia, the passion of longing, the energy of anger, the burst of joy. These feelings are all within you as a gift. Accepting them fuels you to create. And creating, whether it is a project, a child, an event, a cake, an object, a relationship, a dream, or a character, is the meaning which we seek to commit to. If praying is seen as a dialogue between something powerful and someone powerless who needs help, rather than an antiquated religious custom which loses meaning in a rational era of information, then it can be regained for our benefit. Even more outrageously, I’m proposing that God or what I prefer to call the ‘cosmo-spiritual connection’ we sharw with the Universe, might not be sought outside of us, but within – something Rainer Maria Rilke was keenly aware of when he wrote: “Take your practiced powers and stretch them out until they span the chasm between two contradictions…For the god wants to know himself in you.”
If courage has been seen to prevail at times even in face of consistent adversity and trust is the building block of many of our relationships, institutions and businesses (albeit not in all in pure forms), ultimately the final characteristic which we can actively cultivate, because of its preciousness and apparent scarcity at the time being in the world, is kindness. Happiness and success are praiseworthy goals but to my mind the most important value in life is kindness. Nothing reaches the soul like kindness. The gentle rule of oxytocin over dopamine kicks and serotonin fireworks. The thing that truly makes us smile in face of adversity and guides our daily acts of caring. The silent peace-maker in a troubled world. As David W. Orr aptly explains:
“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”
What I would add here is that we shouldn’t want to put too much thought into our displays of kindness for fear of falling back into an over-thinking cycle. Ideally kindness should be an impulse, and as long as we can offer it spontaneously it is a gift better than any others (both for ourselves and for our recipients). However, engaging with this impulse proves trickier in practice than it is in thought, but it is worth practicing. If only to aim for a kind of spiritual nourishment detached from dogma, that keeps on giving and rarely disappoints. So lean towards kindness whenever you can and remember to start by being kind to yourself before others (just like operating an Oxygen mask in the event of an emergency plan landing).
With universal love,
 From “Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke”, translated by Stephen Mitchell, 1995, Modern Library.
 From “Earth in Mind: on Education, Environment and The Human Prospect”, 2004, Island Press.