MEANING OF SCORPIO RISING
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The following elaboration on the experience of the soul-oriented
person with Scorpio rising has been excerpted from pages 26 to 27 of
Esoteric Journey through the Zodiac, the Inner Meanings of the Signs,
by Adele Barger Wilson. For information on ordering this book, please
In Libra a fine point of balance is acquired between Soul and body.
When this has been accomplished, the Scorpion experience is entered, and
a surge of spiritual energy is imposed upon the personality. This
arouses the entire lower nature, which becomes determined to take its last
stand against the Soul. This last stand against the Soul and the
tests and struggles which follow are necessary in order for the personality
to learn, through experience, that it will never defeat the Soul.
In the end, the personality willingly surrenders itself to the Soul, marking
the final death of personal desire, satisfaction, will, pride, and all
other qualities of the lower self. At this point, the disciple is
ready for the one-pointed Sagittarian experience.
There are three signs which test and perfect the personality. In
each of these signs the tests are worked out on a different plane of consciousness.
In Taurus, the tests take place on the astral plane. The final result is
that the energy is raised from the astral to the buddhic, or intuitional,
plane. In Pisces, the testing environment is the mental plane, and
the purpose is to carry the personal will up to the atmic plane of Divine
Will. ("Not my will, but Thine be done.") All of the tests
of Scorpio, however, take place on the physical plane and are eventually
resolved through the illumination emanating from the Higher Mind.
The result is a transfer of energy from the physical plane to the higher
Although the tests of Scorpio take place on the physical plane, all three
aspects of the personality are tested on this plane. Each aspect
undergoes three tests, giving a total of nine different tests. The
physical nature is tested with regard to (1) sex, (2) physical comfort,
and (3) greed for money. The tests of the astral body involve (1) fear,
(2) hate, and (3) ambition (which must become spiritual aspiration). The
mental body is tested regarding (1) pride, (2) separativeness, and (3)
cruelty. The test of separativeness is concerned with transmuting
the natural Scorpionic tendency of isolation from those who think differently.
The basic lesson of the test of cruelty is to learn to use the mind as
an instrument of the Higher Self instead of the personality.
The testing and trials of Scorpio begin with the process which the Tibetan
Master calls recapitulation. The instinctual tendencies and materialistic
attitudes of the past rise to the surface to be overcome. The sum
total of these residual, unconquered personality characteristics is called
The Dweller on the Threshold. The Scorpion disciple must first face
these lower tendencies and then gradually transmute them by surrendering
the personal will and attuning to the Will of the Higher Self, which is
encompassed by the One Divine Will. When this has been accomplished,
the energies of the lower chakras have been purified and transferred to
the higher chakras. The Scorpion, instead of stinging itself, has
risen, like the Phoenix, out of its own ashes and becomes the eagle which
soars high above the Earth.
OF ESOTERIC MEANINGS OF THE RISING SIGNS
Book by Adele Barger Wilson:
ESOTERIC JOURNEY THROUGH THE ZODIAC
INNER MEANINGS OF THE SIGNS
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