Scorpio is quite hinged on ritual, especially as it impresses the subconscious, which may be akin to ritual having occult power. It’s all of a piece. At 4° Scoprio the symbol is A Youth Carries A Lighted Candle In A Devotional Ritual. It’s about the power of ceremony which, through acts and images, more than words, galvanizes a community of participants—bringing the power to the people or creating the power via the people. This is the infinite question—Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac and the 8 is akin to the lemniscate which is the symbol of infinity. This symbol would be ruled by Capricorn in a twelve-fold sequence and (I think this is why Scorpios are so attracted to Capricorns) the sign of the SeaGoat is hinged on preservation, conservation, tradition and rich culture—that which the experience of ritual is seeking to establish, achieve, attain. The tarot card associated with Capricorn is the Hierophant, the one who has achieved ultimate wisdom, an embodiment of religion (means to re-link) in all its forms—he wears the triple-crown of spirit, consciousness and unconsciousness. The youth here in this image will one day become him. For now the youth is like us:

Here: We are seeking to become ensouled by a few basic symbols that structure and illustrate a collective way of life. As is true for the youth, our minds and feelings are formed by the participation with others in ritualized activities, whether they be going to church, doing a particular yoga practice, performing fraternity rituals, or attending weekly football matches. Scorpio is all about merging with other beings—where as Libra was about being with other individuals, remaining separate but equal. Here we become one actual body. Doing the wave at a sports game is a ritual illustration of becoming one organic entity, like individual coral on a reef. Scorpio rules sex and death, both of which entail becoming one with other—another human (hopefully) and with the great spiritual collective (double hopefully). In occult practices, which also fall under Scorpio rule, we sometimes see ritualistic sex as a powerful tool for uniting people at the root level. But I’m never invited to parties such as these.

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