The Sun enters Scorpio at 1:19 am on 24 October 2019; this is a water sign. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto as named in Roman mythology, but before Pluto was discovered in 1930, its rulership lay in Mars, the God of War. The Greek myth of Hades and the abduction of Persephone who was then taken into the Underworld to rule with him, shows that a balance is restored in the Underworld, the pure masculine energy of Hades’ world is transformed when Persephone is taken as his bride. Persephone returns each year to the earth and her mother Ceres, to ensure plants, flowers and crops grow providing food for humankind.
It is through inner transformation that we discover wisdom and Scorpio is consequently a sign of wisdom. The planet Mercury is currently in the sign of Scorpio and he is associated with Pluto and as the Psychopomp he guided souls on their journey into the Underworld; so there is much to learn about ourselves and others through our inner visions.
The constellation of Scorpio can be seen in the night sky in the southern hemisphere at the moment, the constellation Serpens is intertwined with Scorpio which may be why many astrologers associate Scorpio with a snake as well as a scorpion (an eagle too, but this was Zeus’ bird, Zeus was the brother of Hades and Poseidon). Serpents in ancient Greece were revered because they were said to hold the secrets of life, death and rebirth. The gift of prophecy is also linked to Serpent Wisdom, as in Delphi, the central place of the oracle. Cassandra was abandoned as a child and was found among snakes who appeared to be licking her ears, she was gifted with prophetic visions. So, although we might think that as Scorpio is ruled by Pluto the sign is masculine, it is in fact ruled by feminine energies.
Above Scorpio is another constellation called Ophiuchus and regarded by some as the thirteenth astrology sign, but because this constellation was slightly off the ecliptic when the zodiac we now use was formed, it was not included. Importantly we often see the giant Ophiuchus wrestling with a serpent, the holder of the serpent is Asclepius, who was known for his extraordinary healing gifts and able to bring the dead back to life.
The next month or so with the Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, we may feel the need to probe the deep, dark secrets of our own consciousness to understand the journey of our soul.