Sylvia Chan – Scorpio Birthday Cupcakes

Scorpio (October 23 – November 22)

Astrology is premised on the belief that there are meaningful connections among astronomical events, the human mind, and the world around us. The belief evolved over the centuries, starting in Mesopotamia, it was later influenced by Hellenistic culture and spread through the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

What we read in the papers and online today is mostly, in my opinion, sheer fancy. I have heard of people simply “making stuff up” for their astrology column in magazines. But many people still buy into the belief, which for the most part seems harmless if not taken too seriously.

Western astrology carves the night sky up into

12 astrological signs, each covering 30° sectors of the ecliptic, starting at the vernal equinox (one of the intersections of the ecliptic with the celestial equator), also known as the First Point of Aries. The order of the astrological signs is Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces

Scorpio is the eighth and a fall sign of the zodiac, symbolized by the scorpion and associated with the planetary rulers of Pluto and Mars. Its element is water.

The Wikipedia Astrology Portal’s section on Scorpio tells us that

In western astrology the sign is no longer aligned with the constellation [Scorpius] as a result of the precession of the equinoxes

Two Women with the Signs of Libra and Scorpio....
Two Women with the Signs of Libra and Scorpio. Engraving, only state; sheet (trimmed): 11 5/8 x 8 in. (29.5 x 20.3 cm). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In astrological lore, Scorpio’s are said to enjoy social power and be full of passion (to include sexual passion) and worldly ambition. Bill Gates and Hillary Clinton are prominent Scorpios.

Although I don’t really believe in astrology as a predictive or decision-making tool, if someone finds the mythology of astrology helpful in learning more about themselves in the here and now, then I could see it as a useful tool.

I’d say the same with the Tarot and I Ching. Some might say I’m being narrow minded on this point. But in actuality, I’ve been through many of the divinatory paths and realized they could only take me so far. After years of “reading the cards” and “tossing the coins” I simply got bored because the predictions never came true. In time, I realized I was just playing a game of wish-fulfillment. But when the game proved to be just that — a game — I tired of it in favor of the reality of being loved and guided by the higher graces of God.




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