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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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Aries by Jacob via Flickr

Aries (Latin aries = ram; March 21-April 20) is the first sign of the zodiac, symbolized by the ram and associated with the planetary ruler of Mars. The constellation of the Ram lies between Pisces and Taurus. Its most prominent star is Hamal.

In contemporary astrological lore Aries is said to be a restless sign, full of potential and power like a springtime storm.

Its element is Fire. From Mars it apparently acquires its bellicose nature but astrologers say this is tempered if Aries applies its lofty intelligence in a fair and benevolent direction.

Eddie Murphy and the late Marlon Brando fall under this sign.

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Mars with polar ice caps visible.

Mars with polar ice caps visible via Wikipedia

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun in our solar system.

Mars is the closest planet to Earth, hence Americans and Europeans plan to travel there for the first manned mission to another planet.

Mars has two moons, both less than 30 km in diameter, and a thin atmosphere. The temperature of the planet never exceeds 0˚C and it’s still unknown whether it hosts life as we know it.

Along these lines the entertainer David Bowie asks in song, “Is there Life on Mars?”

Due to its proximity to Earth, Mars has been prominent in much science fiction, especially in the 1950’s when the ‘red planet’ and its imaginary inhabitants tended to be viewed as something potentially hostile.

H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds (1898) has Martian invaders almost entirely wiping out humanity. The book was adapted to film in 1953 with amazingly advanced special effects for the time. Another version of the film appeared in 2005, directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Mars Attacks! (1996) was a comedic (some might say crass) film that spoofed the genre of Hollywood films about ‘hostile aliens from Mars.’

More recently a slew of made for TV movies about missions to Mars have been made, of varying quality.

The planet Mars is named after the ancient Roman god of war, which scholars say developed out of an old Roman agricultural and nature god. The bellicose god Mars is second in rank only to Jupiter, another god and subsequently named planet.  The Roman Mars is often associated with the Greek Ares, although Ares is even more belligerent.

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