Scorpio And The Shadow The Dustbin of the Zodiac—so Scorpio has been called. The British term for garbage can—because here is where ideally all the lessons from the selfish parts of the 7 previous Signs gets dumped or has accumulated. This is the Sign where a major transformation must occur from the spew from the Shadow (which is very much at home here in the 8th House and 8th Sign) to the ebullient openness of the next Sign, Sagittarius. Scorpio takes on the role of sluicing the decayed and dead matter from our Souls so that the ego diminishes enough to permit Spirit and light into the Psyche. Scorpio is the darkness fore the dawn, in one sense. So here is a quote from Liz Greene on the subject of the Scorpio shadow. She calls it the Othello syndrome. “SCORPIO WOMAN: Where were you tonight? You said you’d be back at eight. It’s midnight. (This is invariably said in an accusing tone of voice, making it perfectly clear that whatever explanation is offered, only one will be believed) AIR MAN: Sorry, dear. I had a frenetic day at the office. Then the car broke down, and I spent two hours trying to fix a leaking radiator. It’s just been one of those days. (A note of defense creeps in. Resentment about being mistrusted. Preparation for becoming cagey if pressed) SCORPIO WOMAN: (Silence. The atmosphere becomes visibly chilly. Icicles form around the dinner dishes. When he tries to touch her affectionately, she recoils. She is thinking to herself He’s cheating on me. Bastard, they all do it in the end. I’ll be damned if I let him use me like that. Right. No sex for a month.) AIR MAN: What’s wrong, dear? I told you, I couldn’t help it. SCORPIO WOMAN: Nothing’s wrong, dear. (Stony glare. She imagines he knows she knows, and is trying to make him feel suitably ashamed. He hasn’t the vaguest idea what is running through her mind.)” Othello killed Desdemona because he had it on rumor from deceitful Iago that she had cheated on him, and the subjectivity of the Watery mind doesn’t brook other people’s objective suggestions (shades of 12th Sign Libra). Actually subjectivity, emotions filtered through personal perceptions, plague every human, and none worse that the three Water Signs. We’ve seen Cancer, and Pisces is right in there too. I had a friend here on 2nd Life get pissed at me because I challenge her opinion that all men should be treated like pets because they’re only good for sex anyway. Subjectivity of the right brain is a good thing and leads to great art, but needs also to be tempered with the left brain in matters of emotion so that Scorpio doesn’t go off half cocked. What has happened to another Scorpio client of mine is that she has been accosted by a completely freaked out couple accusing her shocking of many outrageous and false misdeeds in a most subjective way—and taking her to court to take away her midwife license. Perhaps she’s coming to grips with her own subjectivity and slanted viewpoints and is being forced to transform in this highly painful scenario. Perhaps she was unwilling to relent when people around her made mistakes and felt that they deserved what they got in a harsh world. At any rate Scorpio must learn to trust and to forgive—trust in 12th sign Libran objectivity and other people’s viewpoints; forgive us hapless human for our shortcomings so that s/he can forgive herself for hers or his. Perhaps emotionality, and especially holding on to past hurts is not the best avenue for solutions.