Tapestry of the Gods
Volume III
by Michael D. Robbins (c)

in progress

Relations Between
Leo & Scorpio

Important Foundational Relationships

Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic

Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment

Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies

General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors

Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences

Missing Links

Important Foundational Relationships


Important Foundational Relationships

Leo Seeks Release in Scorpio (EA 332)
Scorpio Stages the Release of Leo (EA 333)
In Comparison With
1.   The Lion   1.   The Scorpion, the Eagle
2.   Esoteric Mantram: I am That and That am I.   2.   Esoteric Mantram: Warrior I am, and from the battle I emerge triumphant.
3.   Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let other forms exist. I rule because I am..   3.   Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let Maya flourish and deception rule.
4.   Quality of Light: The Light of the Soul   4.   Quality of Light: The Light of Day
5.   Element: Fire Sign   5.   Element: Water Sign
6.   Fixed Cross   6.   Fixed Cross
7.   Transmits R1 and R5 constellationally.   7.   Transmits R4 constellationally. Possibly R1 is a subtle constellational transmission.
8.   Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively), Leo  transmits R2, R6 and R7 through the ‘Sun’ and the veiled Neptune and Uranus—its unveiled and veiled ruling planets on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical.   8.   Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) Scorpio transmits R6, R1 and R4 through Mars, Pluto and Mercury—its three planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical.
9.   Color: orange   9.   Color: crimson, dark red. Black is important.
10.   Creative Hierarchy number I (manifested), and VI of the twelve. Divine Flames, Divine Lives   10.   Creative Hierarchy number IX (manifested), the Human Hierarchy, the “Initiates”
11.   Associated with the Self-orienting first, the ‘solar-hearted’ second, (EA 298), the soul-dominant third and blazingly revelatory fifth initiations, and perhaps the consummately glorious seventh—all powerfully Sun-like. Especially the first and fifth are involved with Leo—the first giving entrance to the Fifth Kingdom and the fifth, by numerical affinity, can be seen as stimulated by the fifth sign.   11.   Associated with the body-transmuting, appetite-regulating, first initiation; the purifying, emotion-transforming, desire-subduing second initiation; and the mind-transfiguring, personality-conquering third initiation. Scorpio prepares “the disciple for the first, second and third initiations. After the third initiation, its peculiar testing potency is no longer felt.” (EA 199) Even so, the fourth degree is ruled by the fourth ray, and bring buddhi powerfully into the life, as does fourth-ray Scorpio, powerfully resonant to the buddhic plane.

12.   Leo can be reasonably associated with the radiating , group-magnetizing heart center (and with the entire head center as well—the crown, the dome which is the organ of the ‘dominating’ soul or Spirit). “Leo within the heart and head shouted aloud and stood whilst Saturn did his work … and thus the twain were one.” (EA431) Leo can influence the solar plexus as one center of focus for the dominant personality (emotionally dominant) which Leo rules. The ajna center is the organ of the integrated (and dominating) personality which is also, generically, ruled by Leo. May not Leo also be associated with the heart center within the head? (Leo is ruled by the Sun; Vulcan may substitute for the Sun; Vulcan rules the “heart of the Sun”; the heart of the Sun works through the heart center within the head.)

  12.   Scorpio is correlated principally to the three sub-diaphragmatic centers, sub-ruled by Mars and Pluto: to the attracting and repelling, desiring, aspiring, solar plexus center; to the instinctually insistent, sexually-unitive sacral center; to the system-empowering, hindrance-destroying, will-impelling center at the base of the spine. Because the ajna center is ruled by fourth ray Mercury (from a point in time near the third initiation and following), and because Mercury is the hierarchical ruler of fourth ray Scorpio, Scorpio can be reasonably associated as an influence upon the drama of contrasting polarities staged in relation to the ajna center.
13.   The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Leo preserves within the Monad the will of the King of Shamballa (Who reflects the wills of the planetary and solar Logoi.) Leo makes of the Monad the true center of selfhood, and yet a “relinquished point” (EA 332) in a planetary sphere, the center of which is everywhere—within the planetary ring-pass-not.   13.   The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Scorpio is potent indeed, because the entire fourth manifested Creative Hierarchy (the Hierarchy of Human Monads) is ruled by Scorpio. Scorpio guarantees that the Monad will not remain trapped in immersion, but will conquer its apparent captor (lower matter), and, thus, achieve its proper function in relation to the buddhic plane as the mediating kingdom between the three higher and three lower manifested Creative Hierarchies.
14.   Within the Triad—Leo can be related principally to atma, the spiritual will, as it reflects the will of the “Central Spiritual Sun”—the monadic aspect, whether of man, the planetary Logos or the solar Logos. Since Leo, the second fire sign, is associated with the second ray and with consciousness, it can be related to the revelations of divine love and illumined wisdom emanating from buddhi. The ruler of Leo is the Sun, transmitting the second ray—the ray expressed through buddhi. The fifth ray transmitted through Leo relates it to higher manas.   14.   In relation to the Triad—Scorpio (the sign in which that great exemplar of the first ray, Hercules, achieved his triumph) must be understood as having an influence  upon the first aspect of the Triad—atma, the spiritual will. Scorpio (esoterically during this world period) may well transmit the first ray. In Scorpio, the threefold Illusion is conquered, and, buddhi (the intuition) is the conqueror. Buddhi rules upon the fourth plane, and Scorpio transmits the fourth ray constellationally. Scorpio seems less related to higher manas, though it is a triple sign.
15.   In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Leo is a pervasive and fundamental solar influence. The causal body is a “sun-flower”; soul-consciousness is to the personality as a luminous sun; and the Solar Angel emanates (with respect to our system) from the “heart of the sun”. In a broad sense, Leo can be seen as governing the radiant light, magnetic love, luminous consciousness,  and authoritative power of the Solar Angel which it wills, assertively, to express through the personality.   15.   In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Scorpio can be understood as the will of the Solar Angel to drastically purify its personality, when that personality has, at length, demonstrated its readiness for the process. Under Virgo, the personality has been consistently improved; under Scorpio, the Solar Angel (“a most efficient surgeon”—(DINA I 232)) reveals all obstruction to soul-infusion, and (with the help of its now desperate personality) sees to the removal of such obstruction.
16.   Within the Personality—Leo can be identified with dominating and imposing attitudes within the lower mental nature; with the dramatic and expressive qualities of the astral nature—Leo is correlated with the astral permanent atom (EA 302); with the prana and natural radiance of the etheric vehicle; and, in general, with the strength of the dense physical vehicle. Leo is related to the integrated personality as a whole. (EA 253, 486, 620) (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.)   16.   Within the Personality—Scorpio can be identified with the penetrative and controlling (EA 180) processes of the lower mental nature; with the intensely purgative and emotionally transformational processes of the astral nature; with the general power of the etheric nature (though emotional/mental battles can be devitalizing); and with the fortitude, hardiness and staying-power of the dense physical nature. (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.)
17.   Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Concentration. “Leo—Concentration—Soul life focussed in form. Individualisation. Self-consciousness. Undeveloped and average man. Human experience.” (EA 228)   17.   Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Illumination. “Scorpio—Illumination—The soul triumphs. Experience in Taurus consummated. Astral glamour dissipated. Soul light pours in. The Path of Discipleship. The Disciple.” (EA 228-229)
18.   The Crisis of the Burning Ground characterized by the process of Liberation (EA 472)   18.   The Crisis of the Battlefield characterized by the process/quality of Conflict.

Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic

Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic

In Comparison With
1.   Expressive primarily of the second and first aspects of divinity. “Leo is the focal point for the expression of the second aspect, the love-wisdom or consciousness aspect. This, primarily where humanity is concerned.” (EA 194) Leo is also the second fire sign. Its transmission of the first ray connects Leo to the first aspect, and the transmission of the fifth ray, to the first as well as the third.   1.   Expressive of the first aspect as it seeks to transmute the third aspect so that the second aspect may emerge—“triumphant”.
2.   Strongly associated with Sirius.” Leo, in the cosmic sense (and apart from our solar system altogether) is ruled by Sirius. Sirius is the home of that greater Lodge to which our fifth initiation admits a man and to which it brings him, as a humble disciple.” (EA 299) “The influences of Sirius, three in number, are focussed in Regulus, which is, as you know, a star of the first magnitude and which is frequently called ‘the heart of the Lion’.” (EA 300) “Third Triangle: Sirius—Leo—Jupiter—Hierarchy.” (EA 417) “…Sirius governs Leo.” (EA 299) (also 447 re Sirius, Leo, Uranus and first initiation)
Also cosmically related to the Great Bear. Leo “is also peculiarly susceptible to the influence of that Pointer in the Great Bear which is the nearest to the Pole Star.” (EA196) Leo transmits energy from the Great Bear to Saturn and, thence, Shamballa. (cf. EA 427-428, 435)
  2.   Cosmically, associated primarily with Sirius. “Scorpio is under the influence or inflowing energy of Sirius. This is the great star of initiation because our Hierarchy (an expression of the second aspect of divinity) is under the supervision or spiritual magnetic control of the Hierarchy of Sirius.” (EA 197) Initiation (Sirius) is transformation (Scorpio) “Scorpio is the great constellation which influences the turning point both in the life of humanity and the life of the individual human being. For the first time in the history of both mankind and disciples the energy of Sirius, pouring into the seven groups which form our planetary Hierarchy evokes a response.” (EA 198) “We come now to another triangle, the activity of which produces the manifestation of Hierarchy—the intermediary between Shamballa and Humanity: Scorpio, Sirius and Mars.”(EA 483)
3.   Three Constellations Connected with Leo: a) Hydra—the Serpent; b) Crater—the Cup; c) Corvus—the Raven (LOH 105-108)   3.   Three Constellations Connected with Scorpio: a) Serpens—the Serpent of Illusion; b) Ophiuchus—the Serpent Handler or Wrestler; c) Hercules—the Sun God/Hero (LOH 153-154)

Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers, and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment


Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment

In Comparison With
1.   Uranus is the veiled hierarchical ruler of Leo. Uranus is also in exoteric detriment in Leo.
1.   Uranus is exalted in Scorpio.
2.   “Mercury and the Sun are one”—especially at the level of development in which hierarchical rulers are relevant.   2.   Mercury is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio.

Subtle Relationships Between Rays, Zodiacal and Planetary Energies

Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies

In Comparison With
1.   Leo transmits the first ray constellationally   1.   Scorpio (as its close connection with Hercules implies) is strongly related to the first ray as a constellation as a cosmic decanate. (cf. EA 204,  486-487). This first ray association may emerge more definitely in a future world period.  Mars, the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Scorpio, transmits the first ray, because its “School” trains “those whose work is along the lines of the destroyer.” (TCF 1179). It is the first ray which is the Ray of the Destroyer. Pluto, a special ruler in Scorpio, is the “Lord of Death” and transmits the first ray. Uranus, exalted in Scorpio, is the “home of fire electric” and transmits the first ray, almost certainly monadically. (TCF 1154)
2.   Leo transmits the fifth ray constellationally.   2.   Scorpio is the fifth  sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel—numbering from Pisces as one.  This gives Scorpio numerical affinity with the fifth ray.. Mars expresses the fifth ray in its relation to science and the five senses. (EA 215) Uranus has strong fifth ray associations through “exoteric science.” (EA 149)
3.   Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel and, hence, has numerical affinity with the number five and with the fifth ray.   3.   See #2 immediately above.
4.   Leo is the ninth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel—proceeding by polarities (Aries-Scorpio, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.). Since nine is the number connected with the ray three cycle (EPI 348-349), Leo, in its more material aspect, is connected with the third ray.   4.   Scorpio (like Virgo) is a triple sign, hence related to the third aspect (which it conquers) and to the third ray. Mars participates in the expression of a great third ray Entity (EPII 99) ; Pluto is related to the third ray through stealth and stratagem; Mercury is strongly related to the third ray and may well transmit it via the personality. (EA 280) Uranus, exalted in Scorpio, expresses the third ray. (EA 138, 200)
5.   Leo is the eighth sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel (IF counting begins with Pisces as number one) and, hence, has numerical affinity with the Christ, and with Mercury (EA 298) the “Messenger at the eighth gate” “Eight is, under some numerical systems, regarded as the number of the Christ.” (EA 37)   5.   Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel and, hence, also has numerical affinity with the Christ, and with Mercury (EA 298) the “Messenger at the eighth gate” “Eight is, under some numerical systems, regarded as the number of the Christ.” (EA 37) Further, Mercury is hierarchically ruled by Mercury.
6.   The Sun (veiling an unknown planet) is esoteric, exoteric and hierarchical ruler of Leo, and transmits the second ray through its (the Sun’s) soul and personality. “It is the ray which governs the ‘personality’ of our solar Logos, if such an expression may be used, and (because it is dual) it indicates both His personality and soul rays,…” (EPI 334)   6.   Uranus (exalted in Scorpio) is in line with a great second ray transmission of force from Sirius, and is also one of three planets (Uranus, Jupiter and Venus) which probably participate in the expression of a great second ray Entity (EPII 99)
7.   The Sun, even exoterically, may veil Jupiter, which transmits the second, seventh, and (possibly) sixth rays. “In connection with the Mutable Cross, the rays of the Sun in a threefold form (combining the lowest energies of the threefold Sun) pour into and through the man, via Jupiter. Jupiter is the agent of the second ray which the Sun expresses—cosmically and systemically.” (EA 297)   7.   See #6 immediately above, and # 8 and #12.
8.   Neptune is the veiled esoteric ruler of Leo and transmits the sixth ray.   8.    Scorpio is the sixth sign of the zodiac on the ordinary (clock-wise) wheel, and hence has numerical affinity with the sixth ray. Mars, the exoteric and esoteric ruler,  transmits the sixth ray. Pluto, special ruler, has solar plexus associations (EA 78), hence, sixth ray associations.
9.   Neptune transmits the second ray monadically (EPI 421).   9.   See #6 above.
10.   Neptune is associated with the fourth ray through its rulership of buddhi and the buddhic plane.(EA 666)   10.   Scorpio transmits the fourth ray, constellationally. Counting by polarities (Aries-Libra-Scorpio-Taurus-etc., ), Scorpio is the fourth sign, hence resonant with the fourth ray. Mercury, the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio, transmits the fourth ray. Mars also seems to be associated with the lower part of the fourth ray—the conflict side. (Note the frequent Mars/Mercury associations, as, for instance, related to kundalini.
11.   Neptune, “God of the Waters”, is associated with the third ray, because “water” is “matter.” “EA 275)   11.   See #4 above.
12.   Uranus is the veiled hierarchical ruler of Leo, and transmits the seventh ray.   12.   Uranus, exalted in Scorpio, transmits the seventh ray.
13.   Uranus transmits the first ray monadically. (EPI 421)   13.   See #1 above.
14.   Uranus is closely associated with the third ray, and may well transmit this ray as its personality ray. “Two of our planets, the Earth (non-sacred) and Uranus (sacred), are directly the product of this third ray activity.” (EA 200)   14.   See #4 above.
15.   Uranus is part of a second ray transmission from Sirius, via Pisces, and, also, is most probably the mental body within the manifestation of a great second ray Entity. (EPII 99)   15.   See #6 above.
16.   Uranus is closely related to the fifth ray through its rulership of “exoteric science.” (EA 149)   16.   See #2 above.

General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors

General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors

In Comparison With
1.   The Blazing Light   1.   The Impenetrable Darkness
2.   The King of Shamballa   2.   The Forces of Evil—Mara and His/Her Hosts
3.   The Lords of Light (EA 160)   3.   The Lords of the Dark Face (EA 160)
4.   God the Father   4.   The Dark Mother (Kali)
5.   Christ (the Sun God and the “Son” of God)   5.   The Serpent of Evil
6.   The Solar Angels   6.   The Human Hierarchy
7.   The King   7.   The Warrior
8.   Horus   8.   Typhon
9.   St. George   9.   The Dragon
10.   The Creator   10.   The Destroyer
11.   The “Heaven” of the Higher Mental Plane   11.   The “Hell” of the Lower Astral Worlds
12.   The King or Queen   12.   The Warrior, the Fighter
13.   The Monarchy   13.   Terrorists
14.   The Ruler   14.   The Assassin
15.   The Master, the Guru   15.   The Disciple
16.   The Actor   16.   The Psychologist
17.   The Ego   17.   The Forces of Transformation
18.   The Proclamation   18.   The Secret
19.   Life and Vitality   19.   Death and Destruction
20.   The Dominant Personality   20.   The Conquering Soul
21.   Leo on the Path of Discipleship: “… having found himself in Leo.” (EA 61)   21.   Scorpio on the Path of Discipleship: in Scorpio he becomes the triumphant disciple…” (EA 61)
22.   “Leo seeks release in Scorpio.” (EA 332)   22.   “Scorpio stages the release of Leo.” (EA 333)
23.   Leo upon the Cross of Discipleship: “In Leo—The self-centred man becomes eventually the soul in life expression and focussed on the achievement of the spiritual goal of selflessness. In this sign, he undergoes preparation for the first initiation and takes it also in this sign, or under this sign when it is the rising sign, becoming ‘the Lion who seeks his prey,’ that is the personality who becomes the captive of the soul.” (EA 143)   23.   Scorpio upon the Path of Discipleship: “In Scorpio—In this sign, the disciple undergoes those tests which will enable him to take the second initiation and demonstrate that the desire nature is subdued and conquered and that the lower nature is (by being lifted up in the air, i.e. into heaven) capable of reaching the goal for this world period, and that from the earthy foundations of Scorpio the personality can be so tested that it shows fitness for the world service demanded in Aquarius. This is beautifully expressed for us in the legend of Hercules, the Sun-God who overcomes the nine-headed Hydra or serpent of desire by being forced to his knees and from that position of humility lifts up the serpent into the air, and then deliverance comes.” (EA 143-144)
24.   Awakening to Identity in Leo: “In Leo, the individual awakens to his own identity, concentrates his purpose, learns the lessons and uses of selfishness (for that is one of the best ways to learn and to discover that it is contrary to the laws of the soul) and is eventually so cornered by the life processes that he becomes aware of the futility of self- interest.” (EA 145)   24.   Death in Scorpio: “In the polar opposite of Taurus, Scorpio, the personality is humbled and brought to grips with the soul; in that sign the personality is "occultly killed and then resurrected into air and light," in order to become from that moment the servant of the soul.” (EA 145)
25.   Leo in Relation to the Mind of Man: “…in Leo the intellect or mind became part of the individual man's equipment. This intellectual awareness is the result of a slow evolution of the instinctual nature which, when it has reached a certain stage of development, came under the direct influence of the Hierarchy of the planet in a new way, and then—under the stimulation of energies from the planet Venus—a fusion took place which resulted in the emergence of individual self-conscious man.” (EA 179)   25.   Scorpio in Relation to the Mind of Man: “In Scorpio the mind is released into full governing activity. This release takes place in two stages: Stage 1—Wherein the intellect becomes dominant and powerful and controls eventually the emotional nature. Stage 2— Wherein the intellect is illumined by the light of the soul.”(EA 180)
26.   In Leo—Decentralization: “the self-centred individual in Leo learns the lesson of the Cross and becomes decentralised, group conscious, and given to service.” (EA 223)   26.   In Scorpio—the Desire for  Spiritual Values: “indicating that desire for materiality is finally superseded by desire for the spiritual values, and this is demonstrated through the tests in Scorpio.”  (EA 223) “Baptism by water (a name for the second initiation) needs a preparatory period of testing and purification, and this the experience in Scorpio is intended to give.” (EA 224)
27.   In Leo(Virgo)—the emergence of the “God-man” (EA  230)   27.   In Scorpio: “the beginning of the new orientation and of discipleship in Scorpio,…” (EA 230)
28.   In Leo the magician must be able to say: “I know myself to be the one.  I rule by Law.” (TWM 548)   28.   In Scorpio the magician must be able to say: “Illusion cannot hold me.  I am the bird that flies with utter freedom.” (TWM 548)
29.   “Leo—Self-consciousness-mode of development” (EA 495)   29.   “Scorpio—Aspiration—the key to the testing of the disciple” (EA 495)
30.   “Self-consciousness or human awareness. Unity—Leo.” (EA 287)   30.   “Consciousness of warring dualities. Discipleship—Scorpio.” (EA 287)
31.   Leo, on the Mutable and Fixed Crosses: “Leo.—The Lion of Self-assertion. The Light of the Soul.” (EA 293)   31.   Scorpio, on the Mutable and Fixed Crosses: “Scorpio.—The Agent of Deception. The Light of Liberation.” (EA 293)
32.   Leo—with the Leo-Scorpio-Capricorn Triangle: Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel, which indicates that it is part of the number ten. Capricorn in the tenth sign of the zodiac. Leo is the eighth sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel (counting from Pisces), which links it to Scorpio, the eighth sign on the reversed wheel. “From another angle, as might be anticipated, Leo is related [Page 299] to Scorpio, whose numbers upon the zodiacal wheel are the same as those of Leo, being five and eight. You have, therefore, the formation of the triangle to which I earlier referred: Leo-Scorpio, leading to initiation in Capricorn.” (EA 298-299)   32.   Scorpio—within the Leo-Scorpio-Capricorn Triangle: Scorpio is the fifth sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel (counting from Pisces), which relates it to Leo, the fifth sign on the reversed wheel. The five of Scorpio is part of the number ten. Capricorn is the tenth sign on the reversed wheel. “From another angle, as might be anticipated, Leo is related [Page 299] to Scorpio, whose numbers upon the zodiacal wheel are the same as those of Leo, being five and eight. You have, therefore, the formation of the triangle to which I earlier referred: Leo-Scorpio, leading to initiation in Capricorn.” (EA 298-299)
33.   Leo—for Undeveloped Man: “The lower self. The hidden point.” (EA 332)   33.   Scorpio—for the Undeveloped Man: “Unity of selfishness. The Monster.” (EA 333)
34.   Leo—for Advanced Man: “The Higher Self. The revealing point.”(EA 332)   34.   Scorpio—for the Advanced Man: “Conflict with duality. The Fighter.” (EA 333)
35.   Leo—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The One Self. The relinquished point” (EA 332)   35.   Scorpio—for the Disciple/Initiate: “Higher Unity. The Disciple.” (EA 333)
36.   Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Leo: When the Sun is in Leo the disciple may seek to integrate his personality more fully, strengthen the individual note he sounds, and achieve spiritual positivity with respect to the lunar nature.   36.   Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Scorpio: When the Sun is in Scorpio, an individual may cultivate the power to overcome some aspect of his lower nature—through humility, and the use of the analytical mind and intuition.
37.   The life of the Christ from the Leonian perspective: “This is the sign of self-conscious identity. This is testified to by Christ in the words He spoke to His disciples: ‘What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul?’ or his own centre of self-consciousness—that significant point of attainment which must precede all the more inclusive states of consciousness.” (EA566)   37.   The Life of the Christ from a Scorpionic Perspective: “The significance of this sign in the life of Christ has been deleted from The New Testament, but has been preserved for us in the ancient Christian legend that—in the cradle itself—Christ killed or strangled two serpents, thus referring to the pairs of opposites which could no longer control Him.” (EA 566)
38.   The forces of Life   38.   The forces of Death
39.   The present   39.   The accumulated past
40.   The Light   40.   The Darkness
41.   Sunlight   41.   Shadow
42.   Radiance   42.   Obscuration
43.   The luminous Father   43.   The dark Mother (Kali)
44.   The conscious realms   44.   The unconscious realms
45.   Monistic   45.   Dualistic. “Conflict with duality.” (EA 333)
46.   Integration   46.   Disintegration
47.   Lower unity   47.   Higher unity
48.   The integrated lower self   48.   The struggle between the higher Self and the integrated lower self. The battle between the different members of selfhood.
49.   The dominating soul.   49.   The rebellious personality raising its “last ditch stand” against the domination of the soul.
50.   The presence of ego limitation   50.   The destruction of ego limitation
51.   The dominant personality   51.   The destructive forces which release the dominant personality from itself
52.   Revelation   52.   Concealment
53.   The obvious   53.   The subtle
54.   The vitalizing sustainer   54.   The destroyer
55.   The factor of vitalization   55.   The factor of de-vitalization and vampirism; the parasite
56.   That which is noble and honorable   56.   That which is nefarious and dishonorable.
57.   Pride, arrogance   57.   The psychological truth which reveals the roots of self-inflation
58.   Initial pride, final humility   58.   The forces of self-revelation which induce humility
59.   Representing the forces of Truth. Honesty, forthrightness.   59.   Representing the forces of deception. “Let Maya flourish and deception rule.” Dishonesty.
60.   Clarity of sight   60.   The obscuration of illusion and distortion
61.   Flamboyance; outer show   61.   The powers of reserve; inner strength
62.   The overlooking of imperfections   62.   The demand for the disclosure of imperfections
63.   The love of glory and beauty   63.   The unpleasant revelations which tarnish that glory and beauty
64.   Largesse, generosity   64.   Vindictiveness, resentfulness, revenge
65.   The pettiness of the overstuffed ego   65.   The sacrifice of the petty self for the sake of deeper and higher values
66.   “King of the mountain.” The lower ego surveys the kingdom over which it rules.   66.   Flying high over this little mountain (as the eagle flies)—uplifted by the powers of transformation
67.   Enjoyment; happiness; radiation   67.   Suffering; depression; “sickness unto death”

Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences

 Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences

Both of these are great power signs and are fixed as well, representing the fixity of the will. So that great displays of willfulness can be seen in connection with either sign.

The first Ray has a natural line of expression through Leo, but if Scorpio, constellationally speaking, had more than one Ray passing through it, certainly the 1st Ray would be a strong candidate and the rulership by Pluto, conveying the 1st Ray and  the 1st Ray aspect of Mars, gives much 1st Ray in association with Scorpio.

The power nature of the two signs is somewhat different for Leo rules the power of the individual, the aggregate of forces assembled in any individuality through the process of evolution and Scorpio represents the assembled power of the group which on a lower turn of the spiral is discussed as the money of others, other person's resources. Sometimes Leo, representing the heart center, can centralize the power of the group and focus the group power through it.

Again these are two very different signs, they are both much involved in the drama of expanding consciousness. Leo expands self-awareness, especially in the conscious domains - the self, as one knows it to be under ordinary conditions and metaphorically in the light of day but the self is a much larger entity and brings with it an extensive past. This, Scorpio brings to light. Leo rules the reclaiming of the past and the re-acquaintance of the conscious mind with all those factors which have long been left behind.

The purpose of Leo is the revelation of self and self-discovery, but without Scorpio this process would be incomplete so therefore these two signs are involved in creating full self-knowledge which must go to the depths ruled by Pluto in Scorpio and over which Mars has some dominion and much must rise to the heights or the Crown of spirit over which Leo holds sway.

The two of these signs are also involved in the drama of transformation of self - not just its revelation. Leo in the negative sense, can hold out for the preservation of a limited royal consciousness - the master of all it surveys.

The problem being, the scope of what is surveyed is small. Scorpio destroys the wall of egoity on several levels - perhaps as many as three and gives the consciousness a wider point of view and the capability of identifying with a wider ring-pass-not. 

Destruction via Scorpio will proceed of the Leonian dominant personality, of the Leonian causal body and perhaps ultimately of the monadic sheath with which, Leo as the king of spirit, must also be connected.

This is the process of transformation and represents very much the over-throw of the king, for the ego no matter what its level of manifestation, must be called the king. It is here we see the role of exalted Uranus in Scorpio, the revolutionary who overthrows the centralized position of any limited ego.

From another point of view, Scorpio tests and challenges the sense of identity, for Scorpio is ruled by the rebellious forces of Mars which control predominantly through the solar plexus and sacral centers and clearly the base of the spine center is also involved with Pluto and even Mars.

This great rebellion of the lower centers confronts the king, the limited personal ego and its own forces it cannot prevail. It may succeed for a while in stifling or putting down the rebellion and driving these forces again into the darkness but it cannot subdue or transmute these forces.

Only by spiralling the sense of identity up into the world of unitive consciousness, the world of the egoic lotus, the causal body (the world of the soul), can the solar forces prevail over the mobilized lunar forces which are under the command of Scorpio/Mars and Pluto.

It must be realised that both Mars and Pluto are to some extent, lunar planets, being identified preeminently with the energies below the diaphragm and with the various lunar lords and even with the entire personality, for the integrated personality is in one respect, as much a lunar lord as the solar lord and in its lunar aspect it is ruled by Mars, in its solar aspect by the Sun. Here we find the personality having the choice of either going in the direction of  Mars and the Moon or going in the direction of love, the heart center or the solar plexus center.

So Scorpio stages the rebellion which involves the summoning of the unregenerate past which challenges the sense of identity to become larger, more capacious, more heart-felt, more inclusive and in this case what the Sun usually represents as a center of personality identity must reach towards what Mercury represents - the higher illumination, the light of the soul, the knowledge of the soul and the illusion-dispelling intuition of the buddhic plane.

Later, at the 4th initiation where the egoic lotus holds sway and the individual is a rich, young man, radiant, comprehensive, generous in consciousness and with his gifts, Scorpio stages still another rebellion and demands the end of even these limitations.  Here we have what modern depth psychologists have called the battle between the conscious and the unconscious mind and Scorpio It seems to rule not only the unregenerate past but the invasion of the archetypes. 

This is why perhaps, Uranus the planet of archetypes in their pure form, is exalted in Scorpio. The archetypes are certainly bigger than any strictly limited consciousness and even bigger than the limitations of individualised soul-consciousness. The archetypes could be considered part of the planetary mind and ultimately even of the solar mind (Uranus let it be remembered, is a mental planet and is much related to solar life) and when an individual begins to live according to higher archetypes,  which are larger than the TAPE NO. 7 ahamkaric principle and most identities defend themselves against loss of identity by re-enforcing their walls (whose symbol would be the mighty fortress - Leo).  When living the archetypal life, the limited individuality takes its place in a much larger individuality and the archetypes determine the energy that must be passed through the newly-entering center of consciousness. 

The role of transformation is to make greater energies available to the developing consciousness - this is of course resisted at first and may be called the repression of the sublime, the loving of darkness rather than of light. Is it not interesting that Scorpio, a sign of great darkness, leads into greater and greater light.

Another similarity, it is said that Leo is the most human of the signs and certainly Leo governs the principle of individuality and separation from the mass consciousness, the principle by which the human animal becomes self-conscious. 

Interestingly, Scorpio is the ruler of the human hierarchy, the hierarchy of human monads.  It is said that this human hierarchy, whose soul ray is the 4th and whose personality Ray is the 5th, advances contrary to the advancement of the deva kingdom  through destruction. Does it not seem that Scorpio, the destroyer, is identified with the monadic level of the human hierarchy and hence brings in the powerful 1st Ray of the destroyer at that high spiritual level.

So we see Scorpio and Leo constantly changing positions. At a certain point of development, Leo as the dominant, illumined, conscious, self-directed personality definitely stands superior to the realm which Scorpio leads.  That realm being the realm of the astral plane, the realm of glamor and illusion just as the heart stands superior to the solar plexus. Later Scorpio the transformer, upsets the limited understanding of Leo and widens its life. 

There is another very important connection between Leo and Scorpio via the number 8.  Leo  has rulership by the Sun and it is said that Mercury and the Sun are One.  Mercury has been called the guardian of the eighth gate and is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio, the eighth sign. The circulation of the kundalini power, much ruled by both Scorpio and Mercury, proceeds up the spine in repeated figure eights. Eventually it produces the total illumination which Leo symbolizes.  The purpose of all duality, is to produce synthesis and unity.  Scorpio represents that aggressive duality which is thorough going in its production of synthesis and unity - it will accept the impedance of no obstacle.  In many ways, the rising of the kundalini power under Scorpio found particularly at the time of the 4th initiation when much destruction is called for, leads to the completing of the antahkarana, ruled by Mercury. That completion places the Sun totally in control and no intermediary is needed any longer. Mercury and the Sun are one.

The number eight has become the one. Eight is the Christ force and the Christ is also King.  Through the rising of the energy via the figure 8, the Christ force is put upon his throne, "I and my Father are One, Mercury and the Sun are one."  So in a sense, Scorpio initiates all dualistic conflicts which at length crown the king. Is it not interesting that Scorpio de-thrones the king in order to truly crown the king and at length the monad, ruled by Leo, the king of all, stands upon his throne.  When one thinks of the king of kings with respect to this planet, one thinks of Sanat Kumara who can be seen under the guise of a number of the signs of the zodiac and probably been given sufficient thought from all twelve.  Certainly he is the King ruled by  Leo and he is also the "youth of endless summers" ruled by Aries and "the ancient of days", ruled by Capricorn - three of the great first Ray signs, the ones that form a triangle in fact to distribute 1st Ray energy into our solar system. In summary, when looking at Leo and Scorpio, we would say that these are signs of conscious induction and signs which cooperate in the enthroning of the spiritual will.  They at first, cooperate with the enthroning of the limited personal ego, then of the higher ego, the Christ self and finally the enthroning of the kings of kings - the monad as the father/spirit. 

It is said that Scorpio stages the release of Leo and Leo seeks release in Scorpio.  The relationship of these two signs can be described in the ancient mantram, "Lead us from darkness to light (from Scorpio to Leo), from the unreal to to the real (from Scorpio to Leo), from death to immortality (from Scorpio to Leo)." 

It is said that the human beings with which both Leo and Scorpio are identified, are lords of ceaseless and persevering devotion. 

Each of these signs carries a powerful sixth Ray association.  Leo is associated with the sixth creative hierarchy counting downwards from the 1st liberated hierarchy on the cosmic astral plane and is esoterically ruled by Neptune veiled by the Sun.  Scorpio is ruled by a double 6th Ray through a double Mars and has a connection with the astral plane and with the forces of the solar plexus considered as a great clearing house for the energies below the diaphragm. 

There is great devotion and tenacity in both of these signs and through their cooperation, the human being becomes what it essentially is in full glory through a series of deaths and rebirths, of destructions and resurrections. Certainly Leo represents the rising Sun out of every situation of Scorpio-induced death. 

Both Leo and Scorpio are signs of passion. Fire and water are both associated with the astral plane as is the number 6 and both signs have a strong 6th Ray component through their planetary rulers and their hierarchical placement - in the case of Leo.  (I see a lot of arranging and re-arranging that will have to be done here.)

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