Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins (c)
Scorpio & Capricorn
Important Foundational Relationships
Important Foundational Relationships
Capricorn Consummates the Work of Scorpio (EA 333)
Scorpio In Comparison With Capricorn 1. Esoteric Mantram: Warrior I am, and from the battle I emerge triumphant. 1. Esoteric Mantram: Lost am I in light supernal, yet on that light I turn my back. 2. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let Maya flourish and deception rule. 2. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let ambition rule and the door stand wide. 3. Quality of Light: The Light of Day 3. Quality of Light: The Light of Initiation 4. Element: Water Sign 4. Element: Earth Sign 5. Fixed Cross 5. Cardinal Cross 6. Transmits R4 constellationally. Possibly R1 is a subtle constellational transmission. 6. Transmits R1, R3 and R7 constellationally 7. 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. 7. Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) Capricorn transmits R3 and R5 through Saturn and Venus—its two planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 8. Color: crimson, dark red. Black is important. 8. Color: green 9. Creative Hierarchy number IX (manifested), the Human Hierarchy, the “Initiates” 9. Creative Hierarchy number V (manifested) and X of 12. Human Personality; the Crocodiles; Makara the Mystery 10. 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. 10. Associated with the first five initiations: the soul/Self-revealing, soul-law-imposing, Christ-birthing first; the emotion-controlling, ‘un-capsized’, ‘water-crossing’ second; the soul-illumined, personality-transfiguring, three-aspect-synthesizing third; the isolation-inducing, world-renouncing fourth; and the supernally-lighted, mountain-peak-revelatory fifth. Saturn (ruling Capricorn) does not follow a man onto the Cardinal Cross. 11. 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. 11. Capricorn can be reasonably associated with the clear-seeing, forcefully-penetrating, powerfully directing ajna and brow centers, and the ‘dominating’, all-controlling crown center. Capricorn must be connected to the magically materializing throat and sacral centres via the third and seventh rays (resonant to both centers). The humility-inducing centers at the knees are also indicated. Also associated with Capricorn are the central “jewels” in all the chakras. 12. 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. 12. The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Capricorn causes the Monad (even in immersion) to be guided by Shamballic and Logoic Law. There are lines which the Monad may not cross as it ‘super-vises’ its own Self-extension. It must leave its fragment ‘free within limits’; free-will (of a relative kind) must not be violated. The initiatory power, flowing through Monad from Capricorn, endows the Monad-in-extension with the power to face every obstacle and re-ascend to its source. This re-ascent is initiation. 13. 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. 13. Within the Triad—Capricorn is most associated with atma (first triadal aspect) and higher manas (third triadal aspect). Capricorn transmits the first ray which relates it to the will and law emanating from the atmic plane. Capricorn transmits the third ray, as well, which relates it not only to higher manas but, again, to atma, for the atmic plane is the third systemic plane, and is a plane of both law/will and mind—the atmic mind—God’s mind as directly expressive of God’s will/law. Capricorn is less related to buddhi, though it is the sign admitting (via hierarchical Venus) into the buddhic dimension known as Hierarchy. 14. 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. 14. In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Capricorn can be understood as the will of the Solar Angel to master its personality, through total soul-infusion leading to transfiguration and subsequent crucifixion. Karmic confrontation with residual darkness is enforced from ‘above’, and the power to transcend matter bestowed. The will aspect of the Solar Angel is strongly asserted, leaving the responsive personality no choice but elevation. (cf. EP II 174) 15. 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.) 15. Within the Personality—Capricorn can be identified with the concretizing, regulatory and disciplining processes of the lower mental nature; with processes which focus, control and deepen the astral nature; with organizational and co-ordinative processes within the etheric vehicle; and the with maintenance and survival of the dense physical vehicle—of which Capricorn represents the density. (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.) 16. 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) 16. Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Initiation 17. The Crisis of the Battlefield characterized by the quality of Conflict 17. The Crisis of Initiation characterized by the quality of Expansion.
Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic
Scorpio In Comparison With Capricorn 1. Expressive of the first aspect as it seeks to transmute the third aspect so that the second aspect may emerge—“triumphant”. 1. Expressive primarily of the first and third aspects of divinity. “CAPRICORN. This is the constellation by means of which comes the conquering will which releases from form life and initiates the man into the kingdom wherein the will aspect (not the soul aspect) of divinity expresses itself.” (EA 620) Capricorn is the major transmitter of the seventh ray which is related to the first aspect. “The seventh ray is, in the last analysis, the focussed differentiated energy of Ray One as it expresses the will of the first aspect of divinity on earth…” (EA 138) “the third and fifth rays work pre-eminently through this sign, embodying the third major aspect of divinity, active intelligence plus that of its subsidiary power, the fifth Ray of Mind.” (EA 164) 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) 2. Related cosmically to the Pleiades. “…from these three (The Pleiades, Capricorn, Mercury. A.A.B.) Man takes a nature which is his today. Son of the Mother, born from the tomb and showing after birth the light which he has taken from them all.” (EA 433, also 427-428) Capricorn is necessarily related to the Great Bear because, like Aries, and Leo, it transmits the first ray. (cf. EA 417) Capricorn, the “great sign of initiation” (EA 173) is almost certainly related to Sirius, “the great star of initiation.” (EA 197) Venus completes a triangle. 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) 3. Three Constellations Connected with Capricorn: a) Sagitta—the Arrow; b) Aquila—the Eagle; c) Delphinus—the Dolphin (LOH 175-176) 4. Strong association with Sirius. “Scorpio is under the influence or inflowing energy of Sirius.” (EA 197) 4. Strong association with the Pleiades. (cf. EA 435, 441)
Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment
Scorpio In Comparison With Capricorn 1. Mars is the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Scorpio. 1. Mars is exalted in Capricorn. 2. Venus is in detriment in Scorpio. 2. Venus is the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn. 3. The Moon falls in Scorpio. 3. The Moon is in detriment in Capricorn.
Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies
Scorpio In Comparison With Capricorn 1. Scorpio transmits the fourth ray constellationally. 1. Capricorn is the fourth sign of the zodiac on the clock-wise wheel—hence, resonant with the fourth ray (especially through its rulership over ‘for-m’ and establishment). Venus, the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn, may have some higher fourth ray associations—harmony and beauty. Mars (exalted in Capricorn) is a major planet of conflict, so it is difficult not to think that Mars has some strong fourth ray association—perhaps within its personality vehicles. “The theme of that ray is "Harmony through Conflict" and it is the lower aspect of the ray energy, producing conflict which has hitherto controlled, and is climaxing now through the impetus of the new incoming Shamballa force.” (EA 328) 2. Scorpio, the sign in which first ray Hercules achieved his triumphs, and (with Taurus and Pisces) one of three cosmic decanates, may well transmit the first ray in a subtle way—perhaps to appear more definitively in a future world period when transmitted ray emphasis changes (cf. EA 204, 487). 2. Capricorn transmits the first ray, constellationally. Capricorn is also the tenth sign on the reversed wheel, hence numerologically associated with the number one and, by numerical affinity, with the first ray. Saturn, the exoteric and esoteric ruler, is a strong transmitter of the first ray. (EA 450, 621). Mars, exalted in Capricorn, teaches “those whose work lies along the lines of the destroyer”, hence must transmit the first ray. (TCF 1179) 3. Scorpio is the eighth sign on the reversed wheel, and is, thus, related to Mercury—the “Messenger at the eighth gate.” (EA 298) 3. Capricorn is the eighth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel (numbering by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.), and hence is related to the Christ, Whose number can be understood as eight. Eight is the number of the Christ, which Capricorn brings to birth, and then strengthens through the four subsequent initiations. Saturn, a double ruler of Capricorn can, in its negative guise, be considered the ruler of the “eighth sphere”, which can be understood as the planes of concrete mind when separated from the planes of higher mind 4. Scorpio is the sixth sign on the clockwise wheel, and hence has numerical affinity with the sixth ray. 4. Venus, the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn, transmits the sixth ray, probably monadically. (EA 595). Mars (exalted in Capricorn) transmits the sixth ray 5. Scorpio is the fifth sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel (IF one begins counting with Pisces). This brings to Scorpio, as a sign, a numerical resonance with the fifth ray.
5. Capricorn may, in some subtle matter, transmits the fifth ray (independently of its hierarchial ruler Venus). Ray 5.—Concrete Knowledge or Science, under the influence of Capricorn, focussed through Venus, which will enable the man to take initiation.” (EA 357) Also, “Capricorn is an earth sign and because the third and fifth rays work pre-eminently through this sign, embodying the third major aspect of divinity, active intelligence plus that of its subsidiary power, the fifth Ray of Mind. These pour through Capricorn to Saturn and to Venus and so reach our planet, the Earth.” (EA 164) Note the word, “through.” Venus, of course, is the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn, and transmits the fifth ray. Saturn is associated with the concrete mind (concretion pertains to the fifth ray). Mars, exalted in Capricorn, rules “science” and the “five senses) (EA 215) and, therefore, is related to the fifth ray, transmitting it, conceivably, through its Monad.
6. Scorpio is the fourth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel, if the counting proceeds by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, Gemini-etc.). This strengthens Scorpio’s resonance with the fourth ray. 6. See #1 above. 7. Mars is the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Scorpio, and transmits the sixth ray. 7. See #4 above. 8. The Planetary School on Mars trains those “whose work is along the lines of the destroyer” and, therefore, can be seen as transmitting the first ray. 8. See #2 above. 9. Mars “rules science” (EA 215), hence has important fifth ray associations. 9. See #5 above. 10. Mars (with Saturn and the Earth) participates in the personality of a great third ray Entity and, therefore, can be seen, however indirectly, as expressing the third ray. 10. Capricorn transmits the third ray, constellationally. In addition, Capricorn is the third sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel, beginning number with Pisces. This numerical fact reinforces the relationship of Capricorn to the third ray. Saturn is the exoteric and hierarchical ruler of Capricorn and transmits the third ray monadically (EPI 421), and, probably, through its soul. Mars, exalted in Capricorn, participates as the astral body in the constitution of a great third ray Entity (EPII 99). 11. Pluto is the special ruler of Scorpio and transmits the first ray. 11. See # 10 immediately above. 12. Pluto assists scientific research, thus, a subtle ray of Pluto, special ruler of Scorpio, may well be the fifth, thus relating it to its scientific “Alter Ego” Mars. 12. See #5 above. 13. A subtle ray force expressing through Pluto may well be the third, (stealth and stratagems). 13. See #10 above. 14. Pluto has a connection to the sixth ray via is association with the solar plexus. (EA 78) 14. See #4 above. 15. Mercury, the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio, also transmits the fourth ray. 15. See #1 above. 16. Mercury is expressive of the third ray and may well transmit this ray through its personality (cf. EA 280) 16. See #10 above. 17. Mercury (manas) is closely associated with the fifth ray. 17. See #5 above. 18. Uranus is exalted in Scorpio and transmits the seventh ray. 18. Capricorn transmits the seventh ray constellationally. Saturn has strong seventh ray associations through that fact that it is the “logoic physical permanent atom” in relation to the cosmic physical plane (TCF 406), hence strongly involved in the manifestation of the cosmic physical plane. As well, Vulcan is powerful in Capricorn (third decanate) and transmits the first ray. 19. Uranus transmits the first ray monadically, as it is the “home of fire electric.” (TCF 1154) 19. See #2 above. 20. Uranus participates in the expression of a great second ray Entity (EPII 99), and helps to bring the second ray to Earth from Sirius and Pisces (EA 432) 20. Venus, the hierarchial ruler of Capricorn, is “pure love-wisdom”, and hence, transmits the second ray. (EA 281) 21. Uranus rules “exoteric science” and, hence, is related to the fifth ray. 21 General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors
General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors
Scorpio In Comparison With Capricorn 1. The Warrior 1. The Ruler or Magistrate 2. Hercules 2. The Underworld and its Ruler 3. The Psychologist 3. The Politician, Executive 4. The Triumphant Disciple 4. The Initiate 5. The Nine-Headed Hydra 5. The Three-Headed Dog—Cerberus 6. The Geyser 6. The Mountain 7. Human Beings, the Human Monads—Creative Hierarchy number Four/Nine 7. Solar Angels—Creative Hierarchy number Five/Ten 8. The Human Monads 8. The synthesis of the personality aspect. (Hierarchy V under Capricorn is a dual hierarchy ruling the “Human Personality”, EA 35) 9. The sign of death 9. The sign of triumph over death. “The conqueror of Death.” (EA 333) 10. “Scorpio—Aspiration—the key to the testing of the disciple” (EA 495) 10. “Capricorn—Illumination—the liberation of the initiate” (EA 495) 11. “Consciousness of warring dualities. Discipleship—Scorpio.” (EA 287) 11. “Group consciousness as an initiate. Unity—Capricorn.” (EA 287) 12. The dark “Devouring Mother”—Kali 12. The Omnipotent Father 13. The realm of the Moon—the Moon falls in Scorpio, so the powers transmitted through the veil of the Moon “fall away” from their highest expression into their lowest. 13. The realm of the Sun—“ Esoterically, all world Saviours and Sun Gods are born in Capricorn.” (EA 169) 14. Duality (“Conflict with Duality”, EA 333) 14. Synthesis 15. The “War in the Heavens” 15. God, the Father, reigns on Mount Olympus. Also Mount Sinai is associated with Capricorn and the Moon. (SD reference) 16. The up-raising of Matter in Capricorn is “previsioned for us in the story of Hercules in Scorpio when he raises the Hydra high above his head into the air.” (EA 260) 16. The “final assumption of matter into heaven in Capricorn…” (EA 260) Scorpio establishes the inevitability of this “raising up of substance.” 17. Scorpio in Relation to the Cancer-Virgo-Scorpio-Capricorn-Pisces Quintuplicity: “In Scorpio comes a point of transition, of change and of re-orientation. That which has been hitherto hidden appears and is brought to the surface by means of the experience, the tests, the trials and the ‘sting of life’.” 17. Capricorn in relation to the Cancer-Virgo-Scorpio-Capricorn-Pisces Quintuplicity: “In Capricorn—as a result of the effects of the influences of Cancer, Virgo and Scorpio—the disciple begins to demonstrate the capacity to express the life of two kingdoms, at least in some measure, and is a developed human being and also a citizen of the kingdom of God.” (EA 318-319) 18. Tests in Scorpio: “The strength which comes through conflict and constant struggle builds up steadily that reserve of strength and power which enables the aspirant to take the final tests of discipleship in Scorpio…” (EA 342) 18. Trials of Initiation in Capricorn: “…and to brave in Capricorn the trials of initiation and the breaking of all the bonds which the processes of incarnation have forged.” (EA 342-343) 19. Scorpio—for the Undeveloped Man: “Unity of selfishness. The Monster.” (EA 333) 19. Capricorn—for the Undeveloped Man: “The earthbound soul.” (EA 333) 20. Scorpio—for the Advanced Man: “Conflict with duality. The Fighter.” (EA 333) 20. Capricorn—for the Advanced Man: “The one who crosses the water. Fluid.” (EA 333) 21. Scorpio—for the Disciple/Initiate: “Higher Unity. The Disciple.” (EA 333) 21. Capricorn—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Conqueror of death. Initiated.” (EA 333) 22. 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. 22. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Capricorn: When the Sun is in Capricorn, an individual may cultivate achievement and mastery over all that opposes that achievement with respect to a selected task. 23. 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) 23. The Life of the Christ from a Capricornian Perspective: “This sign marks the point of concretion and of crystallisation which results eventually in the death of the form. This we see happening today. In His triumph over death and in His resurrection into life, Christ indicated the deep mystery of Capricorn.” (EA 567) 24. Transformation (cf. 398) 24. Translation (cf. 398)—related to Transfiguration 25. The rending process 25. The process of higher integration. 26. Buddhi 26. Atma 27. Buddhi 27. Higher Manas 28. The battle between soul and personality, leading to a temporary triumph 28. The ‘final’ triumph of soul over personality at the third initiation. “At the third initiation, the Moon (veiling a hidden planet) and Mars bring about a fearful conflict, but at the end the man is released from personality control.” (EA 70-71) 29. The Serpent of Illusion—phantasmagoria 29. The mental clarity to see through illusion 30. Summoning from the depths 30. Holding the depths down from the heights. The willful suppression of the “forces native to the underworld.” 31. Preeminently a sign of conflict, followed eventually by triumph. 31. Preeminently a sign of resolution (though not without initial, willful conflict with the “forces of the underworld”) “Effort, strain, struggle, the fight with the forces native to the underworld, or the strenuous conditions entailed by the tests of discipleship or initiation—these are distinctive of experience in Capricorn.” (EA 159) 32. Opening to the Spiritual Hierarchy. “The death by suffocation in Scorpio releases man into the planetary centre which we call the Hierarchy.” (EA 98) 32. Entrée to the Spiritual Hierarchy (EA 157) and to Shamballa, as well—where dwells the “Ancient of Days” (under Capricorn) 33. Focused in the realm of emotion 33. Focused strongly in the realm of mind and on the physical plane (i.e., in sensation) 34. The marshaled forces of the astral plane 34. The concrete mind 35. Wet, hot 35. Dry, cool—“the one who crosses the water.” (EA 333) 36. Sexually active (FOP), though psychological complexes and suppression are very possible 36. Sexually suppressive (FOP), though the raw sex of the “Satyr” is also possible. 37. Using the mind in two ways (reasoning and illumining) 37. Strongly identified with a variety of impulsive, outgoing emotions 38. Repression (unintentional forgetting) 38. Suppression (deliberate putting down of undesirable contents) 39. Responding more to the essence of the individual 39. Responding more in accordance with conventional structures of interaction 40. Ferment 40. Rigidification 41. Out of control emotionally (rare though violent) 41. Tightly controlled 42. Emotionally intense. Intensely identifying with another on the emotional level. 42. Emotionally cool. Maintaining an impersonal distance. 43. Often more emotionally spontaneous 43. Often more emotionally rigid 44. Intensely “personal” 44. Impersonal 45. Constant indecision based upon dilemma and internal conflict 45. Resolution based upon a definite code of action—(the divine Plan and Purpose) 46. The destruction of blockages (Uranus exalted) 46. Sometimes, solidification of blockages 47. Deep retention of negativity 47. Liberation through the divine power of the will 48. The depths of “Hell” 48. The “third heaven” of the mountain top experience 49. The process of liberation from Hell through a fight to the death. 49. The hell of materiality. The Devil. Tarot Card number fifteen. The mountain top inverted. The Abyss 50. Transformational (Uranus exalted) 50. Frequently traditional and stuck (Saturn rules) Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences
Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between Scorpio and Capricorn
A. Looking and Scorpio and Capricorn in terms of similarities, we see both signs intimately associated with the initiatory process. In fact, they are strongly related, according to the Tibetan for on page 333 (EA) under Capricorn, we read, “Capricorn consummates the work of Scorpio.”
In both of these signs, we find the heights as well as the depths. One might initially think that the heights are ruled only by Capricorn and the depths by Scorpio, but there is a kind of triumph which occurs in Scorpio, the triumphant disciple and naturally the view from the mountain top is vouched safe to the Capricornian initiate who becomes the conqueror of death.
So the height of having achieved in the fatal battle is given to Scorpio and the exalted point of view as seen from the mountain of initiation is conferred upon the Capricornian initiate. The depths are familiar to both as well for Scorpio rules the realm of the hell of bondage and Capricorn is equally associated with the nether regions.
In fact, in the Labours of Hercules, we learn that Hercules must journey through hell to free Prometheus. In both of these signs then, life and death issues are at stake. For Scorpio gives us the fight to the death with the lower nature and Capricorn in a final sense, puts the lower nature to death through the transfiguration process.
The Capricornian initiate is in fact called the conqueror of death. Death in this case being the spiritual death which arises when consciousness is subjected to materialism.
B. Both of these signs are also capable of great negativity, for Scorpio becomes the monster of selfishness and Capricorn, the earth bound soul.
It is not surpassing then that the reflection to their initiatory potential is the involvement in black magic under the Scorpio and Capricorn influence for the Solar angels under Venus are in detriment under Scorpio and the soul for which they stand can be inverted as the inverted five pointed star in Capricorn. Then, we have true luciferic power in the negative sense and not the higher redeeming Lucifer presented in The Secret Doctrine.
C. It is interesting that both of these signs are ruled primarily by what in conventional astrology have been called malefic planets, Mars and Saturn. These are two planets intimately associated with Earth, the three of them providing vehicles of expression for a great third Ray entity.
All of these planets are spheres where on suffering is found and so both of these signs are influences wherein great hardship is experienced, but the hardship leads to triumph and conquest. It is interesting that only the fourth Ray is said to be distributed through the constellation Scorpio in this world period.
Nevertheless, the first Ray is closely associated with this sign. This is seen when the three zodiacal signs that comprise a three decanates in a still greater zodiac are listed. And Scorpio is related then to the first Ray via its chief human exponent Hercules.
D. Given the fact then that Capricorn already distributes the first Ray, we have much of will power coming through these two signs. And it is in these signs that the will of the soul can be irrevocably sensed. A higher sense of values is fought for in Scorpio and finally ultimately achieved in Capricorn. So then both signs are signs of rigor and discipline.
Perhaps Mars is more closely related to Saturn than one might think. Mars achieves through heat and Saturn through cold -- but both of them militate against what are considered the sweeter and more pleasant aspects of life.
E. Both Scorpio and Capricorn are signs of great contrast between the light and the dark. Darkness of human sin and the lightness of the descending intuitive realms are known in Scorpio and the darkness of materialism and the supernal light of the mountain top are known in Capricorn. So there are great contrasts here in both signs.
These are both signs too in which the Moon is found either in detriment in Capricorn or in its fall in Scorpio. The Moon represents the Lunar life and the life of form and therefore one can see that the conquest of form occurs in these two signs.
They are therefore signs of discomfort when it comes to normal human expectations and equally, they are signs of liberation. It is interesting that the two hierarchical rulers are Mercury in Scorpio and Venus in Capricorn. The soul itself is the divine hermaphrodite, the Hermes of Mercury and the Aphrodite of Venus.
So it can be seen how the labours undertaken in these two signs lead to the liberation of the Mercury-Venus soul and the liberation of those higher aspects of mind which are called the Mercury-Venus mind.
F. Of both of these signs it can be said that they induce a state of mind which means business, which is deadly serious, which is intent upon achievement at all costs.There are many signs which do not go all the way, Libra perhaps is one. Gemini perhaps is another.
But these two signs, Scorpio and Capricorn, share a deadly earnestness, a determination fueled by the Spiritual Will which is unrelenting and will not be stopped. There are constant cross-overs in the Mars-Saturn rulership between these two signs. Notice that although Scorpio is primarily the Martian sign and has decanates which involve Mars and Pluto, the exalted planet in Capricorn is in fact Mars and we therefore find Mars making its noblest achievement in Capricorn.
Now Venus is disadvantaged in Scorpio and yet is perhaps the ruler of the central Scorpio decanate. Venus is also the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn showing that although the light may be buried in Scorpio, the soul light and love of Venus through the interaction of these two signs, for indeed Capricorn does consummate the work of Scorpio, the full luminosity of Venus is revealed from the mountain top. In Scorpio, there is a great struggle for light and in fact, the light of the intuition does break forth.
Later at the fourth initiation, the immediate apprehension of Mercury is received and Saturn is also involved linking it with Capricorn. Mercury and Saturn are the two planets which are most potent or very potent at the fourth initiation. Mercury being the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio and the orthodox and esoteric ruler of Capricorn.
G. So we can see these two signs confronting all obstacles which prevent the ascent of man. Indeed when the three signs Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn are put together, we see a powerfully initiatory triad in which the Lunar lords are subdued, reoriented and elevated or solarized.
It might be said that in Capricorn with the Sun perhaps veiling Vulcan ruling the final decanate, the solarization and illumination of the Lunar lords occurs. So, these two signs are signs of great power, determination, contrasts, highs and lows, fights to the death and insistence upon achievement.
H. From another perspective it can be seen that these two signs do rule the nether worlds. The association of Scorpio with the dragon of the depths is undeniable and it is interesting to note that in the Tarot deck, Capricorn rules the devil card. When the powers of these two signs are used by undeveloped individuals, rather human beings because they are not yet really individuals, the materialistic forces smother the spirit and snuff out the light.
So there is a theft of vitality in Scorpio and cruel hardness and inhumanity found in Scorpio. But together they rule the process by which the human consciousness ascends from the deepest pits of hell to the highest mountain of vision and illumination.
And they can be seen as dualistic signs although Scorpio is perhaps more dualistic than Capricorn but dualistic signs leading to unity. For, of the disciple or initiate in Scorpio, we read the phrase, “Higher unity.” And what is perceived or apperceived upon the mountain of initiation but that state of being called isolated unity.
Missing or Weak Links Between Scorpio and Capricorn