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

in progress

Relations Between
Scorpio & Pisces

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

In Comparison With
1.   The Scorpion, the Eagle   1.   The Fishes

2.   Esoteric Mantram: Warrior I am, and from the battle I emerge triumphant.   2.   Esoteric Mantram: I leave the Father’s Home and turning back, I save.

3.   Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let Maya flourish and deception rule.   3.   Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Go forth into matter.

4.   Quality of Light: The Light of Day   4.   Quality of Light: The Light of the World.

5.   Element: Water Sign   5.   Element: Water Sign

6.   Fixed Cross   6.   Mutable Cross

7.   Transmits R4 constellationally. Possibly R1 is a subtle constellational transmission.

  7.   Transmits R2 and R6, with a possible secondary transmission of R3 (matter—the “waters of space”)

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.

  8.   Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively), Pisces transmits R2, R1 and R6, through Jupiter, Pluto and Neptune—its planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical.

9.   Color: crimson, dark red. Black is important.

  9.   Color: lavender

10.   Creative Hierarchy number IX (manifested), the Human Hierarchy, the “Initiates”   10.  Creative Hierarchy number I (unmanifested) characterized by the energy of Intelligent Substance

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.

  11.   Associated with the Fixed-Cross-mounting first initiation (cf. EA 125); the purifying, desire-releasing second initiation; the crucifying, death-dealing fourth initiation, as well as the liberating Path-revealing fifth initiation, which in this case opens to the “world saviour” the door to Shamballa and to great revelation through self-abnegating willingness to serve the Divine Will. (cf. EA 141, 320-321, for the fourth and fifth initiations) Since, Pisces brings about the “consummation of divine desire”, the sixth initiation which restores the ‘Savior-Monad’ to complete power may also be indicated.

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.  

12.   Pisces can be reasonably associated with the centers in the soles of the feet, giving humility, ‘under-standing’, and the power to tread the Path. Pisces is also strongly related to the solar plexus center (in relation to which purification of desire and detachment must prevail) and to the compassionate, all-embracing, all-forgiving heart center—these centers being ruled, in part, by Neptune, special ruler of Pisces. Pisces can, at a high point of evolution, condition the ajna center (when Alpha {Aries—crown center} and Omega {Pisces—ajna}) meet. The buddhically-resonant heart within the head, of which the Buddha, Himself, is a symbol (EXH 87) is another significant association.

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.   13.   The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Pisces provides the foundational motivation for the entire monadic pilgrimage, for every Monad is a “Lord of ceaseless, persevering devotion” (EA 117) and, under the influence of Pisces—a savior. The monadic pilgrimage is entirely sacrificial, and is undertaken for purposes of redemption. Pisces both symbolizes and impulses the humanly unfathomable Self-abnegation which send the Monad forth. “Go forth into matter”, is one mantram of Pisces.

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.

  14.   Within the Triad—Pisces (which transmits the second ray)  is principally related to the second principle buddhi, as it expresses the divine love, wisdom and understanding which redeem. Pisces is also one of the intuitive signs connecting it to buddhi. Pisces eventually induces a “pervasiveness of wisdom” (EA 136), and wisdom is the influence of the first aspect upon the second (as in the case of the Buddha). (cf. DINA II 518) In Pisces there is a powerful sensitivity to the will of God, (“Father, not my will by Thine by done”) and thus to the atmic aspect of the Triad—and to the Monad. Pisces, transcending Mercury, is less related to higher manas.

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.

  15.   In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Pisces is the energy of the will-to-save which animates those “Hearts of Fiery Love” known as Agnishvattas, or Solar Angels. Pisces (in which Solar Angelic Venus is exalted) provides the originating incentive for the sacrifice which the Solar Angels made aeons ago, on behalf of the human Monads, and in service of the Planetary Logos. Pisces governs the Solar Angel as Savior.

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.)

  16.   Within the Personality—Pisces can be identified with the impressionability and eventual intuitive sensitivity of the lower mental nature; with the sentient permeability, and imaginative, tranquilizing processes within the astral nature; with the induction of quietude within the etheric nature; and with the general sensitivity of the dense physical vehicle. (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.)

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)   17.   Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Identification

18.   The Crisis of the Battlefield characterized by the quality of Conflict.   18.   The Choice of Method of Salvation (such as that which confronted the Christ in the Garden of Gethsemene)

Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic

Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic

In Comparison With
1.   Expressive of the first aspect as it seeks to transmute the third aspect so that the second aspect may emerge—“triumphant”.

  1.   Expressive principally of the second divine aspect, with a lengthy history connected to the material substance (“water”) of the third. There is some emphasis upon the liberating will of the first aspect. “In Pisces, you have the consummation of the work of that which the matter aspect has made possible, and the Christ emerges as the world saviour. All this has taken place through the will aspect of the second ray, focussed in Shamballa, expressing itself through humanity and consummated in the Hierarchy. (EA 627-628)

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.   Cosmically related to Sirius. “The triangle of Pisces-Uranus-Hierarchy is becoming magnetically attractive to the triangle of Humanity.” (EA 438) “And then the heavens within the ring-pass-not responded to the light from Sirius which, passing through the sea of Pisces, lifted the fishes into the heavenly sphere (Uranus) and thus a lesser triple light appeared, the radiant sun of suns, the watery light of Pisces, the heavenly light of Uranus.” (EA 432, also 427-428)
A connection between the Dragon, the Pleiades and Pisces may well exist, in relation to the saving,  self-abnegating Path of Earth Service. (cf. TCF 904, 1162)

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 Pisces: a) The Band—(connecting the two Fishes; b) Andromeda—the Chained Woman; c) Cepheus—the King (LOH 200)

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.   Pluto is a special ruler in the sign, Scorpio.

1.   Pluto is the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Pisces.

2.   Mercury is the hierarchical ruler of Pisces.

  2.   Mercury falls and is also in detriment in Pisces.

3   Venus is in detriment in Scorpio.

  3.   Venus is exalted in Pisces.

Subtle Relationships Between Rays, Zodiacal and Planetary Energies

Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies

In Comparison With
1.   Scorpio transmits the fourth ray constellationally.

  1.   Only indirect fourth ray connections relate Pisces to the fourth ray. Venus, the planet exalted in Pisces, can be understood as associated with the harmony and beauty aspects of the fourth ray (but not with the factors within this ray which lead to conflict). Neptune, the special spiritual ruler of Pisces (for “humanity as a whole”) has strong relations to buddhi/intuition, and to the fourth plane, the buddhic plane

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—to appear more definitively in a future world period. (cf. EA 204, 487).

  2.   Pluto is the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Pisces, and transmits the first ray.

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.   Pisces demonstrates the culmination of the Christ-life, for Venus (“pure love wisdom”) is exalted in Pisces. Mercury, which falls in Pisces, really “falls away” from its lowest functions, and becomes highly intuitive, in revealing the Christ-life in all things.

4.   Scorpio is the sixth sign on the clockwise wheel, and hence has numerical affinity with the sixth ray.

  4.   Pisces transmits the sixth ray constellationally. Enthusiastic Jupiter has sixth ray associations. Neptune (a special ruler of Pisces) transmits the sixth ray. Pluto (esoteric and hierarchical ruler) has sixth ray associations through its relation to the solar plexus. (EA 78)

5.   Mars is the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Scorpio, and transmits the sixth ray.

  5.   See #4 immediately above.

6.   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.

  6.   See #2 above.

7.   Mars “rules science” (EA 215), hence has important fifth ray associations.

  7.   Venus (exalted) transmits the fifth ray. Pluto, for whom Mars is the “Alter Ego” (EA 507) is connected with scientific research, and Mars rules science—on the fifth ray.

8.   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.


8.   Pisces, associated with “water” and with the “ocean” has an indirect connection with the material third ray through “matter.” Pisces is the “fish swimming in the waters of matter and finding there its sustenance.” (EA 287) ‘As we well know, water stands for matter,…” (TCF 1005)  “Neptune is as you know, the God of the waters, and the term ‘water’ covers many angles of the esoteric wisdom, such as: The whole concept of matter—universal and itemised.”.. (EA 275) The Piscean is to become “the fish who swims free in the ocean of matter.” (EA 62)  Pisces is also the twelfth sign on the reversed wheel, numbering normally and also by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.), and hence, resonant to the third ray. Neptune rules Pisces in a special way (EA 171), and the Neptunian trident connects it to the third ray. “Water” and “matter” are equivalent and matter is ruled by the third ray. Pluto, through it lunar, material, sub-conscious associations, and its associations with the “past”,  shows its relation to the third ray.

9.   Pluto is the special ruler of Scorpio and transmits the first ray.

  9.   See #2 above.

10.   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.

  10.   See #7 above.

11.   A subtle ray force expressing through Pluto may well be the third, (stealth and stratagems).

  11.   See #3 above.

12.   Pluto has a connection to the sixth ray via is association with the solar plexus. (EA 78)

  12.   See #4 above.

13.   Mercury, the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio also transmits the fourth ray.

  13.   See #1 above.

14.   Mercury is expressive of the third ray and may well transmit this ray through its personality (cf. EA 280)

  14.   See #8 above.

15.   Mercury (manas) is closely associated with the fifth ray.

  15.   See #7 above.

16.   Uranus is exalted in Scorpio and transmits the seventh ray.

  16.   Jupiter, the exoteric ruler of Pisces, rules “ritualistic worship” and,  thus, transmits the seventh ray. (cf. EA 648, 660)

17.   Uranus also transmits the first ray monadically (cf. EPI 420 and TCF 1154) and the third ray, probably through the personality.(EA 200)

  17.   See #2 above.

18.   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)

  18.   Pisces transmits the second ray, constellationally. Jupiter, the exoteric ruler of Pisces, transmits the second ray. Neptune, as special, spiritual ruler of Pisces for “humanity as a whole(EA 129), transmits the second ray monadically. Venus, “pure love-wisdom” (exalted in Pisces), transmits the second ray. (EA 281)

19.   Uranus rules “exoteric science” and, hence, is related to the fifth ray.

  19.   See #7 above.

General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors

General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors

In Comparison With
1.   Hierarchy as Fighter: “The Hierarchy is a great fighting body today, fighting for the souls of men, fighting all that blocks the expansion of the human consciousness, fighting all that limits human freedom (I said not license) and fighting to remove those factors and barriers which militate against the return of the Christ and the emergence of the Hierarchy as a fully functioning body on earth.” (EXH 550-551)

  1.   Shamballa as Savior

2.   Hercules

  2.   The Christ

3.   “Hercules—Scorpio.—Strength through testing.” (EA 487)

  3.   “Christ—Pisces.—Resurrection through sacrifice.” (EA 487)

4.   The Warrior

  4.   The Healer, the Peace-Maker

5.   The Psychologist

  5.   The Savior

6.   The Triumphant Disciple

  6.   The Victor, Fit for Shamballa

7.   Triumphant Humanity

  7.   The Triumphant Solar Angels (Venus is exalted in Pisces)

8.   The Triumphant Disciples

  8.   The Liberated Initiates

9.   This sign signals the major crisis of the Fixed Cross

  9.   Pisces signals the ability, really, to mount the Cardinal Cross. This is more than the strengthening of Cardinal Cross energies after the third initiation; it really means mastership.

10.   Release onto the buddhic plane—the third leading to the fourth initiation

  10.   Release onto the monadic plane—the fifth, leading to the sixth initiation.

11.   “Scorpio—the victory of spiritual desire.—The soul triumphant. (Quality.)” (EA 232)

  11.   “Pisces—consummation of divine desire.—The ‘Desire of all nations.’ The Cosmic Christ. (Appearance.) (EA 232)

12.   Scorpio the Scorpion as Part of the Watery Triplicity: “the Scorpion is rapid in movement, deadly in its effect upon men around it and is a creature of the land; it is also the symbol of the transformed Crab and the result of the evolutionary process, and indicates the dangerous nature of the man who is not transformed and is therefore harmful and hurtful to others;…” (EA 317)

  12.   Pisces the Fishes as Part of the Watery Triplicity: “In ancient Lemuria, the symbol of Pisces was a woman with the tail of a fish, and of this symbol the legendary mermaid is the memory. It was only in late Atlantean times (when the conscious sense of duality was becoming present in the minds of the advanced humanity of the period) that the woman part of the symbol was dropped altogether and the two linked fishes took the place of the fish Goddesses”... “the Fishes indicate the man from whom the symbol of materiality has been taken by the removal of half of the original symbol, thus indicating freedom from matter. (EA 317)

13.   In Scorpio—the Testing of Duality: In Scorpio, the influence of the occult Hierarchy begins to set its seal on the human being, and his essential duality is put to the test. This is preparatory to a new and higher unity. He is at the miserable stage of being neither the soul nor the form—the stage of transition.” (EA 319)

  13.   In Pisces—the Emergent Dualism of Soul and Spirit: “In Pisces, the influence of Shamballa claims the initiate as its field of activity and the dualism of soul and spirit emerges instead of that of soul and body which has hitherto been of major importance. The power of the form to hold the soul in captivity has been negated and tests and trials of the initiate up to the third initiation are directed to this end.” (EA 319-320)

14.   Purification in Relation to Scorpio: “In Scorpio, the purificatory waters of testing and trials are applied. This takes place upon the Fixed Cross and their effect is drastic in the extreme.” (EA 287)

  14.   Purification in Relation to Pisces: “In Pisces, the waters of purification are applied through daily life and the processes of incarnation; they apply to the ‘fish swimming in the waters of matter and finding there its sustenance.’ This is upon the Mutable Cross of ordinary material existence and experience.” (EA 287-288)

15.   Scorpio—for the Undeveloped Man: “Unity of selfishness. The Monster.” (EA 333)

  15.   Pisces—for the Undeveloped Man: “Responsiveness to environment. The medium.” (EA 333)

16.   Scorpio—for the Advanced Man: “Conflict with duality. The Fighter.” (EA 333)

  16.   Pisces—for the Advanced Man: “Sensitivity to soul. The mediator.” (EA 333)

17.   Scorpio—for the Disciple/Initiate: “Higher Unity. The Disciple.” (EA 333)

  17.   Pisces—for the Disciple/Initiate Man: “Spiritual responsibility. The Saviour.” (EA 333)

18.   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.

  18.   Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Pisces: When the Sun is in Pisces, the disciple will know that “sensitivity to the higher impression is his right and privilege.” (EA 564)

19.   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)

  19.   The Life of the Christ from a Piscean Perspective: “The Piscean aspect in its highest expression is demonstrated by His sensitivity to immediate and unbroken contact with His "Father in Heaven"; He was in constant communication with the Monad, thereby proving to the world that He was initiated into states of consciousness of which the third initiation is but the beginning.” (EA 565)

20.   Alchemy

  20.   The final solution/dissolution

21.   Fusion

  21.   Identification

22.   The astral plane (FAO)

  22.   The buddhic plane (FAO)

23.   Death as suffocation. (cf. EA 98)

  23.   Death as dissolution or “drowning.” (cf. EA 97-98)

24.   Forced death

  24.   Voluntary death

25.   The suicide of the Warrior

  25.   The suicide of the Savior

26.   Self-destruction

  26.   Self-effacement

27.   The bondage of the Solar Angels as they struggle against matter and form. (Venus is in detriment in Scorpio)

  27.   The absolute consummation of the Solar Angels (Venus is exalted in Pisces). Hence, also, a triangle—Sirius, Pisces, Venus

28.   “Hell”—the land of the cursed

  28.   “Heaven”—the land of the blessed

29.   Full of struggle

  29.   Attempting to bring peace

30.   The struggle (against selfishness) for selflessness

  30.   Selflessness fully achieved. (But in early day, selfishness if complete and unconscious)

31.   The willingness to take by conquest or violence

  31.   Conquering through faith and love

32.   The intensity of the will

  32.   The willingness of the Will

33.   Victory

  33.   Surrender—a surrender which can be a higher victory

34.   More aggressive; intensity; toughness

  34.   More passive; mildness; tenderness

35.   The power of defenses

  35.   Complete vulnerability, leading in the early days to defeat, and in later days to victory.

36.   Conventional strength

  36.   Conventional weakness

37.   Bold experimentation

  37.   Submission to authority (ESE, MSE) “This is a transition period between the passing out of the Piscean Age, with its emphasis upon authority and belief, and the coming in of the Aquarian Age, with its emphasis upon individual understanding and direct knowledge.” (EXH 3)

38.   The attack

  38.   The rescue

39.   The “monster” who takes all

  39.   The “Savior” who gives all

40.   Bondage to vice

  40.   Release from the claims of the three worlds, and later, the five worlds.

41.   Release from the three lower vehicles through the triumph of the soul.

  41.   The sign of bondage itself. First, bondage of the incarnating soul to the personality; then, reversal—bondage of the relinquished personality to the soul.

42.   Seeing through glamor—(Mercury is hierarchical ruler) (MSE, ASE)

  42.   Subject to glamor—(Mercury falls and is in detriment) (ESE, MSE)

43.   Submission and subservience to vice

  43.   Release from vice; its hold is dissolved by pure reason and intuition.

44.   Grit and determination

  44.   Weakness

45.   Tenacity

  45.   Release

46.   Enmeshed, ensnared, enchained (ESE, MSE)

  46.   Great spiritual strength based upon indomitable Spiritual Will (ASE)

47.   Confrontation

  47.   Escapism

48.   Fighting for release

  48.   The final karmic reckoning

49.   Unforgiveness, resentment

  49.   Mercy and forgiveness

50.   Curses, ill-will

  50.   Blessings, goodwill

51.   Bitterness

  51.   Kindness

52.   The persecutor

  52.   The persecuted

53.   The inquisitor

  53.   The martyr

54.   Torture

  54.   The healing of all dissonance in a final, harmonious resolution

55.   The initiate (of the first, second or third degree) (FOP)

  55.   The aspirant, ready to be released from the Mutable Cross onto the Fixed Cross. (cf. EA 562)

56.   The unredeemed residue

  56.   The process of redemption

57.   The sub-conscious (FOP)

  57.   The “collective unconscious” (FOP). The super-conscious (FAP)

58.   Turbid

  58.   Clear at last

59.   Compulsion

  59.   Permission

60.   Tense, intense

  60.   Relaxed, released

61.   Insistent

  61.   Evocative

62.   Invasion

  62.   Permeation

63.   Careful research; probing

  63.   Intuitive realization; realization without probing

64.   Acquisition

  64.   Relinquishment

65.   Test and trial

  65.   Achieve Wisdom and Love

66.   Agony

  66.   Ecstasy

Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences

Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between Scorpio and Pisces

A.   Both of these signs are water signs and hence affiliated with the sensuous and feeling side of nature and especially with the astral plane. Both of them transmit primarily soft line Rays and often Ray four can be considered to be a transition point between Ray six and Ray two.

In addition, Scorpio has a powerful Ray six due to the double rulership of Mars. Shall we say the Scorpio effect as sensed on earth by human beings is powerfully Ray six because Scorpio is essentially delivered via Mars and Pluto and Mercury.

There is good reason to believe that Pluto itself has a powerful Ray six nature as it is associated with the solar plexus. So this sixth Ray quality naturally relates it to Pisces which is as a constellation powerfully Ray six in nature and via its double rulership esoterically and hierarchically of Pluto, also delivers much of the sixth Ray. So therefore we can see a powerful solar plexus connection for both of these signs as the sixth Ray is directly related to the solar plexus.

B.   There is a considerable identity in rulerships when considering Scorpio and Pisces. Indeed, Mars is considered the alter ego of Pluto just as Venus is considered the alter ego of the earth and it can be seen that two out of the three rulerships in each one of the signs is either Mars or Pluto.

n addition, the decanate rulers of Scorpio, two of them are Mars, Pluto and Mars is one of the decanate rulers of Pisces. So there is much in these two signs to relate to desire, Mars, and the ending of desire, Pluto. Pluto is a planet much associated with sacrifice and the termination of obstructive positions.

One of the major points of unification between these two signs, Scorpio and Pisces, is that connection with the law of sacrifice. Because these are both signs of death and in sacrifice, one dies to an old condition so that a greater and newer condition can develop.

So in each of these, there is a tremendous emphasis upon giving up, upon relinquishing, upon detachment, letting go. In fact, upon dropping one's identification with form, whether that form be the personality in the case of Scorpio or one of the personality vehicles or whether it be the entire physical plane and perhaps even the vehicle of the higher mental plane in Pisces.

C.   Both Scorpio and Pisces are signs of death as well. It can be a literal, physical death or death on each of the levels of the lunar vehicles or a death in consciousness, a death to some old confinement of consciousness and release into a newer and wider sphere. But there is definitely an action of termination in both signs. There was once we are told in the development of the zodiac, a time when Scorpio was considered the final sign even as Pisces is considered now.

So both are in fact, signs of finality. In Scorpio, if the experience is successfully undergone, there is a death to selfish personal values. And in Pisces, there is even a greater death to all individual values, for the initiate is merged in the consciousness of the higher being and self effacement of a very total kind has occurred.

So then, both of these signs indicate the ending of a cycle in preparation for a new one and interestingly Mars is always involved in endings and beginnings. Curiously the final decanate of Pisces is ruled by Mars, just as Mars is a planet of initiative and new undertaking in Aries.

D.   The Christian religion is peculiarly affected by these two signs. St. Paul who was in effect the author of the Christian religion per se was a powerfully Scorpionic individual and the Tibetan informs us Christianity has taken on the Scorpionic, Martian tone of its major formulator. But in a deeper sense during the past two thousand years, Christianity has been a Piscean religion offering the incentive of salvation to the true believer. Christianity therefore has been a religion focusing principally on the emotional and buddhic content. The mind has not been overly exercised except in the case of a number of theologians who used the mind to justify their faith rather than the reverse

Therefore, the coloring of Christianity has been under these two water signs and it has been a religion which has certainly emphasized the dead Christ rather than the risen Christ, although the transformative potentials of both Scorpio and Pisces are implied in the doctrine of this religion.

Certainly, it has been a religion in which suffering has been primarily emphasized, suffering, conflict, temptation and ultimate release from the veil of tears. The theme of suffering is emphasized in these two signs as is the method of release from suffering.

All the signs can be said to relate to the Christ spirit but these are two signs which do so particularly, for in Scorpio we have the relative triumph of the Christ or the soul consciousness over darkness and temptation and the lure of materiality. Capricorn carries the triumph one step further and in Pisces the triumph of the Christ spirit is complete.

There can surely be no more Christ like sign than Pisces, the sign of salvation.

So all the suffering and misery of Scorpio and Pisces has in view the rising into prominence of the Christ consciousness. Both Scorpio and Pisces, as well, are signs of isolation and introspection. The individual is thrown back on himself and is subject to the closest interior scrutiny. Perhaps much of the suffering and conflict and anguish and detachment is done within the closet of consciousness.

E.      The strong first Ray of the constellation Scorpio and the first Ray transmitted through Pisces via Pluto enforce this tendency.

Also the extreme sensitivity of these two signs make at times for a retreative and seclusive attitude. Because the impulse of death is so strong in both of these signs, there is often a self destructive attitude, a suicidal attitude. The form is not considered as the self and so it is considered expendable.

Scorpionic individuals sometimes let the Hydra loose which leads inevitably to their ruin and super-sensitive Piscean individuals use various means of escaping from the harsh impacts of the world. And sometimes these escapes are terminal.

Looked at in the highest sense, it could be said that Scorpios and Pisceans destroy the lower form of life so that the higher consciousness can live, that therefore these are both signs of what might be called death unto life.

F.      There is a strong Sirian connection in both signs. The triangle Sirius, Scorpio, Mars exists and is preservative of the spiritual hierarchy.

As well, Sirius, Pisces, Uranus is a powerful triangle transmitting the transforming and saving potency of the spiritual hierarchy. Hierarchy is a saving and redeeming body and both of these signs, as severe as the experience may be within them, are signs of salvation and redemption. Pisces perhaps more so but Scorpio in fact as well. For, if one comes through the tests and the trials of Scorpio, one is in fact redeemed, realigned with the spiritual values which one's higher nature would support and wish to live through.

Because there is a connection with the star Sirius, it is clear that these are strongly karmically related signs. Everything is said to happen to the Piscean individual because there is a clearing of the decks before a new cycle can be inaugurated.

So Pisces is a sign of karmic susceptibility. But karma is largely precipitated through awakening the tendencies of the past and confronting them and this is the provence of Scorpio, a sign in which memory of the past plays so great a role and the arousal of past conditions long dormant, intrude into the life with unsettling effect.

So Scorpio gives us the arousal of past tendencies, their confrontation and hopefully their overcoming and this is certainly an activity which neutralizes karma and resolves the dissonance caused by unconfronted tendencies, even unrecognized tendencies of the past.

Indeed there must be a powerful karmic triangle known as Sirius, Scorpio, Pisces which submits the aspirant to Hierarchy, to drastic purifying experiences which end forever the hold which the past has upon him.

G.   It is interesting that the Cosmic Good is seen to emanate from the Cosmic Mental Plane and Cosmic Evil from the Cosmic Astral Plane.

When under the influence of these two signs, the disciple will find himself confronting evil in various forms, this is graphically displayed in the story of the nine-headed hydra and in the trials which any truly selfless person such as the Christ must pass through.

The center of evil as it affects the earth at this time is found upon our astral plane and there is a particular kind of astral sensitivity with both Scorpio and Pisces which puts its natives in rapport with that plane.

Hence the solar plexus center is powerfully activated in natives of both signs and the hold of lunar life so related to the solar plexus and to the astral plane is finally terminated. This termination is achieved through the power of Mars and Pluto, both found extensively in relation to Scorpio and Pisces.

In short, we find both of these signs as signs of drastic purification, purgation and the elimination of poison from the system. There are many waters and fires in which the individuals bathe when subject to these signs but the sins or the holds of the past are washed away and burned away and purification through suffering eventuates.

One can well imagine a diamond shape relationship between Sirius at the upper apex, Scorpio and Pisces at the base line and Earth at the lower apex. It would all amount to the elimination of evil for within the sunshine of that greater Sun, no evil as we know it does exist. And also the ending of susceptibility to the lunar or the form life.

Missing or Weak Links

Missing or Weak Links Between Scorpio and Pisces

The second ray finds no answering response in Scorpio. Pisces transmits the second ray constellationally. Jupiter, the exoteric ruler, and Venus, which is exalted, both transmit the second ray. Pisces is also the second sign on the clock-wise wheel, thus relating it to the second ray. Neptune, the special ruler of Pisces for “humanity as a whole”, transmits the second ray monadically.