Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins (c)
Scorpio & Sagittarius
Important Foundational Relationships
Important Foundational Relationships
Scorpio In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. Esoteric Mantram: Warrior I am, and from the battle I emerge triumphant. 1. Esoteric Mantram: I see the goal. I reach the goal and see another. 2. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let Maya flourish and deception rule. 2. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let food be sought. 3. Quality of Light: The Light of Day 3. Quality of Light: A beam of directed, focused Light 4. Element: Water Sign 4. Element: Fire Sign 5. Fixed Cross 5. Mutable or Common Cross 6. Transmits R4 constellationally. Possibly R1 is a subtle constellational transmission. 6. Transmits R4, R5 and R6 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) Sagittarius transmits R2, R3 and R6 through Jupiter, the Earth and Mars—its three planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical.. 8. Color: crimson, dark red. Black is important. 8. Color: rich blue 9. Creative Hierarchy number IX (manifested), the Human Hierarchy, the “Initiates” 9. Creative Hierarchy number VI (manifested). The Lunar Lords, Sacrificial Fires 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 instinct-directing, ‘soul-ward’ orienting, ‘form-abstractive’ first initiation; with the fierily-baptizing, ideal-containing, de-glamorizing, clear-eyed second initiation, and with the direction-choosing, outward-bound, adventuring, nirvanic sixth initiation—the initiation of Decision. 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. Sagittarius can be reasonably associated with the insistently driving, aspiring, fiery solar plexus center; with the instinctively-hunting, passion-driven sacral center, and even with the center at the base of the spine, where the latent fire (Mars) awaits its rising; Earth (with its first ray Monad and a symbol identical to the fourfold structure of the base center) is the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, connecting it to that lowest center. The personality-directing, clear-seeing, force controlling ajna center should also be influenced strongly by Sagittarius, at a relatively high point in the evolutionary process. 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 Sagittarius guides the Monad on its descent into material immersion, and, again, through an inherently flawless sense of direction, guides the Monad upon its path of return. Sagittarius contributes to the conviction of “monadic destiny”, and destination. 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—Sagittarius is focused in both buddhi and higher manas—the abstract mind. Sagittarius transmits the fourth ray, which relates to the fourth, or buddhic, plane and the principle of buddhi. Sagittarius is one of the intuitive signs. (EA 177) In Sagittarius, intuition (fourth ray, second principle) governs aspiration (sixth ray—which Sagittarius also transmits) (cf. EA 178) Sagittarius is at once philosophical (utilizing the abstract mind) and intuitive. The blend of buddhi and higher manas may be called “universal or spiritual mind” which Sagittarius expresses in relation to Mercury. (EA 369) 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—Sagittarius can be seen as the will of the Solar Angel to inspire its personality to a state of aspiration through the presentation of an elevating vision of future spiritual possibilities. As well, when the personality errs (as oft it does), Sagittarius represents the ‘guiding beam of light’ which offers a secure sense of spiritual direction—directing, at length, to the mountain of initiation. 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 — Sagittarius can be identified with the directing, thought-projecting power of the lower mental nature and its eventual responsiveness to intuitive guidance; with the passional and eventual aspirational processes of the astral nature; with the vibrancy and buoyancy of the etheric nature; and with the general tendency to energetic activity of the dense physical nature. Sagittarius is particularly associated with the integrated, one-pointed, disciplic personality.(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: Inspiration 17. The Crisis of the Battlefield characterized by the quality of Conflict. 17. The Choice of Direction
Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic
Scorpio In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. Expressive of the first aspect as it seeks to transmute the third aspect so that the second aspect may emerge—“triumphant”. 1. Expressive of the first and third aspects of divinity. These processes lead to the full expression (on the “mountain top” of the second aspect) 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. Definite cosmic association with the Pleiades and probably with the Little Bear (particularly Polaris—the Pole Star). “Pleiades—Gemini/Sagittarius—Mercury” (EA 50) “Gemini—Sagittarius—Mercury (which are an expression of the Pleiades) enable the Probationary Disciple to pass on to the Path of Accepted Discipleship.” “…The Pointers; these point to the Pole star which is at this time a major ‘star of direction’.” (EA 195) It should be noted that Sagittarius is a major sign of direction. If Leo and Aries rule the two Pointers, then the third fire sign, Sagittarius, should be connected with Polaris. Also, Sirius, Gemini and Sagittarius probably formed a triangle at the time of man’s individualization. (cf. EA 355) Sagittarius and Betelgeuse are related to the third cosmic path: “Source— Betelgeuse, via the sign Sagittarius.” (EA 1257) 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 Sagittarius: a) Lyra—the Seven Stringed Harp; b) Ara—the Altar; c) Draco—the Serpent of Wisdom (LOH 166-167)
Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment
Scorpio In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. Mars is the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Scorpio. 1. Mars is the hierarchical ruler of Sagittarius. 2. Mercury is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio. 2. Mercury is in detriment in Sagittarius. 3. The Moon falls in Scorpio. 3. The Moon is in special relation to Sagittarius because Sagittarius rules the Creative Hierarchy of Lunar Lords. (Mars is also involved.)
Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies
Scorpio In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. Scorpio transmits the fourth ray constellationally. 1. Sagittarius transmits the fourth ray constellationally. Further, Sagittarius is the fourth sign of the zodiac upon the clockwise wheel, numbering from Pisces. (cf. also EA 357) Earth has a close relationship to the fourth ray through its planetary order (fourth from the Sun if Vulcan is counted) and its symbol. (the fourfold, even-armed cross within a circle). Mars, the “God of War” must be related to the lower aspect of the fourth ray—that which produces the conflict which precedes harmony. 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. Earth, the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the first ray monadically. (EA 619) Mars (and its School) are expressive of 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. Although Mercury is in detriment in Gemini, this planet has an important connection to the Sagittarian Archer. “He has, figuratively speaking, to dismount constantly from his white horse (the developed and purified personality) and find where the arrows of intuitional aspiration will take him; he travels upon the "wings of the soul" (note the relationship to the winged feet of Mercury, the messenger of the Gods) and becomes, in his own personality, himself the winged God:..” . (EA 181) 4. Scorpio is the sixth sign on the clockwise wheel, and hence has numerical affinity with the sixth ray. 4. Sagittarius transmits the sixth ray constellationally—with especial strength. Numbering the signs by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.), Sagittarius is the sixth in order, giving it numerical affinity with the sixth ray. Jupiter, the exoteric ruler, has possible sixth ray associations through enthusiasm and the “worship” aspect of ritual Mars, the hierarchical ruler, 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. Sagittarius transmits the fifth ray constellationally. Further, Sagittarius is the fifth sign on the clock-wise wheel and hence, has numerical affinity with the fifth ray. Mars, the hierarchical ruler, has strong fifth ray relations, through its orange color and its connection to science and the five senses. 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. Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel. Nine is the number of the number three. The third ray has a 900 year cycle. (EPI 348-349). The Earth, esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the third ray as its personality ray. Mars serves as the astral body to a third ray Entity. 11. Pluto is the special ruler of Scorpio and transmits the first ray. 11. See #2 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. Jupiter, the exoteric ruler, transmits the seventh ray through “ritualistic worship” (EA 648, 660) 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. Jupiter, the exoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the second ray, most probably through its soul. Earth, the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the second ray through its second ray soul (EA 619). 21. Uranus rules “exoteric science” and, hence, is related to the fifth ray. 21. See #5 above. General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors
General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors
Scorpio In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. The Warrior (The “Man of War”) 1. The Preacher (The “Man of God”) 2. The Fighter 2. The Seeker 3. The Researcher 3. The Explorer, Adventurer 4. The Psychologist 4. The Philosopher 5. The Journey to “Hell” 5. The Quest for “Heaven” 6. 6. “Intuition, governing aspiration—Sagittarius. Soul consciousness in early stages. Initiation 1 and 2. I vision.” (EA 178) 7. “Scorpio—Aspiration—the key to the testing of the disciple” (EA 495) 7. “Sagittarius—Direction—expression of the intuition” (EA 495) 8. The “human condition”—Scorpio ruler the fourth Creative Hierarchy, the Human Hierarchy 8. The urge to transcendence 9. Test, Trial and Triumph. Struggle, Strength, and— 9. “…Sagittarian attitudes” 10. “the beginning of a new orientation and of discipleship” (EA 230) 10. “the directed controlled life of the disciple” (EA 230) 11. Strong eventual connection to the buddhic plane. Pure reason dispels illusion. 11. Strong eventual connection to the higher mind, and then, to the intuition. The vision gives way to “straight knowledge” 12. Powerful use of the mind is two ways: analytic/rational and illumining: “Scorpio carries the test right down into the physical plane life, and then, when it is faced and handled there, the life of the man is carried up into heaven, and the problem which the test involved is solved by the use of the reasoning mind.” (EA 204) “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 179-180) 12. The intuition which follows this successful use of the mind. “It [Sagittarius] is also the sign of intuitive perception and, on the ordinary way of progression around the zodiac, it comes after the normally drastic experience of the man in Scorpio; this is usually of such a nature that the instinct to self-preservation has been aroused to such an extent that in the dire need of the man (not the disciple, at this time) a call to the soul has gone forth and has evoked response.” (EA 227) 13. Strong emotional focus (though often reserved) 13. Strongly aspirational 14. Strong emotional focus (though often reserved) 14. Strong physical-etheric focus 15. Death 15. The vision of life beyond death 16. The processes of death, which release vitality from matter 16. The processes which strengthen vitality in matter through the strenuous physical life 17. The battle with the depths 17. The orienting response to higher energy—whether of the soul or Spirit 18. Experience with the extremes. “Extremes ever meet in the disciple who stands at this midway point or at the centre of the Fixed Cross in Scorpio.” (EA 225) “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) 18. A balanced point of view. “It is interesting to note that no planet is exalted in Sagittarius and that no planet falls in this sign. Only one thing happens and that is that the power of Mercury is greatly lessened. For this reason Sagittarius is esoterically regarded as a sign of balance and of no extremes; there is no great fall and no exaltation. This fact indicates that the disciple has to walk an even way between the pairs of opposites, uninfluenced by either the ‘power of exaltation or the potency of that which falls.’ Neither the valley nor the heights produces any demonstrable effect.” (EA 191) 19. Scorpio—for the Undeveloped Man: “Unity of selfishness. The Monster.” (EA 333) 19. Sagittarius—for the Undeveloped Man: “Self-centeredness. Experimental approach.” (EA 333) 20. Scorpio—for the Advanced Man: “Conflict with duality. The Fighter.” (EA 333) 20. Sagittarius—for the Advanced Man: “One-pointedness. Directed approach.” (EA 333) 21. Scorpio—for the Disciple/Initiate: “Higher Unity. The Disciple.” (EA 333) 21. Sagittarius—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Director of man. The controller of the Gate. (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 Sagittarius: When the Sun is in Sagittarius the disciple may “endeavour to practice ‘one-pointedness’ along some one line” (EA 564) 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 Sagittarian Perspective: “The Sagittarian energy enabled Him to say, when confronted with full knowledge of the imminent sacrifice which He would have to make: ‘I must go up to Jerusalem,’ and, we read, He then ‘set His face’ and trod the Path of the Saviour, leading to the liberation of humanity.” ( EA 565) 24. Plumbing the depths 24. Aspiration to the heights 25. The search into the darkness 25. The search for light 26. The moral dilemma 26. The idealistic, ethical or philosophical answer to the moral dilemma 27. The personal problem 27. The Plan Divine 28. Experienced is forced upon the experiencer 28. The eager search for wider experience (beyond psychological self-confrontation) 29. Occluded vision 29. Clear-seeing 30. Fearless seeing of the truth, just as it is 30. Bewildered idealism and following of errant visions 31. Seeing the harsh, unpleasant reality 31. Seeing the meaning behind the harsh, unpleasant reality—the philosophical attitude 32. Bringing to the surface—dredging 32. Elevating to the heights that which is upon the surface 33. Leaving “no stone unturned” 33. Overlooking much through recklessness 34. Concealed and concealing 34. Revealed and revealing 35. Circuitous, web-weaving 35. One-pointed, straight and direct 36. Stealthy, surreptitious 36. Straight-forward 37. Psychological 37. Philosophical 38. Keen awareness of human foibles 38. Ignoring human foibles for the sake the “big picture” and the ideal 39. Probing within (more introverted) 39. Seeking without (more extroverted) 40. Research-oriented 40. Explorative 41. Strong sense of conflict and drama 41. One-pointed—resolving duality into a single focus 42. Division 42. Integration 43. Cautious 43. Exuberant, reckless 44. Caution in expenditure (of energy, of money, etc.) 44. Free spending (of energy, of money, etc.) 45. Loss 45. The quest for gain 46. Focused more on subtleties 46. Seeing the obvious or, at least, the main points. 47. Repression and suppression 47. Expression 48. Silence or the firm control of speech 48. Loud speech 49. Intense and often difficult emotions 49. A lighter, more buoyant, more joyous approach 50. Resentments and the harboring of grudges 50. Releasing heavy emotions in a general optimism, with generous, spontaneous forgiveness 51. Trapped in deep emotions 51. Liberated from emotions to scale the heights 52. Vice and bondage 52. Freedom and liberation 53. The lock which chains the human being to matter 53. The freedom which liberates the consciousness to pursue soul and Spirit 54. Selfishness through retention 54. Selfishness through rampant appetite pursued (“Let food be sought”) 55. The selfishness of “cornering” and retaining 55. The release of flow Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences
Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between Scorpio and Sagittarius
Both signs are powerful in the drama of the reorientation of the human being. They act as a unit, Scorpio promoting the battle and Sagittarius redirecting the energy.
They are both active at the time of the second initiation giving via Scorpio the power to overcome negativity and via Sagittarius, the power to redirect the emotional life with firm one-pointed commitment.
Both signs are extremely active in the great drama of good and evil. Evil is confronted in Scorpio and the good is ardently followed in Sagittarius.
There is, therefore, a natural intensity associated with both signs. This intensity is expressed through Mars, the orthodox and esoteric ruler of Scorpio and the hierarchical ruler of Sagittarius.
Both signs are strongly related to the astral plane through Mars and through the sixth Ray and both are involved in the drama of the lunar life, for Sagittarius rules as a whole the Lunar lords and in Scorpio, the moon is said to fall which indicates especially a focus on the astral plane and the overcoming of the astral elemental thought the other elementals, physical and mental are also included within the contest.
So these two signs participate in the defeat and reorientation of the lunar elementals. They are signs which discover the depth of evil and lift man into a higher state so that his life may become solarized. In fact, we see this symbolized by the fact that the Sun is the ruler of the third and final decanate of Sagittarius.
Both of these signs are particularly associated with the second initiation where the astral body is controlled and mental polarization achieved.
Both signs have a powerful focus upon the emotional plane and hence confer intensity, but they share a strong mental focus as well for Mercury is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio and Sagittarius has long been known for its thoughtful philosophic ways that puts all matters into reasoned perspective.
So it can be seen that these two signs together are active in changing emotional polarization into mental polarization and they also have a strongly intuitive focus for Scorpio is associated with the fourth Creative Hierarchy and with the buddhic plane.
Its hierarchical ruler, Mercury, indicates this intuitive focus and Sagittarius is known by the Tibetan as one of the intuitive signs with the reasoning faculties of Mercury in detriment in this sign.
As might be expected, there is a strong solar plexus activation for both signs. The warfare in Scorpio closely involving the solar plexus and the aspirational life stimulated by Sagittarius equally doing so.
The sacral center is also involved strongly in both signs for Scorpio rules sex and the overcoming of the sex impulse and Sagittarius as the centaur in the early days of development indicates a strong sacral focus in need of aspirational reorientation. This is the earthiness of the Sagittarian sign for the processes of form creation are ruled at the sacral center and the Earth, the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, is closely related to these processes of form creation and materialization.
With such a strong lunar focus, we have what might be called the redemption of the lunar elementals carried out through both of these signs. Scorpio is always to be considered a sign of initiation just like Capricorn, but particularly at the second and fourth initiations.
Sagittarius participates in this second initiation but at the third initiation, the major themes are integration, science and direction and it can be seen how two out of these three states are indicated by Sagittarius, namely integration and direction.
So we see from the initiating point of view how Sagittarius leads on from Scorpio only again to be overtaken by Scorpio as the fourth initiation is approached.Therefore, Scorpio and Sagittarius preside over the reorientation and elevation of the human consciousness. (inaudible – mdr please verify ) At that point of development when the Lunar lords are most fiercely opposing such a reorientation and elevation.