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The Ascendant Sign in Esoteric Astrology


(Artwork by Kagaya)


This is the place where three lights meet—the light of form, the light of Soul, and the light of life. They meet; they blend; they rise.

Scorpio rising reveals one of the most difficult and important tests. It is the sign through which an individual must pass in order to come into those transformative crises which turn desire into love and personal will into the Will-to-Good of the Soul.

Scorpio can be called the “sign of the Disciple” for it is through the path of discipleship the we eventually learn how to effectuate these necessary transmutations of our lower self. It is through Scorpio that the personality enters into battle with the Soul and eventually emerges as the “Victorious One”—the Soul-infused personality.

When an individual is born with Scorpio rising, she has committed herself to this battle in the present incarnation. The lower self has to be redeemed by the Higher (the awareness of the relationship between the two having been established in Libra). A choice has been made to fight and the war must take place. The purpose and the path of Scorpio rising is not just to do battle. It is not enough that the personality and the Soul meet in an intense urge to unite. Scorpio embodies the Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict, and conflict there must be! It is through such conflict that the real task of Scorpio rising takes place—transformation! And while Scorpio is transforming herself, she is also encountering those life experiences which bring her into contact with the opportunities to be an agent of transformation and renewal for others.

Scorpio is a fixed, watery sign. As such the current is determined, the will is set, the waters of the personality (the emotions and desires of the lower self) will be irradiated by the fire of Spirit and blended into the loving consciousness of the Soul. Scorpio rising shows us that the individual is preparing to open the way out of the entrapments of the lower life. This is why Scorpio is called the sign of the “reversing impulse”, for it is through Scorpio that the Path and Purpose of the Disciple is revealed.

Mars is the ruling planet for Scorpio rising on both exoteric and esoteric levels. In terms of the former, Mars increases the desire nature and the sense of personal separation. It therefore can “kill off” that more sensitive part of ourself which seeks to unite with its higher principle. When Mars is acting as the exoteric ruler of this sign however, it sees to the death of such separative feelings and desires so that there are no impediments remaining to soul-infusion.

(Reference Alan Oken)

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