HALLOWEEN-THE VEIL BETWEEN THE WORLDS
Archaic collective imagery of a very special kind re-awakens every year when the sun is in Scorpio, sweeping us under its spell. The last secular festival remaining in the Western calendar, only Halloween has cleaved to its magical, primordial roots. It is a holiday that fascinates without requiring us to believe anything. Its allure is not intellectual, but visceral, dating back to a time when people explored the non-physical realms — the Other Worlds — as a natural and normal function of human experience.
Before the modern era, the unseen worlds were considered very real. Ancient practitioners of Halloween believed in the afterlife as a matter of course; they would have found incomprehensible the idea that cultivating a relationship with the dead was wrong or evil. Nor did they think they had to go through high priests to do it. Ordinary people sought wisdom through exploring the dimensions beyond death, before death, and between lives; an exploration which had not yet been declared taboo. Nor had the cult of rationalism yet come along to condemn intuition as being inferior to mental logic, a development which was henceforth to embarrass into silence those who believed in ghosts. For our ancestors, the souls of the departed were felt to be as worthy of respect as any other souls, and Halloween was when people communicated with them.
Old Samhain has suffered centuries of ignoble trivialization. Too powerful for the Church of Rome to vanquish entirely, the profound rites of All Hallow’s Eve have been reduced to a candy blow-out for children, and increasingly, an ever-more-commercialized party for adults. Popular culture has held onto the iconography of witches (originally, tribal wise women) and bats (thought to embody souls of the departed), but without any understanding of what they signify. Our estrangement as a culture from the deeper meaning of Halloween is especially unfortunate from the point of view of those individuals in whose charts Scorpio or Pluto is highlighted.
In the zodiac, the power of Halloween is represented by the sign Scorpio. People with strong showings of Scorpio in their charts 1 are the descendents of the keepers of the Samhain rites held sacred by the ancient world. Making this connection will open up our understanding of why Scorpio has been called the sign of secrets.
Mystical scholarship has been conducted in secret for most of recorded history. First, because it was thought that these inquiries were too subtle for the uninitiated mind to comprehend without distortion; and second, because as alchemy and other esoteric arts became outlawed by the Church, they were pursued at great risk. Scorpionic people come from a noble lineage of clandestine activity.
The modern world, too, can be a difficult place for people with these sensibilities. Our literalistic culture is skeptical of Scorpio’s subtle intuitions, with the result that many Westerners — astrologers among them — regard the sign with suspicion. Most contemporary philosophies fear and spurn the Dark Mysteries (among them, death, sexuality, and the psychic realms), having no framework of understanding for them. This can lead Scorpionic types to distrust their own essential nature. Individuals with this signature in their charts would do well to question our society’s continued demonization of the occult (the word simply means hidden), a form of spiritual inquiry which is its pure form has nothing to do with self- aggrandizement. The true occult power of Scorpio power lies in its ability to connect with the invisible dimensions of life, celebrated so long ago at Samhain.
All astrological symbols have layers of meaning, from the metaphorical to the prosaic. Scorpio and its planetary ruler, Pluto, govern all kinds of secrets: classified information, detective novels, lost objects. Those with Moon in Scorpio can pick up on hidden motives or unexpressed emotions. People with Venus in Scorpio excel (when they want to) at keeping confidences. Mercury-in-Scorpio individuals can communicate more by what they do not say than by what they do say.
In a natal chart with no planets in Scorpio, the house which has Scorpio on its cusp shows us where the person is most privy to the mysteries of life. Even more telling is the house occupied by the planet Pluto, which indicates what types of situations bring out a person’s sixth sense. Pluto, ruler of the sign Scorpio, represents the power we all have to pierce beneath the surface of something in order to know its truth. Because this kind of perception is rarely validated by the culture we live in, most of us have grown up either minimizing our psychic proclivities or dismissing them entirely. But for those who are driven to make connections our intellects alone cannot fathom, Pluto has much to teach us.
Pluto’s house placement shows where we feel a profound drive to understand Natural Law, which exists beyond personal likes and dislikes, and beyond value judgments. When approached with the proper understanding, Pluto opens up even the most everyday experiences to deeper reaches of meaning, satisfying a hunger in the soul. People with Pluto in the sixth house, for example, are often extraordinarily insightful in diagnosing an illness, going beneath the level of symptom into the psycho-spiritual root of the malaise.
The season that is now upon us opens up cracks in the wall dividing the mortal sphere from the sphere of the Mysteries. There is no better time to celebrate, with humility and respect, the things in life that we know not from knowledge but from [knowing]. This Halloween, take a moment to light a candle to souls that have departed the physical plane. Take note of the placement of Pluto in your chart, and use the information to begin reclaiming your psychic ability. Identify which house of your chart has Scorpio on its cusp, and work your X-ray vision accordingly. In personal relationships, resolve to listen between the lines.
There are worlds out there – and within us as well – which are and always will be outside of the realm of our conscious comprehension. This may strike the proud Western mind as an affront, but our deep psyches accept it with equanimity and relief. Let us express gratitude this Halloween that the Mysteries exist, and take advantage of the perfect moment to honor them.
The relative strength of the Scorpio archetype is gauged by its appearance among the ten planets, by the aspects to and house placement of Pluto, by the activity in the eighth house, and by the activity in that house where Scorpio is on the cusp.
Quoted from http://www.12house.com/home/archives.cfm?articleID=2089
Articles by Jessica