Scorpio: In the End, a Beginning

Scorpione32.jpgIn our temperate region the period between 22 October and 21 November corresponds to the conclusion of the agricultural year, and in Italy to the feast of St. Martin which signalled the end of the agricultural contacts. For the farmers this is a calm period of rest after the summer harvest, and storing it away for the long winter ahead. It is the beginning of the cold weather but also the period suitable for seeding. Scorpio corresponds to the moment of fertilisation, to the preparation of the ground and vegetation in its germinal state, carefully kept by mother-earth during the winter season, the beginning of a subsequent prosperous evolution and maturation. This is a zodiacal sign that symbolises the 'end' of things, so it is not surprising that it includes Halloween, All Soul's Day (2 Nov.), and Remembrance Day (11 Nov.).

Those born at this time of year inevitably feel a certain affinity with the season, and perhaps it is from this that the reputation for Scorpio being 'cursed' sign comes. This definition does not have any psychological grounding but could express itself through a sense of being fated. It is unlikely that Scorpio will have a smooth, methodical, calm and repetitive life. Most of the time they find themselves involved in novel-like events, worth recounting, as we will see with the famous people born at this time of year. The nights are longer than the days as we are half way between the autumnal Equinox (where the length of day and night is the same) and the winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year). There are signs that the weather, events and circumstances will worsen, there is a more pessimistic and fatalistic feeling, an irreverence and irony, also towards themselves. Scorpio takes everything to heart and does not do things by halves, they either love completely or hate with the same vigour. It is a sign that is reached late with respect to others, when the by now civilised man realises the necessity of giving a decent burial to the dead, in battle or duel, or more rarely for natural causes, giving credence to life after death ...