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Barbara Palliser digs into Wuthering Heights to find the archetypal theme of this heavily Scorpionic time:

“And I pray one prayer – I repeat it till my tongue stiffens – Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you – haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!… I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”

This is the thing with Scorpio. When it’s important, it’s life and death, all or nothing. No middle ground. No grey areas. It’s an all encompassing, utterly absorbing, and inescapable power that Scorpio deals in, and touching on this kind of energy can drive people to do strange things. They can turn unrecognisable even to themselves. Even the quiet ones, who of course by Scorpio standards are the worst.

But don’t forget that Scorpio, like all other signs of the zodiac, is ultimately positive, purposeful and well designed as a medium to experience the best that the mystery of life has to offer. It’s through Scorpio that we come to know Love by first meeting what Love is not. It’s up to us how much we allow ourselves to be impacted by that knowledge, and how much we are willing to let go of what Love is not.

The letting go of what love is not is an aspect of Scorpio has to do with the connection of Pluto with Scorpio. Pluto requires that we let go of that which no longer serves us; it reduces us to the bare essentials of our humanity and face the raw power that lies within. It can be an excrutiating experience but an exhilarating one as well. I love the use of Wuthering Heights to illustrate this process: the dark mists and brooding passions are such vivid images.

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