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The Scorpion, the Eagle and the Phoenix

Since we are in a time of heavy Scorpio influence right now I thought it would be appropriate to spend a few days delving into the mystery of this sign. Scorpio is a multidimensional sign with both an ancient ruler (Mars) and a modern ruler (Pluto). The ancient rulers of the multidimensional signs tend to show where we can get stuck in stereotypes, and the modern rulers show the transformational pathway.

Scorpio has not just two symbols but three: the Scorpion, the Eagle and the Phoenix. Scorpio fearlessly delves into the darker emotions of the human psyche; like the Scorpion, the Scorpio personality prefers to crawl low to the ground, hiding in hidden corners and is prepared to sting and destroy if threatened in any way. This illustrates the Mars factor of the earth-bound nature of Scorpio: the aggressive intensity of rage and self-protection. The Eagle shares with the scorpion the ability to strike at a moment’s notice, but where the Scorpion’s journey is low to the ground the Eagle soars above the earth, proud and free. The Eagle has a probing eye that sees what others miss and like the Mars warrior, is very aware of the subtle dynamics of power.


The Phoenix is the transformational symbol of Scorpio. Like the Eagle, in ancient times the Phoenix was a symbol of the Sun that was said to live for 500 years. At the end of its life it built a funeral pyre and burned in the flames, only to regenerate its progeny from those very flames. The Scorpio nature cannot run from the destruction of the fire of its emotional intensity, but within that fire is the secret of immortality and resurrection. Scorpio is a water sign but Mars bestows the essence of fire as well and with it the courage to enter the fire and become transformed.

Deb Houlding has an excellent article on Scorpio in this month’s Mountain Astrologer which is also on her website. I was particularly interested in the analysis Deb did of the scorpion and eagle connection:

If, as the Egyptians thought, scorpions represent initiation into the sacred mysteries, we can consider the sign’s other related creature, the eagle, as a higher expression of Scorpio power. Many ancient astrologers, including Ibn Ezra [Arabic astrologer] , recognised eagle symbolism as valid to this sign, since the biblical prophet Ezekiel described a vision, believed to be drawn from Babylonian astrology and representative of the ‘fixed cross of matter':


As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man [Aquarius], and the face of a lion [Leo], on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox [Taurus] on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle [Scorpio]. (Ezekiel 1 verse 10).

Saint John’s book of the Apocalypse (Revelation 4, v7) also alludes to the vision, of which Fred Gettings, in The Secret Zodiac, writes:

The eagle of St John is the eagle of Scorpio, which sign (alone of all the twelve) has two images, the eagle the symbol of the redeemed and spiritualized Scorpionic nature, the scorpion its fallen, unredeemed and earth-bound nature. [2]

Transcendence from the crawling scorpion to the soaring eagle, still predatory, still conveying the essence of patience and penetration, but capable of flight and height, brings together the theme of destruction and renewal as a story of evolution.

With five planets still in Scorpio for the next week, we are all facing the call to explore the inner recesses of our psyches and see where we need to face the fire and rise again.

  • Cynthia Parker

    Hi Lynn
    Have you heard anywhere of the dove also being a symbol for Scorpio, as in the dove of the feminine Holy Spirit? It’s sounding in me but I can’t source it.
    Thanks for your great pages, Lynn.

  • Lynn

    I have heard of the “Scorpio Dove” Cynthia, but I have to say I completely disagree. The symbology of the dove is antithetical to the Scorpio process – even in its highest expression Scorpio is not dovelike in any way.

    A Google search uncovered this passage from Kathryn at Collaborate with Fate: “The Scorpio/Dove is seen to have transcended all personal and egocentric desires. He seeks to absorb pain and sorrow from others and replace them with Universal love.”

    With all due respect to Kathryn, in my view this transcendence of desire is the Pisces process. Scorpio’s process is not to transcend egocentric passions but to embrace them and through them find redemption

  • Dunya

    Hello. This has nothing to do with the post, I only ask you this because I know you’re interested in Eris.

    I’ve come across a natal chart that has eris and the moon in conjunction in a 1º orb.

    My “interpretation” of this would be: Eris only exacerbates what is already natural to an aries moon type. Impulsiveness specially when one feels snobed; a will to do Anything to be noticed again – or something that will get everybodies atenttion. As if… one isn’t really Being (or emotionally feeling that Exists) if one is not noticed.

    Would you agree with my “interpretation”?


  • Lynn

    Hi Dunya – although I’ve been looking at Eris I haven’t made any definitive conclusions. In addition, a “cookbook” interpretation for planetary aspects is never very accurate because it doesn’t take into consideration the rest of the chart. A moon/pluto conjunction for a fiery personality will be very different than for a watery one.

    That said – the need to be noticed would be more Leo than Aries. The Aries Moon typically is more concerned with getting their needs met than obtaining approval. I always use the example of the infant in the crib that cries because they’re hungry. That infant isn’t thinking “I wonder what they’ll think of me.” Eris conjunct an Aries Moon might have more to do with exacerbating an already impulsive nature and a drive to create trouble where none exists, particularly as you say where one has been snubbed. I would anticipate a high degree of rage with this configuration depending, or course, on the rest of the chart and aspects to the moon

  • Dunya

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the answer!!!!


    Btw: this is a politician’s chart :p
    (I’m gonna have so much Fun dissecting it, lolololol!

  • Eric

    the “scorpio dove” is the warrior who uses the world as his blade. The people are the sheath for the blade, and the passion is realized in the extinction of this age. The sting and impulsive nature of the scorpion has been transformed beyond the far-seeing warrior, beyond rebirth, and into a new form that will lose both tethers, abandon and conscience, and perhaps also the “sting”. It seems like an air transformation, but I think it is also an interpretation of actualization or a “highest form”.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tess

    What a fascinating article! I do regret missing in awareness this period of heavy Scorpionic influence in time, as Scorpio is a sign of deep interest to me (in my natal chart alone, it is where my Saturn and Pluto reside!) and I am only now (today) beginning to look into the dual (and triple)-faced nature of the sign. This article validates the theory behind this idea very clearly. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment matthew m

    in am fully transformed soaring thru fire air water earth and space and am ready to start a big movement that will impact humanity for the highest good i love every thing every spirit every entity i am a divine creator and pure consciousness and have met lots of demons and know exactly how to deal with them to help them transform in to good i am searching for the highest source of positive love that i am destin to meet. their is no such thing as hate,worry ,jealousy or envy coming from me. i am truthfully honest beyond senses and transformation and am seeking beyond the highest realm.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lady Lilith

    I love Scorpio!!! <3 :)

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  • jacek

    Scorpio as Phoenix (Eagle) is described in Bible by Prophet Ezekiel and also by Jacob (Israel) at his blessing for son Gad as his astrological heritage.

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