People who have little familiarity with Tarot symbolism have a visceral reaction when they see the Death card within a reading. Roto-Rooter
Their fear is understandable. The sight of an armor-clad skeleton on horseback accompanied by the word 'Death' is fearsome and designed to grab attention. Death is definite anf the husband takes no prisoners.
But our armor-clad horseman features a flag. The flag sports the image of a flower fully bloom. Its seeds lie in the center. Death is the bringer of seeds. Death will be the bringer of life. And, in the distance, the sun rises to usher in a new day.
All life ends eventually. But dead plants fertilize soil so that new growth.
This can be the power and the means of Scorpio.
Throughout our lives we continually die and regenerate. We discard old habits and tendencies that outlive their usefulness. Rarely is that this done without a struggle. The status quo, even an uncomfortable establishment, is usually less unpleasant than our concern with change. So it usually takes the actions of another or perhaps an external event to compel us to advance forward.
Scorpio's transformations are not easy. But if we didn't transform, we would remain children in decaying adult bodies, never growing, never taking responsibility, never experiencing life.
So think of Scorpio as the 'roto-rooter' of the psyche, cleaning up our psychic gunk so we can move forward.
Nonetheless, some deaths are physical. Along the way we lose people dear to all of us. And eventually we, too, will meet our own physical death.
And therein lies the cornerstone of our fear.
Nevertheless the reward for facing down our fear is transformation and rebirth. We have been transformed and creative vitality becomes ours.
In myth, the god Pluto could be the associated with wealth and power. When we successfully transform we are enriched and we obtain the gift of our power.
Many people with an emphasis of Scorpio or Pluto energy inside their charts experience life as being a succession of high highs and occasional lows. They instinctively know how to use and amass power. Many such people also attract wealth.
Now you ask whether they will use it permanently or ill. Drug lords and arranged crime families exemplify the negative using Scorpio's energy that gives the sign a real poor reputation. However a skilled therapist uses the force for healing.
Bill Gates, a Scorpio, exemplifies both extremes. His company, Microsoft, is well known for its rough business practices. Consequently, it rose to dominate and transform the pc industry. He has since left his day-to-day responsibilities to utilize his vast wealth and knowledge to alleviate the impact of AIDS and also other illnesses in the under-developed.
Banks, credit card issuers, mortgage and insurance agencies are types of businesses connected with Scorpio. They amass billions of money and are designed to transform and empower their potential customers - for a price. A mortgage can empower you and transform your life by helping you to buy a home. In return you are yoked to a monthly payment for many years.
Scorpio is a fixed water sign. On the outside it is very calm but still. Underneath, it roils with passion.
Scorpio's energy pulls us inward, and we all may feel more introspective when planets travel through the sign. And because its action is under the surface we may feel moody and intense.
Which is intimately involved with death and procreation with the ability to look at ugliness and decay instead of flinch. Scorpio is amoral. Not blinded by idealism or illusion, it knows everyone is capable of both good and evil, kindness and cruelty. Which consists of watery intelligence it can sniff out agendas others would like to keep conceal.
We receive Scorpio's knowledge within the gut - not the pinnacle.
Scorpio is patient. It is going to quietly watch and delay until its prey falls into its trap. And so Scorpio people (anyone with many planets in Scorpio or a strong Pluto) are first-rate investigators. They are often found in fields like law enforcement, investigative reporting, intelligence, and research.
It will require its time before it fully trusts. But when it does it is very loyal. However, if Scorpio is betrayed, it is going to probably say nothing - but it'll remember, forever.
Scorpio is a difficult and generally misunderstood energy. But its transformative function is critical to our evolution and survival. It may drag us on the lowest depths, in case we work with its energies in a mature, grounded way, it will take us to the highest heights. And prepared us for the ride of our life: Sagittarius. Roto-Rooter