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Scorpio - From: 'Astrological Insights into the Spiritual Life' by Dane Rudhyar, 1979

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

Twelve Zodiacal Qualities of Spiritual Living


Art by Maggie Taylor -

A person seeking to lead a spiritual life often fails to realize that he (or she) has to display ‘efficiency’ in his pursuits, if he is to reach his high goal. Such a person should be able to redirect, or to re-polarize and transform the biological and psychological energies of his human nature, and he should be efficient in so doing; otherwise he will not stand the pressure of opposing forces – the shadow side of his personality. He will either fall by the wayside, discouraged by half-successes and only too ready to give up his quest, or he may become fascinated by someone or some group which promises wonderful results at the cost of only small efforts and thanks to some special outside help.

The spiritual life is a very demanding kind of life. There are no easy shortcuts. The will and the mind must be clearly focused upon anything being attempted; yet while efficiency in action and thought has to be shown, one should not passionately seek results. Results do not matter as much as the quality of the act or the thought. One should not be attached to the fruits of the action; yet one must see that whatever is done is done efficiently, precisely and on time.

This is not what we usually relate to the mystical way, but such a way is, alas, so often misrepresented and misunderstood. It too is a hard way, and above all a paradoxical way. It asks of one utter dedication to a goal, the achievement of which does not matter, because, in a sense, there is no ‘goal,’ but only a process of unfoldment of what is and always has been there POTENTIALLY. It asks moreover, that all forms of ambition be relinquished – and ‘spiritual’ ambition may be the most dangerous, withal most subtle, kind of ambition. Ambition must not be the motive for being efficient. There should be no feeling whatsoever of competition in one’s endeavors, especially if one is a part of a group of seekers or disciples. It does not matter if one appears to be first or last, for the competitive spirit is a form of violence, and there can be no violence in the soul of the true disciple on the spiritual Path.

The zodiacal sign Scorpio tends to be associated with violence and competition, because the Scorpio type of person is often too emotionally and personally involved in making of his relationships what to him or her is a ‘success’. Such a person becomes so intensely involved in experiencing love, friendship, sharing and activity in common that he might forget in the experience his isolation or alienation – which essentially means his basic insecurity.

The spiritual person does not cling to his actions or the results of his actions. He does whatever is necessary for him to do as effectually and thoroughly as possible. He does it for ‘God’, for Spirit within him, regardless of how the action will affect his social or spiritual status. He does it unhurriedly, non-competitively, without any motive, except the fulfillment of his destiny, i.e. of his place and function in the universe.

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