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Scorpio, Pluto, Demeter and Persephone   Leave a comment

At the heart of Scorpio there is a story of loss and grief, Pluto’s abduction of Persephone into the underworld clearly represents the death and loss of Demeter’s child and for her that grief is unbearable she refuses to be consoled. Demeter,was in charge of the harvest. If Demeter did not do her job, the crops could die, and everyone would starve. This is a common problem that we all experience in grief when we are heartbroken and life holds no meaning for us we still often have responsibilities from which we cannot escape.  We are caught between the intensity of our emotions and the duty we have to others to carry on.  What happens when the intensity of these emotions overwhelm us to the point that we cannot carry on despite our responsibilities. Demeter, missed her daughter terribly. She did not care if the crops died. She did not care about anything for without her daughter the world held no meaning to her. The story of the abduction of Persephone is more a story about Demeter than it is about her daughter Persephone.  It is the story of a grieving mother, it is retold throughout history; in the Virgin Mary, the monuments for the war dead and in the fear of the stranger that can steal our child away.  This story gets to the heart of what it truly means to be vulnerable and that vulnerability comes from our capacity to love and to build our lives around those we love.

For Demeter the answer is her daughter is returned for part of the year, and whilst she is with her the earth blooms, and light increases but once she is gone the darkness returns, and there is no delight in the world once more.  For us mere mortals we cannot see the return of our loved ones once they enter the realms of the underworld so how do we banish the darkness and find life once more that is Scorpio’s story of how mere mortals accomplish that which the divine finds incomprehensible the continuance of life and hope in the darkest times.

Scorpio intensity is all about understanding that even when we are immersed in grief so powerful it overwhelms us at some point we must return to the world and find our light and hope once again in the knowledge that it too could vanish at any point, for that is what it means to be human and that is the story of us all.

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Posted November 1, 2014 by neptune's Aura Astrology in Understanding the Signs

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