Depth Astrology





This is the twenty-ninth installment of a series of interpretations of the astrological symbol set. For interpretations of Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses and Planets in Aspect, please see the Depth Astrology series at the Smashwords e-publishing site, 

The dynamics of sign-to-sign relationships can be useful not only in the interpretation of compatibility charts; they can also add information to the interpretation of planetary aspects.  As with other symbol set interpretations, the juxtaposition of the essential energies of each sign is the starting off point for exploring their meanings.

This series continues with Gemini-Scorpio and will end with Pisces-Pisces, working around the zodiacal wheel factorially with a new zodiacal combination presented each month.  Past month’s articles are archived.  Upon completion, some 4 1/4 years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will immediately be published as an e-book for sale.


Gemini-Scorpio potentially resonates with the quincunx, or inconjunt aspect between two planets.  Also, out-of-sign oppositions  can exist between planets in very early Gemini and very late Scorpio and out-of-sign trines can exist between planets in late Gemini and early Scorpio.  Thus, the Gemini-Scorpio relationship is complex with a potential for crises to erupt between the containers in the two signs.   Interpreting the Gemini-Scorpio combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets.  These include Gemini in the eighth house, Scorpio in the third house, Mercury in Scorpio, Pluto in Gemini, Mercury in the eighth house, Pluto in the third house, and aspects between Mercury and Pluto.

As a reminder, “container” is used here as a general term designating a planet whether in one’s own chart or another’s.  When in another’s chart, “container” may practically be viewed to mean the other person.  So that the analysis doesn’t wind up seeming too cold and depersonalized, I will sometimes use the personal pronoun (you) in lieu of the impersonal “container.”  Recognize that either term can refer to a planetary energy within you or your relationship with another person.

With Gemini-Scorpio, we have the dynamic between Mutable Air and Fixed Water.  Air and Water are not known as being compatible.  However, the natural quincunx relationship suggests that, for Gemini and Scorpio, this incompatibility seldom results in direct conflict (the exception being when planets in the two signs are in an out-of-sign opposition--and, even then, the conflict may not be direct or obvious).  The Mutable and Fixed modalities can either be in a harmonious or difficult relationship.  On the one hand, Mutable changeableness is antagonistic to Fixed stability.  On the other hand, the quality of Mutability is that is has experience of both the Cardinal and the Fixed modalities, seeking to blend, balance or partake in each. 

Images for Gemini and Scorpio may include a protected pool sheltered from the wind but not by a permanent shelter, so that the wind may sometimes blow here and there and agitate the still water.  In the usual state of things, the still water and restless air are separated, having little to do with each other.  In this state, the Gemini and Scorpio containers are likely to exist in parallel to each other, acknowledging each other but not paying much attention to each other.  At certain critical times, however, a crisis may occur and the two containers are forced into a closer relationship within which they must work out whatever it is that has caused the crisis to erupt or they must integrate their energies in order to resolve the crisis.

A key factor in this image is that, when the restless air is released upon the still water, the water has little defense against the effects of air.  Initially, the agitation that air/Gemini produces is only on the surface of the water.  Scorpio may, thus, try to ignore the irritation (or the call for flexibility or "lightening up") that Gemini produces.  This active disengagement may take the form of a further retreat into privacy by the Scorpio container.  The agitation produced on Scorpio's surface, however, creates currents which gradually penetrate into deeper layers of Scorpio's psyche so that retreat becomes impossible and the Scorpio container feels that the situation must be confronted. 

Water, however, generally finds itself powerless to control or contain air, particularly when we are talking about deep water and restless air.  The two elements exist on different planes of matter, and while the Gemini air can stimulate the Scorpio container at times through surface interaction, it is generally much more difficult for the deep pool of Scorpio water to be able to contain, deflect or control the Gemini air at its surface.  Water is, after all, not a solid medium. 

This apparent powerlessness strikes to the heart of Scorpio's key desire and drive--the quest for power and control.  Though this drive for control and power on the material plane (encompassing the emotional and social aspects of life, as well) is a suboptimization of Scorpio's deeper drive to return to the Source of All Power, its manifestation and operationalization on the material plane is a core organizing principle for most Scorpio containers.  This confrontation with his/her/its own powerlessness to control the unexpected irritation from the Gemini container is likely to produce a crisis for the Scorpio container. 

The reaction to this crisis is likely to be a feeling of insecurity experienced by the Scorpio container.  There can be two responses to the feeling of insecurity taken by the Scorpio container.  You can introspectively examine the cause of this insecurity, determine that it is dysfunctional--a negative reaction to the thwarting of a deep attachment to a lower motivation or vibrational energy--and determine to let go of this attachment.  Or, you can react to protect the ego and its attachment to the illusion of its own power and strike out to demonstrate to yourself that you are not at all powerless.  The latter course generally results in what is, sadly, a typical behavior of the powerless when confronted by their own powerlessness--a violent assertion of power upon someone (or some class) occupying an even more vulnerable position of powerlessness. 

What this may mean for the Gemini-Scorpio relationship is that the Scorpio container identifies the most vulnerable weakness in the Gemini container and exploits it in order to assert her/his/its control and power over the Gemini container.  The Gemini container is then likely to feel that her/his/its freedom is threatened.  The Scorpio container's attempts to wield power over the Gemini container strikes to a core Gemini motivating drive--preservation of freedom from control.  This, too, is a suboptimization of the higher Gemini drive to experience the total Here and Now.  It typically takes the form of resistance to commitment, acting as if there are no limits or consequences, and maintaining your right to be inconsistent and change your mind.   Of course, there are more positive Gemini expressions of each of these tendencies.

To further explore the dynamic of restless air upon still water, it can be Gemini's lack of commitment that becomes a source of irritation to the Scorpio container.  Scorpio, after all, craves intimacy (another suboptimization of the desire to return to and unite with the Source).  Intimacy requires commitment and the Scorpio container is likely to perceive Gemini as unwilling to provide or engage in the intimacy which Scorpio so needs and desires.  The Gemini container, on the other hand, may perceive Scorpio's requests for intimacy (which may take many indirect forms) as clinging, controlling or demanding, which ensures that freedom-loving Gemini will not make the commitments that Scorpio seeks of him/her/it.

While no one should submit to pathological violent domination, the Gemini container does have choices in how he/she/it reacts to the manifestation of Scorpio's insecurity.  If the Scorpionic reaction is such that the situation is untenable, the Gemini container may withdraw or detach from the situation.  This, in a sense, represents a failure to resolve the quincunx crisis.  However, in this situation, there may be some resolution for the Gemini container if she/he/it examines the situation and accepts his/her/its share of responsibility for causing the crisis to occur.  This provides the Gemini container with a chance to reform and refine his/her/its behavior or attitude. 

This is a task that is consistent with the natural quincunx relationship between these two signs.  The "near" quincunx relationship between Gemini and Scorpio mirrors the Aries-Virgo quincunx in the natural zodiac, with Virgo signifying a need to perfect, purify and rectify by undergoing the quincunx crisis.  This also applies to Scorpio's lesson in the relationship.  Through examining the nature of authentic power and self-control, the Scorpio container, too, can undergo a process resulting in a reformed and more refined behavior and attitude (towards power and control, as opposed to the Gemini lesson involving freedom and commitment).

Another dimension of the relationship between Gemini and Scorpio can be examined through the broad psychological functions represented by air and water--the mental and emotional realms.  Mercury's rulership of Gemini emphasizes the affinity of Gemini with the energies of the personal mind.  The Scorpio energy has been characterized as attuned to deep-seated and powerful emotions.  The quincunx aspect suggests that these two realms generally function in parallel but without much interaction.  If containers are in an out-of-sign trine relationship, the mental and communicative nature of Gemini may be viewed as supportive to and harmonious with the emotional energy of Scorpio.  This could exhibit as a mental understanding of Scorpio's emotional depths by the Gemini container and of Scorpio's receptivity to Gemini communication and mental processing (perhaps about those emotional depths).  If the planets are in out-of-sign opposition, there may be conflict between the mental and emotional outlooks of the two containers--a conflict that needs to be resolved at a higher level of consciousness where the mental and emotional modes are recognized as expressions from the same source.

When the containers are in quincunx, or are unaspected and, by default, attuned to the natural quincunx between the two signs, crises can erupt centering around the need to integrate the mental and emotional realms.  One potential situation evoking such a crisis is when the two containers think/feel there is a lack of understanding of their position or nature by the other container.  If the crisis is to be resolved, the two must come together to try to truly understand the other's natural milieu.  Failure to do so can result in resentment (particularly felt by the Scorpio container), disdain (particularly adopted by the Gemini container), and separation.  Success is likely to result in a more perfect relationship between the two containers and one in which each container is reformed, refined or rectified.

Another scenario is that mental and deep emotional spheres within the psyche (or of the psyches of two individuals) function independently until they are called upon to work together to address some crisis.  Sometimes, the crisis may be caused by some mental or emotional hubris, or by an inconsiderate mental or emotional act, or by an unmet mental or emotional need.  If the two spheres cannot achieve a productive integration of their energies, the crisis may erupt with antagonism, violence or Gargoyle-Ice Man behavior and lead to separation or a festering sore in their relationship.  Psychologically, a failure to resolve the crisis could lead to forms of dissociation, compartmentalization or a fractured psyche. 

Looking at the two signs through their
glyphs can bring further insight into how their energies can interact.  Scorpio really has three glyphs, representing three levels of Scorpionic evolution--the scorpion, the eagle and the phoenix.  Gemini's glyph, the twins (Castor and Pollux) symbolize Gemini's mutable duality but, also, the somewhat adolescent (male) energy and sense of lack of responsibility inherent in the Greco-Roman myth.  Yet, as Castor and Pollux were transformed into stars by Zeus, they also embody the capacity for human transformation.  When the two glyphs are juxtaposed, they can be read in relation to the voyage of transformation of human consciousness.

Because of the triple Scorpio glyph, juxtaposing the glyphs of the two signs is a process of relating the Gemini Twins to each Scorpionic glyph, beginning with the Scorpion.  Here, it should be obvious that the two naturally desire some distance between them.  While the Scorpion can be deadly (at least to Castor), the Twins could on a whim make quick work of a scorpion taken unawares.  This signals a mutual vigilance and distrust between the two signs.  Gemini can easily fail to understand the Scorpio container's deep-seated need for emotional security, which she/he/it often tries to acquire through various forms of empowerment which is frequently accompanied by an aggressive protectiveness that sometimes includes using treachery, vindictiveness and ruthlessness as tools or weapons.  In not understanding Scorpio's motives, it may be easy for the Gemini container to assume the worst.  The Scorpio container may be equally wary of an insensitive, irresponsible Gemini and the emotional damage that can be caused by his/her/its thoughtless ways.  If these dynamics lay under the surface in each container, then, even though they may tend to steer clear of each other or not be engaged together, when they are thrown together, those motivations can come to the surface (or, they can remain below the surface but direct the actions and attitudes of each toward the other).  In either case, those dynamics can provoke a crisis, which requires each container to examine and eradicate the false preconceptions or perceptions that they have of each other.

From another perspective, the scorpion and humans live in two separate worlds.  The world of the scorpion is one dominated by the drive for self-preservation and is characterized by wariness, mistrust, and readiness to strike the first blow.  The human world (through a Gemini lens) is occupied with other matters and is more open and less apprehensive.  Gemini is likely to be oblivious to the Scorpio container as he/she/it goes about business.  Crisis can occur, though, when the two worlds collide, generally inadvertently.  Initial reactions of both containers are not likely to be pleasant.  How the aftermath is dealt with and resolved will, then, determine whether the relationship between the two can move onto the next level.

The eagle represents the empowered Scorpio.  Not only is power accumulated, but also keen insight and the ability to apply both power and insight to achieve your desires and goals.  This is an instinctual empowerment, centered in the emotional depths.  Gemini, at this level, also has achieved a certain kind of empowerment--the empowerment of reason.  The rational Gemini views the world through the lens of reason and, in reducing experience to fact, logic and rational conclusion, exercises control over his/her/its environment. 

These two types of empowerment--raw and instinctual, and refined and rational--can co-exist independently of each other but, when they are forced to confront each other by or in some crisis, they seem contradictory.  However, they must be reconciled and integrated if the psyche is to move on.  A crisis may be provoked when one intrudes on the other or when one assumes its own validity without consideration of the other.  The human Gemini may attempt to capture and train the eagle to do its bidding (the rational mind attempting to control and make subservient the instincts and emotional side of the psyche) or he/she/it may aim to hunt the eagle and bring him/her/it down (the rational mind subduing the emotions and dispatching them).  Similarly, the eagle, feeling threatened, may attack his/her/its human enemy (the revolt of the emotions against reason) or may demonstrate his/her/its power by ascending to unreachable heights (the deep emotions and instincts overwhelming reason).  None of these approaches represents an integration of the two forces.  The eagle and the human must become equal partners--the emotional and rational side of the psyche must realize their mutual validity and proper roles.

At the level of the Phoenix, the Scorpio container has completed his/her/its spiritual task.  After an intense inner struggle, all negativity and ego has been purged from the psyche.  This purging, at one point, has reduced the psychic domain to rubble but out of the utter destruction of all that is false rises the phoenix consciousness.  This consciousness is merged with the Eternal Source of All Power, the All Powerful, the All-Seeing.

Gemini, too, has reached its transcendent potential and spiritual goal at this level.  This is to live purely in the Here and Now and know Reality through direct experience.  This has likely been accomplished, however, simply by leaving what is meaningless and illusory, focusing on the Real while discarding past and future and somewhere-elseness.  The two experiences of Reality are, at this level, essentially different in tone and quality.  They can exist independently in the two containers but, again, at some point they must be integrated in order to truly become whole.  Failure to do so preserves a kind of duality, a form of fracturing of the Consciousness that, if not mended, will force a repetition of the cycle of Duality. 

Looking at the ruling planets of each sign, Mercury and Pluto are at opposite ends of the solar system--the closest and the farthest planets from the Sun.  They represent vastly different psychological functions.  The functions symbolized by Mercury--sense perception (and the nervous system), the rational personal mind with its thinking processes, and the communication of thought--form the basis for conscious awareness of the self in the material world and, ultimately, for the origination of the ego-structure as we are aware of it.  Pluto symbolizes the instinctual and unrelenting forces of the subconscious drive to destroy the ego and transform consciousness into super-consciousness. 

These two functions can operate independently for a long time.  The rational mental forces, operating on the plane of consciousness, are ordinarily unaware of the Plutonian forces that lie beneath the surface in the subconscious.  Those Plutonian forces are at work in the depths of the unconscious, working to bring unwanted and negative psychic material to the surface through a process of polarization, with this psychic material often erupting in unrecognizable or psychically symbolic form as part of the purging process.  When the two forces do meet, it is often in the crisis context of Plutonian eruptions destabilizing the mental status quo (which for Gemini means the acceptance of the consensual reality and the mind's right or role to explore that "reality" through the senses and the personal mind); or in the context of the rational mind trying to bring the instinctual Plutonian forces (the id) under control.  Both crises require resolution through integration of these two functions.

Thus, these dynamics suggest the potential for the Scorpio container to behave in ways that are disturbing to Gemini.  The emotional demands that Scorpio is likely to place on the Gemini container, particularly in a quincunx crisis, may well be viewed by Gemini as a disruptive force to his/her/its mental equilibrium.  This, however, may force you to confront any disconnect with your emotions that your rational nature has allowed to develop, provoking a crisis that must be resolved by integrating the mental and emotional components of the psyche.  Instead of doing the hard work of integration, however, the Gemini container may respond to the Scorpio disturbance by trying to impose a rational order on these deep emotions and instinctual material and, thus, trying to bring it under control.  Alternatively, the rational mind may be used to try to dismiss these emotions and instincts.  Neither of these alternatives is likely to be productive in resolving the quincunx crisis.

If the crisis is not resolved, the Scorpio container may bring up still more subconscious material (dredge material) in order to force recognition of the "irrational" psyche by the rational mind.  This may occur through "acting out," the construction of events and personages to represent suppressed archetypal forms, and/or disturbing dreams.  This may provoke more resistance from the rational mind or it may so destabilize the rational mind that it loses its underpinnings and is overcome by the irrational content (resulting in the proverbial nervous breakdown).

Thus, the Gemini-Scorpio combination can be seen as representing the meeting of the conscious and the unconscious psychic worlds under the stress of psychological crisis.  The task at hand is to successfully integrate these two disparate worlds.  This can be viewed as a making fractured psyche whole again and is one of the most fundamental and important psychological tasks confronting humanity.

Of course, all of the Gemini-Scorpio dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two people.  The Gemini-Scorpio energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether in your own chart or someone else’s.  The depositorships of Mercury and Pluto may also come into play.  Gargatholil


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