Extremes of Trust and Faith: The Sagittarius-Scorpio Dual Flame Energy

The infernal desire machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972) by Angela Carter, deals with the nature of limitless sexual energy and the demons of our unconscious minds, themes which pertain to Scorpionic transformations. It also explores many different worlds as two lovers find it hard to stay away from each other, a strong Sagittarius theme.

Some astrologers traditionally understand the two signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius as distinct and separate, and this makes sense if you consider that there are two different constellations in the night-sky after which they are named. However, in between Scorpio and Sagittarius lies the mysterious constellation of Ophiuchus, considered by alternative astrological thinkers to be the secret 13th zodiac sign. In this article, I’d like to propose that rather than seeing Scorpio and Sagittarius energy as bridged by a mysterious 13th sign, I would consider them to be the same energetic imprints of a similar energy; or to put it differently, I see Scorpio and Sagittarius as light/dark progressions of each other. From my experience, they are mirrors or complementary forms of energy, which is outwardly expressed in unique and original ways. This is why some Scorpios behave like bold fire signs, have hot tempers in spite of being water signs, and like to thrive on risk and chance, while some Sagittarians have a dark, Machiavellian way of relating to others, or can sometimes go to fanatic extremes in their love life, work projects or political and religious beliefs. These two distinct signs are potentially two sides of the same mythological beast. In this piece I’ll analyze how Sagittarius energy and Scorpio energies are intertwined and reflect on the the light and dark aspects of the human Ego and the astrological archetypes which govern them.

Sagittarius energy is wild and unencumbered. It is meant to roam freely and not suffer from any limitations. It is almost as if the light of the soul needs to expand and grow after it emerges from the darkness and the depths of Scorpio season, a time during which human energy is trapped underground and often repressed, as we transition from Autumn to Winter. For Sagittarius, or the astrological Centaur, being in state of emotional chaos, sometimes awakens the stability within. The constant need to move and to discover fuels a creative fire that maintains sexual energy, a thirst for adventure and a feeling of being alive and constantly growing. Sagittarians are also highly competitive. For them, winning is the act of managing to overcome whatever challenges appear on their journey of discovering the meaning of life,. Sagittarian energy is not about living without challenges and limitations but it is about keeping the inner fire of the soul intact, undiminished, flickering towards the heaven as each obstacle is surmounted with intelligence, humor and honesty. Losing for them, is spiritually crushing because it waters down their spiritual fire (and to a large extent their belief that they are somewhat invincible, as they feel protected by God). Although, it can helpfully ground the ashes reducing their energy back to the deep waters of Scorpio, much air is needed to start a watered down Sagittarius back up again. In a metaphorical nutshell, Sagittarius energy is elemental 🙂 as it works to connect all of the 4 elements: fire, earth, air and water. But the transition from Scorpio season to Sagittarius season is alchemical, since water and fire magic when brought together are considered to create pure, spiritual gold.

The opposite sign to Sagittarius is Gemini, their Shadow aspect, representing the cool air of intellect. Geminis are ‘mutable storms’ of ideas, that often makes natives born under Mercurian energy, literally sparkle. Gemini is the opposite of Sagittarius, the open-minded yet fickle thinker, a jack-of-all-trades that shifts in the same day from consenting opinion, to dissent, to a range of arguments that they invalidate by dinner time, then awake the next day and perform this role again, for each person that they meet in completely new and refreshing ways. In terms of knowledge production and acquisition, which both astrological sings are naturally talented at, Gemini moves whereas Sagittarius conserves. Sagittarius searches for ‘the Truth’, while Gemini is aware that there are many truths, according to mood and circumstances, or what you might have eaten last night. But there is also a deeply spiritual level, where Gemini is equated with the Lovers and Divine Union, while Sagittarius represents the Holy Warrior, the image of the announcing angel of Temperance or of Archangel Michael who commands the heavenly fleet of angels that sent Lucifer crashing down to Hell.

I digress. Let’s come back to the dual flame idea I am trying to flesh out in this article. Sagittarius comes after Scorpio, at the end of November, and marks the purification of intensity. As they go about experiencing life, Scorpios can produce a lot of energetic ‘filth’ (through revenge, cruelty, and an eye-for-an-eye mindset). However, when the energy shifts and the Sagittarian constellation is illuminated by the Sun, there is an upsurge of light that cleanses the energetic debris acquired in the previous season, and this transitional purification serve to distil or preserve only the best of Scorpionic experiences – true intimacy, depth of intuition, a keen researching spirit, and stealth determination. Symbolically, the secrets that caused pain during Scorpio season appear to the surface in Sagittarius season, are cleansed, illuminated and transformed into wisdom. A judging process takes place (this is why Sagittarians rule morality and acquire many spiritual positions of authority in society). This processual parsing of what is true from what is delusion (and Scorpios just as much as Pisces, suffer often from delusions, since they are highly emotional signs), is necessary in the turning of the zodiac’s astrological wheel, as it brings us from the dark depths of unconscious behaviours (Pluto’s domain, the natural ruler of Scorpio) into the clear light of reason and common-sense (Jupiter’s domain, the natural ruler of Sagittarius).

Viktor Vasnetsov (1896) Birds of Joy and Sorrow - Sirin (right) and Alkonost (left)
Viktor Vasnetsov (1896) Birds of Joy and Sorrow – Sirin (right) and Alkonost (left)

After this assessment is complete, levity kicks in: and humour can be used in Sagittarius season to learn from a past, painful situation which happened in Scorpio season. Thereby a brighter perspective on life appears, upon which new spiritual foundations can be built, of the kind which proclaim that “I have been through a dark night of the soul and lived to tell the tale, that might heal and inspire others”; it is for this reason that Sagittarius-influenced people make such good teachers. And if you think about the next level, this astrological progression makes sense since after Sagittarius comes the Master Builder, Capricorn, who requires strong foundations to raise its proverbial ‘fortress’ of material achievements.

Nature’s cycle of death-rebirth governs the months of November and December. During this period the earthly ego (obsession, sex and the body) and cosmological transcendence (research, spiritual knowledge, overcoming) are important themes which are activated in our collective unconscious. If you live in the Northern hemisphere, this is when the darkness is at its most heaviest on Earth, as the planet completes its movement of revolution around the Sun; on top of this, December also brings with it the Winter Solstice, a powerful energetic portal. Before there were technological and scientifically developments, this season usually inspired artists and craftsmen to intense representations of the battle between light and dark, and the creation of archdemons and archangels. For example, in the traditional Ryder-Waite tarot deck, the Death card which represents Scorpio energy and the Temperance card which represents Sagittarius energy are excellent depictions of these light and dark themes.

Death corresponds to Scorpio and Temperance to Saggitarius in the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot Deck (decorated by the visionary Pamela Colman-Smith)

But instead of thinking of these two energies as opposites, I want to challenge this perception and argue that they are merely continuations of each other. Energetic forces of equal intensity, exemplifying the journey and exploration that each of us has to undergo in their lifetimes versus the stillness and concentration required of impending life changes (getting pregnant, giving birth, marrying, divorcing, getting a job, training for a career, moving places, dying and witnessing death, making love, losing love etc.). All these actions transform us, we usually are never the same version of ourselves we used to be before such a significant life-event, if not all of them. These moments include our deepest sense of Self and our Egos coming in contact with higher forces which remain mysterious to the human mind (for example, we still don’t know what exactly happens to the human soul after the body dies, we’ve also yet to precisely uncover where we exactly come from and towards what are we collectively heading)

The Transformed & Spiritual Self

Now, the German spiritual teacher Eckhardt Tolle believes that it’s always wonderful when things go wrong throughout the day. This is because when challenges arise, the triggers push us back into presence, so from our Ego we are sent to experience the presence of our soulfulness, through the things which make us feel uncomfortable. To my mind this is the perfect description of what the Saturn in Capricorn sextile Jupiter in Scorpio transit has been about in this last year (2017). These two energies do not offer obvious, flashy and directly positive gifts, but ones that require effort (the effort of being present) and patient to access your innermost self (Scorpio), to unlock the seat of all power and creativity (where we reach ourselves as parts of the divine) so that you may transform the ego’s manifestation from karma (or past life debt) into dharma (or present gifts), or little morsels of enlightenment. In this process we discover our Sagittarius meaning: that maybe life is being just for the sake of being.

People who thought Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio in 2017 did not deliver anything good (and I include myself among the plaintiffs) where operating from the Ego at the level of form. However, at the level of spirit, tiny wonders were happening: a paradigm shifting emotional release, reassessing our relationship with anger, activating the divine masculine, and divine feminine energy, noticing karma and how we produce it and how it works through us in other people’s lives, as well as integrating the lessons from 2011 until now (as the moment when we collectively started to transform due to the intense planetary activity, supercharged eclipses and multiple retrogrades in an almost-decade long period of Saturnian and Plutonian influences).

Below, is a piece I wrote when Jupiter (the protective energy of the Divine) was in the sign of the heart and inner strength (Leo) and it was transiting my 10th house (the area of the public). It was a transit that inspired me to write content on this website and I am sharing below an excerpt from my personal archive because I think it illustrates well what I mean by the Scorpio-Sagittarius dual flame, and how what deeply connects these two astrological signs to such an extent that they seem twins, is their capacity to passionately feel their existence and to raise to the level of a work of art, thereby inspiring us to do the same. Re-reading my initial post some 3 years later, I noticed while under the mentoring influence of Tolle that the first words I used to begin it are ‘We suffer’. I was at the time deeply immersed in a karmic relationship with a rich and arrogant man. After the relationship dissolved (in a typical Plutonic fashion, completely out of the blue and painfully), that life-event made me realize that inner growth is needed, and I was pushed into a solitary path of precious self-development path. For years now, I’ve been honing my spiritual awakening into something I can manage, and I try to find ways to share with others the insights I am currently gaining an almost High-Priestess-like periods of private seclusion. I too have a strong Scorpio in my 1st house and a Sagittarian stellium in my 2nd house and feel ‘pushed’ daily into an alchemical process of having to understand and work with my passionate inner nature:

  • Within the sheltering warmth of everyday spiritual acts, your ego is flexible and malleable and this is how you learn that there is pleasure in feelings which are different than happiness (if, as me, you are exhausted by ‘happiness speeches’ & toxic positivity): the wistfulness of melancholia, the passion of longing, the energy of anger, the frenetic burst of joy, are all experiences meant to be felt and lived out. These feelings are all within you, given as a gift. Accepting them fuels you to create. And creating, whether it is a project, a child, an event, a cake, an object, a relationship, a dream, or a character, is the meaning we seek to commit to in this life. If praying is seen as a dialogue between something powerful and someone powerless who needs help, rather than an antiquated religious custom which loses meaning in the era of information, then it can be regained for our benefit. Even more outrageously, I’m proposing that God or what I prefer to call the ‘cosmo-spiritual connection’ we share with the Universe, might not be sought outside of us, but within – something Rainer Maria Rilke was keenly aware of when he wrote: “Take your practiced powers and stretch them out until they span the chasm between two contradictions…For the god wants to know himself in you.”[1] If courage has been seen to prevail at times even in face of consistent adversity and trust is the building block of many of our relationships, institutions and businesses (albeit not in all, in its purest form), ultimately the final characteristic which we can actively cultivate, because of its preciousness and apparent scarcity at the time in this world, is kindness. Happiness and success are praiseworthy goals but to my mind the most important value in life is kindness. Nothing reaches the soul like kindness. The gentle rule of oxytocin over adrenalin shots, dopamine kicks and serotonin fireworks to the system[4]; the thing that truly makes us smile in the face of adversity and guides our daily acts towards caring. The silent peace-maker in a troubled world. As David W. Orr aptly explains: “The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”[5] What I would add here is that we shouldn’t want to put too much thought into our displays of kindness for fear of falling back into an over-thinking cycle. Ideally kindness should be an impulse, and as long as we can offer it spontaneously, it is a gift (both for ourselves and for our recipients). However, engaging with this impulse proves trickier in practice then it is in thought, but it is worth practicing. If only to aim for a kind of spiritual nourishment detached from dogma, that keeps on giving and rarely disappoints. So lean towards kindness whenever you can and remember to start by being kind to yourself before others (just like operating an Oxygen mask in the event of an emergency plan landing). The dual energy of Scorpio (healing) and Sagittarius (belief), remind us of this precious gift.

With universal love,

Lexi ❤

[1] From “Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke”, translated by Stephen Mitchell, 1995, Modern Library.

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReRcHdeUG9Y.

[5] From “Earth in Mind: on Education, Environment and The Human Prospect”, 2004, Island Press.

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