“…when the Sun went down and darkness was over all the earth, we got into the deep waters of the river Oceanus, where lie the land and city of the Cimmerians who live enshrouded in mist and darkness which the rays of the sun never pierce neither at his rising nor as he goes down again out of the heavens, but the poor wretches live in one long melancholy night.”
Death and rebirth. Scorpio holds the keys to the principles of transformation and regeneration. Here in this deep dark chambers are hidden the seeds of new life. Here is where we leave behind our old skin and re-emerge as one with the other.
Remember that the Second House was named the Gates of Hades. In the Second House we entered the material world. From Second to Eighth House we mastered the material reality of ife. Union with the Other (Seventh House) carried os into merging with the Other: Eigth House is a shared sacred space. So far we have been supported by the ever-generous bounty of Earth (Taurus). Scorpio is where we sacrifice our earthly wealth to the shrine of Transformation.
Scorpio is the sign of the Eighth House, house of transformation. Transformative gift of Scorpio lies in her ability to distill information. Rivers of the Underworld run deep. Scorpio investigates intensely and cracks open dark secrets so that transformation becomes possible with new light of conciousness. Either by intuition, solid scientific research or relentless tracking, Scorpio knows your secrets.
Intuition is a gift of Scorpio. Those born under the Celestial Snake can know and feel things before they happen. Eighth House is the house of mediumship and occult studies. Odysseus travels to this place in to consult the Theban prophet Teiresias. Here he meets his deceased mother and many other people of renown who had passed away. He has a chance to make them talk and learn from them the things he otherwise could not know. Here is what we do not know and probably are dying to know!
Elpenor, his man who had passed away in Aeae appears to him first and asks him to make a proper funeral for him. Eighth House is where we honour our contracts.
What do we have ?
Eighth House is our shared assets, things that belong to our relationships. Inheritance, things we automatically recieve from people in our lives and in our past and family are also found in here. This place is also other people’s energies. How we mingle with the other and what we share with the other is in the Eighth House.
Eighth House is where we cannot reach. Energies of this place are beyond control. Ascendant, the world of living, cannot be reached from this place. In this Nether Regions we find the dead: those whom we cannot communicate with. Energies in the Eighth House are often those we need to work on to integrate into our lives and personality. Gifts of the Other can help us reach those otherwise unreachable parts inside us. Arriving at this new place will lead to new perspectives, new perception of our reality and transformation of conciousness consequently.
In an natal chart, the sign placement of the EighthHouse shows us what the native avoids in her established relationship with the world. In example in a Sagittarius rising chart, Cancer falls into the Eighth House. Classical, text-book Sagittarius rising profile persona is after freedom, exploration and adventure in quite a spontaneous manner. Cancerian themes of family and belonging, taking responbility of the family may drive the Sagittarian persona into crisis. Yet individuation requires wholeness and themes and energies of the Eigth House will always carry us further in our personal growth. Healing, becoming whole, is to be found in the chambers of Scorpio.