“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”- Mahatma Gandhi
“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” -E. A. Poe
Associations: Rebirth, Transformation, Regeneration. Death, the underworld, Desire. Things unseen. The unexplained. Ancient wisdom turned taboo. Sexual organs. Cold, deep bodies of water. 8th house. Scorpio.
Bad Habit: Secrets; Power plays
Color: Deeply intense blue green or teal
Visual: The ground opens up before us, swallowing us whole.
Action: Power to control becomes Power to Transform.
Style: Anything black and witchy. Black fitted leather pants with spiked boots. Black, draping, long, flowing top. Giant vest patch with the number 8 on it. The Scorpion as accessory. Electric teal metallic anything. Black eyeliner. Bonus if it’s drawn into the Eye of Horus symbol. Black nail polish. Scorpion symbol earrings. Red vampy lipstick. A deep and mysterious gaze through penetrating eyes. Vampire halloween costume. Extra credit personal motto: “I’ll wear a different color when there’s one darker than black”.
Style Icon: Stevie Nicks; Kat Von D; Lena Dunham; The Addams Family
Movie: Steel Magnolias; What Dreams May Come; Take this Waltz; Big Fish; Cloud Atlas
Book: The Bell Jar; The Book of Law; Harry Potter Series; The Catcher in the Rye
Pluto says: “You are aware of what you are not aware of. You are tuned into the very things you deny” “You are already dead”
Smell: Success, Power, and Money!
Honor: Releasing control. Trusting the Youniverse to provide. Conjuring power. Restoring honor to the Taboo. Practicing the Occultic arts. Renewing and Reinventing oneself regularly. Accepting struggle and trusting you will only turn out stronger. The art of not knowing. Right thought. Right action. Little magic spells that benefit the whole.
When dishonored: Being brought to rock bottom or knocked on our ass. Life becomes hellish overnight. Obsessions turn destructive and violent. Control issues. Money issues. “Dominator Virus”. Hermiting yourself away.
Lesson: See Rumi’s poem On Boiling Chickpeas
Poetry: “I promise to make you more alive than you’ve ever been. For the first time you’ll see your pores opening like the gills of fish and you’ll hear the noise of blood in galleries and feel light gliding on your corneas like the dragging of a dress across the floor. for the first time, you’ll note gravity’s prick like a thorn in your heel, and our shoulder blades will hurt with the imperative of wings. I promise to make you so alive that the fall of dust on furniture will deafen you, and you’ll feel your eyebrows like two wounds forming and your memories will seem to begin with the creation of the world.” – Nina Cassian