When the Sun is in Scorpio all of humanity enters into a time of testing. Humanity is given Scorpio’s Nine Tests. An example of the tests, ancient yet relevant today, can be read in the biblical story of Samson, the Old Testament hero, who had to choose between passion (Delilah) and obedience to and love of God. The Nine Tests describe the Scorpio labor (each sign offers us tasks and labors to overcome). The tests are subtle and are given to ascertain whether we are strong enough to proceed forward into Initiation. As we encounter the tests we either enter into an expanded field of Soul light or remain within the underbelly of Scorpio, the darkened emotional waters of the personality. The latter makes us feel imprisoned and drowning.
The Nine Tests focus on the three aspects of the personality (physical, emotional, and lower mental). How we respond is part of the test. Do we react or respond when the tests appear? The Tests are as follows.
- Physical tests: sexuality, physical comfort over service to others; and the right use of money.
- Emotional tests: fear (inhibiting activities); hate (which destroys relationships); and excessive and obsessive ambition and desire for power, (which can destroy entire nations. Hitler is an example).
- Mental (lower mind) tests: pride (creates a barrier to the Soul); belief in separateness and isolation (create barriers to Right Human Relations); and cruelty (outcome of inappropriate use of power).
These tests are for our own personal spiritual practice. They are not to judge others. Neither are we to judge ourselves. Observation, discrimination, non-criticism and compassion must be learned. We are all traveling the path together. We are all being tested. Understanding these things, we help each other. Struggling toward Jerusalem, together.
ARIES: How to more fully secure finances and resources held in common and also stabilize relationships? These are questions you ponder over the next several months. Some answers. Maintain necessary boundaries and confidentiality, yet be very truthful with those you trust. Pay bills, organize and safeguard important papers, tend to long forgotten needs (and deeds), and allow no alienation to occur. Share and safeguard more.
TAURUS: Important tasks, set aside for months, now need tending and completing. These include cleaning, clearing, home repair, order and organization, ordering supplies, licensing, day to day living needs, commitments and something concerning marriage. Deep emotions emerge from the tests. They will appear in all relationships. Partnership needs deep-need listening. Sit down together. Talk heart to heart.
GEMINI: The nine tests reveal themselves in daily life events, such as scheduling, tending to self, health, animals and serving others. You will be asked to help and assist others, fulfill more tasks, set high standards, volunteer, floss more carefully, act as if you are beloved, be respectful, and communicate as if the maintenance of the world depended upon it. You can do all of this easily.
CANCER: You might feel restricted, lost and alone and far away from others, especially family. You may be stretched in four directions, experiencing financial fears and dreams intruding upon reality. “What’s real?” you ask. This question is all about the tests. You remember to step back and observe, to nurture yourself, and to dream more about what you really and truly desire.
LEO: You may be concerned about money—lack or loss of it, or not receiving your share in a family legacy or will. You may be concerned with having resources to purchase something for the home. Sometimes you hide away at home enfolded in shadows. If there is persistent grief, take ignatia amara (homeopathic remedy). Death could be on your mind. Death is the great adventure, a liberation. You’re sensitive.
VIRGO: A quiet frame of mind may be what you’re experiencing. There are many planets in Scorpio influencing thinking and communication. Careful that you don’t allow a critical nature or separative judgments to take hold. Have the intention to pass the Nine Tests with loving care. Then assist others in their tests. Hold a light up for them in their darkness. Lighting their way. The Light of the Soul.
LIBRA: Review all monetary situations—loans, bills, and tithes—in order to carefully assess finances in the next three months. This is a good exercise. You’ll find life is generous. In turn, you are to be generous, too. Give to (tithe) those in need. Do this scientifically. A bit each month. Financial differences occur within relationships. Stand your ground by sharing. Then share more.
SCORPIO: The tests for Scorpio center on self-identity. You will observe your many selves through the lens of who you are, who you used to be, who you think you are, and who you really are, now and in the future. This is complex but not confusing. It’s clarifying, especially since the tests are made especially for you. Watch your communication. Always practice Ahimsa (doing no harm).
SAGITTARIUS: How you observe and tend to the Nine Tests will determine what your next opportunities will be. So, tend carefully to the tests. They will appear even in dreams, at odd times day or night, when you’re about to fall asleep and in between thoughts, ideas and words on a page. Information is available through this experience. Keep your eyes wide open.
CAPRICORN: Dear Capricorn, always moving upward and onward. The tests, none of which deter you, will occur in teams, groups, your community. The tests, subtle and behind the scenes, will transform and reorient your values. The Nine Tests will ask what are your hopes, wishes and dreams for the future? For yourself and your family? What are your deepest goals? What do you love?
AQUARIUS: Your home and work life are in states of change. If you are a writer, photographer, or artist, notice the nine tests appearing in your life. Attempt to portray them through the medium of your art. Wherever you are, make it feel like home. Host a party. Use your creativity to write about, describe, and film everything about home. This allows you to look homeward again.
PISCES: The world is listening to you as a teacher. Make sure all that you say contains words concerning the beloved. Everything is the beloved. Write and speak as if you hold the world in your hands and any movement shifts humanity into states of Goodwill. What am I saying? That every action we make affects humanity and all kingdoms. Therefore, we are to act as if, and always act kindly.