the Ordinary Wheel
22nd to November 22nd
the Word said:
Let Maya flourish and let deception rule
decan Pluto October
22nd to November 1st
decan Venus November
1st to 11th
decan Mars November
11th to 22nd
read the prefatory material before investigating your own Decanate
Stage, as proper assignment is required. i.e., your birth date
does not indicate the stage of development, rather,
you must employ a subjective recognition of the state of consciousness
(point of advance along the Path of Initiation) which you, or
another, has achieved.
One: Physical Man
22nd to November 1st
the Ordinary Wheel the sign of Scorpio is entered from right to
left via Pluto in the first decan, Venus in the second and Mars
in the third. Under the dominion of Pluto the human soul is propelled
into incarnation through intense desire and immediately begins to
Plutonians are infamous not only for their wickedness but for their
fiendish capacity for a reckless defiance of the laws of man and
nature. In the rudimentary physical stage any excuse will do to
exercise their non-cooperative self-will and violent antipathies.
Unconsciously compelled to do things their own way and to stand
alone, they preserve an attitude of extreme selfish separation which
unduly exaggerates their own importance. Their primary means of
personality development is through their demand to be first and
pre-eminent. They force their misdirected personal will upon all
people, things and circumstances without any consideration for the
rights of others.
proud and self-assured, they are staunchly convinced of their own
value and too determined to do things entirely on their own and
exactly as they choose. Their primary preoccupation is to secure
and then protect their own power, place and position, asserting
authority and attempting to control or direct others.
the recessive type the stereotypical Plutonian complexion is darkish,
scarred and swarthy with a decidedly alluring—or otherwise
sinister—expression in the eyes, accompanied at times by a
features are deeply engraved, strong and somewhat heavy, showing
definite force of character. Sometimes it seems as if their features
have been ruggedly etched in stone by the wind. The hair seems to
have a mind of its own, is often black or in striking contrast exceedingly
blonde or fair, but in any case is generally very thick and plentiful,
sometimes excessively so. In fact it can be completely unmanageable
with crisp coils and wiry twists or serpentine curls impossible
to style to personal satisfaction.
types, male and female, can be thick-set and olive-complexioned,
or slender and fair with beautiful blue or gray eyes and masses
of golden or blonde hair. In the male Scorpio the beard will be
especially strong and thick, or if bare-faced they are likely to
have an ever-present five o'clock shadow. The eyes are very deep-set
like dark pools, with a fixed look of tremendous power. They seem
to pierce through to the core of one's being with a steady, unwavering
gaze that can be highly seductive. The expression in the eyes can
also reveal a real contempt for their fellow humanity.
is a sign of extremes and in this decan we find many bodies that
are large, tall and powerful, but equally those that are squat,
short and solid. Both possess immense muscular strength and tremendous
endurance. Pluto grants an inordinate amount of sheer physical vitality
and power, so the muscles may be likened to whipcord or tempered
steel but are exceedingly elastic.
this decan, Scorpios are somewhat heavy of foot; possess
a soldierly bearing and carry themselves well. And, like soldiers,
they are proud of their physical control and their ability to maintain
an impassivity and immobility of expression.
physical type unlike most others, is not prone to awkward gestures,
undignified expression, nervousness or restlessness and perceives
these as signs of weakness in others. Plutonian types feed their
egotism by exacting homage from others while remaining apparently
indifferent. They have a dangerous side, especially when tempted
by the prospect of eclipsing a rival, or when they themselves have
been spurned in love.
Pluto, Scorpios often exhibit a certain mysteriously inviting inscrutability,
secretiveness, impassivity and immobility. This is best reflected
in oriental physiognomy which in this decan can reflect an intensity,
a reserve, a retentiveness and inner restraint, with an absolute
command of expression.
types do not wince, flush, startle or give themselves away easily,
regardless of how deeply their inner emotions are stirred. Female
Plutonians can possess extremely magnetic beauty and absolute control
is decidedly the decan of the 'femme fatale'. They appear remote,
distant, aloof, concealed behind a mask of command, inaccessible
and isolated. Their exaggerated idea of self-control makes them
particularly good models, dancers and actresses.
governed by the non-sacred destructive aspect of the First Ray of
Will and Power, holds dominion over the physical plane. This First
Ray Power stimulates and fosters the inherent human urge to control
the environment, material circumstances and the form side of life
in general. It also accounts for the characteristic unconscious,
blind and ignorant cruelty of the unevolved type which can be especially
brutal, ferocious and merciless. Pluto accelerates the urge for
self-preservation at any cost and intensifies the instincts of survival
is taken to its extreme in this decan, creating circumstances and
situations involving unusual stress, discomfort, disruption, hardship
and pain. The realm of Pluto is a place of confinement, torture
and death—a world of dungeons, crypts, tombs, crematoriums,
vaults and pits. The physical or psychological experience of such
extreme conditions results in morbidity, despair, sadism, a sense
of doom and disaster, creating dangerous and distorted lives in
negation of the joy of the soul.
physical types are totally inflexible, obstinate, unbending, unyielding,
determined to 'do or die'. Ignorant or senseless heroism is their
natural forté and has ruined many magnificent and gifted physical
constitutions because these Scorpios can endure without reasonable
rest or food for unnatural periods of time in order to complete
some work, assignment or mission.
regressive type is preoccupied with the misuse of sexual force and
the selfish appropriation of money, pleasure and physical comforts.
Under the reign of Pluto a powerfully focused lower personality
desire leads successively to death and defeat. They are prisoners
of desire, and even at the very moment of consummation of that desire
they are conscious of their imprisonment. The triumph of the lower
nature results in their awakening to satiety and death. They brook
no hindrance to the satisfaction of their desires. Symbolically
they live in the dark and cannot register the light. Unconcerned
with truth they remain indifferent, contemptuous and militant skeptics.
Standing in proud isolation, they glory in their strength and their
pressure to conform to ideas that are alien or repugnant will cause
them to turn like a trodden snake and strike. Those who have angered
them are vengefully destroyed. They carry grudges and nurture hatreds
without seeking intelligent resolution. They will likely push themselves
to the point of ruin, but in the process they will leave no stone
unturned to ruin others. They will wantonly destroy their own health
with relentless fixity in order to gratify revenge. They will not
relinquish anything they have grasped, nor voluntarily release that
which others lack the power to take away. They will refuse to obey
others and will not be forced.
Scorpios enjoy the unconditional exercise of power and regard compromise
and negotiation as weakness. They are quick to detect the weak points
in others and to take advantage of any opportunity for victory over
them. In the most basic sense they are natural born killers.
mature Plutonian physical type eventually evolves refined sense
perceptions, beautiful features and sensitive psychical faculties.
Their evolutionary development proceeds by sheer force of will,
discipline and personal control through the imposition of the self-will
of the personality.
physically mature they become personal centers of power and authority
toward which others gravitate for strength and direction. Even under
the most adverse conditions they display uncompromising independence
and succeed in overcoming all obstacles. Coordination and direction
of all activities upon the physical plane is carried forward with
assurance, firmness and one-pointed assertiveness. Eventually they
come to admit to themselves that others have rights that must be
respected and they stop imposing their personal dictates.
Two: Emotional Man
1st to 11th
average Scorpio who is astrally polarized is strongly conditioned
by fear and motivated by envy, jealousy and hatred. Intrigue, deception
and scandal are the trademarks of their mode of operation. They
are driven by selfish personal desire and lust for material gain,
distinction of class and status within their respective tribe or
the early stages without a doubt, objective criteria for the assessment
of individual faults do not surface in their conscious minds. Because
there is not a conscious conflict between personal desire and will,
the Venusian type appears entirely unscrupulous, deceptive and manipulative
and without any sense of guilt, sin, wrong-doing or approbation.
An unbridled torrent of passion-driven emotions and desires engulfs
the undeveloped astral body. The astral awareness is unconsciously
focused through desire of all kinds. This decan on the Ordinary
Wheel therefore produces an ingratiating persona, excessively covetous
of whatever others have that they do not themselves possess.
Venus type more than any other is extremely sensitive about their
own feelings while being totally insensitive to the feelings of
others. Further, they have a natural tendency to take slight, to
be awfully offended and then to become drastically vengeful. Woe
betide you if they come to feel that you have crossed them or somehow
humiliated or demeaned them in some way. My, how they love to criticize
or rake someone else over the proverbial coals.
take special delight and receive much personal satisfaction, sense
of accomplishment and a feeling of superiority from metaphorically
cutting other people to pieces, demolishing them with criticism.
Yet they fully believe themselves to be the victims in their relations
with others—the victims of society in fact—and that
they are blameless and faultless for any failings or weaknesses,
and thus they evade any sense of responsibility. They seem very
able though to exploit the weaknesses of others.
stimulates all manner of personal desires as well as attachments
to anything that represents material security, safety, personal
gain or increase in status. They cry loudly and intolerantly for
help when they need it, but nonetheless will unerringly deny their
best friend, lover, or another family member any assistance and
will even abandon them homeless and hapless on the streets. If a
friend needs help or is experiencing some personal problem or karmic
misfortune, they often enjoy watching the suffering or else they
simply turn their backs with callousness and blind indifference.
Scorpio under Venus ignores all but their immediate family, and
even they are treated with unkindness and unusual hardness. Ironically
by some strange back-handed and inappropriate method of compensation,
they will also smother, suffocate or pamper their loved ones on
occasion. However it is not difficult for them to desert someone
who was once close to them and whose love or friendship they have
in the past selfishly depended upon. Vampire-like, they take what
they want from people and then discard them. Even if in a rare moment,
they do happen to feel a brief twinge of guilt or remorse under
impression of some glimmering nascent intuitive insight, they will
simply turn away from the feeling immediately. They distract themselves
by going shopping for new cosmetics, perfume or a designer outfit—something
to make them feel more beautiful, attractive and desirable for their
next potential victim.
course, they prefer that the really special objects of desire —
expensive jewelry and luxury gift items — be given to them
by admirers, as this increases their self-esteem and sense of desirability
and self worth. The primitive Venus type is the whore, the mistress,
the kept women or man. As long the price is right, they will give
their clients, lovers and abusers whatever pain or pleasure they
emotional Scorpio type develops undue self-confidence in personal
opinion. They abuse the rights of others and are definitely not
noted for fair play. They are exceedingly selfish, self-righteous
and vain. Shrewdness and insincerity are their natural forté, and
they always have hidden ulterior motives. Accepting no restraint
on their desires, as yet they lack charm, courtesy and tact and
are blatantly obvious in their attempts to seek and obtain favors
from powerful people. Constantly overbearing, excessively selfish
and totally lacking in scruples, they have passionate devotions
but are intensely shallow, skeptical, bigoted and narrow.
over-eating, drug and alcohol abuse, over-stimulated sexual activity,
and excessive smoking are all too likely. All manner of skin problems
and injuries to the flesh are quite common; the inevitable results
of uncontrollable promptings, urges and intense feelings leave their
physical marks and scars. The Scorpio under Venus has a profound
love of being loved and found attractive or sexually desirable.
woman under this influence will do absolutely everything in her
power to look more beautiful and attractive. She will endure great
pain in her quest for desirability, no matter how much cosmetic
surgery or repeated hair removal she must undergo. Strong uncontrollable
feelings, wanton desire, unmitigated license and violent emotions
wreak havoc on the physical body.
Scorpio type can be most unsatisfactory in the handling of public
affairs and is unpleasant, idiosyncratic, impatient, contrary and
difficult. Any form of constraint is resented. Here the opportunist
emerges, using people and situations for personal desire and gain.
Unduly sensitive, exclusively catering to their own feelings, they
are continually in a state of inexcusable outrage, destructively
tearing life, friends and family apart, destroying everything that
is not in accordance with their own defined purpose. It is fair
to say that the person under this decan is reckoned with but never
Venusian evolves by developing the ability to selfishly attract
and draw to themselves all that is desired, thus satisfying the
love of position, power, authority, wealth and status. It does not
matter to the primitive Venusian type if they have to lie, cheat,
steal or 'sleep' their way to the top. As a business partner, lover,
friend or mate they cannot be trusted. When confronted with the
truth they will ever attempt to deny it, seeking to divert blame
for failure or shortcomings elsewhere.
true beauty and awesome power of the primitive Scorpio lies in their
ability to pervert any natural law—and even common sense or
normal reason—to fulfil their desires, obsessions, passions
and needs. Finally after many lifetimes of satiety, addiction, manifold
sicknesses, blatant debauchery and perversion they become tired
and disgusted with themselves and consequently do evolve and move
forward on the Path of Life.
the end of their lives some do leave behind a legacy of greater
value than their jewelry, their fine wardrobe and their designer
furniture. Venus ultimately bestows the gift of immense personal
magnetism. The fundamental process of emotional development in the
central decan involves the deep recognition of the basic conflict
of duality between pain and pleasure. The victory of selfish material
desire is achieved and the divisive personality is triumphant.
later upon the Reverse Wheel again under Venus, the disciple will
come to renounce all accumulated material acquisition and personal
glory for the majesty and beauty of the soul.
Three: Mental Man
11th to 22nd
Mars the salient task of the incarnated soul is to begin the process
of developing the intellect to the point where it will one day become
razor-like, dominant, controlling and powerful. The soul begins
this stage with an undeveloped, uncontrolled and unawakened mind
which completely hinders it from deeper realization.
Scorpios have little desire to test the unknown. Due to this inadequacy
they initially have a very limited, prejudiced, arrogant, intolerant
and separative mental attitude. Here the force of Mars leads to
misdirection, misapplication, misunderstanding and misuse of energy.
It is easy for them to make enemies, as the drastic experience of
this decan fully awakens the instinct to self-preservation and the
natural fight for survival.
polarized Scorpios will naturally fight with power and determination
to preserve the party line or the status quo and remain fully dedicated
to some limited personal, national, racial, scientific or religious
agenda but with a definitely materialistic bias.
mental types get right to the point but seem totally blind and indifferent
to any other viewpoint. In the early stages the undeveloped mind
is intensely superstitious, rude, vulgar, coarse and crude.
all else, the untrained or uneducated Sixth Ray Martian type possesses
an absurdly self-righteous attitude totally limited by an ultra-narrow
dogmatic personal viewpoint. During the material period of mental
evolution selfish personality methods are found completely satisfactory
and are admirably demonstrated to the point of personal intellectual
self-satisfaction. This leads to an isolated attitude which in due
course becomes the greatest single barrier to the establishment
of right human relationships in any field, be it business, social,
personal or whatever else.
this time when the mind is developing into an instrument of power
with the avowed purpose of achieving success and dominating a field
of endeavor, the methods they employ to achieve their goals are
often cruel. The mundane martial mind driven by the need to conquer
and rule expects others to submit to domination. The advanced mental
type begins to express the "will-to-power" (EOH 439),
utilizing their energy and drive to direct and dominate their own
lower nature, but with the definite objective of dominating their
environment, circumstances and other human beings.
a doubt it is the force of Mars which accounts for the selfish,
mean, proud, scheming mind of the highly individuated Scorpio personality.
They seek to take advantage of inferiors, the unfortunate and the
weak. Not knowing the meaning of the word compromise they strive
relentlessly to defend their position, granting no quarter to enemies,
opponents, competitors, rivals or adversaries. The ambitious personality
is most spiteful and vengeful and will sometimes take sardonic pleasure
in quite deliberately ruining the lives of others. They experience
life as a process of constant battle, relentless struggle, strife
and painful conflict. Tremendous mental effort must be expended
in order to gain power or control over life circumstance, environment
and other people amidst the inner warring and irrationality of the
advanced mentally polarized person is a leading and dominating force
to be reckoned with and potentially dangerous to cross. They will
not brook any interference with their plans, and place many barriers
around themselves that in fact limit the possibilities for true
their extremely rigid, negative mental attitudes lead to a general
breakdown and health crisis. In this decan illness and disease are
the result of misdirected energy, inharmonious internal conditions,
inhibited or rampant desires, a critical and judgmental nature and
the various health difficulties faced are nervous diseases, irregular
metabolism, acne, gastritis, liver trouble, tumors, certain cancers,
syphilitic disorders, all manner of social diseases, insanities,
congestion of the lungs and tuberculosis. Illnesses symptomatic
of worry, fear and irritation—such as auto-intoxication, hives,
skin disorders, inflammation, low vitality, fevers and influenza—are
common at this stage. They are all the effects of the insidious
poisons which arise due to emphatic self-interest, self-sufficiency
and self-satisfaction. Mental fanaticism, frustrated idealism, bitterness,
disgust and hatred also produce their share of toxic conditions.
the God of War is well known to stimulate anger, and those under
its influence often have a quick temper and are easily antagonized.
In speech or writing Scorpios are direct, and when excited can be
vehement. They are inclined to be hotheaded and arrive at decisions
too hastily and without introspection. Consequently they often take
foolish, stupid and hazardous risks. They have much to learn about
leadership and command. Negative egotism and the desire for domination
retard the fulfilment of their wish for complete control over material
circumstance, the achievement of their passions and the fulfilment
of their dreams.
types are full of shortcomings, make many false starts and are notable
for the number of tragic defeats and horrific failures they seem
to undergo. Ultimately however, they find satisfaction in the process
of dominating the forces of their own nature. Self-mastery and the
attainment of conscious power is their particular task, and one
that is not easy of achievement.
all fairness it must be said that in the early stages of mental
growth the Scorpio mind can and often does bring out the worst in
other people. However once truly awakened it will seek truth with
fearless and dauntless determination. Eventually after many lifetimes,
mental manipulation is attained with great proficiency and surgical
skill. At the apex of this stage they achieve rapid diagnosis in
research and investigative work due to their remarkable quickness
of thought and keen accuracy of observation. Their range of knowledge
well-educated minds are involved in a whole range of diverse occupations—the
military, science, politics, business, medicine and art to name
Scorpio in this decan has tremendous concentration, dedication and
personal capacity for sacrifice. The advanced mind possesses an
inherent strength along with requisite nerves of steel, and so is
well equipped to confront the unpleasant facts it is forced constantly
to face. Boundless mental effort, dauntless courage, great powers
of focus and long hours of hard work characterize the advanced personality
The mentally polarized
Scorpio under Mars is contemptuous of emotionalism in any form,
does not spare themselves pain and cares little or nothing for the
sensitivities of others.
selfish satisfaction, satiety and death, but is certainly not inclined
to grant a restful life. Though initially the mind is closed and
constrained, the force of Mars eventually opens the self to beauty,
nobility of spirit, compassion, service and unprecedented self-sacrifice.
These are the soul qualities that will be fostered lifetimes later
upon the Reverse Wheel.