Happy Birthday Scorpio

October 22, 2020 Author Debra DeLeo-Moolenaar

Scorpio needs a balanced perspective, a challenge she shares with her opposite, Taurus. But whilst the emphasis for Taurus is to realise that her version of reality is limited by her own personal beliefs, Scorpio must learn that her truth is often trapped in her own reflected image and is in desperate need of release. 

In philosophical circles, Scorpio’s truth is defined by the Alethiatic tradition and it is the stuff of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Foucault. This truth is not to be found reading newspapers or taking courses or even reading other people’s mail. Instead this truth is to be found through self-examination and it’s genealogy traces from ancient Greece through to St Paul and the early Christian monastic tradition.

For Heidegger, ‘truth’ in this regard has nothing to do with correspondence to observable facts, as it might when discovering the truth of, for example, a table. When discovering the truth about the table, you have only to look at it with new eyes and start describing what you see. By contrast, Heidegger was convinced that discovering truth about humanity requires uncovering something that is hidden from view and in this endeavour, Heidegger believed that modern philosophy was not helpful. 

With Descartes, said Heidegger, western philosophy had come off the rails. With the belief ‘I think therefore I am’, western man has become ‘locked up in his own ego’; in other words, the Cartesian man is the subject (‘I’) that manipulates objects (‘the world’) and that’s not at all how it works.

Heidegger saw human existence as more dynamic, more inclusive than Descartes. He summed this up as Dasein – ‘being there’ – ‘being here’  or Being (in the world). With Dasein, man is too embedded in the world of subjects/objects for the ‘truth’ to be mere subject- object manipulation. For Heidegger, the world in which men are embedded has its own ‘truth’. Further, this ‘truth’ is imposed upon us from outside and not the other way around. 

It is this external ‘truth’ (with or without God) with which Scorpio must grapple and it won’t be easy.

Luckily Heidegger offers some advice. He says that by attending to your moods, you’re getting back to the source and that source is truth. It only makes sense that when Scorpio will be better off living her truth, however uncomfortable it might be, than by denying it. 

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