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Medusa, Pegasus, and Scorpio
Tell the truth, Scorpio Sun! It's no huge secret to you that Scorpio and the archetypal image of the Medusa have a lot in common.
C'mon! You remember the Medusa, don't you?... she was one of the three Gorgon sisters of Greek mythology. The Gorgon sisters were the three ladies who could turn men into stone just by looking at them.
The most beautiful of the three sisters, Medusa, happened to catch the attention of the god Poseidon (the god of the oceans and waterways).
Having been smitten with desire for the beautiful Medusa, Poseidon set out about seducing her... and to make a long story short, they got together for one glorious night of wild, passionate lovemaking in the temple of Athena.
Unfortunately, the temple of Athena was an extremely bad choice of places for Poseidon and Medusa to get together and do the wild thing...
You see... Athena (being a chaste, virgin goddess) was terribly offended by this sort of behavior going on in her sacred temple... And so, Athena's punishment was to curse Medusa and her two sisters with sheer, unadulterated ugliness! Athena turned the three sister's hair into live snakes and filled their eyes with venomous fury and horror. They ended up having a gaze which could (and would) turn even the most valiant of heroes into stone.
Yet, in spite of their monstrous condition, sources say the three sisters were terrifyingly beautiful and seductive to behold.
And so... any man unfortunate enough to encounter the infamous Gorgon sisters, (even when knowing that exchanging glances with the Gorgons would result in instant death), still could not avert his gaze from the terrifyingly beautiful Gorgon sisters....
(You may remember this story from that movie "The Clash of the Titans" The version of the story in the movie is bogus.)
For various heroic reasons, Perseus has sworn to a certain king that he (Perseus) will bring this king the head of the dreaded Medusa.
Of the three Gorgon sisters, only the Medusa is mortal and can be killed.... Perseus, generously aided by gifts of Athena and Hermes (consisting of a golden shield and a swift sword) finally locates the cave of the terrifying Gorgon sisters. Luckily for Perseus, he comes upon the Gorgons while they're still soundly sleeping.
But foolishly, Perseus cannot avert his eyes from the seductive beauty of the Medusa (who is still fast asleep). Finally, only after much concentrated mental effort, Perseus is able to force himself to look away from the Medusa....
The Medusa then awakens to see Perseus; and a battle between Perseus and Medusa ensues. But using the golden shield of Athena, Perseus is able to see the Medusa's reflection. And with the swift sword of Hermes, Perseus cuts off the head of Medusa.
(Settle down... I'm about to get to the Pegasus part!)
There's no need to grasp at straws here.
But in all fairness to you Scorpio Suns, I'd be more than remiss if I failed to mention that folks with their
In fact, wherever you find Scorpionic/Plutonian energies in the birth chart, you'll likely find the Medusa lurking in the shadows nearby....
Intensity and betrayal are often a couple of the Medusa's favorite themes.
Looks Could Kill, (They Certainly Will)
You know... That stone cold glare which quite effectively informs its recipients that they might as well not exist on this (or any other) planet..
Okay, okay... I know they probably did something deserving of "the dreaded look."
But all those writhing, venomous snakes growing out of your head?
Do something about that... Okay? Check in with a hair stylist!
Everyone has their own internal Medusa to deal with! She's the Medusa that everyone eventually has to to face, battle and ultimately reconcile with....
But Scorpio, we know, you're on a first name basis with the lady. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing...
Over your years of experience with the lady, you've become rather adept in recognizing the Medusa in you -- therefore also recognizing when she's rearing her ugly head and spewing out her venom through the people around you. So your "first name basis" with the lady comes in handy by keeping you alert to all the many Medusas who inevitably cross your path.
After Medusa's night of passion in the temple of Athena, she was "with child" by Poseidon.
And so at the time of her death, the Medusa carried within her womb the hero Chrysaor and the winged steed Pegasus.
And when the Medusa's head was severed at the neck, Chrysaor and Pegasus sprang out. And older versions of the tale show Perseus escaping the other two Gorgon sisters while riding on the back of Pegasus.
It was out of the Medusa's head – that the beautiful, majestic, winged horse, Pegasus was born.
The very same archetypal energies which gave life to the Medusa are also the energies which gave life and birth to the winged horse, Pegasus. Medusa was released from her curse by the heroic deeds of Perseus, and through the cutting off of her head.
Thus, learning lessons of mental detachment are often quite crucial in the continued growth and lives journeys of those strong in Scorpionic/Plutonic energies.
The Medusa symbolizes the curse of Scorpio, but Pegasus is the final redemption and rebirth of Scorpio set free!