pathological jealousy isn't simply fear of losing a loved one.  We all fear that.  Underneath you will find some bitter little vision of life, some black belief about the fundamental rottenness of men/women or whatever.  Scorpio's shadow is his negativity, couched in rigid opinions which lurk below the surface and often torment him at the moments when he should feel happiest. 

It takes a long time for Scorpio to learn to trust and to forgive.  Usually he's learned that mistrust early in life, from seeing the dark shadows standing behind his parents and his religious upbringing and his education.  And the wound takes a long time to heal. 

It isn't the vindictiveness in these classical situations that is really the problem.  Although we're taught that it's un-Christian, a little honest revenge is often healthier than the outward show of acquiescence and the inner, repressed anger that spews out through indirect channels that so many of us call being 'good'.  Besides, sometimes it does a world of good for someone to get back what he's just dished out; it might stop him from doing it again.  What's really wrong here is that Scorpio never gives the other person the benefit of the doubt.  The opinion is already formed, prepackaged like frozen vegetables, ready to be trotted out and tacked onto the offender regardless of whether it's true or not, and without knowing the facts of the situation.  Water signs are uncomfortable with facts.  Facts confuse the issue, which for water is primarily how it feels, not what really happened.  Scorpio's shadow side completely ignores the other person's viewpoint. 

This is a pretty hard thing to live with.  You can see its traces not only in individuals, but in political and religious ideologies as well.  Certain astrologers have considered that Germany is traditionally ruled by Scorpio.  Where else but in a Scorpio could you have a single fanatical idea - anti-Semitism - arise with such force to take complete possession of a nation with such destruction following in its wake?  The Scorpio who cannot deal with the hydra within himself will project  it into the world and see it in others.  Then you have the persecutors who believe it their mission to redeem humanity at gun-point.  St. Paul was said to have been a Scorpio.  Much of the bloodshed committed in the name of Christ throughout the ages stems from his interpretation of Christianity.  Never forget that Scorpio is a sign of great power - for good or ill.  No Scorpio, however apparently insignificant, is without influence over those close to him.  See that mild little man over there in the grey suit, reading the
Wall Street Journal?  He may not think about things like witch-hunts and the paradox of violence in the name of Jesus.  He may not have read Faust, or Paradise Lost.  But he's a Scorpio.  He has insight and power, however repressed.  And he can make of his life anything he wishes. 

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