Exegetical Verses in The Gospel of John & The Gospel of Mark

GosJohn 7:40-44 Some of the crowd, therefore, when they had heard these words, said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” Some, however, said “Can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that it is of the offspring of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David lived, that the Christ is to come?” So there arose a division among the crowd because of him. And some of them wanted to seize him, but no one laid hands on him.

  • [Note: see the discussion in the More Honing of the Canon Section regarding how and why GosMatt and GosLuke both incorrectly state that Jesus was from Bethlehem, not Galilee, along with the rest of their exhaustive and irrelevant genealogies.]

GosJohn 7:45-53 The attendants therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees; and these said to them, “Why have you not brought him?” The attendants answered, “Never has man spoken as this man.” The Pharisees then answered them, “Have you also been led astray? Has any one of the rulers believed in him, or any of the Pharisees? But this crowd, which does not know the Law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, he who had come to him at night, who was one of them, said to them, “Does our Law judge a man unless it first give him a hearing, and know what he does?” They answered and said to him, “Art thou also a Galilean? Search the Scriptures and see that out of Galilee arises no prophet.” And they returned each one to his own house.

GosMark 1:9-11 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens town apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

  • [Note: Per The Gospel of John Section, this represents when Christ’s Spirit descends upon Jesus.]

GosJohn 1:32 “And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.’”

GosMark 1:21-27 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in the synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching–with authority! He commands even unclean spirits, and they obey him.”

  • [Note: Even the unclean spirit knew that Christ is the Holy One of God (The Father.)]

GosJohn 5:39-47 “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed in Moses, you would believe in me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”

  • [Note: quite possibly this set of Verses represents not only a negative statement about those Christ is addressing, but a quasi-negative statement regarding the material in the Old Testament.]

GosMark 2:5-12 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning their hearts, “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive but God alone?” At once, Jesus perceived in his spirit [Christ] that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk?’ But so you know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins–he said to the paralytic–“I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

  • [Note: This set of Verses is very similar to GosJohn, and it comes the closest to equating The Son of Man with the Johannine Prologue: “God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart.”]
  • [Note: quite possibly this set of Verses represents not only a negative statement about those Christ is addressing, but a quasi-negative statement regarding the material in the Old Testament.]

GosJohn 7:15-18, “The Jews were astonished at it, saying ‘How does this man have such learning, when he has never been taught?’ Then Jesus answered them, ‘My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know if the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. Those who speak on their own seek their own glory, but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him.’”

GosMark 6:1-6 The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth — He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could not do deeds of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

  • [Note: Christ’s wisdom is clearly of this new teaching, which again represents an overwrite of existing beliefs based on the OT in my opinion, and it is quite powerful! Compare with GosJohn 7:15-18 and 7:25-31]

GosJohn 8:1-9 [Note: In this set of Verses, Christ overtly defies the law of the OT, quite unlike The Gospel of Matthew. In fact, it is diametrically opposed.] But Jesus went on to the Mount of Olives. And at daybreak he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him; and sitting down he began to teach them. Now the Scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and setting her in the midst, said to him, “Master, this woman has just now been caught in adultery. And in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such persons. What, therefore, dost thou say?” Now they were saying this to test him, in order that they might be able to accuse him. But Jesus, stooping down, began to write with his finger on the ground. But when they continued asking him, he raised himself and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.” And again stooping down, he began to write on the ground. But hearing this, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest. And Jesus remained alone, with the woman in the midst. She is Admonished to Sin No More And Jesus, raising himself, said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned thee?” She said, “No one, Lord.” Then Jesus said, “Neither will I condemn thee. Go thy way, and from now on sin no more.”

  • [Note: Notice the explicit condemnation of the Old Testament.]

Appendix I: Select Bibliography

Dr. Karen King, Harvard University, The Secret Revelation of John

Dr. Alastair Logan, The University of Exeter, Gnostic Truth & Christian Heresy

Dr. Larry Hurtado, the University of Edinburgh, Lord Jesus Christ; Blog

Dr. Elaine Pagels, Princeton University, The Gnostic Gospels; The Origin of Satan

April DeConick, Rice University, The Gnostic New AgeHistories of the Hidden God

Ernst Käsemann, German Lutheran theologian and professor of New Testament in Mainz (1946–1951), Göttingen (1951–1959) and Tübingen (1959–1971,) The Testament of Jesus

Paul N. Anderson, Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies and founding member of the John, Jesus, and History Project at the Society of Biblical Literature 2002-2016, John 17–The Original Intention of Jesus for the ChurchMark, John, and Answerability: Interfluentiality and Dialectic between the Second and Fourth Gospels

Wayne Meeks, Yale University, The Testament of Jesus

George MacRae, Yale University, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 38:3 (1970); Harvard University, Gnosticism and the Church of John’s Gospel

Riemer Roukema, Professor of New Testament at the Protestant Theological University, Kampen, The Netherlands, Gnosis and Faith in Early Christianity

Irenaeus, Against Heresies

The Blue Letter Bible

Bentley Layton, Yale University, Gnostic Scriptures

The BBC

Thomas Jefferson

The University of Nebraska’s John Douglas Turner, various

Platonism: Ancient, Modern, and Postmodern edited by Kevin Corrigan, John Douglas Turner

Rudolf Steiner, True Knowledge of The Christ: Theosophy and Rosicrucianism–The Gospel of John

Chance Bonar, PhD Student at Harvard University, They did not belong to us: Johannine Language and Social Identity

Raymond Brown, The Legacy of John: Second-Century Reception of the Fourth Gospel, edited by Tuomas Rasimus; The Community of the Beloved Disciple: The Life, Loves, and Hates of an Individual Church in New Testament Times

Richard Bauckman, senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, The Johannine Jesus and the Synoptic Jesus

Oxford Biblical Studies

Rudolf Bultmann, Lutheran theologian and professor of the New Testament at the University of Marburg, The Gospel of John: A Commentary

Tuomas Rasimus, Paradise Reconsidered in Gnostic Mythmaking

Herman Hendrickx, C. I. C. M., The Johannine Community

James M. Robinson’s The Nag Hammadi Library

The Holy Bible, various Editions

Oxymoronic Verse from The Gospel of Philip

55 “Before Christ came there was no bread in the world, just as Paradise, the place where Adam was, had many trees to nourish the animals but no wheat to maintain man. Man used to feed like the animals, but when Christ came, the perfect man, he brought bread from heaven in order that man might be nourished with the food of man. The Rulers thought that it was by their own power and will that they were doing what they did, but the Holy Spirit in secret was accomplishing everything through them as it wished. Truth, which existed since the beginning, is sown everywhere. And many see it sown, but few are they who see it being reaped.” “Some said, ‘Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit.’” They are in error. They do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever conceive by a woman? Mary is the virgin whom no Power defiled. She is a great anathema to the Hebrews, who are the apostles and [the] apostolic men. This virgin whom no power defiled [watched] the Powers defile themselves. And Christ [would] not have said ‘My [Father who is in] heaven’ unless [he] had had another Father, but he would have said simply ‘[My Father.]’”

  • [Note that Mary only was conceived by the Holy Spirit in GosMatt and GosLuke. This non-detail was not included in GosMarkGosJohn, or any of the other [Sethian] Nag Hammadi treatises. Again, GosMatt and GosLuke are not part of the Core works of The Protennoia Johannine Secessionist Canon. The only reason GosMatt and GosLuke have Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit is to tie the story back to the Old Testament. It is because of Justin Martyr that Matthew’s and Luke’s prevailing notion is that the histories need to be intertwined.]

Commentary on the Gospel of John 7:7

“The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil.”

  • [Note: this Verse is interesting as it opens the door to two diametrically different views on how the Johannine secessionists respond to this world: either complete asceticism or complete hedonism. Of course the lines can get blurred and they are not necessarily absolutes. You might raise your eyebrow regarding the reference to hedonism. Ask yourself, if this place is not redeeming, which it is not, why bother caring? Live it out. As previously mentioned regarding ApJohn: “They are not affected by anything except the state of being in the flesh alone, which they bear while looking expectantly for the time when they will be met by the receivers (of the body). Such then are worthy of the imperishable, eternal life and the calling.” Of course, the ascetics would counter with the preceding lines: “Those on whom the Spirit of life will descend and (with whom) he will be with the power, they will be saved and become perfect and be worthy of the greatness and be purified in that place from all wickedness and the involvements in evil. Then they have no other care than the incorruption alone, to which they direct their attention from here on, without anger or envy or jealousy or desire and greed of anything.” However, if just about everything in this world essentially represents evil works, how does one discriminate? It’s possible that through such hedonism, one actually goes through the motions of figuring out good v. evil. Thus it’s a process. Don’t try to rush it. However, through the Christ event, and per much of GosTruth, I would not flaunt it if Knowledge has been acquired (see also GosPhil 77.) Recall, a member of the Immovable Race represents the Holy Spirit. The jury is out, and this discussion can get circuitous, as if you adhere to complete asceticism, you might not learn to discriminate. Or you might discriminate to your detriment and develop an unacceptable level of arrogance. Which falls back to hedonism, since if this world is essentially a mistake due to Sophia’s transgression, and this particular Verse in GosJohn says that its works are evil, who cares? Thus, don’t be too hard on yourself, yet don’t take advantage too much. At the baseline, however, much of this discussion is addressed more extensively in Verses of GosPhil, a later Section. However, I’ll restate it again–it’s a process. Do what you can, and the Holy Spirit via Epinoia should let you know how to proceed. The key is stated in GosThom, I shall choose you 1/1000, 2/10000. That’s the starting point, and this Saying clearly represents ApJohn’s Autogenes/Spirit of Light process. Thus in summary, I’d call myself a moderate ascetic as well as a moderate hedonist. It depends on my mood; I happen to be a Pisces III: https://healtheamerica.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/the-week-of-dancers-and-dreamers/ In fact, actually the 17th, or St. Patrick’s Day: https://www.mindfulnessandjustice.org/angel-number-17-meaning/ Recall that Universal Energy does exist in this aeon. You can thank Yaltabaoth and the Archons for that. Which leads back to Sophia. For the record, one of the questions I posed early on in this work has been sufficiently addressed such that I find Sophia accountable. This malfunction was hardly preordained, and it by no means represents Father’s Forethought. Hence she’ll eternally be stuck in the Ninth, and this leads to the Direct Revelations found at the end of this work. In fact, it’s hard to not see how the emanation did not fall within the bounds of apostasy.]

Absolutely Critical Verse from The Gospel of Philip

83 “As for ourselves, let each one of us dig down after the root of evil which is within one, and let us pluck it out of one’s heart from the root. It will be plucked out if we recognize it. But if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces its fruit in our heart. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive, to make us do what we do not want; and what we do not want we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it. While it exists, it is active. Ignorance is the mother of all evil. Ignorance will result in death because those that come from ignorance neither were nor are nor shall be.”

Two Powerful Sayings from The Gospel of Thomas

Saying 107 Jesus said, “The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine and looked for that one until he found it. When he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep, ‘I care for you more than the ninety-nine.’”

Also:

Saying 8 And he said, “The person is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!”

Extremely Enlightening Verse from Trimorphic Protennoia

I Smashed Their Bars:

“I am their Father, and I shall tell you a mystery, ineffable and indivulgeable by any mouth: every bond I loosed from you, and the chains of the demons of the underworld I broke, these things which are bound on my members, restraining them. And the high walls of darkness I overthrew, and the secure gates of those pitiless ones I broke, and I smashed their bars. And the evil force, and the one who beats you, and the one who hinders you, and the tyrant, and the adversary, and the one who is King, and the present enemy, indeed all these I explained to those who are mine, who are the Sons of the Light, in order that they might nullify them all, and be saved from all those bonds, and enter into the place where they were at first.”

Striking Verses in The Gospel of Mark

GosMark 11:27-33 Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you the authority to do them” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.” They argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven, he will say ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?”–they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

  • [Note: I look at these Verses as to be representing Christ’s sense of humor!]

12:1-11 The Parable of the Wicked Tenants — [Note the allusion to God’s kingdom, and the current tenants in Israel, and the others (perhaps the Gentiles as this Gospel appears to have been targeted to them?) who will be given the vineyard:] Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty handed. And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent them to him, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyards to others. Have you not read this scripture: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes.’?”

  • [Compare with GosThom Sayings 65-66]

7:9-13 Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother;’ and ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’ But you say that if anyone tells mother or father, ‘Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban (that is, an offering to God)—then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.”

  • [Note: Christ admonishes the Hebrew/OT customs in this section quite succinctly.]

12:35-38 [Note: This is quite interesting: by way of redirection, Christ avoids associating himself with the Old Testament in this section:] While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the Son of David? David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.”‘ David himself calls him Lord; so how can you he be his son?” And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.— [Sheer and utter silence] —As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues, and places to honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

  • [Note: one could assume, therefore, that Christ in a manner of speaking is not claiming to be the Son of David; it is not central to his message here. In fact, he appears to go out of his way to distance himself from the Old Testament!]

Key Johannine Secessionist Verses in The Gospel of John

15:18-25 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’”

17:4-10 “I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I come from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours.”

  • [Note 1: Note the incredible allusion to ApJohn — “that I had in your presence before the world existed.”]
  • [Note 2: This set of Verses also seems to be an allusion to TriProt, or vice-versa: “I hid myself within them all until I revealed myself among my members, which are mine, and I taught them about the ineffable ordinances, and (about) the brethren. But they are inexpressible to every Sovereignty and every ruling Power, except the Sons of the Light alone.”]

17:14-19 “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from evil. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

Appendix II: Pisces Decan III and Scorpio Rising

As referenced in GosJohn 7:7’s commentary, I am a Pisces III, but also I’m a Scorpio Rising. This information is relevant in many places, but directly addressed in Marsanès Fragments 41-46.

Pisces III

The Week of Dancers and Dreamers — Decan III

March 11-18

Zodiac Position – Approximately 19-28 degrees Pisces

Season – Late Winter

Element – Water

Ruler – Neptune

Symbol – Fish

Mode – Feeling

-Strengths-

Philosophical, Helpful, Miracle-Working

-Weakness-

Ineffectual, Impermanent

The Pisces III period takes Dancers and Dreamers as its central image. Simply put, this period closes the Grand Cycle and represents the ending of this lifetime on earth. The great wheel has at last come full circle. Those about to leave this earthly plane feel the gravity of the earth’s attraction more strongly than ever but also the inexorable pull of the world beyond. Even through pain and suffering, a range of emotions may be felt: from acceptance to expectation to excitement and joy. A quickening sense of an experience far beyond what one has yet known or, in some cases, a glimmering recognition of such a state may be felt at this time. Both present and past are finally left behind in the body when the mind enters a dreamworld and the soul dances on.

The days that comprise Pisces III symbolically reveal an individual embarking on the ultimate transition into the beyond: exercising faculties of intuition and inspiration [Epinoia], encountering an inexorable fate (embracing it or struggling against it), and rising to new spiritual heights and realizations.

Strongly philosophical, Pisces III’s often spend time contemplating the intricacies of human thought and the wonders of the universe. Their minds roam freely over areas that many would find daunting or at least mysterious. They start wondering about the meaning of life early on, and often continue to puzzle over such questions for a lifetime-indeed, these issues can become the driving force behind their careers and lifestyles.

Although visionary in thought, Pisces III’s have an intensely practical side and often well-developed technical or scientific skills. It is important to them to take an active hand in whatever is going on around them and to help other people solve their problems; they have a tremendous need to influence the lives of others and often manage to do so. Pisces III’s may even become over involved, failing to recognize when to back off. Those around them may come to view their interest as meddling, mistrusting or resenting their good intentions.

One might accuse Pisces III’s of being unrealistic if they didn’t prove correct so much of the time. Making the unbelievable believable, or the impossible possible, is perhaps their greatest power. They may seem to be quite down-to-earth, pragmatic, even ordinary types, yet their achievements at times border on the miraculous. It is as if, although not actually believers in miracles, they were somehow able to realize or experience them. There is a marked tendency to the paranormal in the personalities of those born in the Week of Dancers and Dreamers, who can manifest clairvoyant or telepathic tendencies at an early age. If those around them downplay, scoff at or suppress their abilities, they may not feel secure enough to acknowledge and reveal these talents openly until later in life.

Pisces III’s must beware of appearing to glib and learn when to speak on a given subject. Although much that they say is true, and of a high order of thinking, their omniscient manner can antagonize people. Developing humility and admitting mistakes will only add to their credibility – an important lesson, since they can become highly frustrated if their words fail to have the desired effect. They often see themselves as teachers, a role they aren’t necessarily at all cut out for, and their disappointment over not having students, followers or disciples can bring them a measure of unhappiness.

Those around Pisces III’s may well find them strange or peculiar, a trait that can make them either more or less desirable, depending on whom they meet. Some Pisces III’s have an air of self-importance, others radiate a kind of ineffectually; both types may become complacent, however, figuring that wherever they are at that moment, whether in their career or in their living situation, is the best or at least the safest place for them to be.

To an unusual degree, however their lives are ruled by fate, and at a certain point, perhaps between the ages of twenty-eight and forty-two, a call will come to them in the form of a great challenge. Whether they respond to this unsolicited invitation from destiny may well determine the course of the rest of their lives. If they try to scale the heights, they have a better-than-average chance of succeeding, no matter how daunting the endeavor.

Comfort-loving, those born in this week know how to make life pleasant for themselves and for others; in furnishing their homes, for example, they are often tasteful and imaginative. Yet a curious wanderlust or impermanence in their lifestyles can make for frequent moves, in which they leave a string of well-furnished and improved dwellings behind them. Those who do manage to stay in one place for a time may periodically need to refurbish or renovate their living space, whether those who share it with them believe this to be necessary or not.

Although Pisces III’s usually seem very independent, they often foster dependencies in others. They need to feel that they count, that they matter. This need to be needed may be one their most vulnerable points: if their children, parents, colleagues or lovers assert a degree of independence, or cease to rely on them, they can fall apart. A family, whether biological or metaphorical, is usually essential for Pisces III’s, and the degree of responsibility they assume in it may be quite impressive.

Those born in the Week of the Dancers and Dreamers are finely attuned to the wants of others. Often highly empathic, they are good listeners and are quite able to relate to and make sense of other people’s point of view. Pisces III’s know well that the world is made up of many subjective viewpoints, each true for its author, and perhaps actually true also, in a relative sense. At the same time, however, Pisces III’s tend to feel that behind these differing viewpoints stands an absolute that is not dependent on subjectivity at all but is objectively true in all situations and for all time.

Pisces III’s can be unstable and unrealistic in their romantic relationships and often get involved with the wrong partner. Yet if they make the commitment to a love that is positive and nurturing, they are quite capable of making loyal and devoted spouses.

Pisces Decan 3 ~ General Meaning

Pisces Decan 3 is ruled by Mars (Scorpio triplicity) in both systems. This is the zone of the impossible, for here we have aeronautical fishes! The sun flies through this decan from March 11 – 20. This zone is totally dominated by the visionary, high-flying, mythical horse Pegasus, after that there is a lizard, a swan and a star measurer.

We get the feeling that this Piscean water is simmering, about to boil over as it makes its way to the new life born on the spring equinox at 0º Aries. This zone is bursting with anticipation for the future and impatient because these subjects have been cocooned for so long. Pisces decan 3 can make calamitous mistakes by over-reaching themselves. These eager foals need to remember that half-baked ideas do not go down well, so must learn to hold back until their plans are fully developed. The latter end of the decan, especially those on the anaretic 29º are natural daredevils and aim high in all things.

They are prone to accidents due to their impulsive natures, but very ‘Gung ho’ so will back in the saddle as soon as they can. They have the ability to put a positive spin on things, which can come in useful working in glamour industries such as fashion, film and advertising.

Daring Visionaries & Star Measurers

In Vedic astrology, the 24th nakshatra where this star resides is called ‘The Former beautiful’, so Pisces decan 3 at least like to preen themselves and keep up appearances if they aren’t making things beautiful in art or design. However much as these natives have a great sense of the aesthetic, they pride themselves on being primarily intellectuals. In fact, their busy minds might be the reason they are so accident-prone. Practical things, like simple walking in a straight line, might be a problem…These fishes are often confused as to why they are such hotheads when the usual descriptions of Pisces are so laid back and languid. This really isn’t the case with decan 3!

The tarot card associated with this card is the ten of cups. The Cinderella effect of the meaning of the decan as a whole is very marked with this card since “It suggests emotional fulfillment, settling down and starting a family. You have found the love you have searched for… You may have a picture painted in your head of the ideal partner and life for you.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with this as we all have our own idea of what we are looking for, and a dream we would dearly love to come true.” Painting a picture is appropriate as this is such an imaginative decan. Karmically for artists “The Ten of Cups suggests exceptional work.  Your creations will be truly inspiring and might even be your best yet” Like high flying Pegasus, in this life “It is all taking off for you now and you may even get some global recognition.” 

Scorpio Ascendant, Scorpio Rising Sign

The Scorpio Ascendant people have a lot of presence. There is something about them that tells the world that they are not to be pushed around. Their manner commands respect, and in some cases, fear. Scorpio rising people can be quiet or loud, but they always seem powerful and determined.

You either love or hate Scorpio rising people –they are rarely people who go through life unnoticed. In fact, some of them are confused when faced with the fact that they get such strong reactions from others. They seem to look right through people, seeing through superficiality. This can be quite intimidating to some, and intriguing to others. Scorpio rising people, in their dealings with others, look for answers by reading between the lines. Surface details are discarded when they are getting a feel for people and situations around them.

Scorpio rising people value their privacy so much, it can border on paranoia. They have a strong need to control their environment and are experts at strategy. Rarely people who will blow their chances with impatience, they plan out their moves carefully and deliberately, relying on their awesome ability to feel out others and situations.

Scorpio rising natives are drawn to down-to-earth, natural partners. Reliability in their partner is very important. They generally look for complete commitment and have little patience with flighty partners.

The Ascendant (or rising sign) is often considered the mask one wears when meeting others. Perhaps it is most aptly thought of as the automatic responses to one’s environment. The Ascendant shows our natural defenses and how we cope with day-to-day issues. The energies of the sign and condition of the Ascendant are most overt and obvious to others. The Ascendant shows an individual’s first, natural reaction to new people and situations.

The characteristics of Scorpio Ascendant described above are modified by planets conjunct the Ascendant, planets that aspect the Ascendant, and the position of the ruling planet of the sign on the Ascendant. For example, a person with a Scorpio Ascendant with its ruling planet, Mars, in Sagittarius will respond to the environment a little differently than another person, also with a Scorpio Ascendant, but whose Mars is in Capricorn. (Note that Scorpio has two rulers, the other being Pluto, which is very slow-moving). Similarly, a person with a Scorpio Ascendant who also has Saturn conjunct it will “behave” differently than someone with a Scorpio Ascendant who does not have that aspect in their natal charts.

Scorpio Rising – General

You have keen animal instincts, a deeply instinctual and passionate nature, and access to forces that can be used for healing and regeneration – of yourself, other individuals, or society. Strong-willed and powerful in a quiet understated sort of way, you are always a force with which to be reckoned. You know intuitively where another’s pain or weakness lies, and can thus be a natural healer – or a terrible enemy, if your energies are directed toward conflict. Learning to trust and follow your instincts, and to focus your will upon positive intents, are keys to fulfilling your highest destiny. Your ruling planets are Mars and Pluto.

Scorpio Ascendant II

There is much in the experience of those born with Scorpio rising that involves learning to transform the self and others through the experience of conflict, challenge and letting go. The themes often present with this sign on the Ascendant can be described by the mythic story of Hercules as he battled the much-feared Hydra. The 8th labour of Hercules involved the destruction of this beast, a creature of the depths that had ten heads, and a deadly bite. Every time Hercules cut one of the heads off, another would appear. The lesson Hercules had to learn was contained within the advice given to him by his teacher- ‘We rise by kneeling, we conquer by surrendering, and we gain by giving up’. This experience could be described as the quintessential lesson of Scorpio rising.

You are likely to experience life as a constant series of challenges or crises where you learn intimately about the nature of power and transformation. Once learnt, you have the potential to be a very transformative and catalytic person, as you easily assist others to move through whatever is holding them back.

A confrontation with that which is dark, hidden, destructive and taboo in your own nature is often the case with this sign rising. Along the way, you will often meet the same qualities in others. These may be either met in the external world through challenging and difficult situations, or within the self, in the form of negative, toxic and obsessive emotional states that plague the psyche. These states might include repetitive episodes of greed, envy, jealousy, desire (usually for power of some sort) and lust. These qualities need to be transformed by being acknowledged, accepted and brought into the light.

Jealousy is commonly an issue, especially in the early part of life. This destructive emotion may alienate you from others, generating tension and friction that need to be released. This kind of emotion serves to pull the personality down, requiring humility and compassion to heal. Like the Hydra, such emotions can only be conquered through submission, which means aligning the self to something greater than the individual desire nature. If not released, these states seethe and fester within the psyche, exploding from time to time with powerful and destructive force. Internal pressure periodically builds until an explosion, release and renewal occurs.

These qualities can be transformed and redirected via a creative outlet. A work of art, a form of therapy, a mystical state or an intense sexual experience can serve as the means to refine these energies. This process will be either consciously or unconsciously played out. You may find yourself oscillating between passive or active responses to your emotions and external stimuli. You may go through many catalytic personal experiences as you discover more about your true nature. Often, situations of disability and impairment come about, so that the fear of helplessness and restriction is experienced. These challenges become the catalyst for experiencing surrender, and learning to open up to trusting others.

Often, those with Scorpio rising give very little away as to what they are really thinking and feeling. Others cannot be sure of what your true intentions are. You may play your cards very close to your chest, owing to your acute sensitivity to environmental influences. For you, letting others know how sensitive and vulnerable you really are means giving them a kind of power you are not sure you want to give.

You are often extremely sensitive to the underlying emotional currents around you, for this sign is extremely perceptive. You will continually seek to confront the underlying psychological motives in any situation. You will also be constantly aware of others potential to be deceptive, abusive and less than truthful. Your first form of attack then is defence, while you wait for others to reveal who they truly are. This means that you are likely to respond in passionate and turbulent ways to most forms of relationship, and will be especially volatile when an issue of power and its potential misuse is around. Or you will avoid intimacy with anybody if it means you have to let your guard down. You benefit from calm, placid and strong partners who are able to withstand the intensity of your emotional experiences, and your need to work them out on others. For this reason, you can be hard to get close to, as the external emotional protection is very strong, and others feel uncertain as to where you stand. Yet once you have committed your feelings to someone, you are intensely loyal, passionate, giving and devoted. It is an all or nothing kind of stance. Much depends on how prepared you are to deal with the issue of power and its proper uses.

Once the necessary transformations have come about, you then become a powerful catalyst or agent for change in other people. You have the ability to renew and rebuild your life, and can show others how to do the same. You are likely to have penetrating insight and great understanding for others suffering and pain. You are likely to be patient, persevering and reliable, so that you are a great source of strength in times of need. Your likes and dislikes are strongly felt, and there may be a tendency to employ shock tactics in order to make your point. Usually, this is not to be perverse, but rather to say the things that others will not say, or to shake up the status quo. Highly developed emotional intelligence often makes you privy to the secrets and dark sides of others. Being prepared to encounter the secrets of others is part of your life experience.

Those with Scorpio rising often have very good memories and will not forget a hurt. You may need to develop the capacity to release pent up emotion directed consciously or unconsciously against those you believe have done you wrong. You are likely to be very loyal to loved ones, but will switch off completely if betrayed. In this instance, there will be no looking back once this decision is made, for you tend to be characterized by an all or nothing attitude that is at its most direct where your emotional vulnerabilities are concerned.

Yours is an intense rising sign, with the potential to experience great rewards. You have come to learn the secrets of resurrection and rebirth through experiencing transformation in your own emotional life. Then you have the power to become an incredible agent for change in the lives of other people.

Scorpio Rising with Mars (Traditional Ruler of Scorpio, and Mars in in Scorpio in my chart) in the Signs

The following interpretations incorporate the position, by sign, of Mars, the ruling planet of Scorpio. Note that Pluto also rules Scorpio, and interpretations for Scorpio rising with Pluto in the signs follow the Mars interpretations. The sign position of Mars modifies your Scorpio Ascendant characteristics. These interpretations are from the Karmic Insight Report, and are written from an esoteric viewpoint.

The point that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth is called the ASCENDANT, or rising sign. While the Sun describes your conscious direction and current life focus, and the Moon your subconscious predisposition and past, the Ascendant indicates a way of being that transcends and embraces past, present, and future. It describes the way you engage and merge with the outer world and how you bring through into life the energies depicted by the Sun, the Moon, and the rest of your birth chart. Everything is filtered through the Ascendant from an esoteric point of view. It indicates your soul’s function and thus a key part of your destiny.

Mars in Scorpio natives love to challenge themselves to do the impossible. They throw themselves into what they decide to do with concentrated energy and awesome willpower.

These people make formidable opponents, although often quietly so. They keep their cool and their equilibrium on the surface. Below the surface may be another story, and they are unlikely to easily let you in. Mars in Scorpio has the potential to exploit others–they see through others and rely heavily on their gut feelings.

The sexual stamina of this position is thought to be the strongest of all the positions of Mars. Sometimes, Mars in Scorpio people are attracted to taboos, and their fantasies may involve blowing the taboos to smithereens! They enjoy scenarios in which the “other” is giving in to them, wants them completely, and will do absolutely anything for them. And, their sexual appeal is strong enough that they generally do get what they want.

They find it difficult to share their partners, though they will likely never admit this. In stark contrast to Mars in Libra, who is most comfortable with the middle ground, Mars in Scorpio has a black-or-white philosophy of life. These are the people who say, “Just choose!” They really are not comfortable with compromise–what kind of satisfaction could you possibly get from compromise? Real living, to Mars in Scorpio, is all about accepting challenges and making changes.

These people constantly test themselves, and, often, others. They make all kinds of rules and goals, just for the personal satisfaction that comes from achieving or mastering them. Their survival instincts are strong, and they embrace their own animal nature when they are all alone with themselves, without guilt.

These people have a provocative quality to them. This quality is usually most evident in youth, though it is often carried over into adulthood in more subtle, controlled ways.

Jupiter in Cancer: Intuitive, Nurturing, and Security-Seeking

Jupiter is a large and lucky planet that encourages us to expand our wealth and minds. It is the planet of abundance, growth, and optimism. This expansive planet is all about the higher mind and is associated with philosophy, truth, and religion, giving us a larger lens of which we can experience the world. So, when Jupiter finds itself in a Water sign like Cancer, we can expect a profound sense of wisdom to derive from our emotions.

Jupiter feels right at home in this sensitive sign because Jupiter is exalted in Cancer, bestowing the best of what it wants to bring. Wisdom comes from the gut and opportunities are felt instinctively. The general tenor of this period reminds us to listen inwardly, instead of seeking external teachers. When this expansive energy combines with empathetic Cancer, we’ll be given an opportunity for growth through our emotional awareness.

When Jupiter is in Cancer

Jupiter is the planet of wisdom that encourages us to deeply process our thoughts, and Cancer is the sign of emotion, ruled by the Moon. When these two come together, what we consider to be truth will grow from the experiences we have, rather than abstract ideas. Wisdom comes from our interactions, our reactions, and the emotional intelligence that develops during this time. This is a chance to get to know ourselves from the inside out and have faith in our feelings.

Jupiter in Cancer is a time to nourish our relationships with the people we trust. We’ll crave more social time with our friends and family, and our appreciation for their presence and love will be intensified. With the planet of luck on our side, we might find ourselves pursuing or cultivating a serious, committed relationships. Our desire for closeness and connection at this time can make us a caring, loyal, and sometimes clingy loved one.

Home will become more than just a house while Jupiter is in Cancer. Jupiter’s desire for expansion combined with Cancer’s love for comfort and security can lead to renovations, redecorating, or additions to the home (human or otherwise). Our homes will become a haven to unpack and process the day.

Cancer is a highly sensitive sign that has a tendency to overreact and take things very personally. Exalted Jupiter does its best to stay positive and focused, but its grandiose influence can lead to feeling overloaded and having emotional breakdowns. During this transit, it’s our responsibility to find positive outlets to release and work through this tension, such as exercise, writing, or therapy. If we can resist reacting on these intense feelings, we’ll have more control of our outcome.

If you were born with Jupiter in Cancer

You trust your gut! If you’re born with your Jupiter in Cancer, you have a unique blessing that most others don’t — you can rely on your instincts. You are emotionally savvy and have the ability to deeply process your connections and reactions to the people and moments around you.

You have a big, empathetic heart and a desire to make others feel cared for. Many of your loved ones turn to you for support and emotional advice. Not only are you willing to listen, you have a wonderful way of helping them process their feelings and working through their distress. This ability to nurture will create long-lasting relationships … but be aware of those who depend on you too much and take advantage of your goodwill.

As someone with your Jupiter in Cancer, you have emotions — and lots of them! You can lead a very fulfilling life if you remember to let yourself process your feelings before acting on them. With Jupiter lending its larger-than-life energy to Cancer, you could be prone to mood swings. Preventing yourself from overthinking things and learning how to let things go could help alleviate this.

You’re likely to thrive in a field that lets you use your Cancerian inclinations to benefit other people. Real estate, caregiving, or real estate are all industries that may be a fit for you. When you find an area that you know and feel comfortable in, you’ll be inspired to climb ladders and make a dynamic impact. This is also due to your need for security — and those with natal Jupiter in Cancer usually have no problem attaining material success.