008. The Labour of Scorpio
The Eight Gate opens, on many levels besides the first. There is a great rock from which gush three crystal streams, slowly turning the dry land into a dense and fetid swamp. The Hydra makes its dwelling there. It awaits, in the Cave of Perpetual Night. In this Labour we enter into this swamp, and into the darkness, to draw the Hydra from its lair. Battling all 9 heads with vigour, but for each defeat the beast grows stronger, as two heads grow back apace. Finally we remember words of advice: “We rise by kneeling. There is victory in yielding”. Lifting the Hydra into the air and light, sends it convulsively to its final rest. The last immortal head is revealed, preserved and buried under a rock. Humbled and exhausted, the Labour ends in triumph.
Scorpio. The Eighth Labour.