Scorpios at the mall are so cinema verite. They transmit the impression that they’re all part of some larger drama. Is it their substantial inner life? Are they all super-connected via morphic resonance?
Pluto in Scorpio – 1984 to 1995 – was Peak Mall. The late 20th Century mall culture was, in many ways, the optimal Scorpio habitat: The temple-like architecture and scorpionic neon aesthetic* drew them for sure but it was also a public arena where you could nonetheless cruise around in privacy mode. You only needed sunglasses and a fuq off demeanor.
The Muzak helped. Invented by an Aries military officer and specifically designed to not intrude on consciousness, it was the never-hip precursor to ambient music. “Muzak fills the deadly silences,” said one of its early ad slogans. Yes and Muzak also served as a sonic aura for Mall Scorpios.
Store credit and giant, iconic images of Calvin Klein models satisfied the sex + shopping + other people’s money angle of Scorp.
Muzak Fills The Deadly Silences
In his prime era, CK was the ultimate Mall Scorpio: Born with the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars in Scorpio, he pioneered masstige – aka prestigious designers selling en masse via the mall. He also bought the muscular, eroticized male gay aesthetic into the mainstream.
Real life scorpions are desert-dwellers – could the mall in some way approximate this terrain? The double-Scorpio surrealist J.G. Ballard thought so. “It’s no coincidence that religious leaders emerge from the desert. Modern shopping malls have much the same function. A future Rimbaud, Van Gogh or Adolf Hitler will emerge from their timeless wastes.”
Ballard set his last novel – Kingdom Come – in an ultra-dystopian suburban mall called Metro-Land, the “end state of consumerism…At the sales counter, the human race’s greatest confrontation with existence, there were no yesterdays, no history to be relived, only an intense transactional present.”
Could this be the subliminal goal of Scorpios at the mall – a time-transcendant existential experience? And will Pluto in Aquarius be the definitive end of the Pluto in Scorpio mega-malls?
*Scorpions glow neon-blue in the dark