The Scorpion

Scorpio Image

October 23 - November 21

The eighth sign of the zodiac is concerned with:
* birth, life, death, sensuality
* passion, pushing boundaries of discovery
* regeneration, transformation, metamorphosis
* finance, investments, wills, inheritance
* hidden matters, secrets, taboos, magic
* collective unconscious, defense systems
* social revolution, reformation, change

Elemental Quality

Scorpio is the fixed water sign of the zodiac. It can be likened to still waters run deep. The relentless power of water to penetrate and transform even the hardest rocks is an excellent metaphor through which to understand the driving passion of the Scorpionic personality. Just as stalactites and stalagmites cannot be prevented from growing, once started, Scorpio cannot easily be deflected from his or her purpose.

Spiritual Goal

To learn the meaning of selfless love.

The Scorpionic Personality

These are the general personality traits found in people who are typical of Scorpio. An unhappy or frustrated Scorpio may display some of the not-so-attractive traits.

* Self-critical* Self-destructive
* Penetrating* Ruthless
* Investigative* Overbearing
* Passionately caring* Suspicious
* Protective* Jealous
* Tenacious* Possessive
* Magnetic* Dangerous
* Dynamic* Quick-tempered
* Probing* Obsinate
* Emotional* Moody
* Sensual* Sadistic
* Compassionate* Insulting
* Concerned* Secretive
* Unshockable* Intolerant
* Intense concentration* Cunning
* Understands failings* Vindictive

Secret Scorpio

Inside anyone who has strong Scorpionic influences is a person who is intractable and impenetratable, so the secret Scorpio usually remains a secret. All Scorpios like to keep their true nature as hidden as possible. Astrologically, a Scorpio is said to be at one or other of three stages of evolution.

A "stage one" Scorpio exercises power through emotion and instinct. This Scorpio is symbolized by the scorpion, an insect more likely, in the end, to sting itself than others.

The "stage two" exercises power through the intellect. This Scorpio is symbolized by the golden eagle -- a bird that soars higher than any other.

At the final stage of evolution, Scorpio exercises power through love. This Scorpio is symbolized by the dove of peace.

Ruling Planet and Its Effect

Both Mars and Pluto rule the zodiac sign of Scorpio, so anyone whose birthchart has a strong Scorpio influence will tend to have two drives -- one influenced by the battling energy of Mars and the other by the hidden depths of Pluto. In astrology, Mars is the planet of aggression, and Pluto is the planet of magnetic forces.

Scorpionic Lucky Connections
Colors: deep red, blue-green
Plants: cactus, ivy, oak
Perfume: Siamese benzoin
Gemstones: turquoise, ruby
Metals: iron, steel
Tarot Card: Death (regeneration)
Animals: wolf, gray lizard

The Scorpionic Look

People who exhibit the physical characteristics distinctive of the sign of Scorpio have eyes that look at the world with almost hypnotic intensity. Eye color and shape can vary widely, but if someone looks at you with deep penetration it is a sign of a personality strongly influenced by Scorpio.

Physical Appearance

* broad face with wide forehead and thick neck

* strongly built body of middle stature

* generally slender with broad shoulders

* intense eyes

The Scorpio Male

If a man behaves in a way typical of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Scorpio, he will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, unless there are influences in his personal birthchart that are stronger than that of his Scorpio sun sign.

The typical Scorpio man:
* has strong features
* has penetrating eyes
* has thick eyebrows
* has hairy arms and legs
* has a well-proportioned figure
* has an athletic body
* has a tendency to be bowlegged
Behavior and Personality Traits
* is never self-effacing
* is possessive of what he believes belongs to him
* has to maintain his dignity
* is a law unto himself and is most courageous in adversity
* will give absolute honest advice, appraisal, or compliments
* will move mountains to help someone
* is intensely loyal to friends
* never forgets a kindness or injury
* can be a saint or a sinner, but pursues either course with great zeal

The Scorpio Female

If a woman behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Scorpio, she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, providing there are no influences in her personal birthchart that are stronger than that of her Scorpio sun sign.

The typical Scorpio woman:
* has a compact and well-proportioned body
* has legs that are often short and thick
* is slender, but has a rather thick waist
* has attractive looks, even when frowning
* inclines her head downward even when looking intensely at a person
Behavior and Personality Traits
* is poised and apparently cool
* never uses flattery
* only smiles when she means it
* wants total freedom of action
* regards flirting and flattery as insulting
* wants to dominate but can accept some restriction in order to win in the end
* has many talents, all used with passion
* is loyal to family and home
* sets and keeps to her own standards

Young Scorpio

If a child behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with Scorpio, he or she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Behavior and Personality Traits
The typical Scorpio child:
* enjoys a good fight and intends to win
* will learn only from a person seen as stronger
* keeps his or her own thoughts secret
* can find out everyone else's secrets easily
* has an instinctive understanding of adult problems
* can often bear pain well
* will be loving and loyal to family and friends
* will take revenge on others who break his/her favorite toys
* knows what he/she wants and attempts to get it
* is suspicious of strangers

Bringing Up Young Scorpio

Scorpio children are usually active, quick to learn, and intelligent. They have a passionate curiousity which needs satisfying. They should be tactfully guided away from too much interest in forbidden areas, as they are fascinated by anything that is hidden, mysterious, or a private part of someone else's life!

The best way to love a Scorpio child is to always be loyal and to make it possible for him or her to follow an interest in science, medicine, magic, engineering, sports, and literature.

Young Scorpio's Needs

A private place is essential for Scorpionic children -- somewhere they can be alone and undisturbed. It could be a room of their own or even just a closet. A secret hiding place gives the Scorpio child a sense of security.

What To Teach Young Scorpio

Understanding the rights and needs of others is an important lesson for young Scorpio. In this way, Scorpio children learn to forgive the hurts and mishaps of everyday life.

Scorpio At Home

If a person has the personality that is typical of those born with a Scorpio sun sign, home is a place to be proud of, and he or she will have a tendency toward the following characteristics.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
When at home, a Scorpio man or woman:
* makes the home self-contained
* is protective of children
* is gentle with the sick
* guards home territory jealously
* likes the home kept clean and orderly
* expresses good taste
* enjoys comfort
Scorpio as a Parent
* is strict about rules
* demands high standards
* enjoys the children
* keeps the children busy
* often takes the children out
* finds it hard to change viewpoints and to bridge the generation gap
* cares passionately about the family
* remains his or her child's friend throughout life

Two Scorpios in the Same Family

They will understand each other only too well. Two Scorpios mean double the passion, and it is essential that both have the facilities to follow their own passionate interests, so that no jealousies arise. Two Scorpios can get along well, provided that each has a space of his or her own that is private.

The greatest problems could arise from sexual jealousy if the two are of the same sex and age group. However, in the final analysis, the Scorpionic loyalty to family will overcome all other problems.

Scorpio At Work

At work, the person who has a typical Scorpio personality will exhibit the following characteristics.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
A typical Scorpio at work:
* will eventually know everyone's secrets
* will sense the moods of other people
* is indefatigable
* will excel as a team leader
* will appear to be calm in all situations
Scorpio as Employer
A typical Scorpio boss (male or female):
* will demand total loyalty
* will do anything to help someone he/she likes
* will solve even the most difficult problems
* will never reveal the depth of his or her competitiveness
* confronts problems directly
* will be concerned and passionate toward the workers' families, regarding them as part of the team
Scorpio as Employee
A typical Scorpio employee (male or female):
* is self-motivated
* knows what he/she wants to achieve
* will take any amount of criticism from someone who has something he/she wants
* will accept failure as inevitable only when the odds are overwhelming
* is tenacious, intense, and career minded
* does not waste time and is not a clock-watcher
Working Environment
The workplace of a typical Scorpio man or woman:
* suggests an air of quiet confidence
* is usually tidy, or at least orderly
* contains nothing superfluous to the job
* contains equipment that helps Scorpio increase knowledge and undertake shrewd analysis

Typical Occupations

Scorpios enjoy solving mysteries and penetrating the secrets of life. They love to get to the heart of any problem, human or mechanical.

They may be detectives, pathologists, surgeons, scientists, researchers, undertakers, sewage workers, insurers, market analysts, butchers, members of the armed services, or pharmacists.

Any occupation which Scorpios feel is important and offers the opportunity to investigate and analyze complex problems will satisfy them. Scorpios can run a big business or a small enterprise as long as they feel that they are achieving something.

Scorpio and Love

To Scorpio, love is an intensely passionate and enduring emotion that may be directed at one person only. Love is central to the life of typical Scorpios and inspires many of their ambitions and actions. Scorpio in love will have many of the characteristics listed below.

Behavior When In Love
The typical Scorpio:
* is deeply attached to the loved one
* attracts the loved one like a magnet
* is possessive
* hides emotions in public
* keeps dependence on the loved one hidden
* is faithful when in love
* dominates the loved one
* remains true to his/her own feelings
The typical Scorpio expects:
* absolute faithfulness and loyalty
* demonstrative love
* no great emphasis on romance
* genuine tenderness
* acknowledgment of how lucky the loved one is to be party to Scorpio's secrets

The End of An Affair

If a Scorpio has an affair, it is often because the sexual life within the marriage has serious problems.

Scorpios seem to attract partners without much effort, and they will take the upper hand from the start, so that ending an affair is an easy matter.

However, the Scorpio who is rejected is always very wounded and may want to take revenge. Some Scorpios immediately attempt to hurt their ex-partner. Others take their revenge in more subtle ways over a period of time. A rejected Scorpio is unlikely to forgive and will never forget the hurt.

Scorpio and Sex

When a typical Scorpio makes love, it is an expression of all the pent-up passion that is hidden inside this most magnetic of personalities. Sex is an important element of life to a Scorpio.

Indeed, Scorpio is the zodiac sign that indicates the greatest interest in sexual matters.

As in other areas of their life, Scorpios are liable to be both inventive and single-minded -- but for most Scorpios, sex is very much an expression of love.

Scorpio and Partner

The person who contemplates becoming the marriage or business partner of a typical Scorpio must realize that Scorpio will expect to dominate the partnership.

Given this, the person who partners the Scorpio can expect unwavering loyalty, hard work, and a passionate drive to succeed -- whether in business or married.

Scorpio Man As A Partner

In business, the Scorpio man will inevitably be in charge of the partnership and is most likely to have initiated the terms of agreement. A Scorpio who accepts orders from a partner is doing so for a particular reason. For example, if money or future progress are the reward, Scorpio will appear to accept even a subordinate position for as long as it takes to achieve the results he wants.

Scorpio will be proud of his partner and his partner's skills, and he will go out of his way to enable the partner to achieve ambitions, too.

Scorpio Woman As A Partner

A Scorpio woman is often even more subtle than her male counterpart. She happily accepts the subordinate role and plays this part well. Again, however, this is only so that she can achieve her ambition in the end.

Like her male counterpart, she will be loyal to the partner and do anything to help the partner.

Scorpios can work very hard , and they often provide the dynamic quality in a business.

It is unlikely that Scorpio and her partner will have an equal footing. The Scorpio will, in reality, have the edge on the partner -- but only in ways that the Scorpio sees will be helpful to the joint venture.

Scorpio shrewdness is a vital asset in any partnership.

Opposite Sign

Taurus is the complementary opposite sign to Scorpio. From Taurus, Scorpio can learn to recognize the talents of other people and appreciate their value. In this way, Scorpio can learn to value his or her own talents more realistically, because Scorpio is more self-critical than critical of others and often reproaches himself or herself.

Scorpio and Friends

In general, Scorpio likes a friend who recognizes Scorpio's magnetic superiority without fear or undue compliments.

Scorpio chooses only a few friends and expects loyalty from them. Scorpio is not a natural socializer, but will keep close friends for many years.

Positive Factors

Scorpios have good memories and enjoy telling jokes. They are generous and hospitable toward friends, and also make strangers welcome when they call for help or advice.

Friends of Scorpios will be treated like family and given every help and consideration. Whenever Scorpio gives a friend adice it will be reliable. A friend can also trust Scorpio never to gossip.

Negative Factors

Scorpios are unlikely to visit friends without making arrangements and having a good reason. Scorpios like others to do the visiting. If they are out when a friend comes to visit, their attitude is that it is the friend's loss and that the friend will have to visit again.

Scorpios have an almost psychic insight into the motives and secrets of their friends. Anyone who dislikes someone knowing their secrets should stay away from Scorpios.

A compatibility chart, below, lists those with whom Scorpio is likely to have the most satisfactory relationships.


In general, if people are typical of their zodiac sign, relationships between Scorpio and other signs (including the complementary opposite sign, Taurus) are as shown below.

Scorpio with Scorpio: Harmonious
Scorpio with Sagittarius: Harmonious
Scorpio with Capricorn: Harmonious
Scorpio with Aquarius: Difficult
Scorpio with Pisces: Harmonious
Scorpio with Aries: Turbulent
Scorpio with Taurus: Difficult
Scorpio with Gemini: Turbulent
Scorpio with Cancer: Harmonious
Scorpio with Leo: Difficult
Scorpio with Virgo: Harmonious
Scorpio with Libra: Harmonious

Scorpionic Leisure Interests

Finding out how things work, taking something apart and reconstructing it, or delving into the mysteries or the human mind are all of interest to Scorpios, who also enjoy a variety of sports. Winning is important to them.

On the whole, typical Scorpios pursue the following leisure interests:

* any sport that demands shrewd tactics

* competitive driving, flying, or cycling

* scientific hobbies

* archeology, anthropology, psychology

* detective novels, treasure hunts, caving

* breeding animals or plants

Scorpionic Likes and Dislikes

* activity
* mysteries
* secrets
* winning
* sex
* being acknowledged
* home
* being analyzed
* being asked personal questions
* people who know more than they do
* too many compliments
* having to trust a stranger

Scorpionic Health

Typical Scorpios are rarely sick. When they do become ill it is generally serious, but they have the willpower to get well.

Scorpios can destroy their own health by allowing themselves to get depressed or by doing too much hard work.

Types of Sickness

Some Scorpios are prone to accidents due to their burning desire to finish a job or get somewhere more quickly than anyone else.

Nose and throat problems, hernias, piles, bladder disorders, and problems with the reproductive organs are the most common Scorpio illnesses.

The phoenix symbolizes Scorpio's activities, and in matters of health, it seems that Scorpio has a tremendous ability to rise from the metaphoric ashes of sickness and fly again.

Scorpio at Rest

Scorpios often find it hard to relax. Some Scorpios will even avoid situations where they can relax.

When on vacation, they often seem to have a small accident or minor illness in the first days.

Many Scorpios try to relax by continuing to work because of the intense pressure they put on themselves to finish everything before leaving for that much-needed rest. Their best policy is to have an alternative interest or hobby that they can pursue with passion, thus giving them relaxation from their main work. This especially applies to Scorpios who are homemakers and parents caring for children, as they may find it difficult to take even a short break.

Famous Scorpios

Pablo Picasso (Artist), Mahalia Jackson (Gospel Singer), Dylan Thomas (Poet), Marie Curie (Physicist), Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Political Leader), Prince Charles (Heir to British Throne), Indira Gandhi (Indian Prime Minister), Goldie Hawn (Actress)

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