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October 24 Through November 22

The ruler of Scorpio is Pluto. Prior to the discovery of the ninth planet, Scorpio was ruled by Mars, which is still considered co-ruler. The sign of cosmic purpose, Scorpio is considered the success sign. Self contained and self centered, concentrated Scorpios usually succeed in what they set out to accomplish.

Scorpions are known for their intense and powerful natures. They are willful, proud and calm with an electrifying undercurrent of seething intensity. Purposeful and animated with force, they project a magnetic personality.

Scorpio Zodiac in stained glass
Lausanne Cathedral, Switzerland,
Mid-thirteenth century

Their demeanor is dignified and reserved, affable and courteous, and many have a gaze that is both direct and penetrating. Their secretive natures make them natural detectives. Many Scorpios possess a suspicious outlook, and need to know the reasons behind everything. Scorpio does nothing in half measures. An all or nothing attitude permeates their entire life.

Scorpio will rarely be found in the center of activity, but will always know just what is going on of concern to him. Their tenacity and willpower are enviable, their depth of character and passionate conviction admirable, but it is their deep sensitivity that makes them the best and most loyal friend. This same quality makes them the most treacherous of enemies.

Personification of the Moon (Luna), seen here
processing through the sign of Scorpio.
Italian manuscript, fifteenth century.

Their sensitivity, and pride allow them to be easily hurt, quick to feel insult or injury, even when none is intended, and easily roused to heights of anger. An angry Scorpio is a sight to see. Unlike Leo, who can have a temper tantrum and five minutes later be quite himself again, Scorpio seethes, and doesn't give it up.

Scorpio imagination and intuition are excellent. They possess refined critical perception and strong analytical ability. In addition, they seem to demonstrate a natural healing power. These abundant gifts allow Scorpions to penetrate the most profound subjects. They are serious folk, but quite charming to people they like, and when social events call for it.

Medieval Tarot images often correspond to the
symbolism of Astrology. Scorpio is depicted
here with the Empress of the major arcana.

Their inner intensity can result in the ice-cold restraint and detachment of the surgeon, the concentration of the research scientist and the heroism of the soldier. Any profession in which analysis, investigation, research or dealing with the solving of mysteries are present appeals to Scorpio. Police and detective work, espionage, the law, physics or psychology are attractive professions to the Scorpio.

Origins in Mythology

Within a mythological context there is much that can be understood about the Scorpio personality. Look towards the constellation Scorpius, and you shall see one of the greatest stars visible to the human eye. There, at the very heart of the great scorpion is brilliant Antares! This red giant, some four hundred times larger than our own sun, rivals even close Mars for the eye's attention.

The Eagle and the Scorpion

An important, though little known chapter in Scorpio lore is the placement of the Eagle in polarity to the Scorpion. Most Scorpios, if they dare be so revealing, would confess of an ongoing internal conflict between two distinct aspects of their nature.

The Scorpio constellation, depicted in
an eighteenth century wall mural.

Scorpions are creatures which crawl along the ground, seeking out the hidden spaces. They are a mystery to humanity, shrouded in fear and misunderstanding. Left to their own, they are comfortable in the low lying realms of the world. If provoked, however, they will strike with a deadly vengeance. The Eagle soars. On great wings this ruler of the wind rises above earthbound limitations.

(October 24 Through November 22)
Scorpio Associations

Ruling Planet
Mars & Pluto
SymbolEagle, Scorpion
ColorsMaroon, Dark Red
MetalSteel, Iron
FlowersGeranium, Honeysuckle
AnimalsEagles, Insects

Golden Eagle
Dual Aspect of Scorpio
CountriesNorway, Syria,Algeria, Zambia
CitiesNew Orleans,Washington DC,Liverpool, Halifax
HerbsAloe, Witch Hazel
Body AreaRegenerative Organs
KeywordsIntense, Passionate,Jealous
Notable Scorpio
Vivian Leigh

George Patton (November 11, 1885) Four Star General, US Army, World War II Ezra Pound (October 30, 1885) American Poet Georgia O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887) American Painter Katherine Hepburn (November 8, 1906) American Actress Johnny Mercer (November 18, 1909) American Lyricist: Moon River Burt Lancaster (November 2, 1913) American Actor Vivian Leigh (November 5, 1913) English Actress Dylan Thomas (October 27, 1914) Welsh Poet: 18 Poems, The Map of Love Charles Bronson (November 3, 1922) American Actor Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922) American Author: Slaughterhouse Five Richard Burton (November 10, 1925) Welsh Actor Robert F. Kennedy (November 20, 1925) U.S. Senator, Attorney General Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928) American Poet Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929) American Actress, Princess of Monaco Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932) American Poet, Novelist: The Colossus, The Bell Jar Ted Turner (November 19, 1938) American Media Baron, Founder of CNN Russell Means (November 10, 1940) Native American Civil Rights Leader, Actor Sam Shepard (November 5, 1943) American Play and Film Writer, Actor