About ScorpioScorpio is the eighth sign of the astrological year and is known by its
astrological symbol, the Scorpion. Scorpio individuals are enigmatic, strong-willed, and
passionate. With Pluto as the ruling planet, people born under this sign are considered to be
dynamic and extreme in their opinions.
Scorpios are the most intense, profound, powerful characters in the zodiac. Even when they
appear self-controlled and calm there is a seething intensity of emotional energy under the placid
exterior. They are like the volcano not far under the surface of a calm sea, it may burst into
eruption at any moment. But those of us who are particularly perceptive will be aware of the
harnessed aggression, the immense forcefulness, magnetic intensity, and often strangely hypnotic
personality under the tranquil, but watchful composure of Scorpio. In conventional social
gatherings they are pleasant to be with, thoughtful in conversation, dignified, and reserved, yet
affable and courteous; they sometimes possess penetrating eyes which make their shyer companions
feel naked and defenseless before them.
In their everyday behavior they give the appearance of being withdrawn from the center of
activity, yet those who know them will recognize the watchfulness that is part of their character.
They need great self-discipline, because they are able to recognize the qualities in themselves
that make them different from other humans, and to know their utterly conventional natures can be
used for great good, or great evil. Their tenacity and willpower are immense, their depth of
character and passionate conviction overwhelming, yet they are deeply sensitive and easily moved by
their emotions. Their sensitivity, together with a propensity for extreme likes and dislikes make
them easily hurt, quick to detect insult or injury to themselves (often when none is intended) and
easily aroused to ferocious anger. This may express itself in such destructive speech or action
that they make lifelong enemies by their outspokenness, for they find it difficult not to be overly
critical of anything or anyone to whom they take a dislike.
They can harness their abundant energy constructively, tempering their self-confidence with
shrewdness and their ambition with magnanimity toward others provided they like them. They relate
to fellow workers only as leaders and can be blunt to those they dislike to the point of cruelty.
In fact they are not above expressing vindictiveness in deliberate cruelty. They are too demanding,
too unforgiving of faults in others, perhaps because they are not aware of the shortcomings within
themselves, and extravagantly express their self-disgust in unreasonable resentment against their
fellows. They do, however, make excellent friends, provided that their companions do nothing to
impugn the honor of which Scorpios are very jealous. Part of the negative side of the Scorpio
nature is a tendency to discard friends once they cease to be useful, but the decent native is
aware of, and fights this tendency.
They are fortunate in that their strong reasoning powers are tempered with imagination and
intuition, and these gifts, together with critical perception and analytical capacity, can enable
the Scorpions to penetrate to profundities beyond the average. They have a better chance of
becoming geniuses than the natives of any other sign.But charismatic "twice-born" characters such
as they can sink into the extremes of depravity if they take the wrong path, and the intensity of
their nature exaggerates their harmful tendencies into vices far greater than the normal.
Rebelliousness against all conventions, political extremism to the point where hatred of the
Establishment makes them utterly unscrupulous terrorists. Brooding resentment, aggressive and
sadistic brutality, total arrogance, morbid jealousy, extreme volatility of temperament, these are
some of their vices. At the other extreme is the procrastinator, the man or woman who is capable of
so much that they do nothing and become indolent and self-indulgent, requiring extravagant praise
and flattery from those whom they make their cronies.
Being so gifted, they can find fulfillment in many employments. Their inner intensity can result
in the ice-cold self-control and detachment of the surgeon, the concentration of the research
scientist, and the heroism of the soldier. Any profession in which analysis, investigation,
research, dealing with practicalities, and the solving of mysteries are relevant, can appeal to
them. So police and detective work, espionage and counterespionage, the law, physics or psychology
may attract them, and they can become masters of the written and spoken word. They may be most
persuasive orators and find fulfillment as diplomats or preachers and, if they make the Church
their profession, their inner intensity can express itself in the spiritual fervor of the mystic or
Scorpio is the symbol of sex and Scorpios are passionate lovers, the most sensually energetic of
all the signs. For them, union with the beloved is a sacrament, an "outward and visible sign of an
inward and spiritual grace.". Their overriding urge in loving is to use their power to penetrate
beyond themselves and to lose themselves sexually in their partners in an almost mystical ecstasy,
thus discovering the meaning of that union which is greater than individuality, and is a marriage
of the spirit as well as of flesh. They are thus capable of the greatest heights of passionate
transport, but debauchery and perversion are always dangers, and Scorpios can become sadistic
monsters of sensuality and eroticism. Their feelings are so intense that even when their love is of
the highest, and most idealistic kind, they are nevertheless frequently protagonists in tragic,
even violent romances, "star-crossed lovers".