Saturday, October 23, 2010


If you were born between 24 October and 23 November, give or take a day, some would call you "a Scorpio", "a Scorpio man" or "a Scorpio woman". To a minor extent I guess you are, just as I can be called "a Brit", "an Englishwoman" , "a Yorkshire woman" or "a naturalised American". But how much do those descriptions really tell anyone about the real me? Not a lot. Likewise, being labelled "a Scorpio" tells us little that is reliable beyond the span of days during which you were born.

Now - if a person were to describe you as "a Scorpio-type" - then we'd be getting somewhere!

Whenever a person was born, it's possible for them to clearly display many of the traits traditionally allocated to the zodiac sign Scorpio. Astrologically these need not come via the Sun, though they do in many cases. They could just as easily come from Moon, rising sign, a cluster of personal planets in Scorpio, or from having Scorpio placed on one of the powerful angles - the already mentioned ascendant (rising sign), midheaven, or their opposite points: descendant and nadir. There are other possibilities too, for instance, if a person has a personal planet or sensitive point pretty close to Fixed Star Antares we might expect to see Scorpio traits fairly prominent in their makeup.

Passing readers will likely be familiar with Scorpio characteristics and keywords already, but it'll do no harm to add them - for completeness sake.

Scorpio, has dual rulers Mars (traditional) and Pluto (modern). It is the sign of Fixed Water, and different from its Watery cousins Cancer (Cardinal Water) and Pisces (Mutable Water) as can be seen from the characteristics listed below.
Astrologer C.E.O. Carter described differences among Watery cousins here :
CardinalWater...the flowing tears of Cancer...find free
expression; and sometimes one feels that this sympathetic
sign is not happy unless it has some aspect of the human
tragedy with which to condole....
Mutable Water, Pisces seeks refuge from the roughness of life either in art or poetry or in retreats.
But Fixed Water Scorpio is too Martian to retreat. It has to fight
out its difficulties. And being fixed, it retains its scars
and does not forget injuries received. Let us not forget
the other side; it does not forget benefits either and can
repay kindness with lifelong and doglike devotion.

Scorpio Keywords:
intense, emotional, passionate, erotic, determined, obstinate, powerful, strong-willed, forceful, bold, courageous, enduring, competitive, resourceful, researcher, investigator, secretive, mysterious, intuitive, penetrating, psychic, self-reliant, and somewhat introverted or closed, secretive, jealous, obsessive.......and one I associate with the negative side of the sign: paranoia.

Scopio has two symbols as well as two rulers: the Scorpion and the Eagle (or Phoenix).

Accentuating the positive for Scorpio-types, and concentrating on the Eagle motif, John Denver's song "The Eagle and the Hawk" can get my blood racing (must be my Mars in Scorpio & natal Sun in 8th house).

(PS: Several posts on Scorpio from the archives can be easily accessed by clicking on "Scorpio" in the Label Cloud at sidebar - to the right.)
For Scorpio-types:


Wisewebwoman said...

Thanks for this T - I sent it to my niece who is a typical Scorpio.
I've always loved the JD song too - so inspiring.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ I hope she likes it too. :-)

JD, his songs, and his voice are sadly missed these days.