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About Scorpio, the Scorpion

Traits, qualities & all about Scorpio, the 8th Sun Sign.

Scorpio is the sign of the mystic, the investigator.
Every year, the Sun enters the sign of Scorpio on or around 23 October, and transits through it till around 22 November. Individuals born during this period are known as "Natives of Scorpio", or "Sun in Scorpio", or "Scorpios", or simply "Scorpio".
These natives are extremely intense and passionate individuals, who certainly cannot be taken lightly. They are known to be secretive and vengeful. When hurt or humiliated, these natives neither forgive nor forget. They are not outgoing, but certainly not shy. However, they tend to frequently withdraw and completely go into their shell. These natives hold themselves in high esteem and have high opinion about themselves. They are manipulative and dominant, but usually very stubborn.
Scorpio is a fixed water sign, that is ruled by Pluto, and traditionally by Mars.

Symbols: A Scorpion (Traditionally also a Snake, and an Eagle)
Scorpions capture their victims with their claws, and inflicts venomous stings with its tail. The snake has equally venomous bite, which it administers mostly after wrapping itself around its victim. Scorpio natives are considered sly, cunning, and mostly, revengeful. Scorpio natives also possess a dual nature, which calls for dual symbolism. The eagle is a majestic bird that symbolizes freedom, courage, and power - along with clear vision, and intelligence. Scorpio natives, with their perceptiveness, are able to view and understand more clearly than others. However, how they handle their power of vision is what decides whether a Scorpio native is at a level of a Scorpion (or Snake), or an Eagle. The glyph (or symbol) for Scorpio depicts an M to represent the grounded nature, with an outward arrow-like tail to represent need for action, and the strive for something higher. The symbol denotes resilence, persistence, and a concealed desire to succeed.
The Generic Scorpio Backdrop: Personality Traits and Other Notes
A Scorpio is nothing, if not fierce ... intensely fierce! They are not afraid of getting their hands, bodies, or minds dirty. They are intrigued by the darker side of life, and always ready to investigate. Ironically, their deepest weaknesses and negativities are rooted in the very strengths that make the Scorpios amazingly powerful.
Scorpio is the "most intense" sign of the Zodiac, and they absolutely throw themselves into whatever they do - but getting them to commit into something is rarely an easy task. In fact, it is best not to make them do anything at all, or even try. They absolutely have their own mind, and need their own space - plenty of space. They are not intimidated by anybody or anything - even to the slightest degree.
Their intensity often becomes fanaticism. They simply never give up, and are blessed with tremendous staying power. They will not quit, even in a 'losing' situation - and their impassioned efforts are to die for. Scorpios believe in moving on, and are determined to succeed. They are zealous, self motivated, intelligent and intuitive - and contribute amply to any project. They are also inquisitive and ready to learn, which helps them climb the social and corporate ladder with ease. Yet, their 'never say no' attitude can become a pain - especially when faced with competition, or when their vengeful sides are stirred.

On the surface, Scorpios appear to have a lot of patience and will-power. They probably do! But mostly, they know exactly what they want and will make no attempt to grab it at the wrong moment. They would rather sit back, and watch with expertise - and reach out only when the moment is right and the objective can be achieved. Their apparent patience is their powerful skills at strategy at work, and not a display of will-power.
They are ambitious and security-loving. Scorpios are attracted and driven by power - real power - not mere prestige like Capricornians, or mere authority like Leonites. They love the absolute power of dominance. They are also comfortable with "behind the scenes" variety of power - as long as they have it! They take a 'no' for an insult, and non-adherence to their dominance as a humiliation. If anybody crosses or gets in the Scorpio's way, they lose their temper and get revengeful. Scorpios love a good fight, and confrontations are not a problem for them. These fearless beings are, sadly, unstoppable when they misdirect their intensity and passion towards exacting a revenge.
Despite their fearsome and somewhat negative traits, they carry an aura of mystery and secretiveness, that makes them charming and magnetic - someone towards whom others will, invariably, be drawn. Scorpios are lovely, dependable friends. They make some of the best buddies - unless, of course, they are betrayed or double-crossed. They absolutely hate, and cannot tolerate, petty actions - that include messing with their trust. Soft at core, Scorpios can get hurt pretty easily - once they take down their guards to someone they trust.
Also, trauma seems to follow Scorpios wherever they go. Most of them have gone through hell, and their experiences can awe others - if, of course, these reserved creatures share them with others. However, they possess amazing regenerative powers - the power to heal, create, and transform - that turns them stronger and optimistic.

In relationships, Scorpios are awesome lovers. They are dedicated, loyal, and sensuous. In love, they are willing and caring in all their sweet bonds. Scorpios happily bow down to the wishes of their loved ones, and are open to sacrifices for their happiness - as long as they are assured of their partner's loyalty and intentions.
Physical Appearance:
The Scorpio has a strongly built body, sharp facial features - with a square forehead and jaw to go with their flat cheek bones. Their torsos are long, and have short arms and thick shoulders. They have a short neck, thin but sensuous lips, and thick hair. They have penetrating, mesmerising eyes, and a beefy voice that can be captivating. Their overall appearance offers seriousness - that holds a strong, unpretentious power with a secretive nature.
Specific Features:
House: Eighth House, that focuses on: Sex, taxes, death and rebirth, a partner's resources, inheritance, and regeneration.
Season: Fall
Element: Water
Modality: Fixed (= Stability)
Ruler: Pluto, Mars
Detriment: Venus
Exaltation: Uranus
Fall: The Moon
Characteristics: Fierce, Watery, Focused, Negative, Mute and Unemotional
Birthstone: Opal, Ruby and Bloodstone
Birth Colors: Red, Violet
Lucky Colors: Green, Blue
Lucky Day Tuesday
Likes/Dislikes: Scorpio is a feminine sign, with an instinctive craving of: "We have ...". The Scorpio likes truth, facts, flirtation, and long-time friends. And, they dislike the superficial, flattery, shallow people, and being taken advantage of. Professionally, they are happiest as/in gynaecologist, psychiatrist, detective, police, the military, stockbroker, asset manager ...
The best gifts for a Scorpio are sentimental choices, clothing (especially something sexy), and non-fiction books.
Qualities: Energetic, action-oriented, fearless, tenacious, thoughtful, pleasant, eloquent, devoted, patient, ambitious, passionate.
Negativities: Emotionally hardened, sarcastic, suspicious, destructive, vindictive, shrewd, possessive, intolerant, ruthless.
The Scorpio holds a grudge till eternity. This miserable habit can keep their near and dear ones away, and can deprive them of the happiness, love and trust that they truly deserve. They should learn to love themselves, and realize what they are missing out - to let go of their anger and past resentments. They also tend to blame others for any and all problems. Most of them are always complaining that their partners are their greatest source of stress. They must stand up to their true power, and not retort to an escapist attitude. With the amazing will-power that they possess, they can surely do this.
Finishing the Scorpio Backdrop: Decanates, and Cusps
In order the further refine the above personality traits, the sign of Scorpio (as any other) is divided into 3 Decanates (also known as Decans), based on the "triplicity" of signs. The subtle differentiating alterations for each decan of Scorpio are explained below:
Scorpio First Decan: 0° - 10°
Scorpio/Scorpio Decanate (Around October 23 - November 2)

Note: Stronger influence of Pluto and Mars, the ruling planets.
Active, analytical, loyal - amongst other Scorpio traits.


Scorpio magnified, these natives have enhanced Scorpio traits, and are more "Scorpio" than those in the other two Decanates. They are active and usually physically fit. They are strong, courageous and blessed with great zeal and energy - which helps them achieve whatever they want in life.
They are also analytical, and usually very resourceful. They know how to get their work done, by hook or by crook.
Mysterious and secretive as they are, they are magnetic and passionate to the core. They also love the limelight, but only secretly. They get frustrated if everything do not revolve around them, or if they are not pampered with attention.
They are usually lucky in love. They are dedicated and loyal in relationships and absolutely detest betrayal, as they demand equal loyality from their friends, family and especially partners. On the slightest hint of betrayal, or when double crossed, they can get extremely vindictive and vengeful. Otherwise, they make one hell of a loyal friend.
Scorpio Second Decan: 10° - 20°
Scorpio/Pisces Decanate (Around November 3 - November 12)

Note: Influence of Neptune blended with Mars, the ruling planet and Pluto.
Reserved, talented, seductive, but also vindictive - along with other Scorpio traits.


These Scorpios, influenced by Neptune (Pisces), are reserved and very difficult to gauge or judge them from the exterior. It is almost impossible to know their weaknesses, or understand the "real them" behind their masks - unless they lower their gaurds.
They are also seductive, and know how to exploit their charm and sex appeal to get close, if they want. Their romantic nature and generousness make them quite popular among their circle.
They are intelligent and ambitious, and given their sovereign drive and powerful force, they succeed in achieving their goals - sooner than later. They are also blessed with enormous power of luck - which further helps them in removing hurdles from their aspirations, in almost every field. They are usually artistic, musical, or gifted with other talents
They are faithful and devoted to the core, and demand the same from others. If they are hurt or humiliated, they tend to get dangerously vindictive with innovative tactics - while their reserved nature does not betray their inner intentions.
Scorpio Third Decan: 20° - 30°
Scorpio/Cancer Decanate (Around November 13 - November 22)

Note: Influence of Moon blended with Mars, the ruling planet and Pluto.
Caring, sensitive, photographic memory, but also introvert - along with other Scorpio traits.


These Scorpios, influenced by Moon (Cancer), are really caring creatures. They love to look after and take care of others who are close to them. They can even get to the extent of self-sacrificing to make a relationship happy and fruitful. They tend to be popular, and have a good public standing.
They are blessed with the best memories of the Zodiac, and love to share their happy memories of the past. They have terrific will-power, and work with passion and intensity in everything they do.
They are also sensitive, and can get hurt very easily. However, they hardly demonstrate any pain or feelings openly, but value justice. They are known to hold on to past grievances, and will never fail to take a revenge.
They also tend to be introverts, and possess an uncanny instinct to unravel a mystery (or conclude an understanding) long before the facts are laid out.

The Sun, being the most dominant of "planets", forms the core character of any individual. All the above traits and notes are based on the Sun (the Sun enter Scorpio around 23rd October and stays till around 22nd November - is the basis of this Zodiac sign: Scorpio) and, including the above "finishing touches" with the Decanates, provide the general "backdrop" of every Scorpio. There are, however, other planets that alter some of the core traits. For example, Venus rules matters of the heart as does Jupiter to matters of optimism and hope.
The "complete picture" for each individual can only be "portrayed" by considering the positions of the other planets, at the time of birth of the individual. For example, compatibility in relationships according to the Sun is generic, it is the position of Venus and Mars (in addition to the Sun and Moon) that will actually "show" the individual's true preferences and compatibility factors. This is what makes each individual unique, and the Natal Chart important.
However, this does imply complete deviations from Scorpio traits. Whatever alterations the other planets provide, more or less, act upon the core traits of Scorpio provided by the "backdrop" of Sun.
Lastly, if the individual is born on the cusp (2 days at the beginning and end) of Scorpio, they should note the time of birth and make sure when the Sun moved in or out of Scorpio in that particular year (of birth). The Sun-Sign Table and Transit Dates section provides an easy reference to evaluate the exact zodiac sun sign. Even if the date and time of birth is not available, a brief analysis would solve the issue:
A person born in the cusp beginning Scorpio has either very enhanced Scorpio-like traits (falls in the Scorpio/Scorpio Decanate), or is a Libra. Similarly, the person born in the cusp ending Scorpio is either Scorpio, or has very enhanced Sagittarius-like traits (falls in the Sagittarius/Sagittarius Decanate) and thus, is a Sagittarius.

In other words, when considering cusps of Scorpio, one should remember that no individual can have two different signs, or be a "hybrid" of two signs. There is nothing like a Scorpio with Libra-like traits, or Sagittarius-like traits. The only thing that matters is the position of the Sun. If the Sun has moved into Scorpio, then the individual is Scorpio, not Libra. And, if the Sun has moved into Sagittarius, then the individual is Sagittarius, not Scorpio. The first light, like that of the ring of a solar eclipse, is intense - and creates a completely new individualism, leaving behind all traits of the previous sign.
Some popular people with Sun in Scorpio:
Ed Asner (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Ascendant in Scorpio), Lauren Bessette (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Scorpio), Bjork (Sun and Moon in Scorpio), Lisa Bonet (Sun and Mercury in Scorpio), John Cleese (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny DeVito, Leonardo DiCaprio (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Scorpio), Richard Dreyfuss (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Sally Field, Bill Gates, Calista Flockhart, Jodie Foster (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Whoopi Goldberg (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Scorpio), John Gotti (organized crime boss – Sun and Mercury in Scorpio), Harry Hamlin (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Scorpio), Ethan Hawke (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio, Shere Hite (who published the Hite Report on Sexuality – Sun, Venus, and Mars in Scorpio),Rock Hudson, Demi Moore (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Pablo Picasso, Prince Charles, Puff Daddy (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), Julia Roberts (Sun and Mercury in Scorpio), Meg Ryan (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Scorpio), David Schwimmer (Sun, Moon, and Venus in Scorpio), Nicolette Sheridan, Maria Shriver.
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