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23 October – 21 November

Key phrase: “I desire”.

If you’re looking for excitement, all you need to do is find a scorpion. No, not the animal, we’re talking about the zodiac sign. Scorpios are extremely complex individuals; they are all about hidden motives, ambitious plans, and mysterious agendas. They rarely show their true feelings and emotions. Since they have an excellent memory, Scorpios never forget anything. If they are wronged, a Scorpio will forever hold that memory in their mind, and take revenge if need be. On the flip side, a Scorpio will also remember an act of kindness or generosity, and will repay him or her with a similar gesture.

Scorpios are complex in their personal relationships as well. They have a knack for being aware of their surroundings at all times. Their inquisitive nature can sometimes make them appear overbearing and dominating to those around them. They are fiercely independent, so if you want to live with a Scorpio, then be ready to make some adjustments. This is the reason why most Scorpios prefer to live alone, away from parents or family. It is difficult for them to spend too much time with others due to their differing views, opinions, and decisions.

Scorpios are extremely determined in achieving whatever they set their mind to, and are capable of doing extraordinary things. They can accomplish amazing feats simply by being focused and working hard. Since they are genuine people, they rarely take a short cut, so their achievements are always based on honesty and sincerity.

The most dominating, temperamental, and complex of all the water signs, Scorpios are known to get along very well with their fellow fire signs in the zodiac. They are controlling and strong-willed, and have strange beliefs that rarely coincide with anyone else. In short, living with a Scorpio friend, family or partner may be inviting a lifelong war.

Does Scorpio Sting?

Your Sun Sign Revelations

Scorpio’s origins are as interesting and as complex as the sign itself. Before the twelve-month calendar was created, ancient astrologers viewed Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio all as one sign. Once divided, they came to symbolise aspects of the creation story in the book of Genesis, as follows:

Leo is Adam; Virgo is Eve, the virgin (as well as the Garden of Eden itself – Virgo symbolises harvest, and is an earth sign); Libra is the tree of knowledge, symbolising justice and right and wrong; and Scorpio is of course the serpent. Since the apple hangs from the tree, the fall of Adam comes through Libra – hence, it is the first sign of the fall season. And since Scorpio rules the reproductive organs, a rebirth occurs through Scorpio that gives rise to the three intellectual, wise signs that follow.

Adding to the complexity of Scorpio is the fact that it is ruled by not one but two planets, Mars and Pluto. Of course, Pluto was not discovered until 1930, so this is a fairly recent interpretation. It is widely agreed that Pluto is the rightful ruler, but now debated whether Mars indeed has an influence or not. We’ll assume that it does, until proven otherwise. Tuesday (mardi), then, is the best day of the week for you.

Positive Qualities
The dual aspect of Mars and Pluto working together creates an intriguing profile for you. You have all the passion and power of Mars, but the secrecy of Pluto (it was there from the beginning, exerting its energy, but we only just found out about it, and even now it’s hidden way, way out there, and is the only planet that does not orbit the sun on an elliptical path, but a rather skewed one).

As a result, you exert your power in subtle ways. You’re the person pulling the strings above the stage, where no one can see you, yet you’re in complete control. You know you have a natural dominance – not leadership per se, but quiet control – and you take pride and pleasure in seeing its effect on others. You notice that the opposite sex is naturally attracted to you: You notice that other people find themselves acquiring your habits, or your points of view. Yes, you are a natural manipulator, very much like the serpent in Eden.

This does not, however, mean that you’re evil. A few Scorpios have taken advantage of this power for dubious purposes – the infamous German World War I spy Mata Hari, for example – but for most of you it’s just your nature. You’ve learned early on that you can’t control everything – that’s impossible – so you limit your scope to the few areas in which you can excel.

One such area is investigation. Secrecy and control go hand in hand here, so any problem that needs solving, any mystery that is begging to be unraveled, is your baby. You discover gossip, for instance, before everyone else (although you’re hardly a blabbermouth). This is just because you’re extremely curious. You’ll take apart a radio just to see how it works, you’ll explore a cave to see where it goes, or you’ll follow a trail to get to its source.

The Mars influence also indicates purposeful energy. Hard work is second nature to you, and if you’re the controlling force, watch it world, you’ll blow it open. Even if you fail, you can still start over – that’s Pluto, able to reach very deep into the system and retool it.

Trouble Areas
You are intense, and you know it. You have a deep well of passion and will, but if you don’t get your way, you could explode like a volcano. A Scorpio rage is a rage that can blast everything in its path, including itself (when cornered, a scorpion will sting itself to death). This is why control is so important to you: it’s for your own good, and everyone else’s as well.

So you restrain yourself. You hold back your true emotions deep, deep in the well. Oh sure, you make the appropriate social response when needed, but it’s either fabricated or just a hint of the real you, a drop or two from the well. People are attracted to you for that deep passion – it’s often a challenge for them to get to know you so well they find the key that unlocks the floodgates.

Scorpios are also thought to be preoccupied with death. It is certainly a sign with a dark nature, but in real life no Scorpios have ever been found to be more depressed or suicidal than others. You enjoy life as much as everyone else, but you are somehow more aware of mortality. Most other signs spend their lives ignoring it, but you let it dictate your actions to a degree, and you respond to it with your self-restraint mechanism. Only you know the power of your temper.

You are instinctively suspicious, because once you place yourself in the control room, you have to defend it. And, curiously, your defence mechanism is just as secretive as the rest of you. You’ll use your powers of manipulation and investigation to create an aura of fear and fascination – that always works.

By no means will you ever leave yourself open and vulnerable. You have to hold something back, or else you’d be giving up control, and that simply is unthinkable. You will therefore share the deepest part of yourself only with a select trustworthy few.

It’s not appropriate, in this case, to suggest moderation here and there, as is customary with most other signs. You are not one to compromise, so there’s little point. Perhaps the only caveat is to suggest care of yourself and others – i.e., don’t misuse the immense passion and power with which you were blessed. You and those around you will lead happier lives if you channel it positively.

Physical Qualities and Activities

Scorpio rules the reproductive organs, so this area is particularly sensitive. Like the serpent in the Bible, it signifies both the fall of man and the fertility of man, the birth/death continuum. You know you’re vulnerable there – it’s the well of your passion – so you don’t share it with just anybody, and that’s also why you’re so restrictive of your deepest secrets.

You’re really not an athlete, or all that inclined towards recreation. But you do love a dare. Anything that pushes the limit of danger gets your blood flowing – and not just faux danger, like bungee jumping, but real danger – riding a motorcycle at 100 mph on a windy mountain road, for instance, or scuba diving into shark-infested waters.

You are attracted to dark reds, due to your Mars influence, as well as black. Wearing both achieves your desired effect: they exude both power and allure. You dress to announce your power, so you wear dark suits with sharp cuts, or tight black leather, the better to communicate containment of power.

Your home is densely furnished, perhaps with a black leather couch, dark decor, and heavy cloth, like a quilt on the bed. The feeling is a bit confining to others, even a little oppressive and dungeony.

As a water sign, you enjoy seafood and anything that is moist and texturally soft – even sensual – like pasta with creamy sauces, rice, or yogurt. You’re also attracted to red sauces and curries, due to your Mars influence.

Occupations/Financial Profile
You are well-suited towards rising to the top of the corporate ladder because of your unique need to control. Your best path is by a combination of hard work, keen manoeuvring, and working your subtle power magic. Your investigative abilities will tip you off to opportunities and strategies before everyone else, your suspicious nature will help you ward off the competition, your dark suits will demonstrate that you fit the bill, your powers of manipulation will get you in the right doors at the right times, and in between all this you’ll work ceaselessly to prove you’re the controller, not the controllee.

Outside the corporate structure, you are well-suited for a career in police work, detection, or intelligence (all of which make use of power, secrecy, curiosity, and danger) like Mata Hari, as well as medicine (particularly research). Examples of the latter include Jonas Salk and Marie Curie. Perfect examples of powerful, mysterious Scorpios who rose to the top of their fields include Ted Turner, Indira Gandhi, Robert Kennedy, George Patton, Roseanne Arnold, Charles Bronson, and filmmaker Mike Nichols.

The dark side of Scorpio is evident in writers such as Goethe, Milton (coincidentally, Milton’s most famous work, Paradise Lost, is about the fall of man), Andre Malraux, and Dylan Thomas, as well as artist Pablo Picasso (his paintings are extremely confined and dark in colour, containing immense power) and to a frightening extreme, Charles Manson.

Love and Relationships
Because you have an innate understanding of secrecy and power, you have to be careful of jealousy in your relationships. You can be quite trustworthy when you’re happy, but when you suspect some wrongdoing, watch out. Pity the poor soul who makes you an enemy, and you yourself will agonise over such a state. Cultivate the traits that will make you more open and trusting, and just as importantly, choose the partner most suited to you.

And that would be Taurus, your zodiacal opposite. A Taurean mate is perfectly trustworthy, loyal, earthy, domestic, a great cook, and very loving – everything you need to open you up and enjoy life.

You also get along well with Cancer (you understand each other symbiotically – you both have deep emotional wells underneath that hard surface, and are both water signs), Virgo (you admire each other’s work ethic, and the negative traits of both cancel each other out), and Pisces (although the attraction is immediate, it doesn’t last long – the Piscean will become too possessive for you).

You must avoid partnerships with Aries (the other Mars sign – you’ll constantly fight over control of everything), Gemini (you’ll get jealous of their freedom), and Sagittarius (too flighty and untrustworthy – this match is liable to bring out your darkest qualities).


Many people mistakenly believe that astrology only concerns the Sun. This is due to the Western world view of astrology, which has taken on the popular form of zodiac horoscopes. However, in truth the study of astrology goes well beyond Sun signs. The planets found on the astrological chart are the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

The purpose of this article is to introduce you to zodiac signs, to perhaps raise an eyebrow or two, and maybe make you smile. Zodiac Sun signs are based purely on generalisations and should NOT be confused with accurate birth chart astrology derived from your date, time and place of birth.

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