Scorpio Zodiac Sign

Scorpio Zodiac Sign
Scorpio Dates: October 21 - November 20*
Zodiac Symbol: Scorpion
Element: Water
Ruling Planet: Mars, Pluto
Ruling House: 8th
Quality: Fixed
Polarity: Negative
Power Color: Black, Deep Red
Birthstones: Beryl, Apache Tear, Aquamarine, Obsidian, Topaz
Flowers: Geraniums, Rhododendrons
Key Traits: Intense, Magnetic, Controlling
Desires: Honesty, Deep Emotional Connection
Compatible Signs: Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces
Mantra: "I desire"

A Summary of the Scorpio Zodiac Sign

People born under the Scorpio zodiac sign are more likely to accept the darker side of human nature than most other signs—they are connected to mysteries, transformations, changes, and all things which elude science. This allows Scorpio to approach individuals who may not have their best interests in mind. Caution oftentimes gives out to curiosity. 

The key to any Scorpio’s success is to learn how to compromise. That can be hard, however, for this is a sign who doesn’t suffer fools lightly and doesn’t take criticism kindly.

The Scorpio personality may be viewed as ice-cold, but in reality, they are just a mysterious combination of passion and intensity that can leave other zodiac signs intimidated. At the same time, this sign can benefit from learning to lighten up a bit and focus their passions in a constructive way. 

If you have Scorpio in your birth chart, remember that you don’t have to be best friends with everyone, but you need to understand how to be congenial with them because you never know when you might need their help.

* Note: the dates of each zodiac page change every three years due to the nature of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun—just like a leap year.

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Symbol: Scorpion

Like the Scorpion that represents this sign, Scorpios have a bit of a sting in their tails! This sign is observant, and others will immediately be drawn to their eyes and intense gaze.

Scorpios are usually quite self-assured but must watch that this confidence doesn’t turn into conceit.

Finally, they can keep a tight rein on their emotions, protecting themselves—just like the hard shell that protects the Scorpion. 

Element: Water

Water Element

At the very heart of astrology — and of Tarot, palmistry, sacred geometry, and even ceremonies and rituals — are the elements: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air

Each of the zodiac signs is ruled by one of these elements.

Scorpio is a Water sign—sensitive, deep, and intuitive. At the same time, their feelings are felt intensely and can often “overflow,” getting the best of them.

Any of the Water elements must use their intuition to get in touch with their own emotions to keep them in control. 

Other zodiacs that share the Water element include:

The Water signs are:

  • Sensitive to moods and atmospheres
  • Ruled by emotions, although they may not show them often
  • Intuitive
  • Creative
  • Romantic
  • Mysterious

Ruling Planets: Mars & Pluto

Illustrated planet Mars is hues of red, brown, and orange and depicts the texture of the planet with pits, valleys, and darker marks
Pluto

Scorpio’s ruling planets are both Mars and Pluto.

In Roman mythology, Pluto is the God of the Underworld, and Mars is the God of War). This might seem like an intense combination, but Scorpios know they are all kinds of awesome when they allow people to get to know them. 

Being ruled by Mars drives this sign for success, but Pluto brings secrets. This could cause problems, but only if this sign cared about what others think—which they don’t. 

Because this Fixed sign’s loyalty is boundless, they will do anything for the ones they love. 

If anyone gets in the way of the Scorpion’s stinger, they will be stung! Too bad for them, you say! The ones that don’t meet this sign’s need for truth and justice in the world are dead to them. 

Scorpio is known throughout astrology literature and in popular conversation for their level of magnetism and intensity.

These traits are not uncommon to those born under the Scorpion, usually the side effects of their willpower, self-control, “killer instinct,” and loyalty. This killer instinct does not mean that Scorpios are predators, but they are relentless in pursuing their goals, which, given the right motivation and incentive, will be achieved.

Scorpio Quadruplicity

The zodiac signs are divided into four elements (Fire, Water, Earth, and Air) and quadruplicities (Cardinal, Mutable, or Fixed). The Quadruplicities, like the elements, showcase qualities of the signs and help to give deeper insight into the complexity of each sign.

Scorpio is of the Fixed quadruplicity. This quality is cautious. Just as it sounds, the Fixed quadruplicity is the “, but we’ve always done it this way” energy of the zodiac. 

A Fixed sign: 

  • Doesn’t handle change well
  • Likes to stay in the background
  • Is not particularly thrilled about new ideas
  • Can be quite tenacious or stubborn
  • Wants others to agree with you
  • Brings responsibility to teamwork and keeps everyone under control
  • Wants things done their way
  • Is not a risk taker

Key Personality Characteristics

Scorpio is not one to be impartial—they will strongly like or dislike something (or someone) with very little middle ground. However, they can get away with this because of the intrigue and charm surrounding them.

This sign is confident and can easily cope with whatever comes their way. 

Scorpio zodiac signs are loyal to loved ones, although they might be picky about where they place their affection. They never forget what people have done for—or to—them. They will go out of their way to care for those who care for them, but at the same time, they will cut off those who disrespect them without a second thought.

The Scorpion is philosophical and curious about all aspects of life and death. They can come across as moody or brusque, but inside, they are very passionate about everything in life, making them passionate lovers.

Top Traits

There are a number of traits and characteristics associated with the Scorpio sign. Scorpio is known for the following positive characteristics:

  • Big-hearted
  • Deep
  • Confident
  • Have natural poise
  • Like a good mystery
  • Determined
  • Truthful
  • Fiercely loyal to loved ones
  • Charming
  • Tenacious
  • Will always remember who was kind to you
  • Protective
  • Passionate
  • Get what they want

Challenges & Weaknesses

Of course, the good does come with some challenges. Here are some of the areas of Scorpio’s life that may need some work to bring them back into balance:

  • Moodiness
  • Egotistical
  • Keeping feelings bottled up until they explode
  • Stubbornness
  • Callousness
  • Never forget who did them wrong
  • Finding it hard to forgive
  • Taking risks
  • Possessiveness and jealousy
  • Tendency to be intensely feeling

Scorpio During Conflict

Being ruled by Pluto means that secrets rule Scorpio’s world.

This sign is as good at keeping secrets as discovering them. Their Water sign qualities also make them a little psychic, so discovering when someone is not being truthful is second nature to them, like breathing. On the other hand, this sign is mysterious—but that’s more to do with their powers of observation than anything else.

Scorpios, more than any other signs, might be interested in the occult or the paranormal. The cryptic and the obscure fascinate them. This zodiac is also a master of disguise, using words to hide what they really feel. It’s part of their need to be in control at all times.

When Scorpios use secrets for success and the truth to prevail, they will win every time. 

Relationships & Sex: Understanding the Scorpio Lover

Some say that it can be tough to love a Scorpio because of their jealous and obsessed side. But that’s only because, as a Fixed Water sign, their waters run very deep when they feel. And no one can convince them otherwise.

Being ruled by Pluto often means secrets rule their relationships. So if there is anything that will get in the way of Scorpio’s success here, it’s that.

They can try being a little more open with their big heart.

Scorpio zodiacs can be moody without provocation, jealous without cause, and very possessive. The other side of this is that they are fiercely loyal. Where they can hold a grudge forever, it’s just not in their nature to “forgive and forget.”

But just as this sign holds a grudge, they also remember kindness just as vividly and will be a devoted partner to those who earn their loyalty.

Man

The Scorpio Man

  • Passionate and romantic
  • Intellectual and philosophical
  • Need to feel they’re in control of the relationship
  • Hide their feelings
  • Intriguing 
  • Loyal
  • Don’t flirt
  • Over-indulgent
  • Tactless
  • Possessive
  • Quick-tempered and lash out when hurt
  • Hold grudges

The Scorpio Woman

  • Alluring and easily attract attention
  • Passionate and devoted
  • Need respect
  • Can keep secrets
  • Honest to a fault
  • Supportive
  • Like luxury
  • Make sacrifices to get what they want
  • Refuse to be taken for granted
  • Proud and do not like to be teased
  • Need to be dominant in a relationship
  • Throw temper tantrums
  • Intensely jealous

The Scorpio Child

  • Willful, strong, and uncompromising
  • Need discipline
  • Physically affectionate
  • Sensitive to moods and atmospheres
  • Stick up for their friends
  • Energetic
  • Ambitious
  • Flirty
  • Inconsiderate
  • Critical
  • Keep secrets
  • Throw temper tantrums
  • Vengeful
  • Take risks

Love Compatibility

Scorpio Compatibility

As a Water sign, Scorpios have a deep well of emotions. Because of this, their partner must understand the intensity of this sign’s feelings and form a true, honest emotional connection with them. 

Similarly, anyone pursuing a Scorpio needs to understand that this sign can gravitate towards moodiness. It would be necessary for a partner to remember that this sign will remember anything said or done during a fight. Patience is key. 

How to Get Scorpio's Attention

Scorpios tend to be secretive when it comes to showing affection. When a Scorpio sign finds someone they are interested in, they can’t let you go.

They make the first move to initiate the connection. Pass this test to earn their loyalty. A successful relationship with Scorpio will lead to an intense and passionate life together.

Career & Money: Scorpio at Work

Scorpio’s greatest gift is their powerful intuition. They can spot a faker a mile away, which is why Scorpio is called the “zodiac detective.” Investigative fields are great jobs for this sign.

Scorpios will also do well in fields their intuition is required, excelling in jobs like marketing or communication because they are more in-tune with what others might think and feel.

Scorpio is not a sign to accept failure, so jobs where they can control their destiny are ideal. Answering to others is not exactly their forte.

Additionally, this sign likes work that is different every day but structured so that they know precisely how to succeed. As a Fixed sign, once a Scorpio sets their mind on winning, they are unstoppable. 

Birthstones

The birthstone for Scorpio is the Topaz. Topaz is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Pluto, and wearing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem. 

In addition, the best crystals/gemstones for Scorpio are:

These gemstones improve strength, release tension, and balance emotions.

Influential Scorpio People & Celebrities

These are some famous Scorpio people:
 
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Bill Gates
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Julia Roberts
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Katy Perry
  • Anne Hathaway
  •  Ryan Reynolds
  • Drake
  • Adam Driver
  • Kris Jenner
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Emma Stone
  • Ciara
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