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SCORPIO (the scorpion)   Oct 24 - Nov 22

qualityfixedglyphscorpion's tail
elementwater   and its sting
principlepassivenatural sign ofeighth house
rulerPlutoopposite signTaurus
anatomythe genitals, bladder, rectum, reproductive organs
key phraseI desirekeywordintensity

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Fire Signs:   Aries, Mar 21 - Apr 19   Leo, Jul 23 - Aug 22   Sagittarius, Nov 23 - Dec 21
Earth Signs:   Taurus, Apr 20 - May 20   Virgo, Aug 23 - Sep 22   Capricorn, Dec 22 - Jan 20
Air Signs:   Gemini, May 21 - Jun 21   Libra, Sep 23 - Oct 23   Aquarius, Jan 21 - Feb 19
Water Signs:   Cancer, Jun 22 - Jul 22   Scorpio, Oct 24 - Nov 22   Pisces, Feb 20 - Mar 20
  • Sun in Scorpio:
    Quiet, deep, emotionally complex and intensely private, you are not a person who is easy to get to know and understand.   You are extremely sensitive but disinclined to show it, and you allow only a special few into your inner world.   Like a wary animal, you are cautious and mistrustful of those you do not know until you "sniff them out".   You are very, very instinctive and intuitive.   You usually have a strong, immediate gut reaction to people, even though you may be unable to clearly articulate why you feel as you do.   Your feelings and perceptions go deeper than words.
  • You also have a powerful need for deep emotional involvement and you form very intense love bonds and attachments.   You are possessive and often jealous of anyone or anything that you perceive as a threat to your bond with someone you love.   When you commit yourself to someone or something, you are wholeheartedly devoted and expect complete loyalty in return.   You merge with or "marry" the person you love at a very deep level and therefore separations are extremely painful for you, and often stormy and nasty.   When you have been wounded, you are not inclined to turn the other cheek and will retaliate if at all possible.   Certainly, you will never forget the injury and often you harbour grievances and resentments for a long, long time.   Forgiveness does not come easily to you.
  • Whatever you do, you do with passion and fervour, and you often go to extremes.   You are either hot or cold, never lukewarm about anything.   You can also be very narrow: either you are 100% involved in something or else it does not exist for you at all.   Rarely are you emotionally detached and objective. You definitely have a fanatical streak.   You are also immensely strong-willed and your tenacity in pursuing your objectives often borders on being obsessive.   Fierce pride, courage, and emotional strength are yours in abundance.
  • You love mysteries and are deeply attracted to the hidden, dark, secret side of life.   You never take things at face value and are always probing beneath the surface of people and situations to discover what is REALLY going on.   You tend to be more of a cynic than an idealist.
  • The essence is transformation, and it is inherently mystical.   This is not the mysticism of Christianity, which is primarily otherworldly, ascetic, and self-denying.   It is a mysticism that sees the power of transformation at work in ordinary reality.   Rather than deny the physical universe in order to transcend it, Scorpio will immerse itself in physicality and even drown in it in order to go beyond it.
  • Scorpio is the first sign to be aware of the heights and depths of the universe.   Feeling the relative nature of all things, it will freely declare there is no difference between good and evil, and be misunderstood as a result.   Scorpio sees living as a series of deaths and resurrections, and instead of trying to avoid these experiences it will plunge into them headlong in order to experience the revivification that results.
  • On an ordinary level, this manifests as Scorpio's fondness for living intensely.   Nothing is to be done superficially.   Obviously, Scorpio is a dramatic sign, one that loves emotion even while it appears pained by its own experiences.   It is better for Scorpio to feel bad than to feel nothing.
  • Concomitantly, Scorpio loves mysteries.   It enjoys digging into the depths of any issue or person to find out what is going on inside.   As a consequence, Scorpio is associated with investigation, research, and psychotherapy - the last, for two reasons, the probing of the psyche and the opportunity to assist in an individual's self-transformation.
  • Whether in criticism or in envy, Scorpio is often called an extremely sexy sign.   But if one is referring to the simple enjoyment of sex, Scorpio is not necessarily sexy.   In fact, the sign is capable of denying itself sex altogether.   Yet there is a relationship between Scorpio and sexuality.   It is not the search for pleasure that brings a Scorpio to sex, it is the search for transcendence.   The orgasm offers one of the few experiences of ego death and self-transcendence that is accessible to the ordinary human being.   And it is characteristic of Scorpio that this is also one of the few experiences where ego death and supreme ego gratification are experienced at the same time.   Scorpio does not feel the need to separate the two as much as other signs do.   To a Scorpio, no matter how attractive and sexy the partner is in other respects, love that does not contain drama and emotional intensity will not endure.
  • Although the above portrait is fundamentally true to the nature of the sign, it is not an especially accurate portrait of the typical Scorpio. The typical Scorpio often does not appear especially prepossessing or dramatic.   More than most signs, Scorpios have a tendency to look ordinary, and they can be easily overlooked - that is until a confrontation.   Then it is discovered that running close after Taurus, Scorpio is the second most fixed sign in the zodiac, and it is the only water sign that will fight.   In fact, it will even enjoy fighting, for fighting is another way for the individual to enjoy a peak experience.   War continues partly because it allows people to live at the height of their abilities.   The Scorpio, especially, enjoys this.   Like the other water signs, Scorpio is sensitive and easily hurt by others, but unlike Cancer and Pisces, Scorpio will fight, often fiercely, when hurt.
  • Scorpio's outstanding difficulty with others is the height and depth of its understanding.   Much of the emotion Scorpio feels is extremely primitive and does not lend itself to verbal communication and intellectual analysis.   Also, much of its knowledge is not easily communicated because it is beyond most people's understanding.   When Scorpios try to communicate what they see, understand, or feel, they are often badly misunderstood.   They then tend to keep silent because the misunderstanding that results from silence is better than the misunderstanding that comes from failed communication.   Less secure Scorpios may react to the misunderstanding by blaming themselves and concluding that they are rotten inside.   Burdened by a sense of inward decay and corruption, they do not realise that the "evil" thoughts they harbour are quite often felt, if a bit less intensely, by others as well.   From all this comes Scorpio's reputation for secrecy.
  • All the above may result in Scorpio seeming self-involved and brooding.   Because of the fixed nature of the sign, neither negative nor positive feelings die away rapidly.   This is why many writers have described Scorpio as a sign that seeks revenge, one that will harbour long-term grudges.   But Scorpio is also slow to anger.   If others do not repeat hurts or add insult upon insult, Scorpio is no more vengeful or grudging than any other sign.