Zodiac Sign Scorpio

© 2000, 2012 Curtis Manwaring

Scorpio the scorpion Scorpio - Oct 23 - Nov 21: the scorpion. Keyword: "I Desire". In the cycle after Libra, after the first mature realization of what relationships with others produces, comes awareness of motivation. The planet of action and motivation, Mars, administers for this sign. In Aries, Mars represented personal action without regard for the concerns of others. In Scorpio, actions are scripted and tailored with others in mind. These 2 signs do not aspect (aspect is a Greek word meaning "to look") eachother and are therefore in aversion. Because they do not see eachother, the action becomes invisible. In other words these actions express in a way that is in aversion to the Aries forthright and spontaneous way of acting, therefore producing a hidden agenda. This is the reason why so many consider this sign treacherous. According to Valens:

"Those so born are treacherous, knavish, rapacious, murderous, traitors, unchangeable, those who are liable to have their belongings taken away, secretive plotters, theives, perjured, desirious of the things of others, privy to murders or sorcery or malicious doings, haters of their own families." [11]

There is a better and more noble side to this sign. It is also possible that the actions could be in aversion to the self. In other words, selfless action. Modern astrologers have said that Pluto, god of the underworld, takes us on a path through death and rebirth, symbolized by the eagle that dies, and from the ashes arises the phoenix. In Christianity, this takes the form of the sacrifice on the cross by Jesus and being reborn in the Holy Spirit.

When the Scorpion has the times for fortune, one is prone to waste and excessive expendature. It is an indication of going through supplies quickly and using what one has carelessly particularly in a day chart. In some cases it can indicate injury or diseases to the groin or reproductive organs, particularly if the Scorpion is the 6th or 8th sign counting from the lot of fortune and the chart is diurnal. If the chart is nocturnal, it can indicate financial success by hidden or subversive means particularly if Scorpio is an angular sign counting from fortune. In most cases, there is a imbalance in financial matters and one may be subject to financial extremes (either riches or poverty). A sense of inequity and unfairness seems to be part of ones luck and one comes to realize that fools and parasites often profit heavily while the diligent expernence losses for years of hard work. There is little moderation between these extremes at this time.

When the Scorpion has the times for reputation (spirit), one is prone to secrecy, cunning and hidden actions. In a night chart this trait is emphasized more than in a day chart and also becomes more prevalent if the times are angular with regard to the lot of fortune. If the chart is eminent and Mars is present, particularly if this sign is the 10th one counting from fortune (or at least angular) one achieves peak respect during the times and will be widely known in the matters that pertain to the military, police, or rise in rank in such institutions or will advance in the technologies serving such institutions. If the chart is not eminent, and malefics cast their rays into the sign without the testimony of benefics, it indicates damage to reputation due to rash actions or ill considered strategies to get ahead.

More information on each of the planets in Scorpio:

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The MoonMoon


11. Vettius Valens, The Anthology, Book 1, pg 14. Translated by Robert Schmidt.