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Element: Water

Quality: Fixed

Polarity: Yin/Feminine

Ruling Planet: Pluto, historically Mars

Tarot Key: The Death

Sun] in Scorpio: from about 23rd October to the 21st November

Cultural: Death cults, All Saints' Day (Allhallows), halloween, shrovetide

Physical: Pelvis, sexual organs, large intestine and rectum

Star constellation: Scorpio

Mythology of the Constellation

The myths connected with Scorpio are closely related to the primitive hunter Orion who was both libidinous and a keen hunter. After he raped his mother in law he was blinded by her husband King Oinopion but regained his sight with the help of the divine blacksmith Hephaistos. He then immediately went about avenging himself by attacking all of nature. Artemis, goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals Moon, was so worried that Orion would destroy the animal kingdom that she created a giant scorpion which killed Orion with one sting. In another version, it is said that Artemis created the scorpion in self defence because Orion tried to rape her. Whatever the case, the primitive hunter was killed by a creature that is itself considered to be one of the oldest and most primitive creatures. Because of their animosity towards each other, the constellations of Orion and Scorpio never appear in the night sky at the same time.


Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac. It is also considered to be one of the most enigmatic signs due to the wide variety of ways in which it can find expression.

Whether a Scorpio person feels driven by instincts or takes on the form of a phoenix and rises to the highest heights, he/she is always able to go through a process of regeneration and start something completely new. This individual lives passionately and intensely but it requires a high level of maturity in order not to destroy those things he/she covets or loves the most.

Individuals with an emphasis of this sign tend towards extremes of behaviour. Their motto is often 'everything or nothing'! Others are rarely aware of their intensity of feelings because no matter how much they might be simmering inside they can put on a calm facade. Their intensity often drives them to devote themselves totally to any social causes they feel passionate about, and they tend to make a dramatic impression while doing so.

They are interested in anything which seems profound or mysterious, for taboo themes and the depths of being. Their interest is awakened where others turn away in horror or disgust.

The subject of power in all its subtle and covert forms is of great significance. They may believe that by manipulating others they have have power over them, but this only leads them into the very state of dependency they so dread.

Finally, Scorpio individuals possess great powers of healing with which they can help not only themselves but also others.

Planets and axes in the sign of Scorpio have a profound and intense quality.

Scorpio and Taurus are both passionate signs, but whereas Taurus is passionate about experiencing the sensual aspects of life, Scorpio is passionately interested in getting to the bottom of existence. The water signs of Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio are all very intuitive and empathic. Cancerians are very empathic towards their loved ones. Scorpio can sense where others are vulnerable and use this ability to either hurt or heal. Pisces feels at one with all of humanity and ultimately nature itself. Scorpio can learn valuable lessons from the two signs that stand archetypally in square to it: From Leo, Scorpio can learn to express its innate energies, and from Aquarius it can learn to use these in a constructive manner for the good of society.

The sign of Scorpio in the view of Johfra Bosschart.

Uranus is exalted in Scorpio, Venus in detriment and the Moon in fall.

See also



  1. From Liber Astronomicus by Guido Bonatus, 1491.