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Scorpio in the Complete Horoscope

The Scorpion Zodiac Sign in Classical Astrology

Scorpio Zodiac sign in Astrology
The Scorpio Zodiac sign glyph. Ink calligraphy by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see it enlarged.

Scorpio, the Scorpion, is the eighth sign of the zodiac. The sun enters it on or around October 23, when the autumn arrives.

       Scorpio belongs to the element water, its quality is fixed and its charge is negative. Its Ruler is Pluto, and Neptune exalts in it. Its motto is: "I wish." In the horoscope chart, the zodiac sign Scorpio brings a mysterious and unsettling character to planets and astrological houses therein.

       Please observe that the text on this webpage is about the role of the Scorpio zodiac sign in the complete horoscope chart, and not just its meaning as a star sign, also called sun sign (when the sun was in Scorpio at the time of your birth).

Your Scorpio Zodiac Sign

The sun, the basis of Zodiac sign astrology. Woodcut. Those who have Scorpio as their zodiac sign (star sign) are born when the sun was in Scorpio, normally October 23 - November 21 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more adequately - called the sun sign.

       Observe that it's just one of the many components of the complete horoscope chart. Nowadays, star sign astrology is much more widespread and common than readings based on the classical birth chart, but the latter is what astrology is really all about.

       The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It is your basic drive.

       If your sun sign is Scorpio, you are a secretive person, who enjoys strong emotions lived out through others - but yourself, you are quite restrained. A key word for Scorpio is passion, but it must be understood that passion is so strong a feeling that it can hardly be expressed. It is suppressed. Under the surface and deep inside, that's where your passion roams.

The Father of Scorpio

The sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon).

       If you have the sun in Scorpio, your relation to your father is one of uncertainty and inexplicable tension. None of you shows it, but there are worries and frustrations between you, as well as countless questions never asked aloud. You know how to play on your father's emotions, causing numbers of his outbursts, and that you do enjoy. But your father, too, knows how to get on your nerves.

Scorpio, by Hevelius.

       For more about your sun sign in Zodiac sign astrology, see the link further down this page.

The Planets in Scorpio

The planets and astrological points are the active forces in the horoscope chart, the energies by which we are able to act. As such, each has its own characteristics, but they are influenced by the zodiac sign they occupy. When a planet or other point of the horoscope is in Scorpio, it is also affected by the zodiac sign, getting something of its character. Here are those planets and astrological points, what they stand for in the complete horoscope chart, and how they are affected by the zodiac sign Scorpio:

The planet symbols (glyphs).

Planet symbols (glyphs). From left to right: sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ascendant, Medium Coeli, moon node.

  • Sun   basic drive - Scorpio brings secrecy and inner passion.

  • Moon   longing - Scorpio brings a need for excitement and the unexpected.

  • Mercury   curiosity - Scorpio brings confusing thoughts and speaking between the lines.

  • Venus   affection - Scorpio brings an attraction for the bizarre and a talent for fascinating others.

  • Mars   aggression - Scorpio brings destructive impulses and a temper that others dread.

  • Jupiter   luck - Scorpio brings surprises, both good and bad, but always intense.

  • Saturn   duty - Scorpio brings strange morals, or none, and many complications.

  • Uranus   contemplation - Scorpio brings an understanding of the incomprehensible, and an interest in anything mysterious.

  • Neptune   fantasy - Scorpio brings a weird imagination, and a rich fantasy favoring the unthinkable.

  • Pluto   catharsis - Scorpio brings a sense of doom, but little evident change, and still a kind of metamorphosis.

  • Ascendant, AC   attitude - Scorpio brings a secretive, intriguing attitude.

  • Medium Coeli, MC   self-image - Scorpio brings a sense of being unable to understand oneself, and kind of enjoying it.

The Houses in Scorpio

The astrological Houses are life environments, different sections of what constitutes our everyday reality. The Zodiac signs bring their characteristics to the Houses, influencing the environments described by them. Here are the twelve Houses, what they stand for, and how the Zodiac sign Scorpio affects them:

  1. Identity - Scorpio makes you seem secretive and complicated.

  2. Resources - Scorpio makes your material situation insecure.

  3. Communication - Scorpio makes you unknown to your friends, and your studies confused.

  4. Home - Scorpio makes your home a bit strange and your family edgy.

  5. Pastime - Scorpio makes you lustful and your pastimes odd.

  6. Work - Scorpio makes your work peculiar and your skills unusual.

  7. Partners - Scorpio makes your relations passionate, but also tense.

  8. Unknown - Scorpio makes you fascinated by the mysterious and the unpredictable.

  9. Travel - Scorpio makes you both long for and fear changes in life, and you travel to exotic places.

  10. Career - Scorpio makes you a constant wild card in your social setting, your goals a mystery to others.

  11. Ideals - Scorpio makes you have little belief in ideals, and the ones you have are unconventional.

  12. Shortcomings - Scorpio makes it hard for you to keep things to yourself, and to live out your passions.

Scorpio in General

Of course, all of the above is very general, mainly to give you an idea of how the Scorpio zodiac sign works in the horoscope and influences its different components. You need to study your complete horoscope chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation.

Scorpio - Scorpion. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

Scorpio - Scorpion. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

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