Scorpio’s symbol is aptly the Scorpion: a nocturnal creature that, quite frankly, wants to run and hide as opposed to giving warm cuddles. But such is the nature of Scorpios: One moment, they make you want to get close and snuggle up, and the next, they do or say something that stings you right to your core.
It is said that the stinger in the symbol or glyph of the Scorpion is an indication of Scorpio’s insatiable sexual appetite. Whatever it may be, it’s clear that to mess with Scorpios is to risk the intense bite they have if you’re not careful.
Scorpions are not afraid of the dark, shadowy spaces. In fact, they prefer them and will often hide under rocks, logs, or buried holes during the day—coming out only once the sun has set. Now, if you’ve ever met a Scorpio, you already know that if it’s not deep, they’re not interested. Scorpios crave going into the shadowy spaces within themselves, as well as those close to them. They need to understand what makes you tick and how you became who you are.
That one friend that always calls you on your BS? Scorpio rising. Scorpio rising or Scorpio ascendant people don’t entertain superficiality. This is a rising sign that craves depth and has an intuition that’s almost intimidating. There is a power and confidence to them that can feel overwhelming, or oftentimes, intriguing to others.
Ruled by the planets Mars (planet of war, aggression, and sex) and Pluto (the planet of death, transformation, and sex), there’s a reason people are lured in by their captivating charisma, while being simultaneously terrified of their straightforward demeanor. Scorpio risings are natural researchers; they love to dive deep and want to know everything about the people they hold dearest.
But they also happen to be the most private rising sign. So, while they expect you to share your soul and deepest secrets with them over a glass of wine, they also expect you to respect their privacy and decision to keep their secrets to themselves. Hypocritical? Yes, but with reason. Pluto, one of their chart rulers, is a planet that also represents power. Knowledge is power. The more you know about a Scorpio rising, the more you can use against them. Make sense?
There is no shortage of intensity when it comes to Scorpio moon placements. This is a moon sign that seeks emotional intensity in all of their interactions. The moon in Scorpio is actually in “fall,” or in one of the moon’s least comfortable placements. The moon in the birth chart rules our comfort and stability, but when it shows up in Scorpio, there is very little of that, which leads to uncomfortable or unnerving feelings. Some of Scorpio’s shadow sides or tendencies can easily crop up with this placement, and Scorpio moon natives can oftentimes find themselves leaning into their shadow sides: jealousy, the need for control, power struggles, and even manipulation.
Scorpio rules the psyche and parts that we keep hidden from others—there’s a natural interest in the psychological and an ability to perform thorough research on any topic. As Scorpio is also the sign of death, rebirth, and regeneration, we can see that play out in the emotional lives of Scorpio moon placements. The desire to seek out emotionally charged situations and people. Why? Well, Scorpio is an incredibly resilient zodiac sign, and Scorpio can have an unconscious need to test his or her own strength over and over again through challenging situations.
At first impression, Scorpio is mysterious. A closed book. And most of this is carefully designed. Scorpios don’t like to reveal who they really are until they know and trust someone. And even then, it’s a tossup whether or not they’ll divulge their innermost secrets. Most don’t reveal everything about themselves, even to the person closest to them.
When getting to know new people, water sign Scorpio wades in slowly. Scorpio natives often observe people from a distance, sizing them up before they even meet. Scorpions are part of the arachnid family, which are nocturnal animals that attack and paralyze their prey. Sounds familiar to how many people feel after meeting a Scorpio, right? They don’t like to show that side of themselves, but they will get out their stinger if and when necessary.
Once you reach their inner circle, however, Scorpio is known to be an extremely loyal person who would do almost anything for anyone they care about. They do excel at mind games, however, and they’ll win any staring contest they’re challenged to! Their eyes hold a world of hypnotic magic, and they can and will penetrate your soul if given the chance.
You won’t often hear a Scorpio brag about what they do well, so here is a list of the strengths that define their impressive character.
Determined: If you want help getting the job done, you’ll want a Scorpio in your corner. Scorpios don’t give up until they accomplish their goals. Persistent to a fault, Scorpios won’t back down until they’re sure all avenues have been exhausted.
Resourceful: When Scorpio natives wants (or needs) to know something, they leave no stone unturned. They have a natural curiosity and an innate sense of where to find information, and they make excellent use of technology. The term “Google it” is not wasted on Scorpio.
Courageous: Scorpios aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in, and they’ll stand proudly all alone if no one else is in their corner. They’re already an independent sign, and their courage is a natural extension of that.
Loyal: Once you’ve managed to win a Scorpio’s loyalty, you benefit from it for life. Unless you screw up. And even if you do, Scorpios will probably give you a second chance—but only one. Scorpio takes his or her close relationships very, very seriously, and will offer friendship for a lifetime if the person has earned it.
Competitive: If you challenge a Scorpio to a competition, be prepared for an all-out fight. Scorpios do not like to lose, even if the stakes are low. It’s the principal of winning that they’re addicted to mostly and they don’t like to be embarrassed.
Determined: Scorpios are rarely confused about what they want, and they’ll go to great lengths to get it. Once given a task, Scorpio will use all his or her resources to accomplish it.
Confident: Scorpios are extremely confident in their own abilities, and they take being the master of their own fate very seriously. At work, Scorpios are very self-motivated and often believe they know the best way to do something without being told or taught.
Focused: When Scorpios want something, they go for it. Once they set their mind on a goal, they don’t come up for air until they accomplish it.
Organized: Scorpio is extremely organized in the workplace, both in thought and in the physical sense. Even if their work areas don’t look particularly neat from the outside, you can bet that Scorpio knows where every important piece of paper is!
Reliable: Scorpio is a boss, coworker, or employee that you want in your corner! Scorpio isn’t in the business of letting anyone down. Scorpio natives don’t like to be seen as weak, which is why they are one of the most reliable signs around.
Accountant: While Scorpio can be good with numbers in certain settings, the practice of accounting is typically too dry and methodical for most Scorpios to enjoy doing on an ongoing basis.
Traveling Sales: Salespeople in general have to have an upbeat, lively energy to be successful. This doesn’t fit the introverted Scorpio personality very well at all. Because Scorpios are a fixed zodiac sign, traveling isn’t too appealing to them either.
Self-Promotor: Scorpios are great at talking to other people up, but when it comes to themselves? Not as much. As confident as Scorpios are in their abilities, they like for others to recognize it on their own without having to brag about themselves.
Politician: While Scorpios do succeed in positions of power, being the in the public eye just isn’t all that desirable to them. At all. And the part about all of their dirty laundry becoming public knowledge? Forget it.
Performer: While Scorpios can be perfectly at home on a live stage, they usually don’t seek it out. They’re perfectly happy to remain behind-the-scenes, doing important work that supports the “star” of the show.
Scorpio’s reputation as the darkest sign didn’t come about for no reason! Scorpio is closely associated with the unknown, the underworld, and magic. Scorpio natives’ intuition is the stuff of legends. Scorpios have the reputation of being dark or negative, but that’s mainly because some of their psychic abilities are misunderstood.
Scorpio’s connection with the spirit world is partly based on their rulership of the eighth house of death and regeneration. In modern astrology, this zodiac sign is ruled by Pluto, a planet associated with Hades, the god of the underworld, and is closely aligned with post-death experiences like reincarnation. Many Scorpios believe that we move on to higher forms after death and, because of this, Scorpios make excellent professional mediums, psychics, and séance leaders.
Scorpio rules the reproductive organs in the body, and sun sign Scorpios should pay special attention to any aches, pain, or infections in these areas. Scorpios are usually very healthy signs and are able to overcome a lot of various ailments. This isn’t an excuse to wait too long to address a certain symptom. That can be their biggest health downfall. Early detection and regular wellness checks are good things for Scorpios to focus on health-wise. Luckily, because Scorpio is fascinated by how things work, this zodiac sign is often very proactive when it comes to his or her own body.
Scorpios are interested in learning all they can about improving themselves, and are often into alternative methods of healing like Reiki, acupuncture, and hypnosis to uncover their body’s natural powers. As the eighth zodiac sign, Scorpio is associated with rebirth and regeneration, and most are born with outstanding self-healing abilities.
Scorpios are dedicated money makers and like to set financial goals for themselves and/or their families. They do pretty well on a budget, but they do like to splurge occasionally when they feel they deserve it. Because Scorpios tend to get addicted to things easily, they can become shopaholics if they don’t put that famous Scorpio willpower into place. They are generally good savers and like to have a nice stash of money put away for a rainy day.
Scorpios rule the eighth house, which includes other people’s property and large sums of money, and can be an indication that Scorpios often inherit money and property. They take pride from being named in wills and know that it’s a great honor for others to think of them in this way. Because of their trustworthy natures, they are often named executors of wills, and can be very successful in careers that involve working with other people’s large fortunes.