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Star Signs Explained: Scorpio

Last Updated: August 17th, 2023

Scorpio Star Sign

Scorpio Star Sign Introduction

Those born between October 23rd and November 21st are born under the reputed most powerful sign of the zodiac, Scorpio. Continuing our on-going theme, we will be taking an in-depth look at the Scorpio star sign, discussing its history and mythology as well as the unique traits of a Scorpio.

Basic Facts

Element: Water

Ruling Planet: Pluto & Mars

Symbol: The Scorpion

Crystals: Topaz, Turquoise and Ruby

Colours: Blue/Green and Deep Red

Plant/Flower: Ivy and Cactus


Protective, Moody, Tenacious, Secretive, Compassionate, Cunning, Dynamic and Ruthless.

History & Mythology

The history of the Scorpio star sign is rooted in Greek mythology. Which suggests that the original Scorpion was associated with the hunter Orion. Orion often threatened that he was capable of exterminating all wild beasts. However the Goddess of the earth Gaia learnt of Orion’s bragging. So, sent a giant scorpion with impenetrable armour to punish him for his arrogance. The scorpion stung Orion to death. Then at the request of Goddess Artemis, Zeus gave Orion and the Scorpion a place in the sky amongst the stars. 

Personality Traits

Scorpios are a mysterious bunch and there is much more to them than meets the eye. They are extremely sensitive and have extraordinary emotional depths. However, they are careful not to show any hurt or weakness in themselves to others. They are very observant and sharp minded and there are few things that will escape their notice. They love to be in control!

Like their mascots, it is hard to penetrate Scorpios protective outer layer. You may never truly get to know the real them. They are extremely secretive, and are very capable of hiding their true thoughts and opinions from others. They are often their own worst enemy and have a strong fear of failure. Scorpios struggle to trust people and if they are hurt they tend to bear grudges, rarely forgiving or forgetting. Scorpios are constantly trying to understand their emotions through finding a deeper purpose in life.

Scorpio Strengths

A generous personality, is in Scorpios nature, they are hospitable to friends and well liked for helping and giving consideration to others, and a joke or two is likely. They like to offer advice and support, and will do so if asked even to those they don’t know very well. Good friends are treated just as if they are family. To those that are important to them, they can be trusted with private information, they will not gossip and will give good counsel on problems at hand.

Scorpio Weaknesses

The downside to Scorpio being able to keep a secret, is that they like knowing secrets about you. It often seems like they have a sixth sense about these things, and can read your motives and your likely secrets before you have told them! If you are not a person that wants another to know your inner-most thoughts, then a relationship with Scorpio is ill-advised. Scorpio does like to feel that they are dominant, and they like to exert control over others. They can be a bit prickly, and also compulsive and obsessive.

Scorpio at Work

Scorpios are ambitious and determined, and their love of control makes them great doctors, lawyers, and leaders. They are natural problem solvers in the workplace, and are quick learners. They excel at heading up a team, and exude a calmness that rubs off on others. In return they expect loyalty. They are compassionate to others concerns and will solve difficult problems.

As self-motivated characters, they need little management, they do not accept failure as an option, and will take criticism if it will let them achieve their end goals. Any occupation that sees them getting to the heart of complex matters would suit. It is essential to their long-term wellbeing, that they feel they are moving forward and achieving something.

Scorpio and Love

Nobody needs to love or be loved like a Scorpio; however, at the same time they like their independence and are perfectly suited to being by themselves.

Scorpios are not one for showing affection in public, but they are passionate in their feelings – drawing another to them like a magnet. The Scorpio star sign are possessive, although they will work hard not to show this dependence to the loved one.

Scorpians will expect their partner to show their feelings, and be both loyal and faithful. They are not ones for big romantic gestures, but expect genuine tenderness on a day-to-day basis.

It is important that the partner show Scorpio that they know how lucky they are! If things turn bad, then don’t expect Scorpio to either forget or forgive. They are much more likely to turn to scorpion characteristics of revenge.

Scorpio and Family

Scorpios are faithful to family, and fulfil family obligations wholeheartedly. Just like with friends they expect loyalty in return, and just because you are family, you will not be cut any slack if you disappoint a Scorpio.

No one will mistake that Scorpio is a force to be reckoned with, they will ensure their place within the family dynamic. As children they may not share easily, but never the less strong bonds are formed with siblings and extended family members that carry into adulthood, albeit with rivalry showing through now and then.

Scorpio and Friends

As friends, you will find if you are true to a Scorpio, you will gain an amazingly loyal and honest friend for life.

Scorpios are not overly needy, they pick their friends well and want them to share in their best moments. They love a night out on the town, and will include friends in big celebrations. You wouldn’t classify them as high maintenance, you can go a while without talking, and when you do catch up it will be like no time has passed at all.

In a crisis Scorpios are good to turn to, and they will always offer help and support. This should be reserved for the major problems, and not for the day-to-day niggles of life.

Famous Scorpios

Unsurprisingly, celebrity Scorpios tend to shy away from public attention and are incredibly protective over their private lives. These celebrities are dynamic performers. But, i’s unlikely you’ll see notable Scorpios Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway or Julia Roberts starring in their own reality show anytime soon!

Discover More

Discover what is in store for you this month by visiting our monthly Scorpio horoscopes page.

Our Psychic Readers are especially talented in astrology and may be able to tell you more about what the future holds for you as a Scorpio.

You can also explore Scorpios compatibility with other star signs.

Posted: 25/01/2019

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