Zodiac - Scorpio
The Astronomy of Scorpio
Scorpio is one of 12 constellations that lie on the ecliptic, known jointly as the Zodiac. It is located between Libra and Sagittarius on the ecliptic, and is also bounded to the north and south by Lupus, Ophiuchus and Corona Australis.
It has a Right Ascension (RA) of 17 hours, and a Declination (Dec) of -25 degrees. (RA is the sky's equivalent of Longtitude, and Dec is equivalent to Latitude).
It is most visible in the early Summer, particularly during June which is when it is at it's highest in the sky.
It can be found by going south east from Libra and looking out for the brightest star in the constellation - Antares. This star's name means 'like Mars', and was presumably given because of its reddish-orange colour that is very similar to that of Mars.
It contains 4 galaxies that can be seen using good binoculars, or a small telescope, one of which should even be visible to the naked eye on clear nights as a small fuzzy star.
The Mythology of Scorpio
Scorpio is the scorpion that killed the great hunter Orion, and was placed in the sky as far from the hunter as possible (presumably to avoid eternal conflict between the two).
There are 2 distinct versions of this death, and Eratosthenes actually cites both. Within his description of Orion, he states that the Earth sent the scorpion after Orion to counter his boast that he could defeat any wild beast. However, in his details about Scorpio itself, he says that Orion had tried to take the huntress Artemis, and as a result she sent the scorpion to protect herself. A slight variation of this second tale has Apollo sending the scorpion instead.
The Astrology of Scorpio
Ruling planet is Pluto
Traditional Scorpio Qualities: Determined, powerful, tenacious, persevering, traditional, devotional, loyal, intuitive, forceful, emotional, sensitive, passionate, exciting and magnetic.
The Sun enters the Zodiacal Sign of Scorpio around October 21st, but it does not come into full power until about October 27th. People born between October 21st - 27th are also influenced to some extent by Libra, from the 27th onwards Scorpio is in full strength until November 20th. Over the following seven days Scorpio gradually loses its strength on account of becoming overlapped by the incoming sign Sagittarius. This should be taken into account when character and fortune are being estimated. Scorpio is a negative and watery sign, yet it is ruled by the fiery planet Mars. In mythology Scorpio is often associated with the God Hades, Lord of the Underworld. The scorpion holds enough venom in its tail to kill animals much larger than itself and it is this aspect that holds a hidden meaning. The problem with built-in biological weaponry is that it must be mastered in order to be used most effectively. The Water element symbolizes the deep flowing waters of emotion. Scorpios can use their sting in self-defense, using their powerful emotional awareness to render their opponent harmless. However, until Scorpio learns to exercise self control they may find themselves in uncomfortable situations. Scorpio is the only sign with three animal totems, three creatures who represent the evolving life force in its developmental stages. The well-known Scorpion, (ice) as the Scorpion learns to master its passion and learns to hold its instincts at bay by not being reactive to situations, it becomes the serpent or dragon (water) or the shedding of skin and transformation. In its third form, the Scorpion becomes the Eagle, with perfect vision and excellent perspective, it flies high above the surface of circumstances (steam). The real meaning of Scorpio is thus shown; Scorpio is about metamorphosis. Scorpio transforms the painful poisons of possessive passion and reactive behavior into a higher consciousness based on unity and universal love.
Scorpio Characteristics: Subjects of Scorpio are a cacophony of extremes and contradictions, they are difficult to pigeonhole and have perhaps the strangest personalities of all. Powerfully magnetic and brimming with energy, they are emotionally intense while subtle and involved in their actions and thoughts and can also be very secretive. They learn early on not to express everything as others may be scared by the power of your feelings, the power of will that they are capable of exerting over others is enormous. They desperately wish to have someone merge with their feelings, but can become cold and withdrawn when hurt in love. The deep flowing waters of Scorpio emotion is fixed and frozen, nevertheless ice does flow and with great force. A glacier moves very slowly, yet with enough power to carve great mountain ranges and deep valleys. Subjects of Scorpio can display a haughty, vain and self-satisfied side and have little hesitation in displaying their contempt with harsh and cutting words. They love to impress and 'shock' people by some means of dramatic and unexpected action, often of an unpleasant nature. Secretive, willful and fanatically obstinate Scorpios are the most intense, profound, powerful characters in the zodiac. Even when they appear self-controlled and calm there is a seething intensity of emotional energy under the placid exterior. In conventional social gatherings they are pleasant company, thoughtful in conversation, dignified, and reserved, affable and courteous. In their everyday behavior they may appear withdrawn from the center of activity, yet those who know them will recognize the watchfulness that is part of their character. Subjects of Scorpio need to exercise self-discipline since they are deeply sensitive and easily moved by their emotions. Their tenacity and willpower are immense, their depth of character and passionate conviction overwhelming, they are seldom discouraged and can meet the most crushing blows without flinching as they always know when and how to conceal their emotions. Sensitive and with propensity for extreme likes and dislikes they are easily hurt and quick to detect insult or injury to themselves (often when none is intended) and easily aroused to ferocious anger. The manner in which they express anger can be so destructive that they make lifelong enemies. They find it difficult not to be overly critical of anything or anyone to whom they take a dislike. Their abundant energy can be used very constructively, and can temper their self confidence with shrewdness and their ambition with magnanimity toward others, albeit they like them since they are quite capable of expressing vindictiveness in deliberate cruelty. They often expect too much and rarely forgive the faults that the find in others, perhaps because they are not aware of the shortcomings within themselves. They tend to extravagantly express their self-disgust in unreasonable resentment against their fellows. Nevertheless subjects of Scorpio make excellent friends, as long as their friends do nothing to impugn them, however they may discard friends once they cease to be useful, those of a developed nature fight against this tendency. The more developed tend to be idealists and humanitarians at heart and are willing to come to the defense of others who they consider weak or oppressed, and in doing so speak slightingly of those they protect and affect and contempt of charity and kind actions. With their dramatic ability they tend to act throughout their day to day lives in a spirit of perversity as they seek to project the wrong impression altogether of their character and temperament. Rebelliousness against all conventions, political extremism to the point where hatred of the establishment is a course which seems to afford them keen pleasure, it makes them utterly unscrupulous terrorists. Fortunately, their strong reasoning powers are tempered with imagination and intuition, combined with critical perception and analytical capacity Scorpions can penetrate to profundities beyond the average. They lay their plans with cool deliberation, surmount obstacles with the greatest ingenuity and often view other as pawns to be sacrificed as a means to their own success. They are very capable of becoming geniuses, but equally they can sink into the extremes of depravity if they take the wrong path. The intensity of their nature exaggerates their harmful tendencies into vices far greater than the normal. They often make their mark in the world no matter how they choose to do so.
Professions and Occupations: Subjects of Scorpio often achieve success in the military, they relate to fellow workers only as leaders and can be blunt to those they dislike to the point of cruelty. With their various gifts they can find fulfillment in many employments. Other congenial careers include those of government official, overseer, magistrate and the best surgeons, research scientist and any profession in which analysis, investigation, research, dealing with practicalities, and the solving of mysteries are relevant, can appeal to them. Detective work, espionage and counterespionage and physics or psychology may attract them. As the most persuasive orators they may find fulfillment as diplomats. They often have pronounced psychic abilities and may feel pulled towards the study of the Occult, if they can sublimate their intense vital force into religion or mysticism they may become quite outstanding and unique as preachers and, if they make the Church their profession, their inner intensity can express itself in the spiritual fervor of the mystic or the thaumaturgy.
Psychology: The Eighth House is about the ultimate transformation -- death -- but not necessarily their own. The Eighth House is about that which we don't know and cannot understand, a House of Hidden Power. That which is beneath our consciousness. Ruled by Geburic Mars and Pluto, Lord of the Underworld a symbol of everything that is beneath our consciousness. Intense and powerful Pluto represents the things that we don't or can't understand, it is from these hidden Plutonic spaces that magical transformations arise. So much depends on their ability to face their own deep feelings, which are often blocked. If anger or fear are harbored, these emotions can be extremely hard to get rid of, and very often cause illness. If Scorpios are positive, they are deeply loyal and strong people with a knowing outlook on life. Their insight and courage in the face of difficult or sticky problems is unsurpassed. Scorpio seeks the Self in their own depths. The mysteries of life's cycles, sex, birth and death, reincarnation, rebirth and the battle between the soul and the personality and the need to uncover and transform the deeply hidden emotions: passion and desire and trust and betrayal issues.
Relationships: Subjects of Scorpio need to guard against sudden impulsive attachments that are bereft of affection as they are frequently protagonists in tragic, even violent romances with star-crossed lovers. Scorpio is feminine, however ruled by Mars, the warrior god and Pluto, God of the underworld which is a fiercely potent combination creating tensions in your internal balancing mechanism between the male and female polarities. Scorpio is the symbol of sex and Scorpios are the most passionate and sensually energetic lovers of all the signs. Scorpio views union with their beloved as a sacrament, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. They have the ability to achieve the greatest heights of Tantric Union as their prevailing intention is to use their power to penetrate beyond themselves and to lose themselves within their partners in mystical ecstasy, (to move beyond or outside the physical) thus discovering that which is greater than individuality, a Unity or the marriage of the spirit. They can reach the greatest heights of passionate transport, but for the lower types debauchery and perversion are always dangers. Sadly Scorpios can become sadistic monsters of sensuality and eroticism. Scorpios require a partner who can keep up with their marvelous capacity for taking everything to the limit and beyond. They need a partner who is able to allow for all the vagaries of their strong personality. Their most harmonious and well suited marriages are formed with those born between February 21st - March 21st and June 21st - July 21st.
Possible Health Concerns. Scorpio governs the pelvis and reproductive and urinary systems, colon, prostrate gland and endocrine system. Subjects of Scorpio are said to be prone to urinary tract infections, bowel and pelvic disorders, ailments of the back, liver and kidneys, stones in the bladder, and other genital ills. Abscesses, fistulas, piles, ruptures and ulcers may also affect subjects of Scorpio. They have a tendency to retain water and should be careful of their salt intake.
Potential problems and suggested solutions: Subjects of Scorpio who find themselves on the receiving end of negatives will find greater peace when they express the positive. Scorpions have unique traits to their personalities, when these traits are suppressed, or unrealized, problems will arise. By examining the problem we can assess the proper solution according to the water signs unique characteristics. Scorpions who find themselves on the receiving end of negatives will find greater peace when they express the positive.You will gain a lot from admitting that others, including yourself have weakness and then practice forgiving those weaknesses until you notice them becoming less and less. Try to accept that others can help you deal with your problems. Try not to be scornful of the shortcomings that you perceive in your partners personality and soften up your rigid, unbending attitude. You tend to express you irritation with others in conversation, this causes others to choose to avoid you, if you try to change your attitude or, guard what you say then you may find that you keep all of your friends.
Your Star stone is the Opal. Opal has been treasured throughout history all around the world. The name Opal was probably derived from Sanskrit upala, meaning valuable stone. This was probably the root for the Greek term opallios, which translates as colour change. It is an old myth that anyone who does not have the opal as a star stone will be the receivers of bad luck should they choose to wear it.
Famous Scorpio's include Winona Ryder, Martin Luther, Hilary Clinton, Bill Gates and Prince Charles.