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The Depth and Mystery of Scorpio Part II


The essence of transformation for Scorpio individuals is inherently mystical, though it does not adhere to what has come to be known as Christian mysticism, which calls for a more self-denying, sacrificial, ascetic, and otherworldly orientation.  Immersion, not transcendence, is the mystical path which takes one down into physicality first through experiences of deep emotion that are linked with sexuality.  Raw and intense feelings that can become obsessive create a context for experiencing the heights and depths of awareness in the crucible where ego death often occurs for those working with Scorpio.  This deep immersion has been likened to the experience of drowning in order to flow beyond it, or like facing the dragon in the dungeon who guards its hoard, before obtaining the treasure and ascending back to the world of light with the gold.  Alchemy probably describes this process best where heat and pressure slowly but surely metamorphosize the base raw elements into the refined gold.


How do Scorpio people (including those with Sun, Ascendant, Moon, many personal planets in Scorpio, planets in the 8th house, or a strong Pluto) experience such ego deaths and transformations during the course of their ordinary lives?  After all, there are millions and millions of such souls in a world of 7 billion now.  Intensity is probably a key word to describe a variety of situations involving relationships with others that separate a Scorpio experience from the mundane.  When a Scorpio is engaged, they are in it all the way.  Nothing is done superficially.  It is better to plunge right in with everything you’ve got.  If that is not an option, better to be with nothing.  This is not a ‘straddle-the-fence’ type of experience.


Sexually they will actively engage, but not in the natural ease and relaxed style of a Taurus or Leo.  Yes sexuality is to be enjoyed for the orgasmic pleasure that it brings, but it goes deeper than that for Scorpio types.  There is often the experience of ego death through orgasmic merging that includes both death and supreme ego gratification simultaneously as love, sex, drama, and intensity are all mixed and blended together in one living peak experience to be shared with another.  Scorpio is one of the least promiscuous of the signs.  They prefer to be alone and celibate rather than waste their energies on superficial and ho-hum sexual/love encounters.  They do not need relationship for appearance, convenience, or even dependency needs. They desire to merge at the deepest and most all-inclusive level, and often it is difficult for them to find anyone willing and able to dance through life with them in that close, tango-type of embrace.  Probably only a Scorpio can fully understand another Scorpio, because the emotions felt are so primal and do not lend themselves to verbal communication and intellectual analysis.


This is a deep, sensitive, water sign whose major difficulty in relating to others is that hardly anyone is willing to go the heights or depths of their emotional needs and understandings.  This is a different kind of knowledge more akin to indigenous cultures where people felt with all of their senses and intuitive instincts what they ‘knew’ and communicated telepathically with not just humans, but with animals, plants, rocks, sky, water, earth, and what they termed ‘the spirits’ within those elementals.  So when Scorpios try to convey what they apprehend, others may misinterpret the message.  Is it any wonder that they may, in turn, prefer to just keep silent?

Yes, misunderstandings can breed secrecy especially when a Scorpio type feels insecure and begins to self-blame for trying to communicate to others the level of primal awareness that they sense instinctively and feel.  I remember vividly how this can play itself out in real life.  When one of our sons, who is a Scorpio, was just five years old, he started to draw highly colorful and dramatic pictures of dragons.  He was also captivated by the story, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ which we had as a Disney record.  He would listen to this record over and over again, and began to draw pictures from his imagination of the headless horseman during drawing time in school.  He was attending a Waldorf School at the kindergarten level.  We had chosen this school for him because of its emphasis on creativity, and the first teacher we interviewed was kind and sensitive.  He loved her, but she had to leave the school and a new teacher, large and bold with fiery red hair, took over.  She became highly agitated and called us in for a parent-teacher conference accusing us of exposing our little boy to too much violence on TV.  We explained to her that we had no TV at home, and that these images were the result of the story he was fascinated with, and also that we felt they were emerging from within his own psyche. She would have none of it!  She only wanted little ‘angels’ in her class who produced ‘soft’ images in pastel tones.  He liked red, black, and strong colors and images.  Fortunately we did not reinforce the effort to control his visual communications at home.  He was free to express whatever he needed to with pen, crayon, or paint.


It is often through the arts—visual, musical, dramatic—that Scorpios can communicate most clearly. Picasso, the artist, who remained loyal primarily to himself and started with absolutely nothing, shows the Scorpio penchant for dealing with the raw and primal at a core level.  His anti-war painting‘Guernica’ vividly portrays what Scorpio is capable of seeing and understanding.  Certain writers have also made the effort to convey in words the depth of emotion that a Scorpio can feel such as Camus, Malraux, Edgar Allen Poe, and Dostoevsky.


Confrontations with power comes early in the lives of most Scorpios.  It is often over issues of values that these confrontations occur, starting with parents, then teachers, and later in life with the outer world of interpersonal relationships which can run the gamut from emotional and sexual relationships, where tremendous energy is invested, to relationships where money becomes more the issue such as joint finances, business ventures, investments.  In this present modern world, money = power, especially in capitalistic societies.  Capitalism often breeds competition and competition can breed both possessiveness and jealousies which, in turn, lead to resentments which can lead to acts of aggression, conflicts of will, and finally open hostilities.  Cut-throat, dog-eat-dog, the rat-race—such terms emerge from the frantic and obsessive drive to out-maneuver, under-cut, and destroy the competition.  Mergers and hostile take-overs are common Scorpionic actions in today’s corporate world.  Consolidation of more and more power/money in the hands of the few has resulted from a capitalistic model which initially put forth the premise that a free-market world with no regulations is good for all.  These are actually Scorpio/8th house issues in the cosmology of astrology.  Darwinian evolutionary theory of eat-and-be-eaten or the survival of the fittest shows the confrontation of power at the most basic of levels—survival.  Only the death of ego can truly resolve these extreme battles that emerge when one is pitted against someone else rather than in joining forces with them to create something greater than just the sum of the parts.  All Scorpio issues involve the willingness to let go of something in exchange for something greater that is more inclusive rather than exclusive.  We don’t see this model working very well in today’s world of extreme wealth now hoarded by fewer and fewer individuals.  This is certainly a new form of ‘dragon energy’.  Individuals with a great deal of Scorpio energy must face and confront these types of issues in some form during the course of their lives.  I’ve seen it play out in all sorts of ways.  It can be as ‘simple’ (but not to the participants) as the handling of joint finances with a spouse who is super-controlling, or how to handle such an ex-spouse in the aftermath of a divorce, but it can also move into sectors like inheritance, taxes, investment swindles, bankruptcies, or legal battles in civil court over issues involving money.  The bottom line in all of these scenarios is values.  What do you value?  Can you reconcile your values with someone else’s values?


It is difficult to maintain a MORAL COMPASS in a world obsessed with death and destruction. This is the Scorpio’s challenge, for the world of appearances seems to want to consume itself endlessly, and this simply can not continue for the human species to survive on this planet.  I’m going to quote Daniel Ellsberg from his book, SECRETS, A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. This passage comes on page 275 of the book.  He is sitting on the floor of a men’s bathroom (Scorpio!) experiencing an epiphany after hearing a young activist, Randy Kehler, speaking about nonviolence as a way of life in the face of a world dominated by fear.  His heart has ‘broken wide open’ and he is sobbing.  This is his Scorpionic realization: “…We are eating our young…On both sides of the barricade we are using them, using them up, ‘wasting’ them.  This is what my country has come to.  We have come to this.  The best thing that the best young men of our country can do with their lives is to go to prison.  My son, Robert, was thirteen.  This war would still be going on when he turned eighteen.  (It was)  My son was born to face prison.  Another line kept repeating itself in my head, a refrain from a song by Leonard Cohen: ‘That’s right, it’s come to this, yes, it’s come to this. And wasn’t it a long way down, ah, wasn’t it a strange way down?'”  This was written about life in America in August of 1969.

Danielle Ellsberg was born with a strong Sun/Uranus conjunction in Aries squaring tightly a Jupiter/Pluto conjunction in Cancer.  His life, however, is a textbook on Scorpio issues.  Remember, Mars rules both signs classically.  He took the high road morally after struggling for years with his own confrontations with power.  If you want to learn the Scorpionic path, just read his book—all 457 pages.  He went to the depths, where the Scorpion can dwell, and ultimately sting itself into oblivion, but he decided to become like the Eagle and see the truly big picture, before transforming into the Dove through his Phoenix rising journey.

Remember, the typical Scorpio person may not appear powerful, or even dramatic.  They may look quite ordinary (Scorpio Bill Gates is a good example) and can easily be passed by until there is a confrontation. Then their ability to fight will emerge.

I’ve got to say this, as well, about Scorpio, which is often so maligned as a sign.  I have a data file in my software program of over a hundred infamous criminals.  I looked at every single name in that file and only found one that was a Scorpio.  Yes, that’s right!  Charles Manson was the only notorious criminal born under that sign on file.  This is definitely something to ponder.  A lot of champions for reformation have been Scorpios, including Martin Luther who resisted excommunication and began the actual Reformation.  A Frenchman named Blanqui opposed capitalism early on and managed to organize the socialist movement from his prison cell.  Robert Kennedy, born into a family of great wealth, political power, and strong connections with the mob, tried to take the path of morality, nonetheless.  He was against the Vietnam War, and had he become President, our country’s history might have swerved away from the extreme destructive path we now are on, but—alas—he was assassinated, cut down in his prime.

The penetrating mind of Scorpios make them powerful investigators, researchers, detectives, psychologists, and medical practitioners.  They are good at holding confidence and keeping secrets.  When they use these abilities to help others rather than aid power mongers to gain more control over others, they are truly some of the most caring and socially-skilled workers on the planet.  They are hard-working, determined, brave, reliable, and loyal to an extreme with an enormous capacity to plunge to the depths and stay the course through remarkable powers of concentration.  If you need a tough but sensitive, and highly perceptive champion to help the healing process on any level, hire a Scorpio.  They love to pursue the hidden realms, the taboo territories.  They untangle mysteries with the tenaciousness of a blood-hound, and they are also capable of grasping all the complexities of an issue while keeping their nose pointed towards the target.



What a paradox we have here.  Scorpio must deal with the shadow, both in themselves and in others.  Primarily, people will accuse Scorpio of just being too intense, too possessive, too much!  Perhaps the shadow involves their getting enmeshed in family patterns that involve power issues or conspiracies, plots, and intrigues, such as the classic Romeo and Juliet drama where all the shadowy elements played themselves out in this tragic love story; secrecy, violence, revenge, and the final utterly tragic suicide in the darkness of the family crypt by the innocent Juliet.

Total immersion can be the ‘frog in the well’ kind of perception where the bigger picture is simply not visible, and thus desperation at the futility of a situation consumes Scorpio and leads to acts of self-destruction.  Scorpio is balanced by its opposite sign, Taurus, which lends earth practicality and sensibility to extreme emotions running the risk of turning into obsessions.

The other kind of shadow element would be the frozen body of unforgiveness that can plague this sign.  Holding on forever to a grudge, a bitter resentment of someone, or some grievance, and allowing that initial hurt and disappointment to fester in the depths of one’s unconscious can lead to either vengeance, or holding a stubborn emotional stance to the death.  Forgiveness takes conscious work, but once one truly forgives one is free and clear of old wounds that never seem to heal.  In order for this kind of transformation to take place, a Scorpio must truly face with full conscious light their pain, anger, and raw emotions surrounding the initial issue that led to such a frozen state.



The search for the beloved is a drive towards full-on union of body-mind-heart-and-soul. Nothing less truly satisfies.  Compromise with those who are less than the ‘total package’ may be a challenge.  This is an all or nothing sign.  Many Scorpios will remain for years single rather than settle for less, because they desire all.  Because this is a fixed, water sign both deeply emotional and sensitive, natives are slow to embark on a serious relationship, but also slow to leave a committed one, because they truly are able to empathize with their partner’s feelings, unles they still have a large unconscious shadow side blocking them.

Others may see them as demanding, especially yang types who desire greater freedom and separateness, but a Scorpio’s underlying devotion is equally as strong and they can truly know how to treat their mate with the utmost love, sensitivity, and respect.  Like their Libran neighbor, they can be extremely romantic as long as courtship moves into the boudoir.  They respond deeply to tenderness and a kind of surrender that is devoid of passivity.  Passive, they are not, unless burdened by repressions.

Their underlying desire for total commitment and trust is pursued with a single-mindedness that can appear obsessive.  With the right person they reveal all with passionate abandon, but with the wrong person they shut down and withdraw into some unfathomable place.

When rejected or betrayed, their pain can transform into extreme anger which is often directed inward unless they have the confidence to express it openly.  Such pain can shut them down for long periods of time, much like their fixed Leo counterpart, where they may actually nurse the pain privately rather than ‘licking’ it to heal.  Pain that goes untended by healing methods that help to release and allow for an outward flow can turn toxic and freeze them into bitterness.  Thawing out this pain is often through a new relationship that honors their wound and melts it away through love and compassion.

Scorpios are not interested in parent/child type of relationships.  They often don’t relate well to nurturing roles in that sense. They like x-rated, adult relationships.  If they have a healthy relationship with their true mate and partner, however, they can admirable come to the plate as parents of their own children and often are more than willing to commit to children not even their own that need someone who cares.  But ‘gaga goo goo’ types of love aren’t really their thing. Even Scorpio children are often in a hurry to get the babyhood stage over with and get on with moving into adulthood, the sooner the better.  Yes, they may be termed precocious sexually, but they are only following their basic drive and nature which arises quickly with puberty.


All the ‘secret’ parts of the body are Scorpio ruled; that includes the genitals, the anus, the bladder, and the colon.  Again, we see the themes of processes involving separation and regeneration.  The organs of elimination are both the colon and the bladder. What is not needed by the organism must pass through and out of the body organism.  What a metaphor for this process in Scorpio’s lives!  They each must be willing gto ‘let go’ otherwise stagnation and toxicity are sure to set in.

The genitalia distinguish strong sexual characteristics in each gender and ripen fast at puberty.  This is not a particularly androgynous sign.  Mata Hari was a Scorpio female. Scorpio men, like their other watery brothers, are often quite masculine in appearance and characteristics.  Yet people baring this sign are not lnecessarily robust in appearance despite their strong physical magnetism.

Eros, the life instinct, and Thanatos, the death instinct, are both strong forces with Scorpios and their physiology.  Health issues can revolve around these two themes and many Scorpios face horrendous physical issues involving life/death struggles.  Yet the life force can be amazingly strong and their ability to endure is akin to Capricorns.  Scorpio is considered a long-lived sign since the vital sexual force of the kundalini is strong in their beings.

The eyes of a Scorpio seem to be one of their most telling and distinctive features.  They have an intensity, a penetrating gaze that some are enchanted and mesmerized by, and others are deeply uncomfortable with.

This brings to a conclusion Part II of my Scorpio articles.  This has been a highly complex sign to write about, and the lengthiness of my writing prohibits me from going further into personality profiles.  That will have to wait for another time…

November 15, 2009  54 Comments
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1 Karl Hillemann { 11.16.09 at 9:23 am }

Wow, your writings are of beauty and depth.

As a holder of Scorpio energy (moon, ascendant, saturn, venus, with pluto conjunct Jupiter in Leo) I wish to share that I have found tantra to be a path for Scorpio energy to be harnessed into enlightenment (aka the Phoenix). For anyone interested I recommend Lama Yeshe’s “Introduction to Tantra”, arguably the best work on such.,_Lama_Thubten

Thank you Genevieve.,_Lama_Thubten

2 Genevieve { 11.16.09 at 10:19 am }

Excellent! Thanks for the link. I see Yeshe Lama is a Taurus, the counter-balance to Scorpio.

3 Karl Hillemann { 11.16.09 at 6:14 pm }

Yes, beautiful Sun Jupiter opposition on the ‘tantric’ axis.

4 Donna { 11.16.09 at 11:07 pm }

I get so engrossed in your articles. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

5 Georgia Dow { 11.22.09 at 12:29 pm }

Wow, the complexity here……. thank you Genevieve for undertaking such a task… and so beautifully! Even these pictures…. just beautiful.

6 Franceska { 11.23.09 at 12:37 pm }

Genevieve, you have obviously been to the depths of understanding on the Scorpio path. You are the Astrological Ally, thank you.

7 rain { 12.05.09 at 1:50 am }

i’m a scorpio sun. i just want to say thank you. i’ve been going through a lot for oh say almost 19 years maybe more. recently though, things were getting tougher and tougher. i read your articles, scorpio I & II, and found some meaningful guidance. i’m also a libra moon and sagittarius ascendant, so i read those two also and found additional guidance. ur articles r unique. i’ve never read anything like them before 🙂 they are excellent. please keep up the excellent work. take care!

8 Karl Hillemann { 12.11.09 at 4:43 pm }

I was just thinking of a favorite singer/songwriter of mine who’s a good example of Scorpio energy… Sun conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio with Mars also in Scorpio…

He went from emerging super-star to death at the age of 29 from a heroin overdose.

9 The Depth and Mystery of Scorpio Part I — Blue Light Lady { 12.20.09 at 7:31 pm }

[…] ends Part I of our Scorpio journey.  In Part II I will look at Scorpio’s glyph, the qualities and characteristics of Scorpio people, the […]

10 wandrin star { 02.06.10 at 11:44 am }

Good write. Am first honoring my scorpionic energy. My progressed sun and neptune are just there. Fought this sucker for some time(how ophiuchus of me). But now am enjoying it as I begin to understand the energy.

I do think forgiveness is sometimes misunderstood. For when one is physically violated, forgiveness is not possible (forgiveness is giving permission for the same behaviour to happen again, walk away). But it can be let go and healing can be sent to the attacker with the intention for the attacker not to inflict the pain on anyone else.

It is obvious that the attacker has mistaken me for someone else or has a wrong idea about our relationship. My question became why am I attracting this? And in my case, Saturn in Scorpio, I do believe it was past life patterns that needed to be released. I had one nasty hell of a ride with one of those past lives. But releasing it has made a big difference. How this energy is going to play out I don’t know, but I’m liking, okay, loving it now.

Great write, Genevieve.

11 Genevieve { 02.06.10 at 12:56 pm }

You sound like a very wise soul wandrin star!

12 Aftaan { 03.25.10 at 1:21 pm }

This was brilliant. I tend to read zodiac descriptions to get a introspective and unparallel look into myself and this was more than I bargained for. I really took home the portions that explained the ego-death, I’m undergoing one right now. I constantly struggle with my tendency to be intense to the point of being too much. I’ve come to understand that sometimes ignorance is bliss and I’m trying to achieve simplicity in my life. If you ever do another peice on Scorpios I’d be interested in your findings about Scorpios who have undergone some kind of trauma early in life and if it can cause their tendency of intensity to magnify. Reason being I am noticing as I mature that because of my lack of a father growing up I can be overbearingly demanding, posessive and intense with a partner because its almost like I want to haze him to see if he’s up for the challenge. The problem is ‘he’ almost never is…and honestlty I can see why…its a hearty challenge.

13 Anonymous { 03.26.10 at 7:54 am }

BRAVO! BRAVO!!!!!!! Standing Ovation.

14 Leslie { 03.26.10 at 7:54 am }

BRAVO! BRAVO!!!!!!! Standing Ovation. 11/4

15 Genevieve { 03.29.10 at 9:12 am }

Dear Aftaan,
In my work as a professional astrologer I see the wounds of early life in almost every sign, but Scorpio gets impacted by them at the deepest of levels, yes. I try not to generalize but there are marked differences in the signs as to how the ego-defense mechanisms work. I’m sure I’ll be addressing Scorpio again and your suggestion is a good one.

16 Erik { 01.06.11 at 8:31 pm }

scorpios should look into a book called “The Ego and its Own” by Max Stirner. this post helped me realize the connection of the sign with the book, now it makes much more sense. Stirner basically influenced Nietzche alot, or at least Nietzsche has some similar strong placement. Nietzsche then influenced basically the majority of continental post-enlightenment thought. There is alot of notions of power in the book, and about how things are constructions. It has some resemblance to Buddhism also, some kind of breaking down of everything to get down to an intensity source.

17 Aquila { 02.10.11 at 10:25 pm }

I have Sun, Mercury, Uranus, and my north node in Scorpio. I was severely attacked by a baby sitter at age 4, but did not know until I was 16. I had since become addicted to shoplifting. I learned of the abuse when I developed panic attacks at 16 that made this top student almost flunk out of a tony prep school because no one understood my condition and the effect of young abuse. I nevertheless went to college but was drinking Listerine by age 20. A shaman cured me of drinking, and I had my first sense that life was not hell.. Everything seemed finally to be getting better (I had been cutting myself since17) and then I developed a face disguring disease that made the queen of the prom become the object of young kids pointing in fascination and disgust.. I accepted all this, until I was 30 and had not dated for years for shame of my looks. I realized I had been horribly unhappy for years. I started drinking again, and then lost a job teaching at a top university because of my drunken lectures. I was homeless on the streets of New York when I had an experience that made me feel that, after 18 years, my whole adult life, that I would be healed. My face healed itself in a way doctors called impossible, and suddenly, the opposite sex called. As did a literary agent. Now I am happier than I have ever been, after being declared a lost cause at age 33 by one doctor. But I endured my problems with dignity, sp I was given no shortage of occult powers I rarely talk about. My message, I guess, is –don’t give up, and forgive your enemies because they were your teachers. All the things I wanted (including satisfying sex) either have come or I realized I didn’t want them, because this Scorp didn’t give up. I am truly a Phoenix reborn, and feel more beautiful thane ever. I think now I am ready to be the healer instead of the healed.

18 Genevieve { 02.11.11 at 1:11 pm }

Your story is deeply moving, and I thank you for sharing all of it so that others may learn and be inspired.

19 Bob { 06.07.12 at 10:55 am }

This was so wonderful to come across today; I can’t really express the timeliness of it, other than to say I needed it. Really. I rarely come across portrayals of Scorpio that are as thorough and insightful. Thank You.

20 Maketaurie { 07.14.12 at 4:01 pm }

I Love it!

21 Boggi { 10.03.12 at 6:38 pm }

If you ever feel like writing articles on Scorpio people and their natal charts here are some incredible lives to write about. These could make great inspiration for articles.

Marquis de Sade (June 2, 1740 17:00)
Pluto in Scorpio in House 12, Scorpio ASC
Sun, Jupiter, Neptune in House 8
Lilith in MC

Beethoven (Dec. 16, 1770 13:29)
North Node in Scorpio
Sun, Moon, Mercury in House 8
Pluto and Lilith in MC

Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 10:00)
Scorpio ASC

Oswald Spengler (May 29, 1880 18:40)
Scorpio ASC
Mars in House 8
Sun, Lilith, and Pluto in DSC

Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 11:55)
Neptune in House 8
Pluto, Lilith, North Node in DSC
Scorpio in MC

Mozart (January 27, 1756 20:00)
Moon and Pluto in IC
Lilith in MC

22 Genevieve { 10.04.12 at 11:19 am }

Thanks Boggi! I will definitely consider these as future subjects to include in my writings. I know well one of Jim Morrison’s girlfriends and perhaps will bring her into the conversation should I write about him.

23 Sage (@HerbalScorpio) { 10.23.12 at 4:13 pm }

Thank you, hun. Been having troubling feelings lately and this soothed me…

24 Kat { 11.21.12 at 11:24 am }

I have had a fascination for Scorpios (I am an Aries) ever since I found out my favorite musician was under that sign. You talk about mesmerizing eyes? He’s got ’em. Powerful, transformative lyrics? OHH YES! Hard to get along with sometimes? So I’ve heard, but then I admire his capacity for Truth and honesty–something that two of his former bandmates seemed to shun for some reason. This man has helped me discover my own inner power where I felt I had none (I have Uranus in Scorpio), and has prompted me to explore my own Scorpio placement because of the possibilities inherent in transforming my life…and oh, my God…in true Scorpionic fashion, I have felt such bone-shaking, molecule-arranging transformative energy coming from this man’s music…I have yet to find another musician whose music moves me to change as much as him…and that is all I am going to say because the nature of the changes I have willingly undergone by exploring my Scorpio side have brought a wordless, numinous, mystical sense of wonder, awe and amazement…all from hearing this man’s voice, music, lyrics–and those EYES!!!!!!

25 Genevieve { 11.21.12 at 1:37 pm }

Kat—Yours is a profound sharing. Thank you so much for this, and I hope Scorpios read this!

26 steven { 01.12.13 at 10:17 am }

Great writings !!!!!! thank you for the insights. I am a 46 year old male scorpio , I have just now in my life come across the importance of attracting a water sign to experience a deeper level of emotional understanding. It took me a long time to figure out myself through mirroring past relationships, and feel I am about to begin a whole new life with my gained awareness. Thank you for taking the time to express !!

27 Genevieve { 01.12.13 at 12:59 pm }

You’re welcome Steven—I agree that Scorpios especially need quite a bit of water energy in a partner to have the empathy and connection that you’ve described.

28 jay { 05.12.13 at 4:09 pm }

great insight, i have cancer sun sign with scorpio rising, also mars & gemini moon in 8th house.

29 Paul { 11.21.13 at 9:46 pm }

Finished part II- what a powerful read that was…
You mentioned the eyes of a Scorpio being intense. I would like to point out that I have actually bulls-eyed a couple of Scorpio people before the fact just by the looks of their eyes: It seems like instead of looking at you they are looking IN you 😉

30 Muiruri Jr { 10.02.14 at 2:08 pm }

Nice read!!! Thanks Genevieve. This article was an eye-opener. I’m a 23-year old male scorpio, gone through alot and it doesn’t seem to be ending soon. Now I’mma go through this Plutonic pilgrimage with dignity, mastering the art of being a true Scorpio, waiting for the transformative stage into a Phoenix then the peaceful Dove. If possible kindly mail me more of your Scorpio articles. Thank you.

31 Genevieve Vierling { 10.02.14 at 2:38 pm }

Thanks for your comments Muiruri,

Check out for some apt painted and illustrated images which speak to Scorpio’s depth and transformation. It’s probably not possible for me to mail you articles privately, but please do check in to my blog from time to time. I”m planning on writing more on Pluto this Fall, as well as reviewing a new book coming out on it.

32 Sid { 02.10.15 at 2:26 am }

Great writeup, Genevieve.I have a Scorpio Sun and ascendant.
It helped me feel a lot clearer on a couple of things which I have been introspecting for a couple of months actually.It was related to the lack of intensity of my fellowmates in some of their actions which perturbed my mind.In such a phase, it really feels difficult hard for to agree to ‘Ignorance is a bliss’. Maybe I’ll find that sometime later on.
Looking forward to more writeups.

33 Sid { 02.10.15 at 2:30 am }

Great writeup, Genevieve.I have a Scorpio Sun and ascendant.
It helped me feel a lot clearer on a couple of things which I have been introspecting for a couple of months actually.It was related to the lack of intensity of my fellowmates in some of their actions which perturbed my mind.In such a phase, it really feels difficult hard for me to agree to ‘Ignorance is a bliss’. Maybe I’ll find that out sometime later on.
Looking forward to more writeups.

34 Genevieve Vierling { 02.10.15 at 2:36 pm }

Thanks for your comments Sid. Yes, both intensity and passion are key words for Scorpio Sun, especially when on the Ascendant. Not everyone projects that kind of energy all right! I find astrology to be such a useful tool in understanding individual differences. It truly would be a boring world if we were all exactly alike. 🙂

35 Sholly { 06.10.15 at 3:47 am }

This article and its predecessor have proven to be wonderful references whenever I am unsure of what’s happening, and how to then proceed. I feel like I instinctively knew almost everything described, but I needed to hear it externally to prove my internal knowledge. Thank you, I have good feeling this is the catalyst that takes me from my current Eagle stage to my Phoenix, though my understanding of that process is the movement from Scorpion to Eagle is a conscious choice, while the ascension to the Phoenix is more of a natural occurrence.

36 Genevieve Vierling { 06.10.15 at 2:01 pm }

Sholly—-I love your description of the process. So many enlightened souls describe the awakening as spontaneous (Gopi Krishna, Eckart Tolle, etc). Even Gandhi seemed to have arrived at that point after his long hard toils as a lawyer, activist, and serving prison time. I’m hoping that this process you describe takes place on a ‘global level’ as well!

37 Anna { 08.04.15 at 4:26 am }

Hello, i really liked the description of Scorpio’s way of feeling and reacting. Choice of words is amazing and very close to my character. Born October 29th, Sun, Venus and Mars to Scorpio (!) so i feel all the above pretty dramatic and intense. Thanks for making this deep explanatory description of me and all my Scorpio sisters.

38 Genevieve Vierling { 08.04.15 at 10:20 am }

Thank you for your feedback Anna.

39 Anna { 08.04.15 at 4:40 am }

PS I really have now understood that despite we never forget anything bad that someone has done to us, as we transform to Eagle, we really forgive and give second chances. Not because we forget- never. But because we comprehend that the grudges are temporary and one must step on the ego and the revenge motive in order to transform to something greater, as part of the unending circle of the energy in the universe. Also i have noticed about myself that when it comes to someone harming me ( or try at least) i can give second chance ( keeping a closer eye of course) but when it comes to someone hurting my loved ones, there i can destroy. Because i know for myself that i can take the pain ,survive and even return stronger, but the loved ones i have to protect, so have to keep the harmful people away.

40 Genevieve Vierling { 08.04.15 at 10:23 am }

Anna- Mastering and moving beyond the ego is true spiritual work. Sounds like you are doing that work. Yes, the protection of those we love who are more vulnerable is also necessary. Helping them to get strong is also important. We live in a violent and chaotic time which demands great consciousness and inner power.

41 Ken { 11.11.15 at 10:32 am }

Spot on as I see it. One of the most accurate articles on Scorpio I have read. I have Sun in Leo, Moon in Scorpio, Neptune in Scorpio, Scorpio Ascendant, Pluto as my dominant planet and Virgo and Scorpio my dominant signs. I woke up about 8 years ago due to a monumental crisis of suffering which was self created. Hard to explain really, but the whole pseudo identity I believed I was crashed, instantly, every belief I held dear, my past life actions, those I hurt, all of it was revealed in a few seconds. It was as if someone took everything I believed in including the idea of myself as a separate “this” or “that” and chucked the whole mess out the window! Gone it was, and yet I was not. There I sat in silent wonder. On one hand I was beside myself for having been so ignorant, on the other I couldn’t be mad at myself because I saw that there was no way I could have known any better. This is very hard to explain, but its like a veil is lifted, the fog subsides and all of a sudden you’re free of all of it, and you can see clearly, in fact everything got brighter, louder. At the time I didn’t understand what happened, so I went on an 8 year stint of truth seeking, reading hundreds and hundreds of book on all the religions, spirituality, consciousness, mysticism, psychology and the like. It was so bad that my wife gave me an ultimatum; “me or the books” so I slowed down on the books! lol Even this was a big step as the old “me” <and that is the problem (dweller) would have said bye bye, as I have an uncanny ability to just up and walk away from anything or anyone never to return without an ounce of regret. Anyway, I wanted to share this as I have experienced this transformation, it is real. I have been convicted by astrology of the validity of astrology through studying it. There is a deeper reality happening here, there is far more to this universe than meets the superficial eye, there are such refined energies that few will ever experience, but they're here for anyone who dives into them self at depths even angels fear to tread. I will say, the one work that was so powerful for my transformation was and still is the Tao Te Ching. These ancient Taoist were on to something, and when one reads these works (Taoist works) or even the Vedas, Gita's or Upanishads, one sees how far humanity has fell from who its actually always been. The wisdom in these works is beyond profound, simple, concise, beautiful, holistic. Humanity would do well to heed the words in these works, for a far more simple, unified, beautiful and qualitative world we could have if we practiced them. But as Scorpios know, it is great crisis which generates great change, as it is through suffering that we learn the root of suffering and then in knowing the cause we can apply the cure, as the cure resides not outside the cause.

42 Genevieve Vierling { 11.11.15 at 12:44 pm }

Dear Ken, I am sometimes simply blown away by the profundity of my readers as they make their contributions to my blog. Thank you so much for yours! This is why I write, because responses like yours enlighten me as well. I will pull out my copy of the Tao Te Ching once again thanks to your recommendation. I’m wondering if you like Ken Wilber’s works in that he, too, is well read like yourself and is able to synthesize and integrate the many paths into a coherent whole.

43 Ken { 01.04.16 at 11:32 am }

Genevieve, Don’t know what happen to the typing but it was supposed to read as follows. 🙂
Ken Wilber is one that I have not studied so I cannot speak on his works. In studying many spiritual teachers, with each one being well read in many works themselves, it seems that in doing such (studying many works) one is naturally able to synthesize and integrate the many paths, as all paths issue from and return one to, the Great Tao 😉 It seems that the world would benefit if it stopped focusing on the differences and instead focused on the similarities, on how interdependent all life actually is regardless of the illusions (thoughts/belief) of separation one holds in mind.

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

― Aristotle

44 Genevieve Vierling { 01.06.16 at 5:28 pm }

I totally agree with you Ken. Thanks for pointing this out. It is exactly whats Ken Wilber also writes about especially in his seminal book, The Spectrum of Consciousness.

45 anantya { 02.25.16 at 12:55 am }

It’s just …… words………awesome info…..I just love it…..

46 Anonymous { 04.24.16 at 8:00 am }

Very well written.
Thank you for taking the time to write such an elaborate article. I can relate immensely.

47 Joyce { 06.09.16 at 11:49 am }

My moon and rising is scorpio but i was born with my sun in cancer i am just turning 49this year and just realize that i was a double scorpio with cancer iam juzt stafting to lern mofe about my self

48 Genevieve Vierling { 06.14.16 at 4:08 pm }

Joyce—Astrology is such a wonderful tool of gaining Self-knowledge. I’m glad you are benefiting.

49 Camouflaged { 08.07.16 at 12:46 am }

Hi. Just read yr article hoping for some guidance – yes guidence! I’m going through a very rough patch at present. I’m living with my adult son as I can’t find a suitable home to rent, going through surgeries, no job, havnt had a partner for years and don’t want one, everything’s just too much at the moment. I feel lost. I’m starting to live in the past and I can’t snap out of it. And im very aware how old im getting. Every decision I make is the wrong one. How can I get my old self back? Do you have anything I can read to give me a bit of hope please? I’m feeling less like a scorpion every day 🙁

50 Genevieve Vierling { 08.08.16 at 9:04 am }

Dear Camouflaged, Not knowing all the details of your chart other than that you are a Sun sign Scorpio, I would recommend that you read my past articles on Saturn in Sagittarius; It’s Time to Refocus Our Aim, and Saturn in Sagittarius & Neptune in Pisces; Form and Formlessness. These are still current cycles in place and Sagittarius follows Scorpio while Pisces is in trine to Scorpio. I would suggest that you begin by writing down what you’d like to more forward towards to reinforce your aims in life. Try to be realistic, of course. It sounds like you want to manifest a suitable home to rent for starters; one that you can afford. Perhaps your want to manifest a decent job and success with your surgeries. Get clear on your intentions by putting them in writing. Focus on your future and gently steer yourself away from nostalgia for the past. This requires discipline of thoughts, but you Scorpios are good at that. I would also suggest that you Google Eckhart Tolle and either read or watch some of his many videos and writings. He is the man who wrote “The Power of Now” He is basically helping all of us to be in the present moment in a positive way, and I think his teachings might help you right now. Another great teacher on this level is Louise Hayes of Hayes House publishing. Google her as well. Those two high spiritual teachers are a good place to start. Keep me posted! Sending you lots of light and love. 🙂

51 Genevieve Vierling { 08.08.16 at 9:06 am }

One more thing Camouflaged! Those two articles can be found by clicking on ‘Planets’ in the right-hand Categories list. Then just scroll down until you find them. 🙂

52 Kameron { 08.16.16 at 7:36 pm }

Can the qualities and characteristics be applied for those who have a Scorpio Ascendant?(Me in my case)

53 Genevieve Vierling { 08.17.16 at 4:10 pm }

Kameron, The Ascendant has a lot to do with how you approach everything new in life. It is also your persona to others, so—yes—many of the characteristics described may apply. However, the Sun is what fuels you. It is your ‘reason to be’ for this incarnation. So you’ll have to blend the meanings to fit with wherever you Sun is in terms of sign and house. Finally, it is said by some that the Ascendant has a lot to do with who you are as a Soul and I find that to be true in many cases. It’s the portal through which you descend into matter for another lifetime.

54 Selana { 08.17.18 at 11:01 am }

I write tons of things on my blog, but this is a pretty amazing read!!!!!!!

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