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Scorpio (♏) is the eighth of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Scorpius. Scorpio is considered a feminine, negative (introverted) sign by most modern astrologists. It is also considered a water sign and one of the four fixed signs. The planet Mars is the ruler of Scorpio. As the eighth sign in the zodiac, Scorpio is associated with the astrological eighth house. The lower arrow pointing up in the Scorpio symbol represents the venomous tail of the Scorpion or claw of wolf.

Individuals born when the Sun is in this sign are considered Scorpio individuals and are extremely powerful. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun enters Scorpio on October 23 and exits on November 22. Under the sidereal zodiac, it is currently there roughly from November 16 through December 15. The Sanskrit name of Scorpio in Hindu astrology is Vṛścika. However, since Vedic Astrology employs the Sidereal Zodiac, rather than the Tropical Zodiac, their “Scorpio” actually corresponds to the sign of Sagittarius in the West; consequently, Scorpios born in the West would be considered “Libras” in the Vedic system.

Zodiac Symbol: Scorpion

Duration (Tropical, Western): 23 October – 22 November (2011, UTC)

Duration (Sidereal, Hindu): 13 November – 30 December (2011, UTC)

Constellation: Scorpius

Zodiac Element: Water

Zodiac Quality: Fixed

Domicile: Mars

Detriment: Venus

Exaltation: Uranus

Fall: Moon

Mythology In Greek Mythology, the myths associated with Scorpio almost invariably also contain a reference to Orion. However, there are two contrasting stories about the two. One tale is that Orion was a cyclops who was a great hunter and very modest about his amazing skill. One day he fell in love with a princess of an island he was passing, but her father refused to let his daughter go and, thus, was determined to keep Orion away from the princess. The king did so by blinding Orion, thus not letting him hunt and amaze the woman. Orion traveled to the Sun which healed his eye, and decided to lay off the king (who later died from a war) and pursued his hunting. He became great friends with Artemis, who favored Orion greatly for his modesty and superb skill at hunting. One day Apollo was jealous that the two were great friends, and sent a harsh scorpion at him and stung his heel. Artemis, furious with her brother, killed the scorpion and threatened to throw Delphi (Apollo’s beloved city) into ruins if he did not apologize, which he hastily did. Zeus decided that Orion should be put in the stars, and the scorpion should always chase him; therefore, the constellation Orion appears in the winter, running away from the constellation of Scorpio which arrives in the summer.


Generally, the natives of Scorpio are considered to be compatible with the natives of the other water signs, Cancer and Pisces, and the natives of the earth signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Leo and Aquarius are signs of the other nature (masculine/extroverted) but are considered semi-compatible with Scorpio due to them having the same fixed quality.

There are many variables that determine compatibility in astrology, such as birth dates, birth months, birth years, position of a sign within the Moon, Stars, etc. The signs listed as compatible with Scorpio do not reflect an individual profile or individual reading as interpreted within astrology, but rather reflect a general guideline and reference to compatibility as dictated by variables such as Qualities and Elements within the Zodiac. The branch of astrology dealing with interpersonal compatibilities is called Synastry.

Definition courtesy Wikipedia.




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