AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.
By virtue of his tail armed with its powerful sting, wherewith, when conducting the Sun’s chariot through his sign, he cleaves the soil and sows seed in the furrow, the Scorpion creates natures ardent for war and active service, and a spirit which rejoices in plenteous bloodshed and in carnage more than in plunder. Why, these men spend even peace under arms: they fill the glades and scour the woods; they wage fierce warfare now against man, now against beast, and now they sell their persons to provide the spectacle of death and to perish in the arena, when, warfare in abeyance, they each find themselves foes to attack. There are those, too, who enjoy mock-fights and jousts in arms (such is their love of fighting) and devote their leisure to the study of war and every pursuit, which arises from the art of war.
Cyril Fagan, THE SYMBOLISM OF THE CONSTELLATIONS, 1962
SUN IN SCORPIO: Nov 17 – Dec 16
Scorpio is Mars’ nocturnal home and it evinces all the fighting, rash and outspoken qualities of this planet to perfection. In the heart of the constellation is the brilliant fixed star known as Antares, “The Rival of Mars,” or Cor Scorpii, “The Heart of the Scorpion,” because it is almost in the heart of this constellation, actually in Scorpio 15deg04′. Whereas the Arian strains to lead the world in power-politics and dictatorship, the Scorpion fights for the sheer joy of it, and exults in personal combat, taking pride in his many conquests. If he cannot fight with weapons then he will stir up a controversy and prove that he is as skillful with his tongue or with his pen as with the sword.
It is however, only in extreme cases that his combats are tainted with malice. Even the girls are roguish and apt to play the tomboy, challenging any boy in tree climbing and the like. If the Scorpion had not somebody or some institution to fight, he would die of sheer inanity; and he is prepared to close with friend or foe, cleric or layman. Adventures and dangerous assignments appeal to Scorpions immensely, and their daring knows no bounds. They are particularly attracted to the navy, army and other fighting units, especially if Scorpio should hold the midheaven; and when Mars in configurated with Jupiter, they excel in most sporting contests.
But because Scorpio is ruled by Mars, it is the accident-prone constellation ‘par excellence,” taking the largest toll of victims from gunshot wounds, or those suffering lacerations and broken bones. Being addicted to speeding and reckless driving Scorpions meet with many mishaps on the world’s highways. They are said to be natural snake-charmers and they are skilled in the use of medicine and poison… (Scorpio is adjacent to Ophiuchus The Serpent Bearer.) The Egyptians of the New Empire period identified this constellation with Rert, a giant female hippopotamus, standing erect with a crocodile on her back.
Because this constellation has dominion over the throat, it is little wonder that many fine vocalists (Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Mary Martin) and orators were born when the Sun was passing through it. Typical of Sun-in-Scorpio people were Tiberius, Benvenuto Cellini, Martin Luther, Charles I, William Pitt, Voltaire, Jonathan Swift, Spinoza, Jakob Bohme, General Custer, Billy Sunday, Winston Churchill, General Montgomery, General Franco, General de Gaulle, Captain Roehm, Indira Gandhi, John Milton, William Blake, Mark Twain, James Thurber, William F. Buckley, Jr., Toulouse-Lautrec. The portraits of Edward G. Robinson, Buck Jones and Boris Karloff illustrate the type.
MOON IN SCORPIO
A valuable clue to the interpretation of the constellations is to regard the Sun or Moon as the case may be as being in conjunction with the ruler of the constellation wherein it is placed. Thus, when the Sun or Moon is in Scorpio, either one should, for purposes of interpretation, be construed as being in conjunction with Mars, Scorpio’s ruler. When a luminary or planet passes through a constellation, it imparts to it its own unique attributes. Thus the Sun imparts to the constellation wherein it is placed, masculine qualities of integrity, uprightness, honesty, candor, majesty and magnificence with a complete absence of sordidness of any kind.
The Moon, on the contrary, softs the constellation she is in by making it feminine, alluring appealing, magnetic and desirable. In short the Moon sign signifies the source of a person’s sex appeal, its development and the nature of its attractions. The charms of those who have the Moon in Scorpio at birth proffer a great challenge to the adventurous, reckless daring, militant and sea faring, and accordingly their amorous escapades are liable to be heated, turbulent and passionate, thereby conditioning their lives in the same vein.
Ancient authors were not at all complimentary when considering the characteristics of those who had the Moon in Scorpio at birth… They considered that a malicious streak motivated their moods and humours, and that their jealousies and envious traits drove them to make mischief in devious way, usually by innuendo or sarcasm. In extreme cases, i.e., in cases where the Moon is configurated with the malefics but holds no configuration with the benefics, their talk is venomous and their behavior outrageous… Because of their daring, freedom from taboos, social convention and the like, women with Moon-in-Scorpio often make conquests with men where more attractive women may fail.
Rupert Gleadow, YOUR CHARACTER IN THE ZODIAC, 1968
To begin with, the genuine native of Scorpio is ruled by his energy; he wants to act, not brood, and hence is frequently athletic and impatient. To the uninhibited Scorpio nothing is too much trouble: his aim is to do, he sees no point in boggling and hesitation, little in compromise and none at all in shirking. He is admirably thorough and does not stop work as soon as he can say, ‘That’s good enough’; on the contrary, he believes in finishing the job and finishing it properly, not giving the minimum of work for the maximum of money.
He is not lazy enough, in fact, to make a good trades unionist. Work, after all, is enjoyable for one who has energy, provided that it is work one has chosen for oneself. From the Martian point of view to work for money is slightly dishonest–it drags in an ulterior motive which should be absent. Work should be the natural expression of one’s own energy; it should flow out of one spontaneously as it does with animals; and of course with creative artists and craftsmen and with anyone who enjoys gardening or flying an aeroplane or any other kind of work. The attempt to turn work into a burden, a grievance, or an opportunity for exploiting one’s employer, is offensive to the Martian spirit, even though housework and factory work have little in them to release creative energy.
The Scorpio native therefore brings into life a generosity which cannot be had without energy, and is altogether absent from those who plod drearily from wage claim to wage claim, from resentment to resentment, never admitting to themselves that they dare give anything for nothing. Human relations are far easier with the positive attitude of Scorpio, who is not perpetually on the defensive, not grasping, not full of forethought for self, but selfish if at all, only by lack of attention to the timidities of others.
There is something very satisfying in the thoroughness of Scorpio. It does not merely play at doing things but really does them, in a properly adult and professional manner. The obvious contrasts here are with Gemini, which plays at things; Virgo, which is content to satisfy the formalities; Pisces, which only does as much as it enjoys; and Sagittarius, which whizzes on to the next job without finishing the first. The signs which agree with Scorpio’s thoroughness are Taurus and Capricorn, and in principle Leo and Aquarius.
But of course where Mars rules, the thought of war and armies is never far away, and in this profession the list of successful Scorpios is a long one. Partly this is because Scorpio never says: ‘Oh, well, that’ll have to do!’ Partly, however, there seems to be a genuine affinity for iron and steel, and a Scorpio person would sooner keep an iron-monger’s shop than a draper’s or a coffee-house.
Another quality of Scorpio, not much mentioned in the textbooks is its humor. Geniality is associated with Pisces and Cancer, and to a lesser extent with Sagittarius, while wit is most typical of Capricorn. In Aries, the other Martian sign, humor is strong, and that of Scorpio is often satirical and biting, but a good deal of credit is due to the constellation which produced Voltaire and Swift, Laurence Sterne, W.S. Gilbert, Thurber and Mark Twain. Wit and humor are not just the overflow of good nature; on the contrary, they are commoner in signs ruled by the malefic planets, Mars and Saturn. Thus the ancient astrologers were not so wide of the mark when they thought that a malefic ruling planet made a bad character. The conclusion would seem to be that self-criticism now goes further than ever it did in Rome, bad temper is less acceptable and Scorpio people are more fun than they used to be.
Any quality that confers benefit on others is a virtue, and the benefit we derive from Scorpio people is that they take on themselves the dark, dirty and disagreeable tasks. The correlative vice is a tendency to overdo things: they sometimes lack discretion, are too outspoken and do not know where to stop. They would rather do something than nothing, and this leads, to the typical faults of the surgeon and the soldier, who dare not let well alone. Radical interference is an irresistible temptation to Scorpio faced with a tiresome situation. ‘Let’s do something about it!’ he says to himself. A worse vice is the tendency to stick to his own decision as if the mere fact of having made it were a virtue; where intelligence is not high this results in Scorpio becoming just stupidly intractable. Such people think they have a strong will when in fact all they have is a strong won’t.
On the whole, then, the ancients were quite right to make Scorpio quick to act, adaptable, proud, courageous and generous, whereas modern books make it deep and mysterious, obstinate, hard-working but not very active. None of the ancients suggest that Scorpio is in any way mysterious or profound, and doubtless the notion was invented because so many Scorpios failed to show the typical forthright and courageous Martian character. A sidereal astrologer would say that these Scorpios are not deep and mysterious at all–they are just simply Librans.
Similarly the supposed connection of tropical Sagittarius with sport is largely explained because its natives are really children of Scorpio and therefore enjoys using energy and their muscles. Scorpio is of all constellations both the most athletic and also the most sporting, except in so far as Sagittarius is even more ready to take a chance.
At its most typical (but of course no constellation is unmixed with others) Scorpio is the straightforward honest-to-God man of action, openhearted and trustworthy, direct and tactless, generous but not good at making allowances for others, and a great despiser of underhand methods. On any subject his view will be whole-hearted, whether for or against; hence he prefers action to caution, and makes the mistake of being too unqualified, too insistent, too easily certain and too uncompromising. The emotions are strong, but if imprisoned in their own rigidity the result is misfortune. Delays excite thee people to active protest, for they are impatient and hurt themselves by rashness, but they take pride in their toughness and have outstanding powers of endurance and survival.
Sidereal Scorpio In Depth
Burning restraint and implacable intentions vibrate in the depths of your deeply magnetic being. It is you against the world no matter how you present yourself outwardly. Your position in the world is a power position, even if you don’t have any, which is unlikely. You think that doing things the hard way is the right way. But that isn’t always true as life is slowly teaching you.
Early in life you realized that most others are unable to read you. Equally early you awakened to adult desires. This encouraged you to test the limits of people’s intelligence, patience and vulnerability. You discovered that you could get away with almost anything. Except disastrously sometimes you run into someone who can see straight through you and this always at the most inconvenient moment. If you turn to crime you will definitely do time.
You are perceived as secretive because as previously mentioned you are very hard to read. But you are also actually secretive and have a rare talent for telling the ‘truth’ but leaving out crucial details. Part of the irony of being Scorpio is that you keep many secrets from yourself. This produces a mental climate of enigma and mystery and can imbue your life with a kind of X Files feeling.
You have physical and psychological courage and may turn to athletics the military, police work, or security in the real or cyber world. If Mercury is well placed you are a good detective, hacker, research scientist, or corporate leader. If you enter the military with an education you become a general. Deeply insecure socially you may seek higher education in order to gain a title to protect you from your painful social identity crisis.
Vendetta is a word that you understand and woe betide the one who wrongs you and waits too long or fails to make humble and sincere reparations. The saying: “revenge is a dish best enjoyed cold” was probably coined by you. So intensely felt and held are your partnerships that if there is betrayal as there inevitably is sometimes, then you become the dark avenging angel. And what if you believe that they deserve whatever you have decided to have done to them? Haven’t you heard? “Evil must come into the world but woe betide the bearer of it”. It is important for you to remember that justice and revenge are rarely if ever the same thing.
Being actually loved can make you rage because you don’t want to be constrained and you see love as a trap. You fear that the one who truly loves you will also see you as you really are. Should this happen it will bring on the dark night of the soul and ego death. This you know. No one is good enough for you and you always think you can do better, so you secretly keep your options open. As more than one Scorpio has put it “my spouse is married I’m not”. But you are virtually helpless without the right partner. And no matter how much sex you explore or have, you discover that lust is death. And the kind of desire you have can never be actually satisfied but only overcome.
If you actually fall in love and it goes badly you can loose your inner balance and attempt to obliterate yourself in alcohol or drugs. At bottom you are trying to kill the physical world. The spiritualization of sexual energy is crucial to your wellbeing. You react to magic and the occult. Because of your terrific powers of concentration and magnetic energy you can invoke occult powers and penetrate mysteries. Your thoughts turn into energy and actions with unusual intensity. If your motives are not pure you can destroy yourself and those connected to you in this way. And compromise yourself for lifetimes to come.
If you are an emancipated Scorpio you have overcome the psychology of sex and death to discover love and immortality. In this case you are a tremendous influence for good. You are a centre of purposive and ethical work in the world. You have a genius for turning wealth into more wealth.
You can see into the motivations of everyone you meet. Many people will seek your advice and the circle of your good alliances will grow. There is a good marriage of honesty monogamy and loyalty. There is no limit to what you can achieve, but oddly and appropriately at exactly the same stage when you can have the world you loose interest in it.
You see the ultimate emptiness of mere worldly wealth and power and turn your eyes towards eternity. You may do this while maintaining some power position in the world because you detest being imposed upon or interfered with in any way. It is in your fate to spend the last stage of your life in inner if not outer solitude. You can meditate and fast for prolonged periods with ease and calm intense endurance. If you have an actual spiritual awakening you will acquire a large following without even trying. Your spiritual magnetism is potentially world shaking. As an enlightened being you would be a revolutionary activist.
The seventh starhouse has always been associated with partnerships of all kinds, particularly, marriage. We have only to realize that all couplings and unions are based on desire to understand that the seventh Starhouses natural ruler is Mars in the constellation of Scorpio.
Marriage union is of necessity sexual union. The capacity for romantic love is shown by the fifth starhouse, ruled by Mercury-Venus. The seventh and its ruler – depending on the ascendant – in relation to Mars and its other house, the 12th, reveal pure sexuality. So, we see here the classical union of Venus and Mars. Scorpio is the psychological side of desire, or, to put it in spiritual terms, the seventh starhouse of Scorpio determines the Astral-Etheric chemistry between individuals.
We note also that here the expansion into the outer planets takes place – the adult native’s involvement with an outer world, the intensified involvement with other individuals. The emotional forces of sympathy and antipathy – like and dislike – determine the basic activity of the seventh starhouse. Here, again, we come to understand why the ancient sages of star wisdom attributed open enemies to the seventh starhouse and secret enemies to the twelfth starhouse, as both starhouses are “ruled” by Mars, the classical god of desire, action and war.
The philosophy of Dynamism is grounded in the conviction that magnetic forces of attraction and repulsion are the animating principle of life. In reply to the question: “What is God?” – the native with a predomination of planets in the constellation of Scorpio will reply: “God is energy!”
Substance is manifest energy. It astrologically follows that partnerships are shared potential energy with the mutual conviction that beneficial substance is being generated. Where the attempt to share dynamically polarized energy breaks down, conflict and enmity are the natural outcome. Energy is the content of substance. Beings act upon substance in order to produce forms of all kinds. The central issue in a potential marriage is: ”What substance is potential or available out of which a lasting union can be formed?” A central goal of a marriage union is increase of life substance in the form of finance, social connections, shared domestic facilities, etc.
The detriment of Venus-Mercury in Scorpio shows an over involvement in imaginary and actual sex of all kinds. Also when the Mercury side of Venus-Mercury is emphasized and unsupported by benefic planets the Native will tend to be an inveterate liar and deceiver. Here the negative side of Scorpios “secretiveness” comes through with a vengeance and the Native will lie by omission.
The changeable and fluid Moon is considered to be in its fall in Scorpio for two reasons one is that Scorpio is the Starhouse opposite the Moons exaltation in the Constellation of Taurus; the other reason is that the element of Fixed Water over intensifies the emotions. In an intellectual or creative Sidereal Birth Chart the Moon in Scorpio will intensify the Natives concentrative and investigative abilities.
It is easily seen that the seventh starhouse determines personal magnetism and, by extension, is indicative of the native’s relationship with the public. Public life is a multiple partnership with many individuals. The power of benefic planets in the seventh and positive aspects to them from the rest of the chart reveals the extent to which the public can recognize the native. Needless to say, the 10th starhouse and its ruler determine whether the native becomes famous or notorious. Does it not make sense that the traditional house of “open enemies”, the 7th, is ruled by the warlord Mars?