|Duration (Tropical, Western)||23 October – 22 November (2014, UTC)|
Scorpio (♏) (Greek: Σκορπιός, Skorpios; Latin: Scorpius) is the eighth astrological sign in the Zodiac. It spans the 210-240th degree of the zodiac, between 207.25 and 234.75 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this area on average between October 23 and November 22, and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun currently transits the constellation of Scorpius from approximately November 16 to December 15.
Depending on which system of zodiac one subscribes, an individual born under the influence of Scorpio may be called a Scorpio or a Scorpian.1
In Ancient Egypt, Scorpio was the equivalent of the Serpent.2 Serpents were worshiped by ancient Egyptians. In Egypt, not only are there serpents of the houses, but each quarter in Cairo had a serpent-guardian (Lane).3
Before the discovery of Pluto in 1930, which is the true ruler of Scorpio, the surrogate planetary ruler of Scorpio was Mars, but modern astrologers tend to use Pluto as the sole ruler since the planet's general character and qualities are mainly compatible with Scorpio characteristics and attributes.
According to the ancient Greek poet Hesiod, the giant huntsman Orion went away to the island of Crete to spend his time hunting in company with goddess Artemis and Leto. Orion threatened to kill every beast, which made the goddess of earth, Gaia, angry. To punish him for his arrogance, she sent against him a huge Scorpion which stung Orion to death. At the prayer of Artemis and Leto, Zeus, the ruler of the Olympian gods, put Orion and the Scorpion among the stars as a memorial of him and what had occurred 4
The Scorpio sign is the 8th sign of the zodiac. It falls into the 8th house that is ruled by Pluto and represents sex and relationships.
The scorpion is a fierce, allusive, and intense creature. This symbolic match up is no mistake. The Scorpio harnesses the same tenacious maxim as its animal counterpart; sometimes “ the poison is the only cure”. This means that Scorpios are born with a strong will to have control over their own destinies. Scorpios are commonly viewed as the sign of intensities and extremes of the zodiac. They are ruled by their fixed and passionate nature that is hidden behind a seemingly cool and calm facade. They would rather observe and think about what is going on around them than be the center of attention. This secretive nature makes them magnetic to others. This deep emotional passion causes them to be extremely loyal to those close to them. Their passion breeds power, drive, and strong will within in them. Positive traits tend to be determination, fearlessness, poise, loyalty, ambitiousness and intuitiveness. Scorpios extreme passion can also take a dark turn and cause them to be jealous, secretive, resentful and controlling.
Scorpio is a water sign; the element that symbolizes emotion. They possess a certain intuitive nature for reading others' emotions. This allows them to be able to show appropriate affection in relationships and when to hold back. This trait gives them special caring nature in their relationships. This aspect of the sign can be summarized as psychic and enveloping.
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- Oxford Dictionaries. "Scorpio". Definition. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- Zodiac The Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911 ♦ "A Serpent was the Egyptian equivalent of Scorpio."
- "Serpent-Worship" The Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911 ♦ " Serpent-worship in ancient Egypt and other ancient civilizations "
- Pseudo-Hesiod, The Astronomy Fragment 4 (from Pseudo-Eratosthenes Catasterismi 32) (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic 8th or 7th century BC)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Scorpio". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press