Scorpio: All About This Zodiac Sign’s Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

Scorpio is the most intense and focused of the horoscope signs. As a fixed water sign, Scorpio energy helps us dive deep, merge our superpowers and form bonds that are built to last.

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The Scorpio Personality

Scorpio Traits At a Glance

Symbol: The Scorpion
Quality: Fixed
Ruling Planet: Pluto — the planet of power and regeneration
Body Part: Crotch, reproductive organs
Good Day: Magnetic, passionate, loyal, protective, trendsetting, brave
Bad Day: Obsessive, possessive, jealous, secretive, vengeful, manipulative
Favorite Things: Underground music, spicy food, an air of danger, one-of-a-kind objects, wireless devices, organic ingredients, vinyl
What You Hate: Simple-minded people, insincere flattery, personal questions, living at someone else’s house
Secret Wish: To have complete and total control
How to Spot Them: Intense eyes, a hawk-like gaze, smooth movements
Where You’ll Find Them: In the studio producing a platinum album, sitting at the corner table of an underground bar, taking things apart and figuring how to put them back together again
Keywords: Intimacy, Sex, Secrecy, Power, Intensity, Obsession

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What Is Scorpio’s Symbol? The Scorpion

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The Scorpio horoscope symbol is the Scorpion. The Scorpio symbol is usually depicted as the Scorpion and its stinger to insinuate Scorpio’s highly sexual and powerfully defensive nature. The Scorpio “M” glyph has a prolonged and pointy tail, revealing the Scorpion’s sting, unlike Virgo’s tail, which is curled into on itself. Power and control are the main Scorpio traits. Thus, the Scorpio symbol of the Scorpion’s stinger expresses the intensity, depth and laser focus of this zodiac sign. 

What Is Scorpio’s Element and Modality? The Fixed Water Sign

Scorpio Element: Water

Scorpio is one of the three zodiac signs grouped under the water element. The other two water signs are Cancer and Pisces.

Scorpio Modality or Quality: Scorpio is a Fixed Sign

The zodiac signs are grouped into three “qualities” or “triplicities”: cardinal, mutable and fixed signs. There are four fixed signs—Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. These signs fall in the middle of every season. They’re the stabilizers—the ones who set up a solid goal or foundation, then start building.

Fixed signs can take the enthusiastic ideas that cardinal signs spark, and craft them into something real. They pick up the ball when the cardinal sign passes it, and run the distance to the goal. Fixed signs are the trustworthy types who like “to-do” lists and fancy titles. If a cardinal signs says, “Let’s go on vacation!” the fixed sign will call the travel agency, book the tickets and hotel, and send everyone a list of what to pack.

What is Scorpio’s Ruling Planet? Pluto

Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, god of the underworld and all things connected to the occult. The legend goes that the primary Greek gods—Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto—drew straws to determine who would respectively rule the Earth, the ocean, and the underworld. Unfortunately, Pluto received the bad end of the deal and was compelled to oversee the domain of the deceased. Pluto is often depicted sitting on his throne with a two-pronged staff. Since Pluto wasn’t discovered until the 1930s, Scorpio has Mars as its minor ruler. Mars is the god of war who is depicted as charging forth into battle.

Scorpio love and compatibility

In love and relationships, Scorpio has a reputation as the zodiac’s “sexiest” sign. The Scorpio ruling planet is intense Pluto and this sign is drawn to the mysterious and taboo. For Scorpio, a healthy sex life is painted with the art of seduction. This sign is loves to be in a position of authority.

Simply put: Scorpio plays for keeps and has no middle ground. Dating a Scorpio is like undergoing an FBI interview. This sign has a penchant for detective work, so don’t even think about trying to hide anything (they will find out!). Scorpio isn’t a big cheater, unless they think you cheated on them first. Scorpio can obsess over a breakup, even if they realize the person wasn’t right for them. Should they make it to the altar, the Scorpio wedding is an intimate affair, even if the guest list is anything but.

Scorpio compatibility

While we believe that any two zodiac signs can be compatible in love and friendship, there are certain sign combinations that just flow together better than others.

Most compatible signs for Scorpio:
For Scorpio, the most compatible signs for romantic relationships, work and friendship tend to be the three water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and the three earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), who tend to be traditional and safe in similar ways.

Least compatible signs for Scorpio:
Scorpio may find their most incompatible signs for love, work and friendship to be the fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) and the air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius). The pace of fire signs may be too fast for Scorpio, leaving these sensitive souls feeling burned. The social air signs can overwhelm this delicate water sign with too much socializing and not enough privacy or retreat!

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Scorpio in career and money

The Scorpio career path is about gaining power and control. Although you crave security, you also thrive on competition. Nothing engages a Scorpio more than pursuing an out-of-reach goal that promises power, lifelong financial security or a chance to be seen as the best in your field.

When it comes to money, Scorpio prefers to be 100 percent on top of their finances. A tight wallet sends you into panic, but once you’re comfortable with your account’s natural highs and lows, you’ll learn how to trust the universe. Ironically, that’s when you’ll become playful and powerful with money. Scorpio is determined to live life on your own terms. This sign is surprisingly resourceful—finances will never be an issue for long.

Scorpio in a family: Scorpio parents and Scorpio kids

The Scorpio family member loves their family fiercely, but they also need alone time. They crave the closeness and intimacy a family provides, but they have to peace-out from time-to-time.

As a parent, the Scorpio mom or dad is the boss. This is the “momager” sign. You run a tight ship but everyone benefits from your tenacity. Settling is not in your vocabulary.

The Scorpio kid tends to be introverted. These kids may prefer to play alone for hours or enjoy the company of a few close friends or a sibling. Ruled by Pluto, these kids are deeply sensitive.

Read more about Scorpio family dynamics

Scorpio taste and style: fashion, decor and wellness

Scorpio Style + Home Decor

The Scorpio style is part mystery and often sexy. This sign is deeply affected by unspoken cues, therefore Scorpio style relies on colors that can make or break their mood. Scorpio home decor can give homebody vibes. Scorpio is a private sign that likes to lock the doors and pull down the blinds. They don’t mind being alone and their home is often a relaxing retreat from the outside world.

Scorpio Health + Wellness

When it comes to Scorpio health and wellness, these people either love or hate to exercise. This sign is but concerned with keeping their edge, so they’ll do what it takes to stay fit. And once their energy gets flowing, they won’t want to stop! When they do, a Scorpio meditation or one that invokes the water element can help them reset.

Famous Scorpios & Scorpio Celebrities:

Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Drake, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Gates, Willow Smith, Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Tyga, Lamar Odom, Puff Daddy, Calvin Klein, Shailene Woodley, Lorde, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Willow Smith, John Adams, James K. Polk, James A. Garfield, Theodore Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Sylvia Plath, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Robert Louis Stevenson, Voltaire, Stefano Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein


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