Scorpio: October 23 - November 21 ~~ General Personality Characteristics

This is the sign of extremes.  Scorpio people are variously described as powerful, weak, independent, clinging, passionate, and cold.  Clearly, you are a bundle of contradictions encompassing the best and worst in human nature.

The key to your personality is intensity.  Magnetic, emotional, capable of exerting tremendous force, your strength is hidden in the depths.  In the sign of Scorpio the element of water is fixed, an image that suggests an iceberg or a bottomless well.  You may appear impassive, sometimes unapproachable, but turbulent passions are always roiling underneath, invisible on the surface.

You need a positive avenue of expression - in career or love or creative achievement - or your feelings turn inward, become imprisoned, at times even destructive.  More than natives of any other sign, Scorpios live at a high pitch of emotion.  Its negative aspects are brooding, jealousy, resentment, even vengefulness.  The positive aspect is your unswerving dedication once your emotions are engaged.  The Scorpion energy, drive and endurance are legend.  Above all, you seek to give your life a meaningful pattern, to find a deeper purpose.

You have a philosophical turn of mind and may become interested in religion and the occult.  Your sixth sense enables you to intuit things before they happen.  You are blessed with a native understanding of the human heart and a great awareness of life's secrets.  All the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) tend to be psychic, but you Scorpios delve into the powers of the mind that others are afraid of.  This is the astrological sign of birth, sex, death and regeneration - areas of human existence in which a person confronts the mysteries of the universe.  Many Scorpio natives are brilliant doctors, surgeons, scientists and spiritual leaders.  Jonas Salk, Christiaan Barnard, Marie Curie and Martin Luther are among them.

The complexity of your mind makes it difficult for you to skim the surface; you must uncover what lies beneath.  Whether you are studying a new subject, learning a language, hunting down a fact or just reading for amusement, there is a quality of penetration in the way your mind works.

Your relationships are usually complicated.  This is not surprising when you consider that you can be simultaneously generous and affectionate, violent and unpredictable; in your sunniest moods there is always a hint of an imminent change in the weather.  You are deeply loyal to friends but are also intensely jealous and possessive.  You cannot tolerate the thought that anyone you love might have a yearning, or even a simple yen, for anyone else.  With you, it's usually all or nothing at all.  Moderation and restraint are not in your emotional vocabulary.

You never forget a kindness and try to repay it handsomely.  Conversely, you never forget an injury and will wait years to get even.  In fact, most of the time, getting even isn't enough - you want vengeance.  It is strictly not advisable to do harm to any Scorpion.  You make a dangerous enemy, for you are as subtle and deadly as the symbol of your sign.

You are a fierce competitor, though often you manage to conceal this from others.  You file away pieces of information, facts, names - and don't hesitate to use what you know if the occasion arises.  When you spot a weakness in a rival, you move in quickly for the kill.

You are adaptable, able to quickly channel your formidable energies into new paths and to embark on an entirely different career.  Confronted with disaster, you will try to turn it into success.  Practical and shrewd, you believe in tangible immediate goals, and your single-minded concentration on getting what you want is formidable.

Clever with money, conservative about spending it, you have an excellent chance to amass wealth.  In business, you tend to accomplish things first and announce them second.  By the time an opponent is aware of your progress, it is a fait accompli.

Your nature makes you subject to obsessive drives which can be resistant to reason.  You will dominate and control anyone who lets you.  Suspicious and wary, you are reluctant to trust your heart to anyone.  But once you do, you love deeply.

Too many astrologers, in describing the sign of Scorpio, forget to emphasize how loving, generous, kind, loyal, even gentle a Scorpio can be.  Many idealists who adhere to high principles and are a great positive force for helping others are born under this sign.

What all Scorpios have in common is intensity of feeling.  Emotion not only rules, it characterizes you.  You are passionate in love, and passionate about everything in which you become involved: work, relationships, hobbies, causes.  You are an individual painted in vivid colors; there is no such thing as a pastel Scorpio.

(Credit: The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need, Joanna Martine Woolfolk)