(October 23 - November 21)

*Info taken from these two books: The Secret Language of Birthdays and The Power of Birthdays, Stars, & Numbers.

DUALITY: Feminine
Scorpio is imaginative, passionate and emotional, subtle, persistent, intense, obstinate and unyielding.
RULING PLANET: Pluto: Ancient god of the nether world and f the dead. In astrology, Pluto rules regenerative forces, and the beginnings and ends of phases in life.
SYMBOL: The Scorpion: A secretive, deadly creature that can poison its enemies. Its sting is often fatal.
GLYPH (WRITTEN SYMBOL): The pictograph is the stinger of the Scorpion connected to a representation of the human reproductive organs (the part of anatomy that Scorpio rules). This was the symbol in ancient times for the phoenix, bird of immortality and regeneration. In symbolic terms, the curved lines and arrow represent strong emotions tied to practicality and aiming toward higher consciousness.
Scorpio is the sign of inheritance and legacies. Its natives are given a sense of purpose and destiny, and find truest happiness in dispensing their life-force to others. Taurus is the sign of possessions and owning, and people born under this sign want to possess, collect, and have. They will not easily let go of what belongs to them.
PARTY OF THE BODY RULED BY SCORPIO: The genitals: Scorpio people are susceptible to infections of the urinary system and venereal disease In addition, their volatile emotions are often the cause of exhaustion and ill health.
LUCKY DAY: Tuesday
MAGICAL BIRTHSTONE: Topaz: Releases occult powers and brings serenity of mind. It also protects from enemies and illness.
SPECIAL COLORS: Crimson, Burgundy, Maroon: The glowing color of passion.
CITIES: Liverpool, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Newcastle
COUNTRIES: Norway, Algeria, Morocco, Tahiti
FLOWERS: Chrysanthemum and Rhododendron
TREES: Blackthorn and busy trees
METAL: Plutonium
ANIMALS RULED BY SCORPIO: Insects and crustaceans
DANGER: Scorpio people evoke anger in others by their secretiveness and jealousy. Their sharp, stinging tempers can also enrage others to the point of violence.

Your most likeable trait: IDEALISM

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 suggest an iceberg of 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, Pisces) tend to be psychic, but you Scorpios delve into the powers of the mind that others are afraid of. This is the zodiacal 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, Christian 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 is 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 forgive 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 quickly to channel your formidable energies into new paths and to embark on an entirely different career. Confronted with disaster you will try to run it into success. Practical and shrewd, you believe in tangible immediate goals, 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 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.