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Everything You’ve Ever Needed To Know About Scorpio Zodiac Signs

Meet the zodiac's dark and mysterious scorpion.

Scorpio Zodiac Signs: Personality Traits, Love Compatibility & More Astrology
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Emotional, mystery-solving, and powerful Scorpios are born between October 23 and November 22. Scorpios are the eighth sign of the zodiac and know how to turn their darkest feelings into power with ease.

"Scorpio energy can be hard to handle due to its emotional intensity, and its power can sometimes be uncomfortable for those who don't know what to do with the sign's no-nonsense attitude toward life," Scorpio-born astrologer Narayana Montúfar tells Bustle. "Scorpio is the hardest sign to get to know, but when they get involved, they go all-in. They are also incredibly psychic and can smell fakeness from a mile away — that's why they can be quite picky when choosing friends and even acquaintances."

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Their raw and edgy outlook on life is what makes Scorpios one of the realest and reliable signs of the zodiac. Here’s everything you need to know about these deep and complex water signs.

Scorpio Zodiac Sign Facts

  • Scorpio Season Dates: October 23 to November 22
  • Scorpio Element: Water
  • Scorpio Modality: Fixed
  • Scorpio Symbol: The scorpion ♏
  • Scorpio Ruling Planet: Mars and Pluto
  • Scorpio Ruling House: The eighth house of merging, joint ventures, and rebirth.
  • Scorpio Twelfth House Sign: Libra
  • Scorpio Birthstone: Topaz

Scorpio Personality Traits

Intuitive Scorpios are symbolized by the stinging scorpion, which speaks to their intensity, determination, and strong senses. They don't like to show it, but they're sensitive at heart, so they'll lash out to protect themselves if they feel threatened. Scorpio has two ruling planets— the first being their traditional planetary ruler, Mars which explains why they are the most driven and stubborn water signs of the zodiac. Their modern ruling planet is dark and transformative Pluto, which gives us some background on why Scorpios are so drawn to the hidden and taboo sides of life. As one of the fixed zodiac signs, Scorpios have a great sense of control over their deep well of emotions and have a strong outer shell that allows them to withstand the harshness of life.

Among Scorpio’s strengths, they are naturally investigative and inquisitive, making them the go-to friend if you’re trying to get to the bottom of something and feel ready to face the truth. Scorpios have a reputation for being intense, but their transcendental water energy represents another layer to their personality. They are naturally in tune with life and have a better understanding of the dark depths of the human experience more than any other zodiac sign. Scorpios are naturally in tune with life’s mystical side, which is why they are often associated with the occult and find themselves drawn to tarot, astrology, and other spiritual interests.

Scorpios carry a powerful presence that can be intimidating to some but also gives them an alluring and mysterious nature that draws people in. Their arrival rarely goes unnoticed, and people can’t help but want to hear what they have to say. Maintaining their desired reputation is something that Scorpios take pride in, though they can get too controlling over their public image and super conscious about how they’re viewed by others. Rarely will you ever get more personal information from a Scorpio than they have already committed themselves to share.

With a sharp mind and ability to feel things deeply, Scorpios love to immerse themselves in everything beneath the surface of the human psyche. They’re emotionally driven and highly selective about who gets to see their vulnerable side. Nicknamed the “dark horse” of the zodiac, Scorpios will keep their motivations, interests, and progress a secret until the right moment and have a cutthroat manner of getting to the truth that can surprise an unassuming person.

Scorpio Compatibility

Authenticity is the key to being compatible with a Scorpio. They have a sharp radar for disingenuous people and don’t like to play games unless they are the ones being sought after. While Scorpios are known for being jealous and possessive sometimes, it's only because of how loyal and dedicated they are to the things and people they care about.

Scorpio Compatible Signs In Friendship

Scorpios are intentionally reserved and only open up to the people with whom they’ve established a strong foundation of trust and reliability. While they appear cool, calm and collected, when you have the privilege of getting to know the private side of a Scorpio, you’ll find that there’s a storm of sensitivities hidden beneath their surface. Scorpios are most compatible in friendship with grounded Capricorns who share their ambitious and power-seeking nature. While they will initially have to work harder to develop a sturdy friendship, especially when it comes to understanding each other's emotions, their harmonizing energies have the potential to form a ride-or-die bond.

Scorpio Compatible Signs In Love

Scorpios are passionate lovers with an exciting side of danger. They tend to be on the defensive side when it comes to falling for someone, and it takes a lot to earn their trust. But once that happens, Scorpios are devoted partners who bring intimate connections and great passion to a relationship. That said, Scorpios require deep and unwavering loyalty from their partner, as any breach of trust could cause irreparable damage. If a Scorpio feels that their heart is being threatened, they'll immediately whip out their poison-filled stinger to protect themselves. Fellow water signs Cancer and Pisces are most likely to be able to relate to Scorpios' need for security and comfort before they can open up. Their faithfulness and compassion would make Scorpio feel seen and understood on a soul level, making them most compatible in love.

Scorpio Compatible Signs In Bed

It’s no secret that Scorpios love to be desired by their sexual partners, and no one can understand their inner intensity quite like another Scorpio can. While there could be a battle for dominance and attention in the bedroom, two Scorpios are the ultimate match for each other in sexual compatibility. Spending passionate and lustful, yet emotionally connected nights with a partner who knows exactly what they need at just one glance is Scorpio’s definition of intimacy. Forming a deep bond with someone is important to them and they’ll settle for nothing less than fireworks. Luckily, Scorpios are always up for a challenge.

Scorpio At Work

Powered by decisive Mars and transformational Pluto, Scorpios have big ambitions and aren’t afraid to go through the trenches to achieve their dreams. That said, they tend to rise to the top of their careers stealthily. Scorpios are driven by recognition and power, but this doesn’t always have to manifest in fame. They have a natural ability to shine in whatever they do, yet they can feel equally satisfied being a powerful and acknowledged person working behind the scenes so that they can maintain their privacy. Scorpios expect the best outcome from all of their ventures and will find that their generosity and ability to make good investments with their time, efforts, and finances are a large reason for their financial and material success. Ideal jobs for Scorpios are CEOs, actors, directors, and detectives.

Additional reporting by Alexandria Lettman.

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