Scorpio's classical ruler, the planet Mars, is linked to the tarot's lightning-struck tower card, and its modern ruler, Pluto, is associated with the tarot's judgment card. The sign Scorpio belongs to the element water, one of the four elements described by the Greek philosopher Empedocles. The tarot's watery suit of cups depicts typical scenes from human emotional life. Western astrology has its origins in Babylonia, Chaldea and Egypt, where the scorpion was an arachnid to be feared. A brief review of the life of the scorpion quickly reveals why these stinging arachnids are associated with death, destruction, rebirth and transformation.
Scorpions can grow to be as large as seven inches long. They have six pairs of appendages. The second pair of appendages, which have large powerful claw-like pincers, are used to grasp and hold their prey while they use the first pair to rip apart their catch as they suck out its vital juices. The ancients eventually assigned the claws of the constellation Scorpio to the zodiac sign Libra, symbolizing the scales of justice and the bonds of matrimony. The remaining four pairs of the scorpion's appendages have pincers and are used for walking.
At the end of the scorpion's elongated body is a segmented tail with a poisonous stinger. Scorpions have two types of venom: a hemotoxin that causes swelling and pain, and a neurotoxin that can cause nerve paralysis and death.
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Mating consists of a courtship dance that culminates in the female accepting the male's sperm, after which she often kills and eats her mate. Following a period of gestation, the female scorpion gives birth to her devoured husband's offspring, completing the cycle of death and rebirth. The scorpion is a formidable foe, small yet powerful and potentially lethal.
In astrology, the planet Mars is the warrior of the zodiac, so it is natural that Mars be associated with the sign Scorpio. In traditional astrology, Mars, the god of war, symbolized lightning, a favorite weapon of Zeus Jupiter , king of the Olympian gods. The scorpion's sting becomes more deadly, scales of the siren's fishtail become sharper, the rocks this mythical creature resides on become more dangerous for any ship that may come close by. At the same time, her song become sweeter and her charms more potent than ever.
Bringing equal amounts of pleasure and pain, this femme fatale's already delicate inner balance can tip over in one direction just as easily as in the other. Once in her embrace, the sailor will see her dark side.
She is a passionate lover but also tends to be extremely jealous and possessive - almost treating "her people" as her property. The Scorpio will stop at nothing in order to get and keep their prey - hide important information, keep secrets, manipulate and weave elaborate webs to keep their victim in their domain. Even if this may sound as an exaggeration, during the New Moon, it may not be.
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Still, Odysseus outsmarted the sirens and so we too can outsmart the Scorpio. Bear in mind though that this dangerous creature may not always be an external enemy but may, at times, also reside within us. Just like this frenzied enchantress of the horoscope, we too may need to curb our burning jealousy, put reins on some of the more negative sides of the passion burning within us and let others have their fair share of freedom.
The innate tendency to manipulate people for our own ends exists in all of us, no matter how pure and noble-hearted we may consider ourselves to be. This is why it is always good to keep our motives in check and see whether we are approaching any situation with a good and honest intention or we want to play the people involved as if they were figures on a chessboard. Shuffle the cards as usual, draw and lay them out as pictured. The planet Pluto harnesses its powerful and persuasive side as it rules over the zodiac sign Scorpio.
As the 8th sign in the zodiac, Scorpio rules over the 8th House of Intimacy. The 8th house is a representation of the things we share deeply with others, like secrets, values, and physical intimacy.
Scorpio has never been interested in superficiality -- by sharing and relating with others in these more profound ways, Scorpio sets deep roots that help them thrive in everyday life. The element of Water flows consistently and powerfully through the zodiac sign Scorpio. Black absorbs light, much like Scorpio dives below the surface to enlighten its own life. Fixed signs are very consistent and self-aware, and Scorpio is deeply connected to its own intuition.