Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
The Sun in Scorpio
The Sun in astrology symbolizes the core essence of who you are – your individuality and sense of self.
It describes what is likely to motivate you, and why. The Sun Sign describes the prime focal point within the personality structure, and is of major importance. Understanding and developing these aspects of self will help develop and expand your sense of authenticity. Understanding the house in which your Sun is found will give even greater detail.
If you do not feel much like your Sun Sign, then consider – Are giving yourself permission to be who you truly need to be?
Scorpio: Fixed Water
Keywords- Transformation, Intensity, Purification, Power
Positive Expression: Creativity, healing, transformation, regeneration, loyal, focussed, pure, intimate, erotic
Negative Expression: Destructive, annihilation, cruel, seductive, manipulative, controlling, betrayal, abuse, possessiveness.
When the Sun is found in the mysterious sign of Scorpio, there is an emphasis on the subtle and the profound. Motivated by a need to create emotional closeness with others, and then to experience the raw truth of that connection, those born with the Sun in Scorpio often have much to learn about the nature of intimacy and power. Scorpio is a complex sign with many dimensions of expression. This complexity is traditionally described by the three symbols which describe its expression – The Scorpion, The Eagle and The Phoenix. Each of these symbols describes something about what motivates the Scorpio individual, and so what their potential in life might be. When the Sun is found in Scorpio, there is a gift for penetrating to the core essence of reality, to see things and others as they truly are.
Ruled by the Water element, these are sensitive individuals. They have an almost compulsive need to face the truth about themselves and the people in their lives through penetrating beneath the core of surface appearances. This sign is associated with desire, sexuality and release. It also relates to the psychological motivations which underpin human behaviour. Through confrontation with their own and other people’s true nature, Scorpios tend to experience life lessons that acquaint them with the depth of what it means to be a human being. Scorpios have the opportunity to offer a truly compassionate understanding of human nature to those who can benefit from it most.
Scorpio governs matters to do with life, death, transformation, sexuality, intimacy, relationships, destruction, renewal and regeneration. This sign rules crisis situations, life and death decisions and emergency services. Scorpio also has a financial emphasis, meaning that there can also be a talent for managing other people’s resources. Accordingly, Scorpio is connected with stocks, bonds, investments, and decision-making which happens behind the scenes. Scorpio is also associated with hidden matters such as magic and the occult, as well as depth psychology, forensics, criminology, mafia and any study of unconscious forces. Those born under this sign often have an uncanny knack for sensing the subtle or hidden undercurrents in a situations, and tend to respond in ways that bring hidden dimensions to light. They can excel in circumstances that call for reconstruction, renewal and reform. Scorpios will often show a fascination for at least one of these areas of experience, as well as a flair for confronting such issues head-on.
Finding the Truth
This capacity to penetrate down to the core of what drives other people means that Scorpios are not likely to mince words. In negotiations and discussions, they have the ability to put their finger on exactly what is happening, or needs to be said in a given moment, in order to bring about change. This ability to “call a spade a spade” means they can be very effective in all forms of analysis, strategic planning or conflict resolution. They can also be especially effective in any activity that requires the identification of obstacles and then removing these from a recognized path. They can also make excellent healers, counsellors and psychotherapists because of this capacity to uncover the truth. By sensing their way down to the foundations of human behaviour, they gain the perspective to look at things realistically and assess what is truly going on.
This need to get to the core essence comes from a powerful urge to face truth. Scorpio is a sensitive and subtle sign. Whilst the may appear calm and controlled, they are easily hurt and need time to learn to trust. Once their trust is given, it is unflinching and absolute. Because they are so sensitive, they know when something incongruent is afoot. They quickly sense when others are keeping the truth from them, and this feeling will make them hold themselves back. They often prefer to sit back to assess others first, watching what they are doing, how and with whom before deciding who it is they can trust. Scorpios tend to be very private people, and even the most extroverted Scorpio will keep certain things strictly to themselves. It takes time for them to open up and share. They tend to value privacy and personal space. When feelings of trust and intimacy do develop, then they will be the most caring and generous of lovers or friends. For Scorpio emotional intimacy is a precious thing that must be earned.
Their sensitivity makes them vulnerable, and they seek to protect this vulnerability by confronting the source of whatever is challenging them or causing them concern. By facing problems at their source, they hope to disarm an enemy or a situation before it has the opportunity to overpower them. Their best offence is defence, and they do this with lethal precision. They will confront the truth about themselves, as well as other people, if it will bring them closer to their goal. They tend to require absolute honesty in their all interactions, and have a way of sensing when such a level of honesty is being withheld. This need to face what is going on can come across as provocative or confrontational. Scorpios can seem controversial -even threatening – simply because they are seeking to expose the truth. The Scorpio ability to uncover the essence of things means that these individuals can see through any facade, and pick up on any attempt at deception that may be operating. It is very difficult for anyone to pull the wool over Scorpio eyes. They use this uncanny sensitivity to protect their vulnerable feelings, and seek out those they can fully trust.
Finding Light in the Dark
As much as Scorpios are famed for their intensity, they are also famed for their sting. Learning to recognize and deal with the negative or toxic parts of their own nature is an essential part of the journey to know the truth. There is an “all-or-nothing” quality about this sign that must be handled with care. When they love someone, they do so completely. They can be especially devoted, caring and committed with their hearts. But when they feel threatened or uncomfortable, they may show a more destructive side of themselves which can be the source of much heartache and regret. Because Scorpios deal in power and truth, they know the impact their words can have. They also know that words and truthfulness can be used to harm others as much as they can be used to heal. Those Scorpios who have not learnt to develop and refine their personalities can use a well-aimed remark to destroy another, attacking them at their weakest and most vulnerable point. A certain amount of power is gained from this ability to find another’s weakness, but this power is something they must wield with care.
The toxic, unconscious and non-regenerative aspects of their own nature will make them strike out defensively, and preemptively wound others to keep them at bay. This then poisons their potential relationships, and destroys what might otherwise be healed. It is very human to blame others for the faults we also carry ourselves. This is an aspect of the shadow or unconscious. Scorpios need to recognize when this shadow is operating so that it can be redeemed and brought into the light. This requires absolutely honesty, firstly with themselves. Once they see themselves more clearly, they are in a much better position to recognize when they need to keep clear of someone, and who it is they can really trust.
Consequently, it is important for Scorpio’s to become aware of their own faults before they can comfortably deal with others. This sign requires that they examine their own emotional natures, in order to grow and evolve. It is important that they learn to spend time alone, and get to the bottom of what they are feeling and why. As a Water sign, they may experience intense emotional needs and desires. These desires demand satisfaction,and can lead to certain obsessions in their lives. Becoming obsessed about an outcome or a person is a strong signal that something deeper is going on. Often, Scorpios carry deep desires to posses or conquer another person as a way to conquer some undisclosed aspect of themselves. The other person represents a part of themselves they are unconsciously trying to bring into the light. Sometimes, they seek ways to control and subtly dominate others in order to have these needs met. In this way, they learn how to wield and focus their personal power. Yet they can easily be drawn into dark and morbid encounters as a way of facing these aspects of themselves. Finding and refining the undercurrents in their lives also leads to a purification of their relationships.
Astrologer Deborah Houlding has described it like this
For Scorpios who lack conscious direction this can seem an exhaustive ongoing process, a life full of highs and lows, passion and pain, with the zenith and nadir of experience expanding with each successive turn. There is no doubt that this full exposure to experience involves pain, suffering, hardship, distress and agonised emotions. The ‘private parts’ relate symbolically to the depths of the hidden, unlit realms; where the raw, gritty and disquieting elements of all that is unpleasant and socially unacceptable take place. Most Scorpios have encountered the harsher realities of the world at some level or another, and being fixed in disposition they retain their experiences – even the most in-depth, transpersonal counselling techniques can only help to bring acceptance and understanding, they do not erase the memories. Through Scorpio we are drawn to confronting and conquering such demons, a journey requiring an honest acceptance of how we contribute towards, as well as suffer from, the issues that underlie corrupted patterns of behaviour.1
Once Scorpio has embraced transformation in their lives, they can operate as a powerful forces for change in the lives of others, helping people to improve themselves and their situations. For these reasons many Scorpios seem to be drawn to working in emergency and crisis situations, where their natural sensitivity and ability to identify the most empowering response finds a natural outlet. They can also operate as valuable counsellors and confidantes. Scorpios are often privy to the secrets of others. Because they value privacy they recognize the value of what others share with them. Scorpios can act like vaults, holding the difficult truths people need to share about themselves when they have nowhere else to turn. They know the power of secrecy, and will keep a confidence with great loyalty. This sign is also connected with catharsis, and by letting others confide in them, Scorpios often have a way of helping them let go of what is holding them back and so transform. By facing emotional truths honestly, they help themselves and others change.
A further aspect of the Scorpio nature involves the management of other people’s resources. This is a very financial sign, and Scorpios often have special talents in dealing with finance and resource management. They excel at strategic planning and having an intuitive awareness around when to go forward and when to pull back. Their sense of timing is often excellent, as they can read the subtle energies pooling all around them. Scorpio is an especially strategic sign, and can patiently wait for exactly the right moment to act. Their success comes from having the tenacity to hold onto momentum when other, less resolute individuals have lost focus or let opportunities dissipate. Scorpios have an intimate understanding of power and its potential. So they know how to use it to maximum efficiency. Thus, they can be naturally attuned to work in government, financial and property markets, where the ability to see the true value of something and wield power from behind the scenes is a real asset.
The Scorpio Solar Journey
Born with the Sun in Scorpio, your journey is likely to involve learning through transformation and change. You are here to learn about power and how power operas through life. You may see this process in yourself or other people, and may develop great strength through constant cycles of crisis and regeneration. Over time, you gain inner wisdom through confronting your own inner demons and desires. In essence, your journey is one toward greater levels of intimacy both with yourself and other people. You are likely to seek deep, one-on-one encounters with others where you can explore the depths of your emotional nature. From intimacy comes real growth, as well as unique insight into the mysteries of human life. To attain this level of insight and illumination, you must first be truthful with yourself.