Western Astrology - Scorpio
- Ruler: Pluto.
- Element: Water.
- Quality: Fixed.
- Gender: Feminine.
- Color: Black.
- Tarot: Death.
- Natural House: Eighth.
- Astrological Birthstones: Aquamarine, Apache tear, beryl, coral and obsidian.
- Planetary Stone: Garnet and ruby.
- Physical Correspondence: Genitals.
- Keywords: Aware, investigate.
The sign of Scorpio is traditionally ruled by Mars, although Pluto has also been assigned rulership since its discovery in 1930. Physically it is related to the sexual organs and excretion. It is said to have a feminine nature, and is therefore more passive in its energy expression.
As a Water sign it is connected with the world of emotions, particular the deep primeval emotions concerned with sexuality and survival. As a Fixed sign, its energy manifests in a stable manner, giving great determination and endurance. Planets in Scorpio seek to establish emotional security in a threatening world. Hence the association with jealousy and passion.
Anxiety in the face of the unknown and consequently a desire to be able to control what is going on leads to a certain obsessive quality in planets placed in this sign. There is a secretiveness and compulsiveness which is hidden under a facade of strong self-control. Instinctual knowledge, occult talents and psychological ability manifest themselves in Scorpio, because the character dwells on the inner emotional demons most people choose to ignore.