Scorpius - Sun Sign - Dates: 31st October to 22nd November



Definition: [Sun Signs - Solar Zodiac] Scorpius [Scorpio], the sign of the Scorpion, is the 9th, and shortest, sign of the Real Solar Zodiac.

Scorpius Astrology: Below can be found the fundamentals of the astrology of Scorpius. The quotations are from the Magnum Opus of astrology, Tetrabiblos, composed by Claudius Ptolemy [c 130 - 170 AD] - the father of Classical astrology.

The Power of the Fixed Stars:   "Of those in the Claws of the Scorpion, the ones at their very extremities exercise the same influence as do Jupiter and Mercury; those in the middle parts the same as do Saturn and, to a less degree, Mars."
"Of the stars in the body of Scorpius, the bright stars on the forehead act in the same way as does Mars and in some degree as does Saturn; the three in the body, the middle one of which is tawny and rather bright and is called Antares, the same as Mars and, in some degree, Jupiter; those in the joints, the same as Saturn and, in some degree, Venus; those in the sting, the same as Mereury and Mars; and the so-called cloud-like cluster, the same as Mars and the moon. "
Character of the Sign:   "Solid" [now Bicorporeal (Mutable) - see below] 
Planet and House:  "Mars; Feminine Aspect." [now Saturn [Feminine Aspect] - see below] 
Triangles:   FourthTriangle - Cancer, Scorpius, and Pisces: Feminine. Ruled by the Venus/Mars in day and Moon/Mars at night. 
Exaltations and Depressions:   "Moon is depressed in Scorpius." 
The Egyptian Terms:   "Mars = 7; Venus = 4; Merkur = 8; Jupiter = 5; Saturn = 6" 
The Chaldean Terms:   "Mars = 6; Venus = 7 ; Jupiter = 8; Merkur = 6; Saturn = 3" 
Countries:   "Metagonitis, Mauritania, Gaetulia; in the centre, Syria, Commagenê, Cappadocia. " 
Effect upon the Weather:   "The sign of Scorpius as a whole is marked by thunder and fire, but, taken part by part, its leading portion is snowy, its middle temperate, and its following portion causes earthquakes. Its northern parts are hot and its southern moist."  

*Ptolemy separates the power of the fixed stars entries for Scorpius into two - one for the claws and one the body - which he does for no other sign. [See Tetrabiblos Book i Chapter 9]. See Libra for a - partial - explanation of this.

Movement of the Ages : Ptolemy's astrology described the heavens in the Age of Aries. However, nearly two thousand years later we are now in the Age of Pisces. Therefore, some of the astrological features noted above are no longer accurate. Scorpius is no longer a Solid sign, but is now a Bicorporeal sign. In modern terminology this makes it a mutable sign. [See Tetrabiblos Book i Chapter 11]

Which planet makes its 'house' in Scorpius [in modern terms the planetary ruler] is even more complex. In the Age of Taurus, 4000 years ago, Leo was the Summer Solstice sign in the northern hemisphere and hence the Sun made its 'house' in Leo and the rest of the signs followed from this starting point. But by the time of Ptolemy, in the Age of Aries, Cancer was the Solstice sign and should have been assigned the Sun. However Ptolemy assigns Leo the Sun. Even Ptolemy kept out-dated astrology, as we do today. [See Tetrabiblos Book i Chapter 17] In our time at the end of the Age of Pisces, Gemini is the Solstice sign and so should be assigned the Sun. Hence in the Age of Pisces Saturn makes its 'house' in Scorpius.

The Powers of the Stars of Scorpius:

Scorpius, the Scorpion.  From Uranometria, Johann Bayer, Augsburg, 1603 AD.


Scorpius, the Scorpion. From Uranometria, Johann Bayer, Augsburg, 1603 AD.

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The Real Solar Zodiac Sun Signs:
  Sun Sign    Meaning   Dates 
01:   Pisces   the Fishes   12 Mar to 18 Apr 
02:   Aries   the Ram   19 Apr to 13 May 
03:   Taurus   the Bull   14 May to 19 Jun 
04:   Gemini   the Twins   20 Jun to 20 Jul 
05:   Cancer   the Crab   21 Jul to 9 Aug
06:  Leo   the Lion   10 Aug to 15 Sep 
07:  Virgo   the Maiden   16 Sep to 30 Oct 
08:  Libra   the Scales   31 Oct to 22 Nov 
09:  Scorpius   the Scorpion   23 Nov to 29 Nov   
10:  Ophiuchus    the Serpent Bearer   30 Nov to 17 Dec 
11  Sagittarius   the Archer   18 Dec to 18 Jan 
12:  Capricornus     the Sea Goat   19 Jan to 15 Feb 
13:  Aquarius   the Water Carrier   16 Feb to 11 Mar 
* The Non-Zodiac Constellations    


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