The M reappears in the symbol for Virgo, another Zodiac sign — see the image to the right. Virgo symbol. Since M is a Greek and Roman letter, this symbol for Scorpio is hardly older than those cultures. I would bet on Medieval times, when alchemy and other metaphysical speculations erupted all over Europe. The mystery would be solved if the Greek or Roman spelling of scorpion contained an M — but no.
Not even the Babylonian name for it holds anything near the sound of M. Unfortunately, a lot of the occult sciences of the past are unclear to us, because of the Scientific Revolution commencing with the discoveries by Isaac Newton in the early 17th century. Below is an ink version of the symbol for Scorpio, which I did a number of years back in an experiment of using Japanese ink calligraphy shodo for old European astrology symbols.
Well, what to do? Below is one typical example, where the stars of the constellations have also been marked. For the header of this website, I played a little with the Scorpio symbol — using the photo of a real scorpion. The background is a theater curtain, as a reminder of the Scorpio archetype: the actor. Here are the symbols glyphs of all the twelve Zodiac signs, and links to pages telling more about each Zodiac sign symbol.
Sun sign dates: March 21 — April English name: The Bull. Know More. English name: The Twins. English name: The Crab. English name: The Lion. Sun sign dates: July 23 — August English name: The Maiden or Virgin. Sun sign dates: August 23 — September English name: The Scales. Sun sign dates: September 23 — October English name: The Scorpion. Sun sign dates: October 23 — November English name: The Archer. Sun sign dates: November 22 — December Pluto is the planet of the other, of the alien, of the indifference of the universe, but this is what sets the stage for transformation.
When we look at Pluto in terms of the Underworld, these themes continue. In both epics, the heroes go under to gain connection and personal strength, greater understanding and a sense of purpose and they will need it. In the ancient epic tradition the most valued prophecy is that which comes from the Underworld, for this realm discloses truth in all its nakedness and inconvenience. Then how do we look at Pluto in the natal chart? Instead of looking at the sign Pluto is in, we must consider how Pluto aspects the natal angles especially the Ascendant and Midheaven and the quick-moving personal planets — by conjunction, opposition, and square.
In this way, prominent Pluto in a natal chart can show the content and direction of an underworld journey or of transformative occasions, even if those we encounter do not ultimately serve to increase our strength and understanding. Transiting planet Pluto acts as a corrective to our shallow complacencies, can lead to some greater understanding and sense of purpose, but not necessarily.
Remember that transits are transitory and point to life circumstances as they change for us, not as a guarantee of permanent growth or positive transformation. Most people I know with prominent Scorpio have jobs, relationships, family, personal aspirations and difficulties, health concerns. They are very much like other people. There is nothing innately more difficult about Scorpio than other signs of the zodiac. We should start over and describe Scorpio using three simple categories: mode fixed , element water and traditional governing planet Mars in its feminine aspect.
These personalities are bold and are capable of executing massive enterprises with cool control and confidence. Print it out and learn which zodiac falls within a specific date range. Ruled by the quick and active Fire element , these three zodiac signs are all about initiation, enthusiasm, courage, and moving forward. This Zodiac division into twelve equal parts dates from the fifth century BC. From our perspective on earth there are times when planets appear to move backwards in their orbit.
This may result in heroic endurance or stubbornness past the bounds of reason. I remember one client with five planets in Scorpio tell me that after her first impression of somebody never changes I must have made a good first impression.
The element water gives a downward-moving nature that comes in many shapes, for water has no natural container. The element water is in greater attunement with the life of the emotions but is not necessarily overcome by them. Signs of the elements water and earth are the so-called feminine or yin signs and their energy naturally gravitates toward containment and quieter, more hidden expression. One would expect a deeper emotional life for Scorpio than its opposite sign Taurus in the earth element, and an inward perspective not associated with the signs that square Scorpio — Leo and Aquarius.
These two signs that square Scorpio tend to be attached to their presentation Leo or their concepts Aquarius. Who is feminine Mars? Ancient writers of astrology asserted that Mars was a more positive planet in Scorpio than in Aries — Mars in Scorpio has an agenda, subtlety, and effectiveness. In a group they can see the behind-the-scenes jockeying, games of envy and attraction, quiet undermining of perceived competition: these are common in board rooms, conference rooms of yoga studios, meditation centers, even within astrology organizations. Scorpio is also good at plotting comebacks and quietly preparing its revenge, like the patient protagonist of The Count of Monte Cristo.
These features are not Pluto but a different Mars. As we all learned long ago, Martin Luther was the sixteenth century German monk and Professor of Theology at Wittenberg. He publically objected to some of the practices and supporting theology of the Catholic Church. Aided by German princes and a population resentful of their money bankrolling the Italian Renaissance, Luther launched the Protestant Reformation.
Both Moon and Mercury are in fire signs, Moon in Aries in the 9th House of Religion, conjunct the Lot of Fortune would give him impulsiveness and a pioneering instinct even within a traditional religious environment. At different times of his life he had to respond quickly to changing circumstances and his instincts were often correct.
Prepared by a difficult upbringing and his devotion to Christian doctrine, Luther probed the basic meanings of doctrine and applied it to his life and it helped him change from a highly neurotic young adult to somebody who could open up new ways of living for others.
Luther had plenty of Scorpio that manifested in other features of his life and work. One can look at his early years of gradually putting together his objections to Catholic doctrine that would later spring forward as a completely worked-out alternative to the Catholic tradition. Once he entered public life as a critic of the Church he pursued his purpose with focus and courage, only gradually making the transition from loyal advocate of reform to religious revolutionary.
Pluto is different. Symbolically, the gas giants successively expand the horizons of life, taking us from the conventional toward the metaphysical, from the personal toward the transpersonal. Along with Pluto, the gas giants relate to larger historical and generational trends. Jupiter, the greater benefic and the gas giant closest to us with the swiftest orbit, is the most familiar of the four. Jupiter enlarges life from the personal to the community or tribal, or from the local or tribal to the national or global.
Some people of the nature of Jupiter are inclined toward religion and philosophy as way to connect with larger truths but this occurs within given social or cultural contexts. Jupiter is a good citizen, operates within a framework of convention, and is often the planet for increasing wealth not Venus and community.
As the planet of melancholy and also that of contemplation, Saturn at its best forces us away from self-absorption and complacency, from procrastination and comfort. As the first of the invisible planets Uranus is an outlier, the planet of genius, intuition, the higher mind that thinks broadly. Uranus takes us beyond expectation and forces us to leave old assumptions behind. Uranus allows us to glimpse the transformative quality of the present moment, even if we cannot stay with the present moment for more than half a minute.
We finally arrive at Neptune. This opening can bring us closer to divinity, can bestow upon us the ability to imagine and enact alternatives, but may also seduce us into dissociation, denial and dreamy illusion, avoidance fantasy and paranoia.
Those with prominent Neptune can be idealistic, visionary, and sometimes unbelievably misguided or degraded. Astrologically what makes for a prominent Neptune? As with Pluto, contacts made to angles and faster-moving personal planets reveal the facets of life that may be influenced by Neptune, for better or worse. Things fall apart. Pisces is a sign and not a planet and is on a different order of reality from Neptune.
Because Pisces is a sign of the zodiac, its influence is primarily worldly, not otherworldly. Unfortunately, most modern descriptions of Pisces have become saturated with the symbolism of Neptune and have become distorted. Thus, they sincerely want to initiate healing and relief. Mutable signs are less inclined to start things, waver when perseverance is called for, but is greatly adaptable to changing circumstances.
When we add the element water to the fixed mode, we add emotional impressionability and sensitivity to inner world of oneself and those of others. Water and mutability together disclose the illusory quality of our lives and life in general, yet this does not have to become otherworldly.
Like Gemini but in a less playful manner, Pisces assumes many disguises and phases, revealing itself differently in different situations, often being mysterious to oneself.
Pisces is capable of immersing oneself into an environment completely — and then into another one later. This is sometimes a virtue and sometimes a failing.
Almost all of the 12 zodiac signs are depicted by an animal, with the exception of Gemini, Virgo and Libra. The Scorpio symbol also has a unique meaning. Scorpio (♏) is the eighth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Allen, Richard Hinckley (). Star-names and Their Meanings.
Watery Pisces opposes the earth and mutable sign Virgo that focuses on concrete situations and practical outcomes; Gemini and Sagittarius, signs that are more conscious and intentional and mental, both square Pisces.