The Seven Symbols of a Scorpio

Updated on January 21, 2015
The astrological sign Scorpio has seven symbols.
The astrological sign Scorpio has seven symbols.

Of all the signs of the zodiac, Scorpio is the only one that has seven symbols. I guess that explains why Scorpio is called the "sign of extremes" and why people born under the sign are all so different from one another. While the basic traits of a Scorpio always remain the same, most of them seem to evolve through the different symbols.

Scorpio is the toughest sign of the zodiac. Unlike the Mars-ruled Aries, who will confront someone and go toe-to-toe with him or her in order to settle a disagreement, Scorpios will wait (for years if need be) until their prey is in a vulnerable position and use the element of surprise when confronting the enemy. However, Scorpios are also loving, sensitive, patient, protective, and loyal toward their loved ones. Scorpios are great friends to have, for they are secretive and can keep secrets well; but never make enemies with one.

In addition to multiple symbols, Scorpio also has two ruling planets instead of just one. Mars is Scorpio’s ancient planetary ruler, and Pluto (which is deemed no longer a planet) is the modern-day ruler. Mars represents war, anger, passion, action, activity, and masculinity. Pluto represents life, death, and regeneration. The connotations of this so-called planet are what really explain the scorpion evolution—as Scorpios transform through each symbol, they leave the old symbols behind to die and begin anew with the next symbols.

Spider through Phoenix
Pluto and Mars
Black and burgundy

The Spider

The spider, associated with selfishness, is the least evolved Scorpio symbol.
The spider, associated with selfishness, is the least evolved Scorpio symbol.

The spider is the lowest on the evolutionary scale. Most spiders are children, some spoiled and some downright mean. Many Scorpios skip over this symbol depending on their upbringing and environment. In other words, parents can stop this symbol from emerging. Unfortunately, some adults never evolve past this symbol and still act with a spider's mean, self-centered nature.

The Scorpion

The scorpion is the most well-known Scorpio sign. This symbol can show jealousy.
The scorpion is the most well-known Scorpio sign. This symbol can show jealousy.

The scorpion is the well-known symbol of a Scorpio, primarily because of the constellation and, obviously, the name. The scorpion is still quite a bit immature when it comes to dealing with other people. Scorpions throw temper tantrums and show abundant jealousy. However, once again, some Scorpios may skip over this symbol, depending on their upbringing and environment.

The Lizard

A lizard maintains all of a Scorpio's key personality traits, but displays them in a calmer and more mature manner.
A lizard maintains all of a Scorpio's key personality traits, but displays them in a calmer and more mature manner.

The lizard is a bit more relaxed in demeanor. This symbol recognizes a little humility and has a tendency to watch and learn instead of reacting. This is the stage in which Scorpios are fond of revenge. I would call this the pre-teen Scorpio—somewhat matured, but not as fully developed as the symbols to come.

The Serpent

The serpent is a more powerful version of a Scorpio than the lizard.
The serpent is a more powerful version of a Scorpio than the lizard.

The serpent, although extremely dangerous, will move away from a situation unless it or its loved ones are being threatened. If it is threatened, watch out! It will strike back, and it will strike back hard and fiercely. It's common sense not to play with a snake, isn’t it? A snake behaves much like the Lizard but with venom. Teenage Scorpios tend to be serpents, although adults who have not evolved past this symbol can also show these characteristics.

The Wolf

As a wolf, a Scorpio will focus on protecting family and loved ones.
As a wolf, a Scorpio will focus on protecting family and loved ones.

The wolf is strong, wise, and protective of its home and family. It makes a nice, comfortable home for its loved ones. If left alone, harmony will ensue. However, if the wolf’s habitat or loved ones are threatened or harmed, a surprisingly quick attack will take place, leaving someone lifeless. Many young adults fit into this category of the symbols. These characteristics generally coincide with a time in life in which one leaves the nest and starts off anew. It is important for wolves to become aware of prioritizing their responsibilities and choosing battles wisely.

The Eagle or Dove

As an eagle, a Scorpio gains perspective on life—in the long term, people will reap what they sow.
As an eagle, a Scorpio gains perspective on life—in the long term, people will reap what they sow.

The eagle represents the more mature Scorpio. The eagle soars above all others, watching and learning. As an eagle, the Scorpio is becoming more of a spiritual being, trusting God to handle its affairs of revenge. Eagles are, of course, still quite protective of their young; this protectiveness is primarily felt when their children are young and lessens as they grow up. The eagle raises its young to be strong and self sufficient, once again trusting in God to lead the children down the right path of life. Often, Scorpio evolve into this symbol by mid life.

The Phoenix

The phoenix is the ultimate maturation of a Scorpio.
The phoenix is the ultimate maturation of a Scorpio.

The phoenix is the ultimate goal as a Scorpio. The mythical phoenix is destroyed and rises above its own ashes (another Pluto trait). Life is hard. A Scorpio knows how hard life can be. But when a Scorpio reaches the symbol of the phoenix, he or she has achieved a mature, stable, and comfortable life in the face of difficulties. Knowing they can survive anything, Scorpios at this point don’t bog themselves down with petty arguments and plots of revenge. The phoenix has risen above all that nonsense, adopting a “live and let live” attitude, and once again, trusting God to handle affairs of revenge and violence. The phoenix is the most peaceful of the Scorpio symbols. The older Scorpio has usually achieved this based on all of life’s lessons.

Famous Scorpios

  • Prince Charles
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Bo Derek
  • Pablo Piccaso
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • William Harding
  • Charles Bronson
  • Laura Bush
  • Rosanne
  • Demi Moore
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Ted Turner
  • Jodi Foster
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Billy Graham

Thank you for your interest in my writing. Please feel free to leave a comment.

"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen

"God bless you" ~ Margaret Sullivan

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      Margoux 5 weeks ago

      I watched the movie and played the game Tomb Raider. I think Lara Croft is a scorpio.

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      big boi 6 weeks ago

      you aint no scorpio son

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      ToBeScorpio 2 months ago

      In my life, I started as a spider, I was a spider, all that self-centered energy was making me the worse of myself, I needed to die and born again to be a Scorpio, too much jealously and too much wanting to have success against other, I needed to die and born again, I was 19 and I left my parents house to be a lizard and I don't know why but when I go back to my parents house, I tend to be again a lizard because I force myself to be immature, to not be a man so I chose to be a man, to be a Serpent but I discovered that venom makes people die, so I needed to die and born again, I'm finally a wolf. When I'm alone, harmony will ensue, this is the time when you find the best relationship with yourself. Next step is having the best relationship with others and empower others, the greatest success is making others succeed and leave to humanity judge you.. This is an eagle.. When a Scorpio is harmless, be ready to empower others, to make others judge him, to keep himself strong on his life path of healing and spreading peace the world, this is the best Scorpio, the Phoenix.. We're really wonderful creature if we want to be more than a Spider. Good luck to all the Scorpios of this world..

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      Graham 2 months ago

      I am a scorpio and part or full psychic but recently twice sitting in my flat at night nonetheless and have seen the shadow of an eagle once in my kitchen that for some reason I instinctively ducked lol then seen the eagle shadow above me on my ceiling small as though the actual bird was miles away and only a couple of nights ago talking to my friend on the phone as I just looked at my wall whilst chatting it soared across the wall again small as though far away

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      Nate 3 months ago

      does this article apply even if you have a Scorpio rising? Im an Aquarius Sun with a Pisces Moon, and the whole transformational stages and personality traits of Scorpio definitely apply to me.

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      Susan 3 months ago

      I have just recently transitioned to Eagle. I never understood how my ex & I could both be Scorpios, but so extremely different. I now know it's because he never got past spider stage. This explains SO much.

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      Chidra Welunisk 3 months ago

      I find this funny because two of my other zodiac signs (Native American and Celtic) Snake and Wolf are stages of the Scorpio.

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      Katrina Keshishian 5 months ago


      Thanks so much for your article.

      Like many others have said, I had also only heard of the 3 symbols - Scorpion, Eagle and Phoenix.

      But this really describes each stage of my life so far.

      The main ones that I identified with from your article were obviously Scorpion... I feel I was in this stage from about 16-22, the snake from 23-25, the wolf 26-28 and the Eagle from 29 to now (just turned 30).

      Over the last year I have definitely become more spiritual and have started following the path I have always been drawn too. The esoteric path.

      I have grown up fairly quickly too and have always been more mature for my age.

      I just wanted to add, I believe we as Scorpio become the Phoenix at multiple points in our life.

      We suffer much heartache and many trials as Scorpios. I feel that when we are about to evolve to our next symbol in life, we destroy certain aspects of ourselves and are reborn (like the Phoenix) into our new stage of life.

      For example, I used to be a very jealous, very angry Scorpio, but when it was time for me to evolve into my next stage of life, I outgrew all of those traits, as if part of me died and a new part was reborn.

      Sure I can still can angry some times, but it isn’t the same, hate filled anger that used to consume me anymore.

      I get angry about something, and within 5 minutes, I’ve gotten over it and am busy doing something else.

      I might be biased here, but I really feel Scorpio is the best sign to be born under. We are powerful, passionate, sexual people who can accomplish whatever we want! I know I sure have accomplished a lot in my time so far and aim to continue accomplishing my goals.

      Happy Birthday to all us Scorpios for the last month!!

      Katrina xxx

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      Jenny 5 months ago

      As a peaceful kind person all my life and non-reactive in the face of extreme unprovoked nastiness from people born in other star signs, I am puzzled by the above descriptions of Scorpios, the few I've met being generous, funny and thoughtful people. The most evil people I have met are in other star signs and I stay well away from them. Spiders, scorpions, lizards and wolves are beautiful and should not be used to characterize bad people.

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      Amber 6 months ago

      I'm honest on this one and to be honest I think I'm a Spider-Scorpio I really need to start acting more matured to at least reach the Scorpio or Lizard

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      Gerry 8 months ago

      I am married to a Scorpio woman and I really like the traits that was shared. I think it was a good summary of my wife. Thanks...

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      Christine Mathers 8 months ago

      I have been near this phase since I out grew being a serpent, I have no time to fight petty battles I know are pointless, but I was stuck for a long time wanting to hurt others as the wolf all through my adolescence. I have had the most challenges in that past four years. @013 is my tsunami year. When my control or belief of being in control finally slipped. Im now heading towards the skies, in true phoenix fashion. If I never find all the answers ok, but Im still working on today and everyday as if its my only day. I have plans to bequest much to my children, and see that they need not wait until aged to have anything.

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      mbiz10 10 months ago

      This is amazing. I am a scorpio and feel like I'm moving from the serpent into the wolf phase. I can remember feeling all the previous ones too, the spider, lizard, and scorpion. I am 20 years old now, however, and am beginning to piece my life together and erupt into my career. I know that I am starting the wolf phase and I can sense that this is how things will be throughout most of my 20s. I have major long term goals and know that inevitably after my 20s I should hit the eagle stage once I have enough experience. My overarching life goal is to become the pheonix, however, and I feel like at this point in my life I will no longer be focused on career matters and intend to look for spiritual fullfilment and focus the rest of my life on the well being of others. It's crazy how I have such long term goals, and I can kind of sense the trajectory of my life-- I've already had this sense my entire life and it's never been wrong.

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      Withered Lotus 14 months ago

      I've always believed in astrology. But it wasn't until I, as a Scorpio, had a serious relationship with a Gemini that I realized how accurate it was.

      After 4 years, I've learned more about myself than I ever have. Evolution occurs through challenge and I don't think there is any greater challenge than having a long relationship with a Gemini! Lol

      I feel reborn. :)

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      Prashant Kumar Ambastha 15 months ago

      It's a nice article about Scorpio to understand the development of the personality traits for the self and gives the insight about how to deal with the life and to understand the struggling psyche.

      Every stage of the development of the person is well described and will help in the understanding of oneself.

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      Darryl McGhee 16 months ago

      I've heard of only the main 3...

      Scorpion, Eagle, Dove/Phoenix...

      But in all honesty i prefer this way more... It shows the multiple complex facets to a Scorpio... Im torn between whether im a Wolf or Eagle but they arent that far apart in status... Im probably still a Wolf... But im proud of that at 26 years of age...

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      liv 18 months ago

      Yeah in Linda Goodman's book I have it's only 3 symbols and now here it's 7

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      Sun&Moon 18 months ago


      Is there a way for me to send a question to your inbox which is related to a Scorpio woman?


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      mdisabato 18 months ago

      Most interesting. What are the symbols for the other signs?

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      Ingrid 19 months ago

      I'm Scorpio & my life's like rolercoaster , I was trying to suicide once but it's a miracle I'm still alive , I'm a survival , like Phoenix rising from ashes , I'm stronger, wiser, better then yesterday & I believe there's no coincidence in this life , everything happen for reasons

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      Bernd Rubi 21 months ago

      This is so amazing I've ever heard in all I've read about Scorpio,

      I am Scorpio

      I want to know more about Scorpio

      I would love to know more

      Thanks for sharing this details

      God bless you more and more

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      Jesalin 22 months ago

      I am very proud that I am a Scorpio!!.. Born October 27, 1990. I've always been told that I was very mature for my young age. After reading this, I'd say that I was at the young stage of the eagle. I feel very proud of myself that I'm at the same stage as someone twice my age should be at as a Scorpio!! I absolutely loved this, amazing job!! ;) I wish you all the best on your journey wherever you might be.. And most importantly, may God bless you ALL!!

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      willow 22 months ago

      My birthday is Oct 30 1993 I was told I'm a phoenix

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      Vince 22 months ago

      I am a (Scorpio) and proud to be one all though I have felt very lost at times The emotions that come with are quite powerful and the intelligence is hard at times I feel as if people don't truly understand to take a step back and look at everything for what it really is.The power of a (Scorpio) is truly amazing all around we are the ruling astrology sign ruling two planets with the power to handle that much emotions..... Born 11/3 And proud to be a (Scorpio)

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      Nico 23 months ago

      id say LOL....

      im never alone..ahahah scorpios are like oc and paranoid. i think being a detective suit us however we sometimes choose a life which practical at hand yet we know it in our heart we are better than that. scorpio is a dreamer yet always in touch with the reality.scorpio is the strongest nothing can defeat us. and scorpio is independent logical and technical.... whooahhhh gudluck to us #ScorpioRule

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      Dennis P. Ellis 23 months ago

      Scorpio 13th*

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      Kathy McGee 2 years ago

      I'm Scorpio and I love it. I believe one constantly moves through the stages you describe. One (or I) can easily go from spider to Phoenix in one day, week, or month, depending on how one chooses to react to life. My goal is to go to sleep feeling like a Phoenix, even on when only a little spider crawls out of my bed!

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      Goodeeez77 2 years ago

      I can honestly say that I have all these traits that are listed above. I knew that Scorpios are very complex people but I never saw it explained like this. Thank you for this information. #TEAMSCORPIO

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      Eunice 2 years ago

      I feel proud to be a Scorpio,but I feel as if my journey just began.I'm only 14 and between the recent two years I felt like I changed ALOT.I was like the scorpion, easily jealous,lots of uncontrolled emotions. I just switched schools and after what I've been through(I'm Chinese and the teachers here still use bamboo canes to hit disobedient students,and not everyone is friendly...)I feel like i've just exited a phase,but there's still a lot that has to be done.I was easily jealous...but I knew whining won't help so I pushed myself.right now I feel lighter, but not free of my shackles yet.I'm still young, and I have major exams coming up real soon.I do wish I have great social skills tho..I'm just not blessed with that.I have an Aquarius friend and im trying so hard to start a perfectly NOT awkward conversation without splitting my head.they're all go with the flow while I'm "uhhhhh.......nice weather today".I really have to work on that.I'm still trying to find the loyal caring person for me,I know no one's perfect but I really need those two qualities ;; I have felt heartbreak(I had this crazy crush three years straight lol....;;) and disappointment, I'm still learning. (Uhhh..I think I wrote too much)

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      Peter McNemar 2 years ago

      I find I'm a mix of all seven signs I don't fit solely fit into one sign or lean towards one more then the other based upon my mood at a given point I might lean more towars just one sign but for the everyday me it's a mix of them all

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      Wade 2 years ago

      Can the author please cite the source for this information? You stated it was from a book. I would very much like to read it. Thank you.

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      mikeydcarroll67 2 years ago

      As a scorpio, I think it is important to continually strive to be better than what I was before. We should strive to grow continually.

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      Sem 3 years ago

      Woww interesting i've never seen this detail about scopio anywhere ohhh my god i just can't believe it this is very real am in love with scopio man and am gemini i love him a lot and i will try my best to keep him mine forever its very difficult for me but i will manage thankyou for ur sharing its really helped thankyou thankyou thankyou

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      Mmargie1966 3 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I learned this from a book I have. When I get a chance, I will find it and comment with the title and author.

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      cyber-chic 4 years ago

      I've only ever heard of 3 symbols associated with Scorpio - can I ask your source of there being 7 symbols ? This is the only place I've found details of them (other than duplicate postings), everywhere else cites the standard three.

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      Kamu Akuma 4 years ago

      Scorpios know what it takes to get to Ascension, and they either fear what their capable of, or take advantage of it.

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      LESA PATE 4 years ago

      I've never read so much info. on the scorpio sign before....I'm very inspired by what I've read and seen.....I'm very proud to be a scorpio....So thank you for all the information you have to offer....

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      Ameka Reed 4 years ago

      Yes, I am a Scorpio, and very proud. This was new, to me. I didn't know that there was so many phases. Thank You

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      Bronze Oceans: Actually, it is the opposite. We Scorpios consider others a mess, because Scorpios are the only people who can rise back from ashes :D Moreover, most mature Scorpios usually have the Wolf, eagle or phoenix totems, while even the most mature non-Scorpio sign finds it hard to rise to that level.

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      Bronze Oceans 4 years ago

      It's a shame Scorpios are such a mess. I almost feel bad for them.


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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Proud to be born a Scorpio, that's all I can say. :)

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      So glad you enjoyed the read, Kevin Peter!

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      KenDeanAgudo, I have written a little about Capricorn, and plan to write more. Check out my page. Thanks so much for your comment!

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      Kenneth C Agudo 4 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      wow very interesting facts and revelations. but I would be more interested if its all about capricorn because its my zodiac sign ;-)

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      Now I am proud to have a daughter who is Scorpio. The information included in the article was entirly new for me. This hub made me learn more about it. A very interesting and useful hub!

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      LoudNProud4USA 4 years ago

      I am a Scorpio and this was very good..Great work! Every thing was spot on. First time I have seen myself put into word's so nicely. Most Scorpio's are believed to be a little mean and I never understood that. Now, never ask me what I think if you don't want the truth. I'm very truthful and passionate about what I believe in. I hold those I love very close. I don't do very good with being hurt and those that cross me only do it once. So I guess I am the Lizard through the Phoenix at any given time, buy stay in the Eagle the most. Firm believer in Karma and the spirit of a all knowing loving God. I was born in the year of 1966 Great year. Great Job ;)

      want the truth. I love hard and don't take hurt to easy and am firm believer in Karma

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks for your comment, Tatum!

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      Tatum 5 years ago

      So true. I am the true definition of a scorpio woman. Don't mess with the stinger

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, Beltane73! I'm glad you enjoyed the read, and I hope your daughter does too!

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      Holly Kline 5 years ago from South Jersey

      Super interesting! My daughter is a Scorpio and I'm looking forward to showing this to her. Upvoted and interesting!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks, natasha! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      natasha 5 years ago

      I would say this was spot on! I rise through at least 3-4 of those sign on a weekly basis lol

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      tattuwurn 5 years ago

      I am a Scorpio and I am glad and proud to be born one. I rise above the figurative ashes -- from tragedies and adversities. That really makes me a strong and fiercely persevering individual. :)

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      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      L: We Scorpios are the signs who can never be deciphered. I think it is extremely difficult to classify us into a particular group. I think it is an honest attempt to classify them.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I'm sorry you see this article as useless. It is simple, but for a reason. There are so many details to consider when writing about Astrology, and I choose to write simple, easy to read articles instead of a book. Please feel free to read more of my work for additional information. Thank you for your comment.

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      5 years ago

      Useless and simple article. I'd like to see people judging one from another from the above criteria. Simple use of the huge topic of scorpionic energies...and astrology in general.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Hey tony! Thanks for your input, you serpent you! Rock on, my Scorpion Brother!

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      tony 5 years ago

      serpent that's me

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      diyomarpandan 5 years ago

      Before reading this hub, I only knew of two Scorpio symbols: scorpion being the earthbound Scorpio, and the eagle as the redeemed Scorpio. Cancer also has two symbols, crab and crayfish, without either being an opposite extreme, just the cagey self-effacing Cancer.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Please understand, I don't believe in astrology for fortune telling. I study it as a science. Personality traits are characterized by the sun sign, moon sign, ascendant or rising sign, and where planets are placed in the sky at the time of your birth.

      It just helps me to understand people as I find that most of it is accurate (when you delve into all the other factors besides just the sun sign). I kind of see it as a sociology tool.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm not saying I straight up believe everything about zodiac signs, but I do usually find characteristics about Scorpio describe me pretty well! Thanks for the interesting read.

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      Mmargie1966 6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      OH MY, H!

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      Horatio Plot 6 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      Spider, Scorpion, Lizard, Serpent and Wolf. Got me in 5! Read this to Mrs P. She loved the "not evolved" bit.

      I am a Scoprio, born of a Scorpio Father and a Scorpio mother.

      loved this Margie!


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      Mmargie1966 6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Well I would be happy to tell you more about Scorps, 23676. Especially since I am one.

      Thanks for your comment and please feel free to email me any questions.

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      23676 6 years ago

      this is very interesting i would love to learn more about scorpios.

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      Mmargie1966 6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I'm glad you enjoyed the read. Thank you for commenting.

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      Karthik Kashyap 6 years ago from India

      This is quite an interesting hub. I am a Scorpio and as per the general articles, I have believed every Scorpio goes through three phases Lizard/Scorpio, Eagle and the Phoenix. But this is a new and an interesting take on a Scorpio :)