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Scorpio, the Darkest Sign in the Zodiac

Driven by extreme fascination, Grace has studied astrology extensively since college.

Scorpios are considered to best among the darkest and secretive of the 12 zodiac signs.

Scorpios are considered to best among the darkest and secretive of the 12 zodiac signs.

“Oh My God, Here Comes a Scorpio. Where Are We Going to Hide?”

When someone hears mention of the sign Scorpio, there's a good chance they'll let out a gasp! Others remain belied by the mysteriousness of the sign. Many others' faces will turn ashen with fear and foreboding! Scorpios have the reputation of being the most maligned sign of the zodiac and are associated with many of society's subconscious and forbidden aspects, like the nighttime, sex, the occult, and death.

The Eighth Sign

In astrology, Scorpio is the eighth sign and rules the eighth house. In numerology, eight symbolizes both building and destruction and also represents infinity (i.e., death is nothing but passing into a higher form). The eighth house in astrology is associated with sex, death, rebirth, and managing resources. The two subjects of sex and death are considered somewhat mysterious and forbidden in our Judeo-Christian culture. Scorpios have a reputation for being the sexiest sign in the zodiac, and furthermore, many are curious and fascinated by the subjects of death, the afterlife, and rebirth.

Scorpio has traditionally been ruled by the planet Mars. However, since Pluto was discovered in 1930, its qualities of being otherworldly and unseen have become particularly associated with Scorpio. Pluto is associated with the Roman deity of the same name and the Greek god Hades. Besides being associated with the underworld and the unseen, Pluto rules transformation, big business, mining, surgery, and wealth. Pluto is the great renewer, and to the extreme, it rules corruption and the misuse of power.


Scorpio is also the strongest sign in the zodiac physically, emotionally, and psychically. This sign does not suffer fools gladly and is an automatic detector of malarkey. Scorpios are the natural detectives of the zodiac, so it is best not to use any type of deception, prevarication, or falsehood when encountering them. If you do, the results will not be pretty—to say the least.

Scorpios also have the stamina of a thousand people. There is nothing a Scorpio will not undergo or withstand to achieve their goal. They are unafraid of going into avenues that would make the timid (or even the average!) run away in fear. They are not afraid to descend to the ninth circle of Hell if it means accomplishing their desired goal. They see no avenue is too dark, forbidden, risky, or dangerous. Scorpios are, in no way, lightweights. This sign believes in adhering to strict dichotomies; it's all or nothing! Forget about being in the in-between with this sign.

Scorpios are often drawn to what many people considered to be the unseen and the occult. They are interested in spiritual matters whether it is traditional religions or more metaphysical belief systems.

Scorpios are often drawn to what many people considered to be the unseen and the occult. They are interested in spiritual matters whether it is traditional religions or more metaphysical belief systems.

A Fixed Water Sign

Scorpio is one of the three water signs in astrology, the other two being Cancer and Pisces. The water element represents creativity, spirituality, and emotionality. Water signs are often instinctual; they use their psyche to delve into matters and are often correct without using traditional methods of logic.

Besides being a water sign, Scorpio is one of the four fixed signs. Fixed-sign people are often resolute in their opinions. They know what they want, desire, and believe in! Once they have formed their opinions, they are not easily swayed. If you are foolhardy enough to attempt to sway them, you are in for a quite unpleasant surprise!

Since Scorpio is a fixed water sign, their emotionality and creativity are very intense. The saying, "still waters run deep," is very apropos for them. The average Scorpio believes that many things should be left unsaid.

The Occulent and Unseen

Scorpios are fascinated by what many perceive to be unseen and occult. Religions—traditional, alternative, and metaphysical—are sources of inquiry and fascination to many of them. They know the spiritual world is just as real as the physical world, this being the same reason why many are curious about the metaphysical and occult aspects of life. There is no spiritual area they are unafraid to explore!

There are some Scorpios who have the psychic propensity to see beyond the veil. They can see dimensions which are often hidden or closed to the less evolved person. They are drawn to the aspects of life considered dark, forbidden, and dangerous, at least by to societal standards.

Scorpios are associated with scary and poisonous animals like snakes.

Scorpios are associated with scary and poisonous animals like snakes.

Dark Associations

In astrology, Scorpio rules the night. During the period of late October, the days start to become shorter while the nights become longer, gaining an edge over the day. According to folklore, the night is associated with dark, hidden, and demonic aspects of life. People may be subconsciously afraid of the night because it represents that which is often unseen and forbidden!

The dark side of the night can be emphasized by less traffic than in daylight (largely due to human's inability to see as well during these hours), and how many people, especially women, children, and the old, are warned not to go out at night (particularly alone) because it is a more dangerous time.

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The night is also associated with the rise of predators, both human and other lifeforms. There are metaphoric and mythological stories about vampires and other creatures that go bump in the night. The night is often considered more dangerous; I remember my maternal cousin telling me a scary tale as a child about the midnight spook. According to him, the midnight spook comes from the beyond at the witching hour and takes your soul! I was eight years old at the time, and this tale scared me to death! Aaah—the night and its many dark surprises!

Halloween is a Scorpionic holiday. During this time, people try to outdo each other by wearing the most outlandish and/or scariest costumes. Halloween is a holiday with dark and scary origins and is still seen as the most extreme in this regard. It is quite apt that it occurs during the time of Scorpio!

Scorpio is associated with many scary and venomous animals, especially scorpions, spiders, and many forms of insects and reptiles, snakes especially. The snake is often an unobtrusive animal; however, it can become testy and bite if it is bothered. The snake is also greatly feared because of its forbidden presence and shape, in addition to being quite lethal! Sounds like a Scorpio, right?

Scorpios can be described as dark and mysterious. And be warned, if you offend them, their vengeance could be prolonged and particularly venomous.

Scorpios can be described as dark and mysterious. And be warned, if you offend them, their vengeance could be prolonged and particularly venomous.

Reputations Precede Them

Scorpios have the reputation of being the sexiest people on this planet. After all, the sign rules sex and sexuality. One could describe Scorpios as dark and mysteriously sexy. Scorpio women tend to have that dark and forbidden allure that is not present in women with the other sun signs.

Scorpios are quite known for taking umbrage when they have been dealt an injustice. Their vengeance is not sudden; the Scorpionic brand of vengeance can often be prolonged and deliciously venomous! "Let the bastards wait" could be their motto! "I will take my sweet and lovely time to exact the proper justice!" The poor instigator will never know what occurs as the justice exacted will likely sting as a venomous bite would!

Evolved vs. Unevolved Scorpios

Since Scorpio is a sign of extremes, they are highly evolved, hellish, and demonic. The highly evolved Scorpios have an extremely high level of spiritual consciousness. These Scorpios do not believe in crushing their opponents but instead practice forgiving and letting go. They believe that there is no point in practicing revenge and being petty. They maintain that they were put on this Earth to achieve the highest level of spiritual consciousness that they can achieve in this lifetime. They are also strict practitioners of karma—any act committed will come back to you sevenfold, whether it is good or bad.

Then there is the unevolved, hellish, and demonic Scorpio. This Scorpio is quintessentially evil in the strictest definition of the word. They can be classified as sociopaths refusing to adhere to right and wrong. They believe that pleasure justifies whatever means necessary. They also can be quite manipulative and refuse to take responsibility for any type of wrongdoing if they happen to hurt anyone in the process.

Many metaphysicians and New Age spiritualists would call these types of Scorpios dark entities. Dark entities are people who have no moral consciousness regarding right and wrong. They believe in doing what they want and are completely unconcerned if anyone is hurt and/or harmed in the process!

Most Scorpios are, fortunately, quite evolved individuals. They are strong people who either are devoted to you or leave you completely alone. There is nothing lukewarm about the Scorpio persona. What you see is what you get with this person! There is no pretense about Scorpio!

A Final Warning

In summation, Scorpio is the darkest sign of the zodiac. It represents the elements considered taboo or forbidden in society, such as sex and death. Scorpio represents what is hidden and unseen in our psyches in addition to both our subconscious and unconscious longings. In essence, Scorpio represents what is truly dark and fierce within our collective psyches!

More About Scorpios

  • Does a Scorpio Like Me?
    How to tell if a Scorpio likes you, and what you should expect when courting this mysterious water sign.
  • The Extreme Sign: Scorpio
    Scorpio is known as an extreme sign of the zodiac. They are capable of displaying diametrically-opposed dichotomies in their lives. There is nothing lukewarm about Scorpio. They either are or aren't, there is no in-between.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Grace Marguerite Williams


Sweetrose4u on December 23, 2019:

One word that comes to my mind is the DEVIL OMG MY HUBBY

Aurobindhan S from Chennai on October 13, 2019:

you have thrown a Knowledge of light and enlightened us over Darkest zodiac sign. Still it is Mystic of Karmic transformation

Grace Marguerite Williams (author) from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on August 04, 2019:

Exactly, Scorpio is the STRONGEST, FIERCEST sign in the zodiac. I immensely enjoyed writing the article!

Saul Trejo on August 04, 2019:

I am a true blue Scorpio which is a double Scorpio and I think that all the other signs posting here are just trying to get a name for themselves they just need to admit that we scorpios are born badass.

Upset by this on April 20, 2019:

This is hurtful to me as I am a Scorpio I am not dark or evil or involved in demonic wiki tiki stuff

This is a dramatic generalisation

Mau on September 28, 2018:

Top 5 Dangerous Zodiac Sign.

1. Me( Scorpion)

2. Taurus

3. Gemini

4. Cancer

5. Aries

= LOL wtf Leo come on, stop pretending to be king in the morning. Coz night im gonna sting your ass. Your a ghost to me friend, oh what friend??? Get lost I never know you! (BFF)

Aleenabroonee from California on September 06, 2018:

Jupiter Transit is going to shift from Libra to Scorpio from October 11th, 2018 and will stay there for a year till 4th of November 2019 and will change your life in different ways and on the most important aspects as it does every year.

The most generous and the largest planet of the solar system Jupiter will enter a fix natured water sign Scorpio on October 11th this year and is expected to be a game changer in lives of many. What should you expect from it? Explore with Vedic astrology…. read my article

Grace Marguerite Williams (author) from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on June 19, 2018:

Thank you for responding.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 19, 2018:

I am a Scorpio and I found this hub informative and fascinating. I happen to be a highly evolved Scorpio who is married to a Leo.

Rebecca Hefley on May 28, 2018:

I'm also a Leo. Fixed Fire. Male Scorpios act like they want to kill me. My best friend is a Scorpio turned Sociopath. She is gaslighting me. I'm.disgusted and heart broken.

Rebecca Hefley on May 16, 2018:

I'm a Leo. Fixed Fire. Gemini rising. I recently started dating a Scorpio. This is my 2nd Scorpio relationship. He's a good man but I'm scared he's going to break my heart.

audrey misner on April 28, 2018:

EXACTLY, POSITIVLY CORRECT! A Scorpio born October 31st 1964 (Halloween)

Grace Marguerite Williams (author) from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on March 13, 2018:

Thank you for responding. I SIMPLY LOVE writing articles on Scorpio. I find Scorpios highly fascinating & beyond. There is SOMETHING about Scorpio that isn't present in the other signs. Scorpios are THE MOST INTERESTING sign in the zodiac.

budbgreen from Kalama, Washington on March 13, 2018:

November 12th 1967. I thought what I just read was dead on. I am glad to see that I am an evolved Scorpio, yes I do try and make this a better place to live. Just don't cross me.

Douglas Ds on November 07, 2017:

I was born November 10th 1962 and am writing a very detailed vampire trilogy. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ. But you just described me 95%. That's scary. I can make street lights go off as I pass them

Badlands babe on October 09, 2017:

The post wasn't intended or written for the purpose of zodiac bashing

or ego inflation...

We as human beings placing zodiac signs aside, have had both good & not so good experiences when it comes to other human beings...

By giving Scorpios a bad rap or any other sign, is not only ridiculously

immature, it's stereo typing & just wrong on all levels...

Regardless of what sign each of us is, the bottom line is we are all

human beings who are all connected & we are all placed here on

this planet together...

This isn't about whose the better sign, the stronger sign or, what

astrological sign can kick another astrological sign's ass...

It's about focusing on how we treat one another, & what we can learn from one another & to realize that we are all different in our own ways & we need to respect each other & get over ourselves because, we are here together as one, we share in the fact we are all human beings & there are so many other things taking place on our planet right now that require the energy & attention that people are wasting on comparison's & negativity...

Hate is easy, there's nothing unique about it & way to much of it...

It's love that's hard.

We aren't here to place judgement... It's not for us to judge one another...

Every one should practice working on themselves & their shortcomings, because we all have them & then come together as one, placing all difference's aside & accomplish the things that really matter & affect us all.

The practice of dissing & downing others based on their zodiac sign, or for any other reason only displays someone's arrogance, ignorance

& their insecurities...

Practice random acts of kindness & it will come back to you 10 fold...

Remember for every action there's a reaction, & what you put out to the universe, does in fact come back to you so, why not make it something positively phenomenal, we only get one chance, make it count, variety is the spice of life & you may be pleasantly surprised at what we all can accomplish together if we focus on the positive & what's really important & show respect to & for one another.

Peace Out & Blessings to all,

Just Some Random Scorpio Chick

Grace Marguerite Williams (author) from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on September 23, 2017:

Astrology is more than sun signs. There are moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, & Pluto signs. Each of those signs are influential. There is also the ascendant sign. For example, I am a Virgo but my birth chart show a preponderance of water signs which are mostly cardinal & some fixed.

valerie on September 23, 2017:

hm i would have to disagree with you that the sun sign of Scorpio doesn't always have darkly mysterious women. I've seen other sun signs have this aura but i have noticed when i google their charts, and birthdays they are strongly plutonic women, some of them have scorpio moon or 8th house packed, or something dark about them. I've seen some scorpio suns look quite sunny and act out sunnier than your typical scorpio sun.

Grace Marguerite Williams (author) from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on August 26, 2017:

Thank you for your reply. Taurus is also a VERY STRONG sign. It goes after what it wants. However, Scorpio is DARK for a reason. It even has the reputation of being....DARK, remember Halloween is on October 31st which is under the sign of Scorpio. You also mentioned that your moon is in Scorpio. Taurus-Scorpio combinations are quite formidable. There is NO STOPPING YOU in whatever you undertake or want to achieve.

ananda mixon on August 26, 2017:

Scorpios aren't so tough from my experience as a Taurus. most of my opponents are scorpios for some odd reason. As a Taurus I love an opportunity and if it's to better me then may the best man win. the Scorpio would stare me down intensity but I love a challenge win or loose. it's my pleasure to be the spade. Scorpio did everything to scare me or undermine me but for some reason it was a game for me. As A Taurus I know what comforts people like, I know how to take care of their needs and create pleasure. I also have the ability to not care for others so to see them hurt doesn't phase me i can charm the crowd while Scorpio tries to turn them against me. it got so bad that the Scorpio want to fight but I'm very physical, so there was no fear about defending my territory. Can you believe the Scorpio called me an evil witch when she started the whole thing by undermining me?!? in the end I got the promotion took it, then resigned for another company who paid more. she already quit the but it was the principal for me,"If I want it, I go All in." Later on in life she told me she admired my strategy... and how I couldn't be broken. it's all business baby never personal. by the way my moon is in Scorpio and mercury in libra also an Aires cusp.

Grace Marguerite Williams (author) from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on July 25, 2017:

You are quite welcome.

James on July 25, 2017:

Awesome read! Thanks so much for sharing this! :)

ThePaganSun on July 10, 2017:

Grace... Sorry, but if you think that Scorpios are "stronger" than Leos or that LEOS "aren't that strong," YOU don't know anything about Leos.

Reasons why Leo is THE STRONGEST sign (bar none!):

Leo is ruled by the Sun. Technically Scorpio is ruled only by Pluto now, not Mars. (Barely any of the other signs like Aquarius and Pisces are still ruled by both their traditional and new planets so it's unfair for Scorpio to retain both). Also, while Scorpio is exalted in Uranus, Leo is believed to be exalted in Pluto!

Leo's symbol was the near invincible Nemean Lion (the only monster to wound the mighty Hercules by biting off one of his fingers and some ancient authors claim Hercules could only defeat him with the help of a serpent). Also, before Hercules came, Leo already killed many warriors whose bones he then dedicated to Hades.

Scorpio on the other hand only assassinated ONE person, Orion, who mighty as he was, is not Hercules.

Leo was also the ONLY sign that was considered fully both bestial and feral thus proving how destructive and powerful they can be when provoked. Neither Aries nor Scorpio were considered feral. Only half of Sagittarius.

Like Scorpio, Leo is also a fixed sign and thus has the exact same drive, determination, and stability. Unlike Scorpio whose a water sign and thus their supposed power is more emotional, Leo is a FIRE sign and thus physically active and strong. They are powerful, determined, potentially destructive and hot-tempered when angered, fierce, but with friends can be generous, kind, and loving.

Like the Sun itself they can warm and bring light to everyone, but they also destroy everything in their path.

And even their animal symbols don't compare. How's a scorpion or even an eagle (supposedly) to compete with a LION? Bottom line: there is NO comparison. LEO is the strongest. Scorpio is the one that's not that strong at all. Get your facts straight next time.

Need I go on? I think I made my point.

Jusstac on March 04, 2017:

This explains why I grew up with a much older MALIGNANT GRANDIOSE NARCASSISTIC SISTER...."THE GOLDEN CHILD" who casts a vast veil over her demonic face as she sits in best attire from her church pew on Sundays!!! Keeping hidden the dark forces for which I will be forever damned casting her away with her toxic grandiose self....she has already made it her lifes work making me pay for cutting her off....her friend once told me as a Libra and an empath her jealousy of me and my beauty casts as eerily resemblance to Snow White and an an Evil Queen or the Queen of Hearts and Alice.....she cant looks in a mirror and can't be content with her beauty. She once warned me to steer clear of my sister because she "feeds" off of me and my confidence breaking me down and making me weak. It's been 9 yrs and despite all she had done to me and taken from me, I'm still confident Ive made the best decision of my entire lifetime. Having no relation to her has taught me things that I could have never felt with my heart or the strength I would gain from leaving her world of material and ugliness behind. I feel a sense of gratitude to her really for allowing me to see things that I could never imagine had my world been shrouded with her toxic veil....I only wish I had seen the light SOONER!!! SHE HAS NEVER HAD MY HEART FOR SHE ONLY SHARES MY D.N.A. AND SHE WILL NEVER BREAK ME OF MY SPIRIT, EMPATHY AND LOVE.

Kat Greenwood on February 20, 2017:

I am a Scorpio and I can reassure we are NOT that evil. Actually I'm pretty angry about this post. For sure there are some evil Scorpios out there but also the other sun signs have evil people. The planets and stars don't affect your life in any way. So why is Scorpio the "most maligned sign of the zodiac"? Because it's ruled by Pluto??? Please stop making our reputation even worse for no specific reason. I mean, what is this post good for? To add something to our bad reputation and twist the knife deeper? There are many posts about the dark side of each zodiac, and I don't bother, but this one really goes over the line. I can't stand this shit people write about us anymore. For sure in this post there are some true things, but there is NO ONE who gasps hearing "sun sign Scorpio". I just wanted you to know that every sign has its evil people and Scorpio hasn't more or less then Leo, Virgo, Aries or the other sun signs. This post made me really furious and please stop writing so many bad things about US, because also a Pisces or a libra could behave like a "unevolved Scorpio".