Scorpio Season runs between October 23rd and November 22nd, a shadowy month of cooler temperatures and dark nights creeping in, a time of retreat and concealment. We’ve a transformational window to hide from view, holding back with a foreboding pause, sensing a chill in the air. Just as the leaves quietly turn to mulch with the promise of nutrient rich soil, those born in this month have an affinity with all that takes place beneath the surface (and behind bolted doors): spaces shrouded in secrecy, where the real magic happens!
They’re enigmatic and powerful!
Thanks to their ability to stand on the sidelines, watching, waiting and silently observing, Scorpio carries an unfathomable, cryptic magnetism. Anna Wintour, Björk, Chloë Sevigny, Joni Mitchell, Lisa Bonet and Winona Ryder have this pull, presence, and allure, with an intangible mysticism surrounding them. There’s a potency in this sign, which suggests they can hold the reigns and pull strings from behind the scenes, influencing and even manipulating, like matriarch of the Kardashian empire, powerhouse Kris Jenner. They operate stealthily in stillness, intriguing us all…
Scorpio understands the psyche
Able to penetrate the more superficial layers, confront fears and face up to vulnerabilities, Scorpio realises not all people have their hawk-like perception and fearlessness. It’s these qualities that help them, as they work to gently confront others, in the domain of psychology, psychotherapy, insurance and financial planning (addressing worst case scenarios), and indeed in any vocation that leverages their emotional strength and resilience. They make excellent researchers and detectives, able to doggedly dive into subject matter – they go further, probing deeply into the more uncomfortable areas of life that might repel some or frighten others. Secretive and suspicious in equal measures, they understand loyalty, trust, and often what motivates people.
Don’t cross them
With eagle eyes on others’ weaknesses, they often have the opportunity to dominate or strike, making a well-timed point in retaliation. Run by Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, you’ll want to avoid getting to know the vengeful sting in Scorpio’s tail but never forget their proclivity for playing the part of ‘the bitch’ (yes, it was a Scorpio Rachel McAdams who portrayed Regina George in Mean Girls). When getting close to them remember they like to maintain a sense of control; stay on their good side, and under their protection.
They own horror, thrillers and suspense
The middle of Scorpio Season sees the witching hour at its strongest, with many celebrating the thinning of the veil and Halloween, Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos), Todos Los Santos or All Saints Day. Honouring those that have crossed over, upholding a reverence for death and even finding fascination in the macabre, Scorpio-born can have a natural affinity with taboo subjects and esoteric matters – the occult, the end of life (and rebirth). Artist Georgia O’Keeffe was drawn to the bones, skulls and skeletons she found in the desert where she lived, saying “To me they are as beautiful as anything I know”, while Pete Davidson makes known the loss of his father in his stand up and films. Actors step into this realm successfully, too – Whoopi Goldberg and Demi Moore co-starring in Ghost, Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs, and ‘scream queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis in a slew of scary movies…
They are masters of transformation
One way to maintain privacy is to wear a mask, however Scorpio doesn’t need a costume party as an excuse to shapeshift. Whether they use make-up, an alter ego, or completely destroy the past to begin anew, this sign may change into many guises over a lifetime. RuPaul, Caitlyn Jenner, Jeffree Star and Katy Perry are experts in this regard. Appreciate that your Scorpio friend may require space to rebuild, alchemising in their cauldron, and be sure to applaud them when they reappear – a Phoenix rising from the ashes.
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CreditLead image: Zoey Grossman for Vogue Hong Kong's May 2021 issue