All About Scorpio, the Most Mysterious Sign of the Zodiac

Emmalea Russo

From Cosmopolitan

You already know: every sign of the zodiac has personality qualities and archetypal traits associated with it. Let’s get into some vibes we often associate with Scorpio—the good, the bad, and the intense—shall we?

Pause for a quick disclaimer: before reading on, please remember the first astrological commandment: *thou shalt not astroprofile* and know that literally any sign can have any personality quality. These are simply the ones most commonly associated with our Scorpio friends. Also, the way that these qualities get expressed varies from person to person.

SCORPIO AT THE OFFICE

Scorpio is a fixed water sign ruled by Mars (ancient astrology) and Pluto (modern astrology). Much like our fellow Mars-ruled Aries friends, Scorpios are known for their intensity. Mars is the planet of desire, heat, and action, and in Scorpio, these qualities manifest in a fixed (AKA unmoving) way. Scorpio's modern planetary ruler, Pluto, is the lord of the underworld—the outermost planet in our astrological journeys. Translation: Scorpio is deep. Scorpio coworkers are reliably dependable—their fixed nature (much like their opposite sign, Taurus) makes them truly commit to a task once they’ve started. Scorpios are also known for their calm, cool exterior, and they're notoriously hard to read. At the office, this means that you might have to go the extra mile to really get to know your mysterious Scorpio coworker. Ask questions. Prove that you’re trustworthy. Understand that it'll take time to get a Scorpio to open up, but the effort is worth it. Scorpios are not fickle. If you ask them to keep a secret, they’re keeping it. For life.

SCORPIO IN LOVE

Scorpios are often stereotyped as the most intense lovers on the zodiacal wheel. There may be some truth to this notion—after all, Mars (Scorpio's planetary ruler) rules some of the more, um, intense topics (war, sex, death, desire…). This means that Scorpios are less interested in small talk and more interested in cutting to the chase. They want real emotional intimacy. Are you willing to go deep? Talk about your innermost desires and secrets? Your Scorpio lover wants to know. Scorpios tend to mate for life and can be wonderfully devoted (if a little obsessive) lovers. If you want to delve into the emotional depths of your subconscious for better or worse, this sign’s for you. Scorpio is a water sign, so there’s a deep well of emotion beneath that calm exterior. Scorpio energy is often compared to a lily pad floating atop a swamp: Graceful, dark, deep, and ancient. Scorpios have that “old soul” thing going on, no matter their age. There’s a depth of experience and wisdom brooding beneath the lily pad.


SCORPIO WITH FRIENDS

The typical Scorpio has a few ride-or-die friends. In friendship, just like in romance, Scorpios mate for life. If you’re attempting to befriend a Scorpio, be patient. It’s a slow and steady burn, but one that’s worth it. Scorpio friends will keep your secrets (as long as you keep theirs), seek revenge on anyone who hurts you, and talk to you for hours about your deepest fears, hopes, and dreams. Fixed signs are known for their affinity for routine and regularity, and Scorpios are no different. Find a regular coffee spot or apartment nook to get together and chat once a week. A coffee date with a Scorpio bud can often feel more like a therapy session, as Scorpios often encourage everyone (sometimes without even realizing it) to spill their guts. Like the scorpion, the critter they’re associated with, you’ll want to watch out for their sting. If you betray them, you’ll get the silent treatment or a slow, steady freeze out. Be loyal, or you'll regret it!

SCORPIO BEHIND THE SCENES

It can feel like an honor and a privilege to get invited into a Scorpio's abode. Rightfully so, as the typical Scorpio makes their home a true sanctuary, replete with luscious house plants, baroque designs, candles, and all the right lighting. In short: Scorpio knows how to set a ~mood~. They crave a place to retreat and truly shut out the world. There will often be an air of mystery and allure to a Scorpio’s den—one that can feel both otherworldly and homey. Expect dark reds and earth tones, plenty of incense, possibly some tarot cards, and sentimental artifacts from friends and past lovers. Speaking of lovers, a Scorpio’s bedroom is typically the most important room in the house. Known for their intensity both in and out of the bedroom, Scorpios are sensual, emotional, and crave true intimacy. Their bed will be cozy, mysterious, alluring, many-textured, and most of all, inviting. 😏

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