Scorpio (astrology)

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Scorpio
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Zodiac symbol Scorpio
Duration (tropical, western) October 23 – November 22 (2018, UT1)[1]
Constellation Scorpius
Zodiac element Water
Zodiac quality Fixed
Sign ruler Mars (ancient), Pluto (modern)
Detriment Venus (ancient), Earth (modern)
Exaltation Uranus
Fall Moon, Sun (questionable)
AriesTaurusGeminiCancerLeoVirgoLibraScorpioSagittariusCapricornAquariusPisces

Scorpio is the eighth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Scorpius. It spans 210°–240° ecliptic longitude. Under the tropical zodiac (most commonly used in Western astrology), the Sun transits this area on average from November 23 to November 29.[2] Under the sidereal zodiac (most commonly used in Hindu astrology), the Sun is in Scorpio from approximately November 16 to December 15.[3] Depending on which zodiac system one uses, an individual born under the influence of Scorpio may be called a Scorpio or a Scorpion.[4]

Associations[edit]

Scorpio is one of the zodiac water signs, the others being Cancer and Pisces. It is a fixed, negative sign.[5] In ancient times, Scorpio was associated with the planet Mars. After Pluto was discovered in 1930, it became associated with Scorpio instead.[5][6] Scorpio is associated with three different animals: the scorpion, the snake, and the eagle (or phoenix). The snake and eagle are related to the nearby constellations of Ophiuchus and Aquila.[5] Scorpio is also associated with the Greek deity Artemis, who is said to have created the constellation Scorpius.[5] Scorpio's colours are deep red, maroon, brown, and black.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Astronomical Applications Department 2011.
  2. ^ Oxford n.d., s.v. Scorpio and Sagittarius.
  3. ^ Sharma 2016.
  4. ^ Oxford n.d., s.v. Scorpio.
  5. ^ a b c d Lewis 2003, pp. 601–608.
  6. ^ Aubin & Rifkin 1998.
  7. ^ Hall 2005, pp. 84–91.

Works cited[edit]

  • Astronomical Applications Department (2011). Multiyear Computer Interactive Almanac. 2.2.2. Washington DC: US Naval Observatory.  Longitude of Sun, apparent geocentric ecliptic of date, interpolated to find time of crossing 0°, 30°....
  • Aubin, Ada; Rifkin, June (1998). The Complete Book of Astrology. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0312180705. 
  • Hall, Judy (2005). The Astrology Bible: The Definitive Guide to the Zodiac. New York: Sterling. ISBN 1402727593. 
  • Lewis, James R. (2003). The Astrology Book: The Encyclopedia of Heavenly Influences (2nd ed.). Detroit: Visible Ink Press. ISBN 1578591449. 
  • Oxford Dictionaries. n.d. Retrieved May 4, 2018. 
  • Sharma, Sanjay (2016). "Scorpio Horoscope Vrischika Rashi - All About Scorpio Astrology". Astrology-Prophets.com. Retrieved March 24, 2018. 

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