Zodiac symbolScorpion
Duration (tropical, western)October 22 – November 21 (2024, UT1)[1]
Zodiac elementWater
Zodiac qualityFixed
Sign rulerMars (traditional), Pluto (modern)
ExaltationNone in traditional, Uranus in modern.

Scorpio (♏︎) (Ancient Greek: Σκορπιός, romanizedSkorpiós, Latin for "scorpion") 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 sign on average from October 23 to November 21.[2] Depending on which zodiac system one uses, someone born under the influence of Scorpio may be called a Scorpio or a Scorpionic.[2]


Scorpio is one of the water signs, the others being Cancer and Pisces.[3] It is a fixed, negative sign.[4] According to The Astrology Bible, Scorpio's colors are deep red, maroon, black, and brown.[5]


According to Greek mythology, its representation as a scorpion is related to the Greek legend of Orion and how a scorpion stung him to death (said to be why Orion sets as Scorpius rises in the sky). Another Greek myth recounts how a scorpion caused the horses of the Sun to bolt when they were being driven by the inexperienced youth Phaethon.[6]


See also


  1. ^ Astronomical Applications Department 2011.
  2. ^ a b dictionary n.d., s.v. Scorpio.
  3. ^ Allen 1899, p. 107
  4. ^ Lewis 2003, pp. 601–608.
  5. ^ Hall 2005, pp. 84–91.
  6. ^ Scorpius 2023.

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