Scorpio is the sign of the zodiac for those born during 24 October - 22 November.
People born during this time are said to have been 'born under the [astrological] sign of Scorpio'. Books and websites refer to these people as, for example, 'Scorpio Man', 'Scorpio Woman', 'Scorpio Child', 'Scorpio Lover' and so on.
Scorpio is one of the three "Water Signs", the other two being Cancer and Pisces. As the name suggests, it is often depicted as a scorpion. There being various styles of illustration used to represent astrological signs, the scorpion shown may be of any or of no particular species. The simple black line symbol used here is a version of a widely used symbol for the astrological sign of Scorpio.
Scorpio characteristics are generally said to include:
- ... yet sometimes also stubborn, obsessive, jealous, secretive, and driven
Despite having a reputation for being stubborn and impervious to changes not of their own making, scorpios achieve much as a result of their tenacity - sticking with projects when others lose patience and stamina. They may seem easy-going, congenial, and gregarious but they can also have a tendency to manipulate and control. They have strong wills and the ability and determination to "get to the bottom of things".
Scorpios don't wear their hearts on their sleeves, but rather tend to always hold back something of themselves. In fact, they protect their privacy so fiercely that others can only get to know them according to the scorpio's schedule. They also demonstrate high degrees of self-sufficiency. Scorpios are unlikely to be openly combative unless they feel cornered and this becomes their only option.
With their highly competitive nature, scorpios can become exceptional sportspeople and athletes. They especially enjoy challenges that involve strength, swiftness, and cunning. They also make excellent estate agents, bankers and stockbrokers.
Some people like to choose crystals and gemstones according to the astrological sign of the person they are for. For more about the gemstones for each sign, see Crystals & Gemstones for Signs of the Zodiac.