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- Scorpio Ascendant (Rising Sign) description
- Scorpio Ascendant (Rising Sign) with ruling
planet, Mars, in the signs.
- Alternate descriptions of Scorpio Rising
- Famous People with Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Ascendant people have
a lot of presence. There is something about them that tells
the world that they are not to be pushed around. Their
manner commands respect, and in some cases, fear. Scorpio rising
people can be quiet or loud, but they always seem powerful
You either love or hate
Scorpio rising people they are rarely people who go
through life unnoticed. In fact, some of them are confused
when faced with the fact that they get such strong reactions from
others. They seem to look right through people, seeing
through superficiality. This can be quite intimidating to
some, and intriguing to others. Scorpio rising people, in
their dealings with others, look for answers by reading
between the lines. Surface details are discarded when they
are getting a feel for people and situations around
Scorpio rising people value
their privacy so much, it can border on paranoia. They have a
strong need to control their environment and are experts at
strategy. Rarely people who will blow their chances with
impatience, they plan out their moves carefully and
deliberately, relying on their awesome ability to feel out
others and situations.
Scorpio rising natives are
drawn to down-to-earth, natural partners. Reliability in their
partner is very important. They generally look for complete
commitment and have little patience with flighty partners.
The Ascendant (or rising
sign) is often considered the mask one wears when meeting
others. Perhaps it is most aptly thought of as the automatic
responses to one's environment. The Ascendant shows our natural
defenses and how we cope with day-to-day issues. The energies
of the sign and condition of the Ascendant are most overt and obvious to others.
The Ascendant shows an individual's first, natural reaction
to new people and situations.
The characteristics of Scorpio Ascendant described above are modified by planets conjunct the
Ascendant, planets that aspect the Ascendant, and the position of
the ruling planet of the sign on the Ascendant. For example, a
person with a Scorpio Ascendant with its ruling planet, Mars, in
Sagittarius will respond to the environment a little differently
than another person, also with a Scorpio Ascendant, but whose
is in Capricorn. (Note that Scorpio has two rulers, the other being
Pluto, which is very slow-moving). Similarly, a person with a
Scorpio Ascendant who
also has Saturn conjunct it will "behave" differently
than someone with a Scorpio Ascendant who does not have that
aspect in their natal charts.
Scorpio Rising with Mars (Traditional Ruler of Scorpio) in the
The following interpretations incorporate the position, by sign,
of Mars, the ruling planet of Scorpio. Note that Pluto also rules
Scorpio, and interpretations for Scorpio rising with Pluto in the
signs follow the Mars interpretations. The sign position of Mars modifies your
Scorpio Ascendant characteristics. These
interpretations are from the
Karmic Insight Report, and are written from an esoteric
The point that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your
birth is called the ASCENDANT, or rising sign. While the Sun
describes your conscious direction and current life focus, and the
Moon your subconscious predisposition and past, the Ascendant
indicates a way of being that transcends and embraces past, present,
and future. It describes the way you engage and merge with the outer
world and how you bring through into life the energies depicted by
the Sun, the Moon, and the rest of your birth chart. Everything is
filtered through the Ascendant from an esoteric point of view. It
indicates your soul's function and thus a key part of your destiny.
Scorpio Rising - General
You have keen animal instincts, a deeply instinctual and passionate
nature, and access to forces that can be used for healing and
regeneration - of yourself, other individuals, or society.
Strong-willed and powerful in a quiet understated sort of way, you
are always a force with which to be reckoned. You know intuitively
where another's pain or weakness lies, and can thus be a natural
healer - or a terrible enemy, if your energies are directed toward
conflict. Learning to trust and follow your instincts, and to focus
your will upon positive intents, are keys to fulfilling your highest
destiny. Your ruling planets are Mars and Pluto.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Aries
Your Mars is in the courageous, independent and self-motivated sign
of Aries. Your function is to be a leader and a pioneer, bringing
forth something unprecedented and original. Boldness, valor, and
originality are your keynotes. You are a fierce competitor or
warrior, and have a "killer instinct" which, even when used in
defense of good principles, needs to be tempered with kindness. The
shadow side of this is that you can be ruthless, selfish, and you
tend to overuse force.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Taurus
Your Mars is in the highly sensual, productive and fertile sign of
Taurus. Appetites, desires and craving for sensual life tend to rule
you. Tasting and taking great pleasure in the feast of life, without
being dominated by your cravings or habitually overindulging, is a
key to happiness for you. You also have a determined and steady will
force and great stamina to bring your goals and dreams to fruition.
You are highly fertile on every level. Obstinacy and not knowing
when to let go or change course can create problems for you,
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Gemini
Your Mars is in the clever, dexterous, skillful sign of Gemini,
indicating that the use of your hands, your quick reflexes, and/or
your facility with language plays an important role in your life and
fate. On the shadowy side of this energy, you can be very crafty,
scheming, shrewd and self-serving. Used positively, the gift and
power of words can be used as a healing force.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Cancer
Your Mars is in the soulful and emotional sign of Cancer: you have
deep sensitivity and protective feelings toward children, animals,
and for all life. Your capacity to commune or merge emotionally with
your surroundings gives your great empathy. You are strongly
sensuous and passionate. You may have difficulty articulating,
understanding, or communicating your feelings in a rational or
intellectual way. Music is a good language for you.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Leo
Your Mars is in the proud, confident, radiant sign of Leo. You have
a strong will-to-power, and are intended to be a leader and/or to
influence many people through your magnetism. Combining your strong
vital force with your ability to hold a steady, constant focus, you
can accomplish a great deal. Great responsibility attaches itself to
the use of personal power, of course, and the shadow side of this
energy could turn you into a dominating tyrant.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Virgo
Your Mars is in Virgo, suggesting service through specialized
skills, knowledge, or technical expertise; also an interest in
biology, chemistry, the medical or health sciences. You have keen
powers of observation and analysis, and you work thoroughly and
efficiently (some might say obsessively). When out of balance you
can worry excessively and be a bitter critic of the world and/or
You often function as the power behind the throne or as a shrewd
advisor to others.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Libra
Your Mars is in Libra, suggesting that your urge to relate, to gain
with, and to form cooperative alliances with others is an important
part of your function and your fate. You are to work in tandem, as
part of a team or close partnership, balancing your needs and your
will with those of your partner. Your desire for harmony, beauty,
and connection underlies your actions. Beware, however, of
submerging your own desires and ability to act decisively on your
own behalf, which can lead to concealed anger, corrosive conflict,
and "hidden enemies" (in the world or in your own inner life). Be
aboveboard and honest in all your dealings, also. Trying to achieve
your aims covertly or through the efforts of other people is apt to
backfire. Instead use your energy to bring people together, to
mediate, negotiate, or create fairness in your world.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Scorpio
Your Mars is in Scorpio as well emphasizing your attunement to deep
primal forces in nature, and your need to stay connected with the
forces of life in a wild, raw, uncivilized state. You express the
energies of both birth and death, creativity and destructiveness,
and understand the need for both. You have tremendous physical
presence, vitality, and passion to use for good or ill intents.
Power will always be an issue in your life - you must learn to
acknowledge your power and the ramifications of using it. The power
of nature is a source of your own strength and healing. Intensity of
experience is more important than permanence.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Sagittarius
Your Mars is in the spirited, expansive, adventurous sign of
Sagittarius: you are drawn to risky, future-oriented, ventures and
challenging, even dangerous, pursuits. Idealistic and philosophical,
your instincts are guided (and perhaps held in check) by your sense
of fair play and your convictions. Zeal and passion are your
keynotes. When out of balance you can be excessively zealous,
self-righteous, and reckless in your enthusiasm. At best, though,
you function as an explorer and as an inspiring example to others.
The joy of adventure and exploration is what you are meant to
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Capricorn
Your Mars is in the earthy, practical, ambitious and serious sign of
Capricorn, suggesting that tangible material accomplishments and
goals are important to you. You know how the world operates and are
meant to take a well-planned, calculated, ordered route to your
destination. Work and self-discipline -not to mention considerable
self-sacrifice- are keys. Work may become an addiction; professional
ambition certainly is paramount. You are to function as an authority
in some manner.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Aquarius
Your Mars in the unconventional, collective-oriented, free-thinking
sign of Aquarius, suggesting that the regeneration of society is a
major interest and focus of your attention. Your perceptiveness
regarding its underlying, core problems, along with your ability to
invent or co-create unusual and innovative solutions, is the key to
fulfilling your destiny. Your function is that of a reformer,
dissident, or group leader.
Scorpio Rising and Mars in Pisces
Your Mars is in the imaginative, dreamy, visionary, spiritually-open
sign of Pisces, suggesting your ability to access altered states of
consciousness or dream-time quite readily. The use of images through
visualization or art, for instance, is a primary source of healing
for you. Water, baptism, birth, cleansing rituals are key elements.
Intoxicants of any kind (especially alcohol) can be your downfall,
leading to a feeling of confusion and aimlessness or powerlessness.
You have pronounced psychic sensitivities which can be developed and
used to evolve your own life as well as others'.
Scorpio Rising with Pluto (Ruler of Scorpio) in the
The following interpretations incorporate the position, by sign,
of Pluto, the ruling planet of Scorpio. The sign position of Pluto
further modifies your Scorpio Ascendant characteristics. These
interpretations are from the
Karmic Insight Report, and are written from an esoteric
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Aries
Your Pluto in Aries reveals a passion for freedom, daring, heroic
individualism. Bold action and/or arrogant confidence which can lead
to your downfall, are indicated and play a key role in your destiny.
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Taurus
Your Pluto in Taurus reveals a deeply willful, stubborn, and
inflexible nature which needs to become more yielding. Money,
wealth, economics could be your obsession, and in any case play a
key role in your life and destiny.
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Gemini
Your Pluto in Gemini reveals a compelling need to understand. You
prize intellect and education and have a drive to use your mind.
These are important keys to fulfilling your destiny.
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Cancer
Your Pluto in Cancer reveals a need to release old conditioning,
familiar patterns, and the security and/or burdens of the "old
world" in order to regenerate yourself and access your powers.
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Leo
Your Pluto in Leo reveals a need to release your tendency to worship
power or powerful charismatic personalities. Excessive self-will,
self-glorification, or an obsessive focus on your personal self and
desires are shadowy aspects of your being, and will need to be
confronted on your path to fulfilling your soul purpose.
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Virgo
Your Pluto in Virgo reveals a drive for perfection or
self-purification that can become compulsive. Guilt over real or
imagined wrongs needs to be shed. Also, you have a capacity for
in-depth analysis, technical expertise or perfection, and exacting
precision in your work.
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Libra
Your Pluto in Libra reveals a drive for justice, fairness, equality,
and bringing the scales back into balance. You tend to see the
injustices and corruption, and part of your function is indeed to
bring wrongs to light. The balance of power in personal
relationships is also a key concern of yours.
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Scorpio
Your Pluto is in Scorpio as well, revealing a capacity for entering
into the darkest places in order to bring consciousness, light, and
healing. If you are drawn to use your powers and abilities
selfishly, you will often feel isolated and will be your own worst
enemy. You are attuned to depth, rapture, and what some would
consider horrible or taboo. You could be a profound healer, Shaman,
or medicine man/woman if your motives are clear.
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Sagittarius
Your Pluto is in Sagittarius, revealing a need to cleanse, revise,
and expand your beliefs about the nature of life. Dogmatism and
zealous, one-sided convictions need to be shed in order for you to
fulfill your highest purpose.
Scorpio Rising and Pluto in Capricorn
Your Pluto in Capricorn reveals a destiny of both destroying and
reforming societal structures and forms - government, established
business or financial practices, or other conventions. Corruption,
hypocrisy, and greed are to be cleansed and released, and you are
one of many intended for this work. You also have a strong
will-to-power which needs to be tempered with humility and care.
A Spiritual Interpretation of Scorpio Rising
The following interpretation of Scorpio Rising is from
Your Spiritual Path Report.
"You have already taken a few steps on the spiritual path,
and you have dedicated your life to your spiritual nature to some
degree. The intense desire nature within you continues, however, to
pull you toward the physical expression. You constantly find
yourself at a turning point between pursuing a material desire and
following a more spiritual inclination.
You have the capacity for major changes in your life. Others may
find your decisions remarkable, as you can take a 180 degree turn
with relative ease. Each of these major shifts brings you closer to
understanding the unfolding plan of your spiritual life. At this
time you may appear to be motivated only by material desires, but
each turning takes you further on the spiritual path. If you look
back, you can see that your decisions have all blended into one
direction. You see the logical unfolding of spirit woven into
seemingly disjointed actions and decisions.
First you test your physical appetites with food, sexual desire
and physical comfort. These may become rather boring. Ambition and
the desire for power increase the emotional thrill and the momentary
pay-off. At the third stage you tackle mental challenges of
spiritual pride. If you can transcend all three levels, you then
function from a more spiritual base. You cease to seek physical
emotional and mental thrills for their own sake, and use your
personal power to transform your own life and to help others.
You face a tall order if you are to make spiritual progress. You
need to remember your own beginnings as you seek success in any of
your endeavors, spiritual or otherwise."
Scorpio Ascendant from the Cosmo Natal Report:
"You are very strong-willed and proud, but intensely private and
not easy to know well. Behind your quiet exterior lies a great deal
of emotional depth, sensitivity, complexity, and also fierce
determination. When you want something you go after it rather
quietly but insistently and wholeheartedly - and you usually get it.
You are not a person who lives lightly or superficially. You want to
live passionately and intensely and are not averse to challenge,
danger, or to facing the darker side of life - human pain and
struggle. You function well in crisis situations and often seek them
out, for you enjoy the feeling of living at full capacity.
You are very intuitive about other people and especially about their
unspoken feelings and hidden motives. You usually have strong,
immediate gut reactions, either positive or negative, which prove to
be correct. You approach life very instinctively and are not always
fully conscious of why you feel or act as you do. You also have a
very strong affinity with animals - an acute sensitivity and a
nonverbal kind of rapport with them.
In relation to others, you are rather cautious, sometimes even
suspicious, until you get to know and trust them - and trust doesn't
come easily to you. When you commit yourself emotionally to someone,
be it friend or lover, you are intensely loyal and devoted to them
and you also expect the same kind of unwavering, undying loyalty in
return. If you are ever betrayed by someone you care deeply for, you
are capable of hating and retaliating with as much fervor as you
once loved. Nothing is done halfway. In fact, you are intensely
involved and often jealously attached to whatever you care about, be
it person, idea, or cause. There is definitely a streak of emotional
fanaticism in you.
Because of your natural reserve, others may see you as something of
an enigma. You are quite self-protective and often defensive. You
are also very magnetic, especially to members of the opposite sex."
Famous People with Scorpio Rising:
Tori Amos (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Libra)
Melissa Anderson (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Cancer)
Ed Asner (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Scorpio)
Hugo Black (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Virgo)
Beau Bridges (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aries)
James Caan (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Taurus)
Johnny Carson (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Libra)
Paul Cezanne (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Virgo)
Dick Clark (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Sagittarius)
Jeffrey Conaway (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Sagittarius)
Susan Dey (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aquarius)
Christian Dior (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Scorpio)
Michael Douglas (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Libra)
Clint Eastwood (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aries)
Chris Evert (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Pisces)
Fabio (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Gemini)
John Fogerty (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aries)
Aretha Franklin (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Gemini)
Sigmund Freud (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Libra)
Graham Greene (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Virgo)
Mark Harmon (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Leo)
Ed Harris (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Capricorn)
Katharine Hepburn (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Capricorn)
Victor Hugo (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aquarius)
Diane Keaton (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Cancer)
Kris Kristofferson (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Gemini)
Vicki Lawrence (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aries)
Janet Leigh (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Leo)
Charles Lindbergh (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aquarius)
Patty Loveless (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aries)
David Lynch (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Cancer)
Cheech Marin (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Virgo)
Penny Marshall (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Gemini)
Mata Hari (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Leo)
Jack Nicklaus (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aries)
Bernadette Peters (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Leo)
River Phoenix (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Leo)
Prince (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aries)
Yves Rocher (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Pisces)
Diana Ross (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Gemini)
Gloria Steinem (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aries)
Martha Stewart (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aries)
Oliver Stone (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Libra)
Loretta Swit (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Capricorn)
Bob Uecker (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aquarius)
Gore Vidal (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Libra)
Robert Wagner (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Aquarius)
Robin Williams (Scorpio Ascendant, Mars in Cancer)
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