Astrological compatibility within the zodiac boils down to two key factors: triplicity and quadruplicity. Scorpio's quadruplicity is fixed, and his triplicity is found in the water element. These two characteristics will determine which elements match well with Scorpio's nature and the specific sign within these elements that matches him best.
Scorpio's Elemental Matches
Water signs are adaptive, emotionally driven, and highly intuitive. Where only the elements are concerned, a water sign like Scorpio:
- Matches ideally with other water signs
- Can be compatible with earth signs
- Has difficulty understanding the nature of air signs
- Completely clashes with fire signs
These principles are very important when discerning Scorpio's compatibility because they outline the energetic forces at play within the zodiac. Compatibility is based on both attraction and understanding. Occasionally, the triplicity will come into play within two signs that have no elemental compatibility. However, without elemental understanding, this attraction will soon fizzle in the face of a greater clash of core values.
This also depicts why Scorpio succeeds with his water brethren. A Scorpio will feel at home with Cancers, Pisces, and other Scorpios. These three signs share the same elemental energy, one that is deep and introspective.
|Zodiac Sign||Element||Quadruplicity||Compatibility Rating||Explanation|
|Aries||Fire||Cardinal||Very Poor||A clash of basic natures. Aries is active and dominant. Aries needs to lead, Scorpio is far too independent. Leader vs. loner.|
|Taurus||Earth||Fixed||Good||Taurus is steadfast and domestic. Both signs are known for loyalty. Scorpio can be built up by Taurus' stalwart nature.|
|Gemini||Air||Mutable||Poor||Gemini is much too probing and outgoing, leaving Scorpio confused. Loyalty is not Gemini's strong suit.|
|Cancer||Water||Cardinal||Very Good||Elemental matches. Cancer's intuition and nurturing character will ease Scorpio's internal woes.|
|Leo||Fire||Fixed||Very Poor||Elemental clash. Both signs are intense and suffer from jealousy issues. This match signals a power struggle.|
|Virgo||Earth||Mutable||Good||Both signs are hardworking and goal-oriented. Both internalize their problems. This relationship is slow to start and initially guarded.|
|Libra||Air||Cardinal||Poor||Libra is far too objective and superficial to understand Scorpio's emotional complexity. Libra will deflect Scorpio's need to control.|
|Scorpio||Water||Fixed||Very Good||Elemental match. This relationship will only suffer from the partners' similarities, not differences.|
|Sagittarius||Fire||Mutable||Very Poor||Elemental Clash. Sagittarius is too adventurous while Scorpio is quiet and guarded. Sagittarius would be stifled. Scorpio would shut down.|
|Capricorn||Earth||Cardinal||Good||This relationship is hesitant to start. Both individuals are careful, ambitious and industrious--Capricorn more so. Scorpio will be stabilized.|
|Aquarius||Air||Fixed||Poor||Aquarius is too emotionally distant. Scorpio will be thrown off by Aquarius' extremist tendencies. This is a cold and lifeless match.|
|Pisces||Water||Mutable||Very Good||Elemental match. Both feed off of intense emotions and romanticism. Pisces feels protected by Scorpio's dominant and controlling nature.|
The Fixed Factor
Although signs within the same element match best with each other, quadruplicities do not follow the same laws. For this reason, Scorpio tends to match better with Cancer and Pisces than he does with another Scorpio. This is because Scorpio is a fixed sign, and fixed signs are deeply rooted, intense, and can be very stubborn. The unmovable nature of a fixed sign can be overwhelming when partnered with a like-minded individual. Such similarities may inhibit relationship growth as well as the personal growth of each partner.
The intuitive and domestic nature of Cancer (a cardinal sign) can be healing to an intense and brooding sign like Scorpio. Likewise, Pisces (mutable) is a slightly less serious sign than Scorpio and can provide the relationship with some much needed optimism.
Incorrect Compatibility Theories
There have been some astrological theories involving zodiac opposites that lead people to believe that the polar opposite of one's zodiac sign actually represents an ideal match. In Scorpio's case, this ideal partner would be Taurus.
There are numerous reasons why such theories are incorrect, but the most glaring would be that of elemental understanding. Though earth and water signs can complement each other in that they do not inherently clash, these are still two completely different elements. A fixed sign like Scorpio requires a partner outside his own quadruplicity. Unfortunately, Taurus is also a fixed sign--and a fixed earth sign to boot. Taurus is notorious for his stubborn attitude and his need for emotional stability. Scorpio's emotional needs are far different. Whereas Taurus aims for status quo, Scorpio must delve into the very depths of his soul on a daily basis. Passion, intensity, and truth at any cost are values that define a Scorpio.
Though Taurus can provide Scorpio with a stable domestic environment, it truly takes a water sign to fuel and soothe Scorpio's emotional unrest.
Scorpio isn't just found within the sun signs. This zodiac sign can infiltrate any of the planets and houses in a natal chart. If an individual's natal chart is Scorpio-dominant, this person will partner best with a chart-dominant Cancer or Pisces. The nuances of natal charts can be intimidating to those newly acquainted with astrology, so it is best to consult a professional astrologer where chart compatibility is concerned.