Scorpio Traits: Strengths and Weaknesses

Jacqueline Dautaj
Famous Scorpio Julia Roberts

Scorpio's traits are legendary in the world of astrology. Here, we'll explore these traits and try to shed a little bit of light on the Scorpio personality.

Pluto's Role in Forming the Scorpio Personality

In order to understand Scorpio, you need to understand Pluto. It's demotion from planet to dwarf notwithstanding, Pluto is one small, powerful force.

It takes Pluto 246 years to make one revolution around the sun, and it is for this reason that Pluto (along with Neptune and Uranus) is considered to be a "generational planet"; one of deep and profound generational transformation. What this means is that roughly every generation or so, the world gets a monumental shift in thinking and in conducting its general affairs. Couple this with Pluto's reportedly icy frozen surface and we begin to see the first noticeable Scorpio traits.

In short, Pluto often lends Scorpio a small stature, an excellent (frozen) poker face, and a grim determination that's built to go the distance. Let's delve deeper into this intriguing zodiac sign.

The Upside to Scorpio Traits

First, a look a Scorpio's sunny side.

That Poker Face

Let's pick up where we left off with Pluto. Remember Pluto's icy exterior? Well, in Scorpio that icy glaze is perfected. No single other zodiac sign has a better poker face than an individual with a heavy influence of Scorpio signs in their charts.

This is partly due to the fact that Scorpios almost never sweat when it comes to crunch time. They also don't blink. We know it sounds crazy, but it's true. To get an accurate impression of this, think of some reptiles, like an alligator or a lizard. All of these animals fall under Scorpio's domain. Have you ever seen an alligator sweat?


They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and when you look at a Scorpio's eyes, you may be tempted to believe that's true. In Cancer, the eyes are deep and soulful. In Pisces, they're large and compassionate. In Scorpio, they are deep, mysterious and mesmerizing. These eyes work in tandem with Scorpio's penchant for mystery and the unexplained.

Intuitive and thought provoking, the piercing hypnotic gaze of Scorpio seems to just "know" things that others don't seem to pick up. A great Scorpio gift is the ability to tune into the "feel" of the atmosphere, and then, in an almost magical way, predict what will happen next.


Watch a Scorpio run at the gym and you'll see another key trait: determination. Scorpios appear oblivious to others as they go about their business. This is because Scorpio's are never in competition with others, not for money, not for beauty, and certainly not for physical perfection. No, Scorpio's determined nature is made all that more intense because they are in competition with themselves.

The Downside of Scorpio

Some less desirable Scorpio traits can include their fanatical, suspicious and almost obsessive nature.


Fanaticism is an unpleasant word, but it's one that is often associated with Scorpio. A Scorpio can become a fanatic over just about anything, including politics, religion and sports; all of it is fair game to a Scorpio.


Scorpio's suspicious nature is the stuff of legend. Trust does not come easy to Scorpios, and unfortunately, even when they are in love, they still feel the need to put their loved ones through a series of tests. These tests, as strange as they may seem, are designed to test their partners' level of faithfulness and loyalty.


You can't deny it Scorpio; you can be pretty obsessive when it comes to relationships (and that's all relationships)! This all goes back to trust for you. Believe and trust in your partner, friends and family, and learn to let this aspect of your personality go.

Inspiration for Scorpios and the People Who Love Them

Finally, if you are a Scorpio or know one, and are searching for whatever it is that makes you unique, then consider this: One of your very best traits is your ability and aptitude for transformation. Not only can you radically transform your own life, but you can also deeply and profoundly change the lives of others. Remember what transformation is. It's a process that completely changes the animal nature of the thing, but does it in such a way that its very essence remains. Transformation is your special gift.

Famous Scorpios

To round things out, here are some famous Scorpios:

  • Artists Pablo Picasso, born October 25, 1887
  • Actress Jaclyn Smith, born October 26, 1947
  • Senator Hillary R. Clinton, born October 26 1947
  • Newscaster Walter Cronkite, born November 4, 1916
  • U.S Attorney General Robert Kennedy, born November 20, 1925
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Scorpio Traits: Strengths and Weaknesses