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 the elements that match him best.
Scorpio's Best Matches
Scorpios are stubborn, bold, courageous, tough, competitive, resourceful, mysterious, and direct. These are the individuals who seem to live their lives on the edge of one extreme or another.
Scorpio is one of the three emotional water signs of the zodiac; the others are Cancer and Pisces.
- Scorpio water is quiet, dark, and still - think swamp
- Cancer is running water - think babbling brook
- Pisces water is vast and deep - think oceanic
When two water signs are in a relationship, they understand each other on an emotional level, feel a mutual kinship, and are easily compatible. However, too much ease in a relationship can make it boring and stagnant.
Earth and Water
The Earth and water elements are attracted to one another. It's the Earth element that soaks up excess water, while also containing it and giving it direction. So, while the water signs are the most elementally compatible with Scorpio, the two best matches for Scorpio's complicated nature are disciplined, self-controlled Capricorn and methodical, analytical Virgo.
- Capricorn and Scorpio are both very loyal, neither has a problem with commitment, and both hang in through thick or thin. Each is security conscious, equally good with money, and each is prepared to work hard to improve their long-term security.
- Virgo and Scorpio are both cautious, reserved, investigative, and thrifty. Each values solitude and is very self-sufficient. These two complement each other's strengths and weaknesses well.
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 easily with other water signs
- Can be compatible with complimentary earth signs
- Has difficulty understanding the nature of air signs
- Completely clashes with fire signs
A Scorpio will feel at home with Cancers, Pisces, and other Scorpios. These three signs share the same elemental energy, one that is deep, emotional and introspective.
Below are Scorpio's best matches, ranked from most compatible to least.
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This is a real powerhouse coupling. Scorpio provides the investigative curiosity and intuition, while Capricorn provides diligence and practical know-how. They also have great physical chemistry. Who's in control is the main issue these two will deal with.
Both have an emotional take on life that gives this couple an understanding of one another. Scorpio brings stability, Pisces brings variety and excitement. Scorpio brings passion, Pisces brings romance. Their key to success is for Scorpio to avoid being too controlling and possessive.
Emotional soul mates and kindred spirits, they feel safe with one another and will nurture one another. Scorpio provides the security that Cancer needs, while Cancer provides the devotion and commitment that Scorpio requires. This is a union custom built for long-term commitments if they can keep their heads above the water
Both are private, reflective, spiritual, and fascinated by the tiny details of life. Scorpio is perceptive, Virgo has common sense, and both are cool and calculating in the face of trouble. Both signs are hardworking and goal-oriented. Both internalize their problems. This relationship is slow to start but can last a lifetime.
Taurus is steadfast and domestic. There's sexual chemistry and both seek comfort, security, commitment, and consistency. Their differences can push both of them to grow, but they can also lead to fights that escalate into cold-wars.
These two have an innate understanding of one another and a two-way psychic connection. They have similar motives, interests, and emotional depths. However, when same-sign couples come together, the sign is magnified, for good or bad.
A clash of basic natures. Aries is active, dominant, and needs to lead. Scorpio tenacious and not easily swayed. There's plenty of sexual chemistry, but they have a fundamentally different approach to life that can bring about some big disagreements.
Scorpio craves privacy, security, and comfort. Leo craves attention and adulation. Scorpio prefers the dark corners. Leo loves the bright lights. And they are both very stubborn. If they share an agenda, they can be a power couple, but if they turn on each other, it could be an endless war.
This is a love/hate passionate affair that's not likely to last. Scorpio craves security, broods, and is nostalgic. Sagittarius craves adventure, is independent, and always has eyes on the future. Compromise is essential if they are to succeed as a couple.
Libra is far too objective and superficial to understand Scorpio's emotional complexity. Scorpio is too jealous, brooding, and intense for light-hearted social Libra, and Libra's cavalier approach to commitment and responsibility push Scorpio's hot buttons. This is not a union that is built to last.
Scorpio is loyal. Gemini if fickle. Scorpio is private. Gemini is a social butterfly. Gemini is changeable. Scorpio is stubborn and determined. Gemini is flirtatious. Scorpio is jealous. These two would have a complicated and arduous relationship.
Head and heart collide. Scorpio is suspicious of everyone, Aquarius has never met a stranger and is a friend to all. Scorpio is receptive, Aquarius is assertive. Scorpio is controlling. Aquarius demands freedom, and both are stubborn. This is a push-pull relationship that would contain endless power struggles and clashing agendas.
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, 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 thrives on extremes and 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.
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 Capricorn, Pisces, Cancer or Virgo. 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.