Ascendant in Scorpio

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You know if there is a Scorpio Rising nearby… you can feel their presence. They have an aura about them that lets others know they are not to be pushed about. They command respect, and with some, even fear. They can be loud or quiet, but their determination always shines through.

Scorpio Rising rarely goes unnoticed… most people either love them or hate them. Some born under this Ascendant are rather confused by the strong reactions they get from others. They don’t realize that they appear to look through another’s façade, and see what is beneath the superficiality. Some people are intimidated by this, while others find it very interesting.

Scorpio Ascendant likes their privacy to the point of appearing paranoid. They need to control their surroundings and can strategize to their benefit. They move with care and deliberation, relying on their inner sense to figure out their situation and what others may do.

Scorpio Rising wants a partner who is down to earth and reliable. They want someone who is loyal and who wants a long term commitment. They want love to last forever, and if they are betrayed, they take it personally and the offending party will pay. They like others with magnetic personalities. They are often very accommodating and pleasant that you may not have a clue to what their real personality is like.

Scorpio Ascendant has the power to recover from economic, mental and physical problems that would be overwhelming for someone else. They have very strong defense mechanisms and don’t like to make a decision unless they have all the pertinent facts. You won’t learn much about Scorpio Rising’s personal life until you’ve earned it. Once you’ve earned their trust, they are loyal friends… as long as you remain a loyal friend. There is much in the experience of those born with Scorpio rising that involves learning to transform the self and others through the experience of conflict, challenge and letting go. The themes often present with this sign on the Ascendant can be described by the mythic story of Hercules as he battled the much-feared Hydra. The 8th labor of Hercules involved the destruction of this beast, a creature of the depths that had ten heads, and a deadly bite. Every time Hercules cut one of the heads off, another would appear. The lesson Hercules had to learn was contained within the advice given to him by his teacher- ‘We rise by kneeling, we conquer by surrendering, and we gain by giving up’. This experience could be described as the quintessential lesson of Scorpio rising.

You are likely to experience life as a constant series of challenges or crises where you learn intimately about the nature of power and transformation. Once learnt, you have the potential to be a very transformative and catalytic person, as you easily assist others to move through whatever is holding them back.

When Scorpio is your Rising Sign, it shows that you have very strong determination, together with fixity of purpose, a powerful will and a thoroughness of execution. When combined, these qualities make you a highly efficient person, capable of tackling even the most formidable of problems.

When you make up your mind to do something, you will let no-one and nothing stand in your way. You treat a challenge or an obstacle as something to be overcome; it creates an outlet for your dynamic inner force, which can be either constructive or destructive. In fact, Scorpio is closely related to the principle of death and destruction. Many children with this Ascendant Sign often take a delight in dealing sadistically with insects, animals and even their own possessions.

This influence can occasionally turn in on itself, just as a scorpion can sting itself to death when cornered. You may have a person who subconsciously wishes to destroy his or her own success and happiness, even to the point of suicide. There is an element of danger in Scorpio, which can often manifest as a serious illness or accident in the early years of childhood – say from the time of birth to the age of seven.

You are willing to work hard and long to achieve your objective, but being secretive, you do not normally divulge all your plans and methods. You may tell some of the facts but you always keep your trump card well hidden.

In almost everything you do, you demand a great deal of yourself and when in a position of authority, you expect the same from others. You can be a hard taskmaster. Consequently, you are likely to come up against some very harsh criticism unless you relax the reins of discipline and become more tolerant of other peoples’ failings.

With Scorpio, there are no half measures. In whatever you do, you give it your all, whether it be working, playing, striving, fighting or loving. No-one can match the degree of drive and determination you put into every facet of your life, but there is one drawback to all this intensity of purpose: you are inclined to look on life as a battle to be won rather than as a mixture of happiness, pleasure, joy and love to be experienced to the full.

You have very strong likes and dislikes. Because you can be very fixed in your ideas, you are not easily persuaded to change your opinions or plans.

You have an intensely emotional nature and are capable of profoundly deep feelings. As long as your love-life runs smoothly, all is well. However, as you are an extremely possessive person, if your loved one should ever deceive you in any way, there will be hell to pay. Not only are you never likely to forget it – you are unlikely ever to forgive.

A confrontation with that which is dark, hidden, destructive and taboo in your own nature is often the case with this sign rising. Along the way, you will often meet the same qualities in others. These may be either met in the external world through challenging and difficult situations, or within the self, in the form of negative, toxic and obsessive emotional states that plague the psyche. These states might include repetitive episodes of greed, envy, jealousy, desire (usually for power of come sort) and lust. These qualities need to be transformed by being acknowledged, accepted and brought into the light. Jealousy is commonly an issue, especially in the early part of life. This destructive emotion may alienate you from others, generating tension and friction that need to be released. This kind of emotion serves to pull the personality down, requiring humility and compassion to heal. Like the Hydra, such emotions can only be conquered through submission, which means aligning the self to something greater than the individual desire nature. If not released, these states seethe and fester within the psyche, exploding from time to time with powerful and destructive force. Internal pressure periodically builds until an explosion, release and renewal occurs. These qualities can be transformed and redirected via a creative outlet. A work of art, a form of therapy, a mystical state or an intense sexual experience can serve as the means to refine these energies. This process will be either consciously or unconsciously played out. You may find yourself oscillating between passive or active responses to your emotions and external stimuli. You may go through many catalytic personal experiences as you discover more about your true nature. Often, situations of disability and impairment come about, so that the fear of helplessness and restriction is experienced. These challenges become the catalyst for experiencing surrender, and learning to open up to trusting others.

Often, those with Scorpio rising give very little away as to what they are really thinking and feeling. Others cannot be sure of what your true intentions are. You may play your cards very close to your chest, owing to your acute sensitivity to environmental influences. For you, letting others know how sensitive and vulnerable you really are means giving them a kind of power you are not sure you want to give. You are often extremely sensitive to the underlying emotional currents around you, for this sign is extremely perceptive. You will continually seek to confront the underlying psychological motives in any situation. You will also be constantly aware of others potential to be deceptive, abusive and less than truthful. Your first form of attack then is defense, while you wait for others to reveal who they truly are. This means that you are likely to respond in passionate and turbulent ways to most forms of relationship, and will be especially volatile when an issue of power and its potential misuse is around. Or you will avoid intimacy with anybody if it means you have to let your guard down. You benefit from calm, placid and strong partners who are able to withstand the intensity of your emotional experiences, and your need to work them out on others. For this reason, you can be hard to get close to, as the external emotional protection is very strong, and others feel uncertain as to where you stand. Yet once you have committed your feelings to someone, you are intensely loyal, passionate, giving and devoted. It is an all or nothing kind of stance. Much depends on how prepared you are to deal with the issue of power and its proper uses.

Once the necessary transformations have come about, you then become a powerful catalyst or agent for change in other people. You have the ability to renew and rebuild your life, and can show others how to do the same. You are likely to have penetrating insight and great understanding for others suffering and pain. You are likely to be patient, persevering and reliable, so that you are a great source of strength in times of need. Your likes and dislikes are strongly felt, and there may be a tendency to employ shock tactics in order to make your point. Usually, this is not to be perverse, but rather to say the things that others will not say, or to shake up the status quo. Highly developed emotional intelligence often makes you privy to the secrets and dark sides of others. Being prepared to encounter the secrets of others is part of your life experience.

Those with Scorpio rising often have very good memories and will not forget a hurt. You may need to develop the capacity to release pent up emotion directed consciously or unconsciously against those you believe have done you wrong. You are likely to be very loyal to loved ones, but will switch off completely if betrayed. In this instance, there will be no looking back once this decision is made, for you tend to be characterized by an all or nothing attitude that is at its most direct where your emotional vulnerabilities are concerned.

Yours is an intense rising sign, with the potential to experience great rewards. You have come to learn the secrets of resurrection and rebirth through experiencing transformation in your own emotional life. Then you have the power to become an incredible agent for change in the lives of other people.

Socially, Scorpio Ascendant is soft-spoken and quiet, unless they’re catching up with an old friend. They are passionate and creative.

Scorpio Rising will usually have a strong drive to succeed… whether it is to win a cooking competition or to become the CEO of a large corporation, if that is what they set their sights on, they will go all out for it. The intensity with which they can pursue their goals is rivaled only by their tenacity. They welcome competition.

Scorpio Ascendant has a real stubborn streak, and it is difficult to get them to change their mind once it is made up. They are emotional creatures, but they are rather adept at hiding this vulnerability. They are good at observing details and can be shrewd when it comes to taking risks.

Energetic and ambitious, Scorpio Rising seeks activities that are financially rewarding as well as challenging them physically or mentally. They are very resourceful and clever. In a crisis, Scorpio Ascendant will be cool, courageous and persistent. The worse the situation, the more quietly they work at the task of seeing it through to the end.

Scorpio Rising is intuitive and sometimes psychic. This makes it imperative that they not give in to their sarcasm as it may strike deeper than they intend. They may have healing talents.