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13 Things Everyone Always Gets Wrong About Scorpios

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In all of astrology, Scorpios may have the worst reputation, and often by no fault of their own. Misconceptions about those born between October 23 and November 21 run the gamut. Stereotypes range from manipulative sex maniacs to magical moon magicians. Scorpios have a tendency to get pigeonholed as the most sadistic and evil of the signs thanks to famous scorpios like Charles Manson, Joseph McCarthy, and David Parker Ray. But these Scorpio stereotypes come from a narrow interpretation of the traits associated with the sign and, of course, could not possibly apply to every Autumn-born star baby.

Of course, every sign has its dark side. People are multi-faceted. It just so happens that Scorpios tend to have the clearest association with negative traits, and a tendency to be downright nasty. While other types of astrology may not paint the children of the Fall in such a negative light, there's no doubt that the natal astrological system most Westerners are familiar with has suffered from the false impression that Scorpios and their focused, ambitious, unrelenting attitudes are actually manipulative and unfeeling.

A deep dive into the nature of Scorpios reveals they are simply misunderstood. Here's everything you thought you knew about Scorpios and how to actually interpret these underappreciated members of the zodiac. Perhaps we can rid the world of all the negative inaccuracies made over the years once and for all! 

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    Scorpios Are Mysterious

    Scorpio's ruling planets are Mars and Pluto, both known for their intensity, and given Pluto's distance from Earth, it's no surprise that scorpios often have a reputation for mysteriousness. Their connection with water, specifically dark underground water, also contributes to their mysterious nature. While Scorpios might have their secrets, it's because they are private and pensive, not because they have an innate mystery to them.

    Sure, they are drawn to the darker aspects of life (Halloween is smack dab in the middle of this sign's date range) and they often keep their personal emotions (not to be confused with opinions) close to their chests. However, this has more to do with their own fear of letting people in to their minds. Better to be seen as secretive than vulnerable.

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    Scorpios Are Manipulative

    One of Scorpios' most-often cited negative traits is that they're manipulative. This comes from their innate ability to be dedicated strategists. Coupled with their tendency to be ambitious, that would explain why people may sometimes think they are being willed to do things for Scorpios. In actuality, Scorpios usually just have contagious passion. Their fervor for something leads others to want to follow suit. Not that they aren't known to exploit that fact from time to time to get their way, but calling them innately manipulative is a misjudgment.

    Additionally, a Scorpio can simply be so singularly focused at times they may not be great at noticing when a person feels pushed beyond their boundaries. This is why its always best to be up front with a Scorpio about your own comfort zone. 

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    Scorpios Are Jealous

    Along with Scorpios' depth of emotion comes an association with jealousy. That's not entirely unfair - when Scorpios feel something, they feel it deeply, which can include negative emotions. Scorpios want the best for themselves, and with the inclination toward intense emotion, that can manifest as jealousy. But the thing about jealousy is that it can be a motivating emotion without being a threat to anyone else. Some Scorpios are the successful and ambitious people they are because jealousy was an underlying factor in them pushing themselves. 

    Not that a few Scorpios haven't had a jealous breakdown at one point or other, but as far as defining characteristics go, they aren't really paranoid or distrusting. Instead they are deeply and personally invested which makes for emotional reactions sometimes to other people's behavior.

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    Scorpios Have Trust Issues

    One of the downsides of a Scorpio's loyalty is that they may expect a specific level of devotion from everyone else and are suspicious when they aren't getting it. But like most of the flaws associated with this zodiac sign small tendencies don't indicate overarching flaws. Additionally, a Scorpio's self-awareness of their own abilities can sometimes mean they are quick to do things themselves, but don't necessarily indicate they don't trust others to do things.

    Any seeming lack of trust is more indicative of a Scorpio not having all the facts they need to feel as informed as they normally prefer.

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