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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 Overly Ambitious

    Ambition is not in and of itself a bad thing, but when coupled with the host of other negative traits associated with Scorpios, it becomes one of their primarily misunderstood traits. For a Scorpio, ambition is everything - it drives many of their decisions, their interactions, and their general approach to the world. But this doesn't (always) equate to power or money or control. If anything, Scorpios are in a constant competition with themselves, consistently trying to be better than they were before in whatever aspect. They strive for greatness, but usually set their own bar for what that looks like.

    Only the weakest of Scorpios have fallen prey to ambition for ambitions sake, and really that's a trap any of the signs could fall into. This trait can be trying for other signs feeling neglected by a focused Scorpio, but once again communication is key, and a compassionate Scorpio won't want to feel they've dropped the ball in any area of their life and will usually go above and beyond to make amends. 

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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 Moody

    An abundance of emotion does tend to mean a Scorpio is wrapped up in feelings. Their inquisitive and quick-paced minds mean they can get wrapped up in thinking deep thoughts, inventing things, and generally solving the world's problems. So its not surprising a few have been burned when approaching a Scorpio in their creative state, interpreting them as moody.

    Another thing to consider is that a Scorpio has likely thought (and researched) long and hard on why they believe a certain thing or do things a certain way, if they feel questioned, they can react with their trademark passion.

    This could be seen as moody, but is really a dislike for anyone doubting their thoroughness. Don't be afraid to challenge a Scorpio's thinking, but always remember they likely came into their opinions thoughtfully.

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    Scorpios Are Stubborn

    Scorpios often think they are right. The thing is, Scorpios are often quite right. They don't come to these conclusions lightly. They not only know their skills and knowledge, they've worked hard to attain them. So it can't be too surprising when a Scorpio insists on things. Or that they stick to their guns and won't back down when they are challenged.

    A Scorpio's drive to perfection is wrapped up with their need for validation, the two things feed each other. A challenged Scorpio is a Scorpio who believes they are being misunderstood and underestimated. Don't worry, a Scorpio is also driven by logic and efficiency and eventually will see reason if its presented to them that way.

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