Scorpio: The Scorpion

A woodcut of a scorpion by Bonatti

SmartScope for June 2012:

Oh Scorpio! You're working, working, working all day long! Remember that a little organization can go a long way and save you tons of time in the long run. Once you do that, you'll see that your tasks really aren't as demanding as they first seemed and you'll have plenty of energy to get everything checked off your list. During the second part of the month, a certain someone will unexpectedly catch your eye... that is only if you get out and have some fun. Try to get out and meet new people rather than spending too much time alone this month.

About Scorpio:

Birth date:

October 23 - November 22




The Myth:

In Greek mythology, Scorpio represents the scorpion sent to kill the hunter Orion. There are multiple versions of this myth. In one, Hera (the Queen of the Gods) sends the scorpion after Orion. In another, the Greek god Apollo sends the scorpion after Orion because he is jealous of the attention the goddess Artemis is giving him. To make amends after Orion's death, Apollo helps Artemis place Orion's image in the sky.

Cool Fact:

When characters appear together in the same myth, they often are assigned constellations near each other in the sky. But not Orion and the scorpion! Their constellations are actually on opposite sides of the sky from each other, and every night when Scorpio begins to rise from the horizon, Orion begins to sink to the other side of the sky - as though he's still running away from his attacker!

A Scorpio might be:

determined, secretive, passionate, and sensitive

Careers a Scorpio might like:

Detective, surgeon, scientist, lawyer, psychologist, business owner

Famous Female Scorpio:

A head shot of Erika Mann Erika Mann (November 9, 1905 - August 27, 1969) was a German writer. She was a war correspondent in World War II and the Spanish Civil War. Her family was Jewish; she was the last of her family to escape Germany when Hitler came to power, rescuing her father's papers with her when she moved to Zurich. She was also one of the few women writers to cover the Nuremberg Trials after the war. She lived in a community of artists in New York City, and though she married the poet W.H. Auden in a marriage of convenience, both were gay. Her liberal politics and sexual orientation led to an FBI investigation. Mann returned to Switzerland.