The SCORPIO Man
And her eyes immediately met those
of a large, blue caterpillar
that was sitting on the top with its arms folded, quietly
smoking a long hookah . . .
The caterpillar and Alice
looked at each other in silence,
If you're in love with a Scorpio male and the word passion frightens you, put on
your track shoes and run as if King Kong were pursuing you. He is.
I'm not speaking of romantic passion alone, though that may be at the head of the
list. I also refer to passionate intensity about politics, work, friendship, religion,
food, relatives, children, clothing, life, death and any other categories you can think
up. A Scorpio man is not exactly what your psyche needs if you're repelled by
emotional excess. Don't look back. Just run.
You'll think I've taken leave of my senses if you've just met that particular Pluto
person. He's so calm and steady. How could anyone with such obvious self-control
be passionate, let alone dangerously so? How indeed. Because he's only bluffing
with the surface cool. Inside, his passions are as red hot as that stove you burned
your hand on when you were three or four years old and getting into things out of
your reach. This man may also be out of reach. He's sizzling underneath his
deceptively controlled manner. Don't touch. You know perfectly well how long it
takes for bums to heal. Remember? Your hand was stinging for weeks after that
episode with the stove when you were in your Buster Browns. After this experience,
your heart will burn for months, maybe years, and first aid kits will do little good.
Grandma's favorite saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,"
applies to both stove burns and Scorpio singes, so play it safe. Make sure you know
where you're going and with whom.
If your Sun sign gives you an asbestos, fireproof nature, go ahead and play with
explosives. You may be able to keep the flames under control and have yourself a
powerful fire to warm your heart for a lifetime. Perhaps you're passionate about
things yourself. Fine. Then it's simply a matter of degree of heat. If your passion has
an automatic thermostat, so it can be turned down to cool when his reads hot, you're
safe. Let's pretend you are. The girls who are in danger should be in the next state
by now, if they ran fast enough. They'll thank me someday after they've married a
nice, safe Libran or Cancerian.
As for you women who have analyzed yourselves as safe in a Pluto relationship,
let's see if we can find what's hidden behind those hypnotic, piercing Scorpio eyes.
It's pretty certain he hasn't made a neutral impression on you. He's either got you
thinking he's boyish and sweet, or that he's wicked and passionate. (There goes that
word again.) The trouble is, he's neither. Or maybe I should say he's both. Well, this
isn't getting us anywhere. Let's start all over again.
In a word, this man is invincible. Just behind his frosty reserve is a huge pot of
boiling steam that bubbles and seethes continually. If you're lucky, he'll keep the lid
on. tight for a lifetime, but a deep injury can blow it right off with a brilliant
explosion. It's kind of fascinating to watch. if you're not in its direct line of
destruction. Step aside, if you feel it coming. And don't do anything to cause it
Hell bewilder you with his twin Scorpio traits of passion and reason. He's master of
both: intellect and emotions rule him equally. Scorpio is more than intelligent. If
he's a highly evolved specimen, he's also deeply philosophical, concerned with
mysteries of existence, and he'll come close to knowing the answers.
There are Scorpios who can live a spartan existence in a bare room, denying
themselves every comfort for some obscure, aesthetic reason, but the true nature of
the sign is sensual. Normally, Scorpio will surround himself with luxury. He'll lean
toward excesses in food, drugs, drink, and yes-in love. Most assuredly in love. He's
geared for it, with confidence. Romance will never frighten him, puzzle him, or
catch him unaware. It's been on his mind ever since he rode his first bicycle. Maybe
even his first tricycle. Of course, you could conceivably know a Scorpio who is so
absolutely innocent-looking, with such disarming, youthful charm and lack of
obvious seductive mannerisms, he's convinced you that passion is over-rated in
Pluto males. He may even have freckles, and a whole drawer full of Boy Scout
merit badges. But ask his wife. Try something like, "Say, Bertha-or Rosalie-or
Sheila-or whatever-is your husband, well, is he passionate?" She might summon
enough dignity to tell you it's none of your business, but your answer will most
likely be hysterical laughter. Between her peals of mirth, she'll be remembering
many days of his intense, passionate declarations about air pollution, housebreaking
the dog, narcotics, long hair, birth control, and many nights of ... well, and many
nights. This will be true even if her husband looks like Huckleberry Finn, and
doesn't even remotely resemble King Kong.
These men have an explosive temper that can strike a life-time wound. When the
Scorpio lashes his deadly tail, the sting bites hard. He not only enjoys winning, he
has to win. Something inside him dies when he loses, even in small ways; yet oddly
enough, a Pluto man normally practices good sportsmanship. Like all his other
emotions, disappointment never shows on those set features, and his reactions are
rigidly controlled, including his romantic intentions. If there's a good reason to
avoid the relationship, hell bum inside while he's projecting a glacial calm out-
wardly. He's also capable of torturing a girl cruelly before he finally decides to grab
her by the hair and drag her off to his jungle of honeysuckle vines. Naturally, there
are some November fellows who will gently propose on bended knee. They'll
behave very properly, with or without a chaperone, but don't be deceived. It's
merely the Scorpio desire to keep dignity at all cost. Your reputation must be
spotless. He won't stand for ridicule or cheapness, for all his erotic nature.
Pluto people can have either a Sunday School teacher horror of sin, an attitude
which produces intensely dedicated evangelistic religious leaders, like Billy
Graham, or they can be driven by curiosity to penetrate every dark corner of the
human mystery. Sometimes, both attitudes are combined, resulting in the hypocrisy
or self-delusion of an Elmer Gantry or a Reverend Davidson in Rain.
Every Scorpio is a law unto himself, and completely unconcerned with what others
think of him. He would like to be respected as a good, solid citizen, but if it
interferes with any of his intense ideas or goals, then he couldn't care less, and
who gossip can just go to the place Pluto rules. None of his important decisions are
hampered by the opinions of his friends, relatives, neighbors or enemies. I'm sorry
to say, not even by you. Don't run away yet. Such beautiful self-containment and
sureness of purpose can create a mighty attractive, free spirit who's not always
fussing about what people think. Are honesty and courage and integrity such bad
bargains? They may have lost a little of their sparkle in today's marketplace, but rub
off the dust they've collected, and you can still get them appraised as genuine.
It's quite an experience to see the Scorpio man operate under adversity's black
clouds. While others are mumbling and crumbling and grumbling, he is at his
forceful, courageous best. He seldom wallows in envy or self-pity, and he doesn't
happen to think that life owes him a single farthing. You can just imagine how
much time that saves. Instead of pouting in hurt anger when real troubles hit, he
meets them head on. Conquer them? But of course.
That's what he was born to do.
One thing is a little frightening, and may require courage on your part. Scorpio
loves mystery and there's not a single one that crosses his path he won't solve in
detail. Since the eternal feminine mystery is any girl's most potent defense and
offense, being stripped naked of your mystery can leave you feeling a little exposed.
You'll scarcely have a secret left when he starts probing with those burning eyes
He has high standards, and he won't choose his friends loosely. They'll have to
measure up. This is a marvelous, rare kind of man who can share a jug of spirits and
joke with rough humor among other men like a bawdy Elizabethan; then tap that
deep, inscrutable nature and turn into as gentle and tender a lover as Robert
Browning. If there's anything more to ask for in a male animal, I don't know what it
might be. Submissiveness and forgiveness? Detachment and caution? That's not
You knew he was short on those qualities back in the beginning.
He can be cruel sometimes, for his own, unfathomable reasons, and he may even
exhibit a sadistic sense of wit by describing you as fat, dumpy, shrewish and square
in front of friends. It's his private joke. Grin, if it kills you. You've been warned that
Scorpio is compelled to conceal his motives, and this tendency isn't watered down
in love. It may even be intensified. He's not about to display his true emotions in
front of the world like a vulnerable, smitten schoolboy. Later, when you're alone,
he'll tell you what he really thinks.
Marriage gives you a certain security, but if he pulls some of his Pluto tricks before
the knot is tied, it may hurt, and you'll fail to get the humor. Still, don't even think
about telling him that his harsh, self-sufficient who-needs-you? game makes you
feel like jumping off a bridge. The Scorpio man will just tell you to go ahead and
jump. It may take a while to adjust to his personality, but it will eventually toughen
you up. If you're too soft, you'll bruise easily with a Scorpio. Never ask him what he
thinks of a new dress or hair-do, unless you're prepared to be stung by the brutal
truth. At least you'll know his positive statements are honest, and not pasted
with the sticky glue of bored, insincere flattery. It's better to brave a good, healthy
"You look awful," now and then, and be rewarded by an occasional "You're really
beautiful, you know," than to swallow a constant diet of vague remarks like: "Yes,
dear, it's lovely, sugar. Mmmmm-just fine, pigeon," from other men. Don't you
think so? I do. But then, you're the one who has to live with it.
When it comes to jealousy, you'd better tread very, very carefully. He could bum
and erupt like Mount Vesuvius in its heyday if you should accidentally wink near a
man when a cinder gets in your eye, and if you ever give him a real reason to be
suspicious, you're a very brave woman. But you'd better pack away your own
jealous streak in the trunk, and then lock it. It will make no impression at all to
drench him in angry tears or reproachful recriminations. No matter how he behaves,
just say to yourself, "He loves me, and he will never discard real love for physical
promiscuity. He's loyal to his deep ties, and he's only practicing his hypnotic art
with those girls." Say it once before each meal, in the morning and at bedtime.
Especially at bedtime. Women will find him irresistibly attractive, but keep
remembering that if anyone is strong enough to resist such continual flattery and
temptation, it's a Scorpio. Doesn't that make you feel better? It should. It's true.
He'll probably be a stern father. The children won't get away with an ounce of lazy
or frivolous behavior. Hell teach them to respect property, but he'll also teach them
to respect themselves. Youngsters will seldom get the chance to form any false
values around a Scorpio papa. Although he'll love them with as much sincere
passion as he puts into everything else he cares about, he won't Stand for any
nonsense. He'll protect them when they need it, but they'll soon get the message
he expects them to stand alone. If they borrow money from him, he's liable to
charge them interest on it, but it's for their own good. They may not realize that until
he's gone some-day, but the lesson will eventually come home to them. Lots of
children of Scorpio fathers resent his high-handed authority and tight discipline
throughout childhood, and especially during the rebellious years, but as adults, they
realize how lucky they were to have his firm guidance. From no other father can
children learn so much truth about the way life really is. Often his offspring will
find him gentle and funny; still there won't be any question about who is boss. He'll
joke and laugh with them, and give them a sense of freedom, but the chalk line will
be drawn, and they'll know not to cross it. Even as they resent his attitude of
command, the children will secretly admire his strength and try to imitate it, but
occasionally it works the other way. A gentle child may feel bullied and cowed by
Scorpio power, and retreat into neurotic introversion, fearing to risk his displeasure.
Then you'll have to remind him that affection and tenderness sometimes get more
results than his normal, unbending, autocratic manner. Just be sure you remind him
tactfully and respectfully. A Scorpio man will never allow a woman to dictate to
him. Never in a million years. He is the man and you are the woman, and if you
have any doubts about it, you will be set straight so surely that you'll never need but
one lesson. Yet, a Scorpio husband with a wife who truly understands him, will be
tender, sympathetic, considerate, and repay her loyalty with the kind of love most
women only read about and wish for.
It won't help much to try to resist this man, once the flame has been stirred and he's
decided he wants you. Hell hypnotize you right out of all your good intentions. The
magnetism of Scorpio men is almost tangible. You feel you can reach out and touch
it. When you do, you may get a surprise. It will bum you only if you're over-
sensitive and scorchable. If you're patient and strong, it will be like touching cool
marble. Girls are out of their league with him. It takes a brave woman to fly with the
eagle and not crash. He can soar higher than his symbolic bright star Antares in the
constellation of Scorpio, then dip down suddenly to earthy expression. Hang on
tightly, but keep your eyes open wide, and you'll see horizons with him the timid
will never see. Look over there, just beyond the tall fir trees-did you ever in your
whole life experience such a sunrise? Sunset will be just as grand.