Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon: the Romantic Hero and the Hitman with a Heart (“I’ve soared with the eagles and slithered with the snakes and been everywhere in between.”)
Scorpio is sign of the Shaman and the Spy, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Emotional Cryptographer and the Clandestine Encounter, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop. The sign most associated with intense passion and ice-cold resolve, Scorpio can go from red-hot to cold-blooded as fast as the temperature can change in the desert. Actor Charles Bronson, best known for portraying freelance hitmen and vigilante cowboys, is representative of a Scorpio Sun’s penchant for intrigue, conspiracies, and matters of life-and-death intensity:
It’s within relationships that Scorpio’s emotional intensity is expressed in its purest, most potent form. According to astrologer Sonya Magett, “Scorpio can be intensely possessive and struggle with jealousy throughout their lives.” (Source)
Scorpio’s next door neighbor is Libra, the sign of the Lover, the Artist, the Peacemaker, the Diplomat, the Statesmen, the Counselor, and the Art Collector. This is the sign most directly associated with elegance, social harmony, and an innate awareness of the other. All Moon signs have some type of need for romantic relationships but for a Libra Moon romance is as much a necessity as food, water, and air. Playwright William Shakespeare – best known for writing the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet – is a representative Libra Moon. (Chart)
The innate sense of “the other” is also what endows Libra Moons with an instinctual understanding of aesthetics. People with their Moon in this graceful sign know how to harmonize clothing and color schemes in much the same way a diplomat knows how to harmonize agendas and interpersonal dynamics. Louis Vuitton, founder of the high end clothing empire which bears his name, is a Libra Moon. (Chart)
Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon: Acts Like Charles Bronson, Dresses Like Louis Vuitton
Combine the psychological intensity of a Scorpio Sun ala Charles Bronson with the romantic instincts of a Libra Moon ala William Shakespeare and you get a Sun/Moon pairing which will be extremely oriented towards one-to-one relationships. Astrologer Carolyn Reynolds describes this pairing’s capacity for romance:
This is one of the most charming men of the Sun/Moon combination, and the romantic par excellence. He is magnetic, persuasive, ardent and loyal. In one hypnotic nod he gestures he understands you, both physically and emotionally. He lives to understand you. He will calm and reassure you in the midst of his own inner turmoil that you are totally oblivious to.
What does he need to accomplish to balance out his life? To find the right partner. His every emotional fiber calls out for a mate. He needs to share his dreams, his goals, and every waking moment with someone. He looks for beauty in a woman, and for style as well as elegance. Scorpio or Capricorn hangs in there for years with this pairing.(Source)
Professional wrestling legend Randy “Macho Man” Savage, is a Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon. (Chart) Savage’s most compelling performances coincided with his real life marriage to Elizabeth Hulette (aka “Miss Elizabeth”), a woman known for her beauty, style, and elegance who happened to be a Scorpio with a Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn. (Source) That Savage’s career peak came during his marriage is no surprise as Scorpio/Libra individuals only feel themselves when in a compelling partnership.
Savage and Hewlett had actually been married for eight years when the above storyline was developed. Although wedding was staged reports were that both took it as an opportunity to renew their relationship in real life.
Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon is not only one of the most romantic of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings, it’s also one of the most psychologically potent and intensely self-expressive. During his career Savage was renown for his ability to project as psychologically unhinged as Charles Bronson (Scorpio Sun) even as he was dressed as stylishly as Louis Vuitton (Libra Moon). In their book Sun Sign, Moon Sign, astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey emphasize the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual’s instinctual understanding of madness and capacity for intensely dramatic forms of self-expression:
You are pretty tough cookie, and if you cannot charm your way to the prize, you can certainly turn on the pressure. Although you optimistically hope for the best, you can be shrewdly understanding of the mad, the bad, and the ugly. . . . you need to have access to the dark and terrible to be able to put the boot in, so to speak.
You have a vivid imagination, a keen sense of drama, and probably rhythm, too, and if you take off in an artistic direction you can develop a very subtle yet eloquent manner of self-expression. You can be a charismatic showman with a dramatic delivery. (Source)
Take a look at any circa 1980s clip of Savage for a high volume but fundamentally accurate example of this pairing’s capacity for “eloquent self-expression”, “charismatic showmanship”, and willingness to access the “dark and terrible” parts of the psyche in order to “put the boot in”. All of this was done in pursuit of “the prize”, which for Savage was main-event billing at big time pay-per-views such as Wrestlemania. Given this pairing’s intensely (Scorpio) romantic (Libra) orientation, it’s probably no coincidence that Savage’s most “vividly imaginative” interviews and “keenly dramatic” in-ring performances were those where his beloved was at his side.
Astrologer Jefferson Anderson emphasizes this pairing’s skill at balancing color schemes and ability to succeed in “visually oriented fields such as photography, film, fashion, or interior design.” (Source) If Savage’s wildly colorful ensembles make one thing clear, it’s that the ability to expertly balance color schemes and accessories while projecting as “mad, bad, and ugly” is one of the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon native’s most clearly delineated strengths.
The combination of a Scorpio Sun’s psychological x-ray vision and a Libra Moon’s instincts for reciprocity endows this pairing with a real aptitude for coaxing the best out of “the other”. This applies in professional relationships as much as in romantic ones. During his wrestling career Savage was greatly admired by colleagues for his ability to make even the most brutish of performers look like polished superstars in the ring. Had he not gone into wrestling he probably could have achieved fame in partner dancing, or at least done very well on a show like “Dancing With the Stars”. Rapper Rob Van Winkle, best known as “Vanilla Ice”, is a Scorpio/Libra whose experienced something of a career resurgence as a result of his superb performances on such shows in Europe:
Each of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings has its own dark side. A pairing as intensely dramatic as Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon is going to have a dark side as intensely dramatic as its light side. The “dark and terrible” side of this pairing is most likely to express itself when the native feels injustices have occurred within the context of a one-to-one partnership, whether romantic or professional. In his book All Around the Zodiac, astrologer Bill Tierney describes the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual’s modus operandi of “first the velvet glove, then the iron fist”:
[This pairing] will negotiate first before resorting to hardball tactics to crush the opposition . . . others better not take advantage of our kindness and patience – which have their limits – since after bending over backwards enough times we’ll simply explode and do a lot of damage to those who have provoked us. Underneath the cultivated, polished way we handle ourselves in the world is more volatile temperament . . . There is much emotional power lurking beneath our surface charm. (Source)
Randy Savage’s ability to project an intensely “volatile temperament” and willingness to engage in “hardball tactics” was the lynchpin of his circa 1989 on-screen feud with Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea). The feud the most financially successful storyline in professional wrestling (soap opera?) history in large part due to Savage’s capacity to come off as so intensely and authentically fed up with Hogan. The fighting in this clip is, of course, staged but Savage’s unhinged tirade touches on what was a real-world truth: that for years he had been bending over backwards to make his more ballyhooed colleague look his best without getting the same in return. Whether in the imaginal world or the real world, a Scorpio/Libra is only going to tolerate such an unbalanced state of affairs for so long before finally exploding:
Years later we would find out that in real life Savage actually did suspect Hogan was responsible for the dissolution of his marriage, a perception that would send a Sun/Moon pairing as commitment minded as Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon completely over the edge. When asked during a circa 1992 out-of-character interview if he ever cries, Savage responded:
It’s okay to show every emotion available, I’ve cried 1,000 times before and I’ll cry some more. I’ve soared with the eagles and slithered with the snakes and been everywhere in between.” (Source)
That’s about a good summary of the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual’s emotional life as you’ll find: emotional powerful and intensely passionate, a seeker of balance but one prone to the occasional revenge fantasy or bout with fanaticism.
According to the Harveys, a metaphoric image for the highest expression of the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon pairing is “A passionate poet leads a mass demonstration.” (Source) That’s a pretty good approximation of Randy Savage. He wasn’t a passionate poet who led mass demonstrations but he was a passionate performer who evoked the most compelling of emotions from masses of wrestling fans.
Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon Astro-Twins: Wrestler Randy Savage, Actor Leonardo Dicaprio
Actor Leonard Dicaprio is also a Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon. (Chart) A number of Dicaprio’s most famous roles have involved romantic partnerships, most notably Romeo in the 1996 remake of Romeo and Juliet and Jack Dawson in James Cameron’s epic 1997 film Titanic:
Not unlike some of the deeply romantic characters Leonardo Dicaprio has portrayed on stage and screen, the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual can spend his or her entire life searching for their true love. Astrologer Jefferson Anderson writes of this pairing’s capacity for commitment:
Devotion is one of your favorite words, and you may search the globe trying to find someone worthy of your attention and fidelity. Once you do become attached, you will be a model of loyalty. (Source)
Randy Savage, for instance, married his second wife Lynn Payne in May of 2010 on the same beach they had originally fallen in love as teenagers. Savage was quoted at the time as saying, “Thirty-six years ago, Lynn and I met on Lido Beach. I feel so fortunate that I had a second chance to marry my first love, here where it all began.” (Source)
Many astrologers believe that if you scratch a sign you will find its opposite. Other metaphysical modalities have similar beliefs, that one’s external appearance is the opposite of what they are on the inside. It thus makes sense that somebody known as the “Macho Man” would actually be deeply romantic. As astrologer Hazel Dixon Cooper says of the Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon individual:
This combination wants a romance novel affair complete with happy ending. If you can be faithful, nurturing, and attentive, you’ll have hit one of the Universe’s jackpots. (Source)
Sadly, Savage died of a heart attack almost one year to the day after the above photo was taken.
Two weeks after his passing, Savage’s old colleague Hulk Hogan recalled a fortuitous encounter they had just a few months earlier in the middle of a hospital after not having spoken to each other in over 10 years:
I’m sitting there in the doctor’s office on the little chair and the door swings opens . . . I look up and it’s Randy! He was glowing, his eyes were bright, his spirit was up, he had a new wedding ring on! I just want to tell you guys he was up, he was really, really happy. He was in a really good place . . . we all love and miss him very much. (Source)
It makes sense that Savage’s spirit was in such a glowing state during the last months of his time on the earthly plane. For a Sun/Moon pairing as deeply romantic as Scorpio/Libra there’s no better way to spend the final year of their life then by the side of their beloved.
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