Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon: The Lone Crusader and the Last Valkyrie (The Zodiac’s Most Dangerous Sun/Moon Pairing)
Combine the extreme intensity of a Scorpio Sun with the competitive instincts of an Aries Moon and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that is higly combative, hyper-individualistic, and always looking for a fight. Using its establishment date of 11/21/1977 as its date of birth, the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (aka “Delta Force”) is a Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon organization. (Chart) This undated photograph of four Delta Force “Operators” courtesy of the Department of Defense starkly summarizes the modus operandi of what might be the zodiac’s most dangerous Sun/Moon combination:
Scorpio and Aries form what’s known as a “quincunx”, an astrological aspect that’s as difficult to reconcile as it is to pronounce. Signs that quincunx each other are so different they may as well be from different planets if not different dimensions. About the only thing Scorpio and Aries have in common is they’re both ruled by Mars, the planet of war. (Aries is ruled by Mars, Scorpio is co-ruled by Mars and Pluto) But, as Linda Goodman explains in her book Love Signs, even in war the two signs have dramatically different approaches:
Aries is the reckless, Mars-driven crusader, stirred emotionally by dedication to a cause, and the excitement of a dangerous mission. Scorpio is the seasoned veteran, possessing a deep sense of realities and the strength to endure hardships, with no illusions about the glamour of marching bands, uniforms, and decorations for bravery. Their strategies are very different. Aries defends fiercely, in the front lines. Scorpio attacks suddenly, unexpectedly, from the rear. (Source)
Combine the two together and get you a Sun/Moon pairing that will storm life by the front door, the back door, and all points in between.
Have a knuckle dragging, uber-Republican, pro-Haliburton type in your family who thinks astrology is just a bunch of bunk? Tell them that the U.S. Delta Force is a Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon based on its establishment date, then read to them what Charles and Suzi Harvey have to say about this combination, then sit back and watch their jaws drop as low as their knuckles:
Fight! Fight! Fight! You rally to the call of battle of any kind with unstoppable courage and determination. Yet you can also find conflicts where others see none . . . you are one of life’s warriors, and when you can bring together the fighter (Aries) and the strategist (Scorpio), you are well-nigh invincible.
You may find yourself caught between a smouldering, silent intensity (Scorpio) and a need to get out there, guns blazing, and tell the world what you are going to do – shooting straight from the hip (Aries).
. . . you are never frightened to mix it up with those who cross your path. Both friends and enemies think of you as somebody who can be relied upon in a corner to rally to the barricades. . . (Source)
Unfortunately always being ready to “rally to the barricades” with “guns blazing” ready to “fight, fight, fight” comes with a deep cost. Life is a jungle for many (most?) Scorpio/Aries natives which is also why you’ll find a disproportionate number who suffer from stress disorders. Grant Lewi cautions his readers, “This combination has a high temper which can be explosive to the danger point . . .” (Source)
Scorpio/Aries Martin Luther is a 16th century German monk, priest, and professor of theology who went to war against the moneyed corruption of the church. (Source) Luther was excommunicated by the Pope and condemned as an “outlaw” by the Emperor of Rome. Luther also married a runaway nun, which should give you an idea of the the type of romantic partner many Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon men are attracted to. Luther was portrayed by actor Joseph Fiennes in the 2003 movie bearing his name. Take a look at this clip from the film if you want to watch a totally righteous Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon style ass-kicking:
Unfortunately not all Scorpio/Aries individuals will express themselves as heroically as Martin Luther. Scorpios can be vindictive extremists while Aries is the lunar placement most associated with putting self-interest above all else. Jefferson Anderson explains what can happen when the dark side of these two signs meet up:
There are really two kinds of Scorpio/Aries: One is compassionate, spiritual, and humanitarian; the other, more common type is self-aggrandizing, concerned only with enriching his or her own life through material acquisitions and the attainment of power. (Source)
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is a Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon whose public reputation for “enriching his life through material acquisition and attainment of power” is well-documented enough that it need not be rehashed here. (Chart)
Who knows, perhaps behind closed doors he express the more compassionate, spiritual side of his Sun/Moon combination.
Both Scorpio and Aries are associated with the principal of penetration. Aries, like its animal symbol the Ram, penetrates its opponent (partner?) by ramming its horns into them. Scorpio has three animal symbols, each of which is also associated with penetration: the Scorpion penetrates its partner by stinging them, the Cobra by sinking its fangs into them, and the Eagle by using its talons. A good portion of Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon women will channel these penetrative energies into her romantic relationships. Astrologer Jacqueline Bigar explains in her book Women and Their Moon Signs that dating a Scorpio/Aries female can sometimes feel like having your doors kicked in by a one-woman version of Delta Force:
Your sensual magnetism speaks through your penetrating looks and come out no matter what you wear, do, or feel. It is simply part of you. You won’t hesitate to stand up for what you think is right. You have a strong knock for confrontation that could have meeker souls running for the hills. You are direct, incisive, and sometimes very bold. (Source)
Meg Ryan is a Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) Ryan, of course, is best known for her extremely bold faked orgasm scene in the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally that did have “meeker souls running for the hills”:
The Harveys tell us that this Sun/Moon pairing often possesses a “wild, often riotous and ribald sense of humor.” (Source) If you think about it on the metaphoric level, the above scene could be likened to Meg Ryan’s version of storming Hollywood’s A-List by the front door, the back door, and all points in between not unlike the film industry’s version of a one-woman Delta Force team. The scene didn’t require her to risk her life physically but she definitely took some big risks professionally. That she would stage such a daring operation while demonstrating a riotous sense of humor is only natural. It’s what Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon does best.
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