Moon in Scorpio: Symbol of Emotional Needs in the Sign of Dark Secrets, Deviant Sins, and Deadly Sex Appeal
The Moon represents a person’s emotional body, their instinctual nature, their unconscious, their true motivations, the most fundamental part of their psyche. It tells us what a person’s needs are, what type of emotional food the person must have on a regular basis in order to feel themselves. It is loosely analogous to the female or “yin” part of a person’s emotional ecosystem and is considered indicative of what they’re bringing in through the matriarchal line.
Scorpio is associated with emotional depth and psychological darkness, sexual intrigue and shadowy underworlds, covert operations and subterranean dealings. It is ruled by Pluto, the planet of terror, extremes, and regenerative potency. This the sign of the Shaman and the Spy, the Sorceress and the Spell-Caster, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist, the Covert-Op and the Deep Cover Cop, the Countess-in-Chief of Mind Bending and the Professor Emeritus of Freak Nasty. When a person’s Moon (emotional needs) is in Scorpio (intensity) they are nourished by anything that involves secrets, souls, or intense sex appeal. To illustrate: using its premier date as its date of birth, the film Basic Instinct starring Sharon Stone is a Scorpio Moon film. (Chart) The film’s famous “interrogation” scene is an extreme but not all together inaccurate summary of the Scorpio Moon’s psycho-sexual prowess:
Any entity – be it a film or a flesh-and-blood human being – with the Moon in Scorpio will spend much of their time contemplating sex, death, and revenge, or obsessing over sex/death/revenge. Other preoccupations of the Scorpio Moon include, according to astrologer Hazel Dixon Cooper, “compulsions, ulterior motives . . . multiple relationships, divorces . . . wild abandon with an adored lover or sadistic head games designed to destroy . . .” (Source) The film Indecent Proposal starring Robert Redford as a wealthy financier who offers Demi Moore a million dollars for one night of sex is, like Basic Instinct, also a Scorpio Moon film that touches on all of the above themes. (Chart)
Speaking of money for sex, this is the Moon sign most likely to find success in adult themed arenas whether as a practitioner, consultant, health care professional, actor or writer. Some examples should help illustrate this. Adult film star Jenna Jameson and writer Xaviera Hollander (author of The Happy Hooker) are both Scorpio Moons. So too is actor Mark Wahlberg who got his big Hollywood break portraying porn star Dirk Diggler in the 1995 film Boogie Nights. Using its premier date as its date of birth, the hit HBO show Sex and the City is also a Scorpio Moon. (Chart)
Astrologer Austin Coppock has associated Scorpio with the energy of the praying mantis, a creature for whom mating and killing are indistinguishable. (Source) When a person’s Moon (emotional needs) is in Scorpio the urge to mate and kill – be it on the physical or, more likely, psychological level – thus rises to the level of an emotional need. Novelist Bram Stroker is a male Scorpio Moon whose character Dracula is best known for his need to mate and kill. Actress Famke Janssen is a female Scorpio Moon who scored the ultimate mate and kill role when she portrayed “Xenia Onatopp”, a ruthlessly intelligent James Bond super-villainess who kills men between her legs in the 1995 film Goldeneye.
When not trafficking in sexual undercurrents, Scorpio Moons can be found trafficking in secrets or encounters with life-and-death. This is the best Moon sign bar none for working in the clandestine services, as a private investigator, or for a Fortune 500 company’s internal affairs department. By the time they reach 30 or so, most Scorpio Moon natives have on their own initiative already become well-versed in what the intelligence agencies refer to as “trade-craft”. Astrologer Stella Hyde explains:
. . . if you suspect they may be cheating on you, you morph into the CSI team on triple time, sniffing their clothes, reading their diaries, going over their vehicle with that special flashlight that shows up sexual activity traces, rerouting their cellphone via yours, planting homing devices in the heels of their shoes, etc. (Source)
Given the Scorpio’s penchant for the clandestine it should be no surprise that a number of the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies and financial institutions have their Moons (instincts) in this secretive sign. Using their establishment dates as their dates of birth, the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Secret Service, and the U.S. Federal Reserve are all Scorpio Moons. Using its premier date as its date of birth, the television show Mission Impossible is also a Scorpio Moon. (Chart) So too are seer-spies Nostradamus and Julian Assange.
The intensely sexual nature of a Scorpio Moon applies even to the internal cultures of corporations or government agencies with this placement. The recent Secret Service sex scandals are illustrative of this tendency. In addition to the scandal involving agents and Columbian hookers that broke a few months ago, a new one has now emerged. According to the Russia Times, it’s “alleged” that during one of Bill Clinton’s trips to Moscow a group of Secret Service agents visited a notoriously raucous night club known for its “mass strip teases involving up to 900 women at once”. (Scorpio isn’t considered the sign of extremes for no reason.)
Speaking of “extremes”, the 1992 crime thriller Deep Cover starring Laurence Fishburne, best known for its theme song “187 on an Undercover Cop”, is a Scorpio Moon. (Chart) The film includes an array of themes close to the heart of any Scorpio Moon native: shadowy underworlds, double crossing double agents, and an atmosphere of diffuse paranoia. If you want a preview of what it’s like to hang out with a Scorpio Moon native on a Friday night just listen to the first line of the film’s theme song, “Tonight’s the night I get in some shit, going deep cover on the incognito tip.”
A person’s Moon sign will also tell us a lot about the home environments they feel most comfortable in. Astrologer Raven Kaldera associates the Scorpio Moon with the myth of Hecate. The domestic environment a textbook Scorpio Moon typically occupies will thus resemble those environments Hecate occupies:
Hecate may be a lunar goddess, but she is also an underworld goddess, passing back and forth between the depths and the night fields like a creature of caves who only comes out after dark.
The places Hecate haunted most frequently were crossroads, which symbolize choice, or places where crimes of passion had been committed, or criminals executed.
Hecate, the intense and mysterious witch-goddess, rules the night and cannot be cast as a creature of the light . . . (Source)
The 1981 cult film Escape from New York, released (born) July 10th, 1981, has its Moon in Scorpio. (Chart) The film is a fictional work but its intensely subterranean atmosphere is an accurate projection of the environments a Scorpio Moon (Hecate Moon) tends to find themselves in. In it actor Kurt Russel portrays “Snake Plissken”, a former special operations soldier who must journey into the underworld of American society. Once there he must retrieve state (family?) secrets so horrific they remain unspeakable until the film’s final moments. Like the dark parts of the human psyche that Hecate frequents, all roads into and out of this underworld are mined with explosives. Like Hecate herself, Russel’s character is considered a criminal, is very much a creature of the night, and is widely assumed to be dead. He doesn’t fly around on a silent broomstick like the witches associated with Hecate but he does arrive in the underworld by way of a silent glider, which can be thought of as the modern day equivalent of a witch’s broom:
In true Scorpio Moon fashion, Russel’s character alternates between “silent introversion and snarling rage”, to quote Kaldera’s description of this lunar placement’s emotional tendencies. In this next scene he even encounters swarms of free floating fears followed by some rather inconvenient eruptions from deeper parts of the unconscious, two phenomenon any self-respecting Scorpio Moon is quite familiar with:
Those unspeakable state secrets Russell’s character must retrieve? Turns out they’re the U.S. nuclear launch codes. Upon obtaining them Russell’s character destroys them, thereby preventing the American president from plunging the world into a suicidal nuclear war. Substitute “suicidal launch codes” with “suicidal ideation complex” and the film makes for an excellent metaphor as to why Scorpio Moons make such great counselors, particularly for those who are intent are doing themselves tremendous harm. No other Moon sign is so adept at infiltrating other people’s psychological underworlds, retrieving their most radioactive emotional material, and then disposing, recycling, or repurposing it as necessary.
Nor is any other Moon sign so good at keeping its own secrets off limits from prying minds. In the case of Mr. Plissken, we never do find out the backstory to that eye-patch.
There’s a great moment in the film’s sequel where a Homeland Security official says of Plissken, “We ran a psychological profile on him using a database of five million sociopathic personalities, he hit the bottom of the curve”. That’s *exactly* the sort of evaluation a good number of Scorpio Moons have received at some point in their academic or professional careers. Keep in mind, however, that being on the receiving end of such an appraisal by a sanctioned “expert” is not necessarily a bad thing. In a world as sociopathic as ours it’s entirely possible that those persons classified as “sane” are actually crazy while those thought to be insane are simply emotionally courageous to sense reality for what it is, something the Scorpio Moon excels at.
That’s not to say the Scorpio Moon lacks the capacity for sociopathic behavior. Any placement as adept at navigating darkness as the Scorpio Moon is going to come with some pretty intense challenges. Astrologer Hazel Dixon Cooper tells us the Scorpio Moon has the potential to be the “Monster in the Closet” Moon. (Source) When its Plutonic energies are not channeled into something life-affirming, the Scorpio Moon goes tenacious to ruthless, from authentically compassionate to deeply sinister, from emotionally masterful to coldly manipulative. Actress Jane “oh-so-good-at-being oh-so” Badler is best known for portraying the terrifyingly sinister “Diana” character in the original V series. She has a Moon/Saturn/Mars conjunction in Scorpio in her natal chart. (Chart) Actors and actresses do their most compelling work in roles that line up with either the most noble or the most villainous expressions of their charts. It thus makes sense a Scorpio Moon actress such as Badler was so spot on when portraying a character that has “Scorpio Moon gone bad” written all over it:
The “attitude adjustment” Badler’s character mentions in the above scene is a reference to a psychological “conversion” process she has developed. The process allows her to delve into a subject’s mind, find their darkest secrets, and then use those traumas against them. (Video) That a character portrayed by Scorpio Moon actress would develop such a process is fitting. Commenting on Scorpio’s role as the psychologist of the zodiac, astrologer Steven Forrest explains:
No sign is so mercilessly introspective [as Scorpio]. Just as Scorpio penetrates so deeply into his own mind, she turns the same piercing gaze on the world around her. Instinctively suspicious, she mentally delves into the minds of those who surround her, grasping for understanding, for a knowledge of each person’s innermost motivations and darkest secrets. And typically she succeeds in finding them. (Source)
Diana was intended as a super-villain uber-bitch so of course Badler’s piercing Scorpionic gaze was calibrated to serve the forces of evil. One can easily imagine the same “conversion” methodologies developed by Diana being cast with more noble intentions: helping abuse survivors resolve childhood traumas, assisting soldiers or domestic abuse survivors in recovering from PTSD, understanding what pushes people to madness or into depression, etc. As Liz Green explains in her book Astrology for Lovers, “People with Scorpio [emphasized in their chart] may be found in the helping professions, both medicine and psychology, because they are so keyed in to people’s pain and the struggle of those trapped in their own darkness.” (Source)
V originally aired in 1983, almost 30 years ago. That’s long enough in television years for a character such as Diana to be thoroughly forgotten. But Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet of ultimate regenerative potential that is compelled to unearth matters long buried. With such a significant Plutonic influence in her chart you just knew we were going to hear from Badler’s Scorpionic alter-ego again at some point. As a number of critics have pointed out, the highlight of ABC’s 2009 re-imagining of V was the return of Mrs. Badler as the man-eating, mind-bending, mega-maniacal Diana. Except that this time around Diana isn’t quite as maniacal as before. Turns out she’s had something akin to a spiritual awakening after spending the last 15 years in a subterranean cave-prison locked away and left for dead “like a dirty little secret”, as she explains it:
Scorpio Moons, by the way, are known to extremely resourceful. You might have noticed that, despite being locked away in a subterranean cave-prison for 15 years, Diana managed to get herself a great looking perm and even scored a gorgeous set of spiked high heals to go with her designer dress. (It does help that her real life alter ego is also a Capricorn Sun.)
So who put our favorite intergalactic Scorpio Moon in that subterranean prison? It was her own daughter, which is so fitting as mother/daughter intrigue is another hallmark of the Scorpio Moon. Astrologer Sue Tompkins writes of the Scorpio Moon’s parenting experience:
In many cases, a sophisticated understanding of the concept of emotional blackmail will have been learned around the family hearth. Not infrequently there will be jealousy issues surrounding the mother. (Source)
Diana was placed in prison by her daughter after suffering a complete nervous breakdown when she was overwhelmed by sorrow during “an inter-species breeding experiment”. (Video) Scorpio Moon is the lunar placement most likely to experience a cathartic emotional breakdown following such an experiment. According to astrologer Shirley Soffer, Scorpio is the sign associated with “post-coital tristesse, a deep sadness often occurring after orgasm, a kind of near-death experience.” (Source)
Unfortunately for Diana her new-found spiritual maturity doesn’t impress her daughter, who kills her in the show’s final episode. But don’t count Diana out just yet. Most likely we’ll be hearing from her again as you can’t keep a true Scorpio Moon supervillainess down for too long. Whether in the real world or the imaginal realm the Scorpio Moon’s association with Pluto means they always find a way of regenerating themselves no matter how badly they’ve been emotionally eviscerated.
Singer Pat Benatar is a contemporary of Badler’s and a fellow Scorpio Moon. (Chart) Best known for Scorpio Moon themed songs such as “Sex as a Weapon”, “Crimes of Passion”, “You Better Run”, and “Love is a Battlefield”, there is only one song she has performed at every concert since 1981. That’s “Hell is for Children”, her most controversial song, which she wrote after reading a series of articles in the New York Times about the epidemic of child abuse in America. She recounted the profound effect those articles had on her for an interview that appeared in Portfolio Weekly, “I was moved by the articles. I said to Neil, ‘I want you to do something to the music that it sounds like pain. I want the intense pain that’s happening to these children in the notes . . .” (Source)
Like each species in nature, each Moon sign has its own niche without which the entire human psycho-social ecosystem collapses. The role of the Scorpio Moon is to become deeply familiar with as many roads into and out of the underworld as is humanly possible. That way when other individuals, families, or entire societies fall into their own underworlds there are people around who can go in and bring them back into the world of the living.
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