Cancer nature king Henry David Thoreau writes, “We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.”
And imbrute we do, my dudes.
In the age and anonymity of the internet, meanness runs rampant. In terms of astrology, all among us carry the capacity for cruelty and ugliness yet the quality of that meanness varies from sign to sign.
Aries folk are abrasive when angry and rude for sport, Taurus can be withering in their self-righteousness, Gemini loves to lean into lowly gossip, Cancer deals in passive aggressive punishment, Leo is petty AF, and the unwelcome critiques of Virgo cut deep.
Libras are guilty of being fake nice and behind the scenes mean, Sagittarius bows at the altar of brutal and unnecessary honesty, Capricorn can be calculatingly cruel to hobble an enemy and get ahead while Aquarians are unencumbered by compassion and can be mean without meaning to be. Last but not least, Pisces, closet psychos that they are, get diabolical when damaged by those that have pledged to love and protect them. Don’t kick that care bear y’all.
Yet one sign among us reigns supreme when it comes to mean. Carry on to learn more and read for your sun, moon, Venus, Mars and rising signs.
While other signs might hurt your feelings and curb your confidence with their proverbial sticks and stones, only Scorpio is equipped to dig deep and open an irreparable hole in the fabric of your being. In kind (or not so kind) Scorpio also makes the list of signs that play the delayed gratification game of revenge.
Scorpio pairs the intuition and psychic sensitivity of a water sign with the determination of a fixed modality. These people smell vulnerability, hold on tight to the slightest hurt and know precisely where and when to strike an enemy, real or imagined.
As the sign of shadows and extremes, a low vibrational Scorpio is prone to obsession, envy, wrath and emotional manipulation, not necessarily in that order. These energies can be activated in the Scorpio psyche by friends, lovers, enemies or adversaries.
Deciding which category someone falls in, however, is a lifelong struggle for Scorpio who feels and fears the sting of betrayal more profoundly than any other sign.In fairness. Scorpio only responds with meanness when threatened or provoked but for many scorpions everything registers as threat or provocation.
Do not come for them. The brilliant astrologer Elise Wells of Planet Poetica likens fledgling Scorpios to newborn vampires or baby rattlesnakes, more dangerous than their elders because they are unable to control their power/venom.
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Scorpio governs the genitalia and has two planetary rulers, Mars, named for the god of war, and Pluto, named for the god of death. Herein lies the metaphor of the Scorpio super power of meanness, a willingness to hit below the belt and fight to the death. Ready to take up arms and even harm themselves in oder to be vindicated, validated and/or avenged.
With the heady elements of sex, death, aggression, desire, destruction, and transformation churning in and through them I maintain that there is no more powerful sign or force in the world than a Scorpio. As the adage maintains, with that power comes responsibility and choice, between cruelty and compassion, war and peace.
In this way, Scorpio holds the potential to be the most devastating or the most healing sign in the zodiac, a choice wholly dependent on where they swing their stinger.
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Astrologer Reda Wigle researches and irreverently reports back on planetary configurations and their effect on each zodiac sign. Her horoscopes integrate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience. She is also an accomplished writer who has profiled a variety of artists and performers, as well as extensively chronicled her experiences while traveling. Among the many intriguing topics she has tackled are cemetery etiquette, her love for dive bars, Cuban Airbnbs, a “girls guide” to strip clubs and the “weirdest” foods available abroad.