The sun sign of Scorpio (October 23 – November 22) is represented by the Death card in the Tarot (Major Arcana, #13)*. Many people, unfamiliar with the deck, truly fear this card (along with the Devil and Tower). When this card shows up in a reading, I gently explain that Death is merely a transition, a change that can’t (and shouldn’t) be avoided.  During the time of Scorpio, you may find yourself going through transition, change, and even grief within the process.

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Death from the Rider-Waite Tarot – original images by Pamela Colman Smith (1909)

For those born under the sign of Scorpio (and this card), you will likely experience a great deal more transition in your lifetime than most. From a young age, you likely experienced a big loss or great change in your immediate surroundings. This theme will be carried throughout your life. The following characterization will likely apply to you and the overall energy of the Scorpio time period.  From my book “Personalities of the Tarot (A Guide to Know Thyself through Astrology and Tarot)”:


  • Ending, parting ways, completed chapter, elimination
  • Transition, moving into unknown territory
  • Fate, inexorable forces, the inevitable

Death is an important ending that initiates great change. You will go through what can’t be avoided and must remember that you have to clear out the old to make way for the new. Death needn’t lean toward the negative. The change indicated by this card can allow you to leave the past behind and open up to new opportunities and transformation of your current situation. You may be constantly dealing with change, but you are built for it. Death is the descent to the bottom before you climb back into the light, transformed, on the Wheel of Life.

When the negative side of the card is felt, the Scorpio may have an extreme fear of death or have to deal with an unusual amount of change or loss.  You must remember that change is needed for progression and evolution; therefore, you should prevent yourself from creating (or allowing) obstacles which impede your forward movement.

Famous Scorpio:  Pablo Picasso, Hillary Clinton, Julia Roberts, Katherine Hepburn, Carl Sagan, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Kurt Vonnegut, Prince Charles of Wales, Joseph McCarthy, Linda Evans, Indira Gandhi, Ted Turner, Robert Kennedy

*Note: Excerpt from “Personalities of the Tarot {A Guide to Know Thyself through Astrology and Tarot}” by Elizabeth Seer. There are differing schools of thought re: astro/tarot interpretation. My personal use of Tarot and astrological correspondence is information which resonates with me, learned over years of study.