Hobbies Astrology Mars in Scorpio: Defining Traits Share PINTEREST Email Print da-kuk / Getty Images Astrology 12 Signs of the Zodiac Basics Trends & Horoscopes The Sun & Sun Signs The Moon & Moon Signs The Houses Love & Compatibility By Molly Hall Molly Hall is an astrologer, tarot reader, and author of "Astrology: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Zodiac." our editorial process Molly Hall Updated January 17, 2019 Mars Scorpios are mesmerizing and are drawn to charisma in others and intense scenarios. You've got the classic smoldering intensity and look a little dangerous, too. You've got great stores of emotional power and sexual energy stirring within. You come across as observant, self-controlled, and yet ready to pounce on an opportunity. Mars used to be Scorpio's ruler, until Pluto the planet of dark power came on the scene. Mars is Scorpio's traditional ruler and spills the beans about the high drive of this sign. Power Moves A peccadillo of Mars Scorpio is sending out feelers to suss out others on an energetic level, and then using that against them. Scorpio is a sign of power—used for good and ill. Mars Scorpio has an instinct for the energy of others and what's unseen, like hidden desires. You can get obsessive, and hold on to others, in a mysterious way that's borderline vampiric. It's nigh impossible to trick a Mars Scorpio, and if you did, you'd be called out on it pronto. Or, you'll be observed closely and drawn deeper into a net of your own deception, and then snared. It's a Mars that gets really into other people's business when they don't have a wholly absorbing roster of personal preoccupations. And that's the shadow area, and why it's important to keep the fires of inspiration lit. A shadow Mars Scorpio makes life hell for others because they have a gift for spotting weakness and exploiting it. Scorpio is a water sign, but Mars here makes it fluid like burning embers. Still, waters run deep, and emotions are intense and overwhelming. Scorpio's designation is that of a fixed sign, and Mars seeks to settle into something satisfying and see it to its organic end. Passion and Risk You are passionate and crave activities that take you deep into a subject. You're skilled at reading the essence of a situation and appear to make strategic moves at the right time. You're prone to acting obsessively, and likely find it hard to forgive and forget. Yours is a combo of risking it all, and then dealing with the fall out for years. You might have revenge fantasies about those who have betrayed you. This is a Mars that holds a grudge. How much you act on intense feelings depends on aspects to Mars. Craving Intensity A competitive spirit keeps you from giving up easily, and this propels you on the path of success. You absorb yourself in careers that take you into the well of human drama, the darker the better. Your no-fear attitude in the shadows gives you gifts for healing, crime work, the arts, business, politics. You like to dive in and transmute what's there, through your sheer force of will, creativity, and gifts as an emotional Seer. You need work that you're passionate about and has room to explore ever deeper and more complex. You rise to challenges that test your ability to withstand great pressure and turn that to your advantage. Your Sexual Nature You've got animal magnetism, and furthermore, you know it. You attract because of the steam you generate that is palpable. You've got hungry eyes, which is another turn on for those whose gaze you meet. You need to regularly release that sexual intensity, for health, and overall well-being. You're likely to be sexually possessive and do better with partners that are as all-or-nothing as you are. You're turned on by fights, especially when followed by make-up sex. Some aggressive handling and primal moves are mixed with the tender embrace. You want to experience it all.