Scorpio Moon Sign: Personality and Characteristics

Moon with Scorpio glyph in background and scorpion in foreground

Daniel Eskridge/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images

Moon in Scorpio individuals are intimate with the shadowlands of the psyche. This familiarity with what's hidden is a gift, but sometimes it feels like a burden.

Scorpio Moons have a hyper-awareness of what's not being said, and that makes them masters of "subtext." It's nigh impossible to trick them, and they are surprisingly realistic, for being so passionate.

Many are secretive and are wary of getting too close, especially if they have been burned in love. It's often said that Scorpio Moons go through epic ordeals in love that become a matter of life and death. It's this capacity for profound psychic upheaval that keeps Scorpio Moons from diving off the deep end. Scorpio is Pluto-ruled, and deals with risk, regeneration, and cracking open what's repressed or buried.

The ordeals and everyday dramas are seeds that take root in the garden of the psyche.

Lovesickness and Digestion 

Astrologer Kevin Burk notes that the moon is in its detriment in Scorpio. That means it's tough to respond with Scorpio intensity in everyday life. It frightens people, and Scorpio Moons instinctively know that, and bottle up their feelings.

Writes Burk (in Understanding the Birth Chart): "If they are not able to express their feelings, the emotional blocks will manifest in their physical bodies, and they will get physically ill—most frequently in the form of stomach discomfort (the moon rules the stomach). 

The Scorpio Moon needs full whole-soul engagement in life but might only find this in passionate, dramatic love affairs. A challenge, says Burk, is for them to find that in other areas of their life, too.

Scorpio is a water moon, making you ultra sensitive to the moods around you. You digest all the vibes, good and bad. Scorpio Moons are especially vulnerable to dark atmospheres—toxic, heavy, stagnant, spiritually degraded.

You need to purge ill feelings on a periodic basis. Over time, you will learn to trust your strong instincts about situations and people.

Still Waters Run Deep

Those with the moon in Scorpio often try to act cool and under control, but there's a brooding intensity below the surface. They experience intense feelings, which they often fear to express. This makes even intimate friends and family reluctant to probe too deeply.

The secretive Scorpio Moon can sometimes end up lost in all that churning emotion. If they are not self-aware, they can end up being consumed by this subterranean force, overcome by jealously, thoughts of revenge, and resentment. Their nature is a conundrum—repressing their feelings makes them too powerful to contain. Over time, they’ll learn that letting them out is the only way to tame the beast within.

Scorpio Moons are in a position to understand the full emotional spectrum of the human condition, making them excellent dramatists or criminal detectives. They will excel in any field where penetrating insights into psychological extremes are required. The focused ambition of Scorpio Moons adds to their chances for success.

In work and romance, they’ll need many outlets for that reservoir of emotional intensity. It can take years to win the trust of the suspicious Scorpio Moon, and even then there may be a fortress of defenses to break through.

When Scorpio inhabits the moon, there’s a powerful sexuality felt by others, as well as a strong need for catharsis. Sometimes primal desires can eclipse all other emotional truths and lead people into dangerous situations. Those in committed relationships have a chance to experience this deep sensuality in an atmosphere of trust.

Positive Characteristics

The favorable characteristics of people with a Scorpio moon include ambition, intuition, imagination, intensity, and sensuality.

Negative Characteristics

The negative characteristics of people with a Scorpio moon include secretiveness, vengefulness, moodiness, and resentment.