Exploring Self-Care for Scorpios marks the next installment of our Astrology & Self-Care series, which means we are halfway through exploring all the zodiac signs from this lens with our New Reader Perspective addition for 2021-2022.
Scorpio is strong, passionate, and stubborn with the creative energy to transform themselves when necessary. Not mild by nature, Scorpio is magnetic and seeks extremes in life. Anyone born between October 23 – November 21 is a Scorpio, according to Astrology.
As I mentioned, I had so much fun writing and sharing the Astrology & Self-Care series that I plan to keep this as an ongoing series for the blog but each time expanding upon the previous post.
This month, my friend, Alexandra, provides the reader perspective! I really enjoy learning what resonates with my readers. Alex and I met in grad school many years ago and our paths continued to cross over the years.
As a proud Scorpio, I was very excited to give my perspective on this month’s blog post. Dr. MC nailed it when she described us as “strong, passionate, and stubborn.” I am all in with my relationships and oftentimes put the needs of those I love before my own. (It also probably would help to say that in addition to being a Scorpio, I am a Meyers-Briggs ENFJ, a self-professed empath, and an Enneagram 2w3.) I frequently joke with people that I’ll love you hard until I don’t. This level of extremism definitely applies to my own self-image and levels of self-compassion as well.
As the only fixed water sign in the zodiac, the Scorpio is a conundrum at times. We are stubborn, but we are flexible. We are open, but we are mysterious. While Scorpios are ambitious, we are also controlling. We want to try all the things, but we don’t want anyone telling us to do them.
Opening myself to new domains of self-care is absolutely a challenge for anyone at times, but I find that the biggest obstacle for me is realizing when I need to take care of myself the most. Emotional vulnerability in other people is very attractive to me as a counselor, a friend, and a Scorpio as a whole. Nevertheless, expressing my own vulnerabilities can be really scary and can sometimes make me feel like a failure. Did I not do enough to protect my boundaries? Am I failing at my job? Am I a bad friend?
It is for these reasons that self-care is critical for Scorpios. The list of suggested activities shared by Dr. MC is eerily accurate when I compare it to my list of favored practices. Oftentimes I express my creativity by working on my planner for the week. It satisfies my desire to be in control and to obsess over the minute details while still adding some flair (literally – we’re talking washi tape, stickers, glitter pens, and the works) to the process. This allows me to not only express myself but to see the week more holistically. I usually notice that I have more pockets of time for myself than I had previously thought. When I feel the craving for additional self-care, I will frequently plan those rituals into my day or week. I find that my Scorpio desire to be obsessive about details works in my favor when I make a commitment to a walk, scheduled reading time, meditation, or date night with my husband. I fear failure and won’t neglect that activity if I plan it ahead of time.
One of my other preferred self-care activities is definitely something touched upon in Dr. MC’s Spiritual domain. A few years ago, I visited an energy healer and it was life-changing to me. I believe in energies, chakras, angel guides, and all of that kooky stuff. It was an extremely validating and healing experience. In the subsequent sessions, I learned how to turn that energy inward and tune in to my own intuitions. As mentioned above, Scorpios are very instinctual beings. It is giving ourselves the permission to follow the feelings, drives, and innate senses that can be the most challenging.
Overall, I am a huge advocate for self-care in whatever form makes the most sense for you. Every individual is different. Nevertheless, as I’m learning from Dr. MC, it does seem that some universal themes prevail across each zodiac! Oftentimes misunderstood, the Scorpio is not cold or unfeeling; it is just as critical for us to embrace self-care (even if we have a perceived icy exterior)!
Scorpio & Self-Care
The following is my takeaway on Scorpio from “The Astrological Guide to Self-Care” by Constance Stellas.
Scorpio is symbolized by the Scorpion, the eagle, and the phoenix. Whereas all signs have a symbol, Scorpio has three, but they are most commonly represented by the Scorpion. Scorpio seeks transformation and recognizes that self-care can help them achieve this goal. Creative self-care activities are of particular interest to this sign. Scorpios do not like receiving self-care advice from others as they prefer to be their own judge of what they need. Luckily, this water sign tends to be tuned into their needs and their body.
Scorpios can become obsessive about self-care, which will ultimately backfire if they do not allow for spontaneity, but once a Scorpio develops a routine, they tend to stick with it.
Constance Stellas provides a list of self-care activities ideal for Scorpio, and for the ease of my readers, I have categorized them by the different domains of self-care.
For more on the various domains of self-care, please read a previous blog post. You can also watch my Talk-Back Tuesday session explaining the ten domains of self-care and practices associated with each domain. (Facebook/YouTube)
Nutrition/Hydration (eating a variety of healthy and nutritious foods throughout the day)
- It is essential to keep the digestive tract functioning properly; consider adding Red Ginseng to your diet as tea or a supplement.
- Consider adding the exotic spice, Mastic, to your cooking. This ancient spice is grown only in Greece and has been used as a digestive remedy for many years.
- Include natural aphrodisiacs in your diet, such as oysters or saffron ice cream.
- Unwind with a Stinger cocktail – the book provides the following recipe: 2 oz Brandy and ¾ oz white Crème de menthe. Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass.
- Be sure to eat probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt, pickles, and kimchi.
Exercise (finding activities that make us feel good and moving our bodies regularly)
- Water activities are appealing to Scorpios, such as aqua jogging.
- Learn to dance the tango or the art of Hula dance for exercise and as a way to engage Scorpio’s sensual side.
- Don’t be afraid to test your limits and try something daring.
- Watch Horror movies and experience the health benefits of an occasional scare. A study conducted in the UK found that watching Horror movies burns more calories than other media genres.
Soothing Strategies (breathing exercises and pursuing activities that stimulate your physical, intellectual, interpersonal, or creative side to relax)
- Consider owning a pet. The unconditional love and wordless communication is appealing to Scorpios.
- Help to stay grounded by wearing Tiger’s Eye or Topaz jewelry known to have qualities to keep emotions in check. Also, wear jewelry containing Alexandrite to appeal to Scorpio’s fiery side.
- Feel empowered by carrying a piece of Black Tourmaline in your pocket.
- Try listening to flamenco music to unwind, or as part of a workout, or even to set the mood during a date night. In addition to flamenco, add fellow Scorpions to your playlist, including Drake, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Frank Ocean, Anthony Kiedis, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, and Björk.
- Visit a museum and celebrate fellow Scorpion artists as well, such as Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Claude Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
- Tap into your humorous and creative side by drawing and captioning cartoons for a productive and cathartic self-care activity.
- Try a cleansing and purifying mud bath at a spa or visit a hot spring.
- Next time you are heading out, consider an all-black outfit with a leather (faux is fine) accessory for a confidence boost.
Self-Awareness/Mindfulness (calming awareness of thoughts, feelings, and body and engaging in meditation/mind-body practices)
- Ruler of the reproductive system and organs of elimination, ensuring the sacral and root chakras are balanced, are key for Scorpios. Practice yoga to help connect movement to your breath, and be sure to add Eagle pose to your practice. Reiki can also help restore and maintain balance of the chakras.
- Engage in deep meditation ideal for transformation.
Rest (taking time to recharge the batteries and sleep)
- Take a vacation that involves the water. Consider a high-speed boat ride in New Orleans or a floatplane in Australia.
Relationships (spend time with people who support you and make you feel good)
- Visit a maze or labyrinth with a group of friends for a friendly competition.
- Spice up a romantic evening with your partner with sexy lingerie to appeal to Scorpio’s passionate side. Experiment with textures and bold colors.
- Attend a masquerade ball or a murder mystery night or host your own with your friends to appeal to Scorpio’s enigmatic and mysterious side.
- Keep your sarcastic sting and stubbornness in check when communicating with others, or it may come back to haunt you or ruin a relationship.
- Don’t be afraid to help others evolve.
- Experiment sexually with your partner while maintaining safety for both of you, but don’t be afraid to spice things up by trying something new.
Physical/Medical (attending to needs of our physical body and seeking medical care regularly)
- Scorpios tend to engage in harmful habits. You know the risky behaviors you need to stop doing; now is the time to make a plan and stick with it to kick the nasty habit.
Environment (setting up your physical work/living space to make you feel good)
- Consider decorating with glass figurines or abstract glass sculptures. Let the natural light shine through the pieces and marvel at the rainbows it creates.
- Apothecary jars make ideal decorations in the home for Scorpio to honor their spirit.
- Two of the symbols used for Scorpio is an Eagle, a powerful and majestic creature. Secondly is a Phoenix, a creature that represents transformation. Consider learning more about each of these animals and display their likeness in your home or keep a picture in your workspace to remind you of the power you possess. Lastly, Decorate with a representation of a Scorpion as a totem of your strength.
- Express yourself in your home décor with black and deep burgundies, maybe even a snakeskin throw pillow and a Venus flytrap plant. Make your space your own!
Spiritual (experience meaning or a larger purpose in your life, read, watch, or listen to something inspirational)
- Indulge your mysterious side by investigating your past lives through a reading from a past-life expert.
- Intrigued by various spiritual practices, Scorpios should explore them deeply to discover the power they may possess for you and incorporate them as you see fit.
- Consider learning about white magic to manifest change in your personal and professional life or engage in other manifestation practices. Additionally, learn how to use a pendulum for spiritual healing.
- Connecting with the afterlife by visiting a graveyard is a great activity for Scorpios, especially if you can visit one where your ancestors are buried. Consider making a gravestone rubbing if they are allowed in the cemetery.
Scorpios, what do you think? Even if you are not a Scorpio, as always if something from this list calls you, you should add it to your self-care routine.
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