Scorpio Targaryen and the Dark Side of the Realm
Well, I’m finally done with A Dance with Dragons and I just can’t believe how consumed I’ve become by this world. I have a feeling it’s going to be a pretty agonizing wait for Winds of Winter to come out, but until then I will keep disecting all my favorite characters. However, I won’t discuss anything past the show, so all the G.O.T lovers can enjoy these posts without any spoilers. So if you are up-to-date with the show or you just don’t care please enjoy my take on the sun signs of Westeros. Because the books are so complex, I grew really attached to the characters and began imagining their zodiac signs…
Those born under this sign have always exuded an air of mystery to them and you never quite know what’s up their sleeve. Like the other fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, and Leo) Scorpio is one of extremeties. Sometimes, just downright reckless. It is either black or white with them, rarely a gray area, which also makes them a powerful force to be reckoned with. This sign has two ruling planets, Mars being the primary and Pluto the secondary. Although Mars is considered a very masculine planet of energy and control, Scorpio is considered a feminine sign, so those born under it contain a depth that many of us fail to reach, sort of like a bottomless well. Then Pluto, which is considered the power planet, combines with Mars’ initiation making for a pretty dynamic sign.
We grow up with Daenerys and watch her change from a scared child to a powerful woman. Although unsure of herself at first, she eventually realizes who she was meant to be: Mother of dragons and heir to the iron throne. She is confident in who she is and what she is entitled to, stubbornly not following the advice others, but rather what is in her heart. She often listens to Ser Jorah, her long-time confidant, but she ultimately makes her own decisions, even when he advises her not to. Hence, sending him on his way after discovering he was informing on her. Scorpios do not take betrayl lightly. Like a true Scorpion queen, it is really all or nothing for Dany. There is little room for compromise and this is where the Scorpio extremities come into play: Freeing of all slaves, conquering all cities, protecting her people at all costs. She certainly uses her power wisely and is a kind soul, bringing out the very sensitive and loyal traits of this sign. She often refers to her people (and her dragons of course) as her children. She takes this motherly role seriously, feeling very responsible for all of them and would die before she goes back on her word.
Unlike his Capricorn family members, Joffrey doesn’t really think about things for the long term. His main concern is power and now, as king, he can finally use (and abuse) that power. Scorpio is typically labeled a “dark” sign, but Joff takes this label up a notch. One could say that if his aura had a color, well, it would be black. From the moment he was born, Cersei placed him on the highest pedestal, adding more fuel to his arrogant soul. Joffrey has always believed that he was born, no, chosen by the gods, to rule. Scorpio, being a fixed sign, is reluctant to change. We certainly see this stubborness, especially when he can’t have his way or exercise his authority the way he sees fit. Like a true Scorpio, he does everything in extremity, violently maintaining control (Mars) and severely threatened by those who try to undermine him. Joffrey takes any advice as a slight to his authority. Scorpios do not like to feel threatened and can react jealously and possessively, especially when they are used to having their way. Thus, Joff has never seen anything wrong with the way he thinks or his actions, which ultimately lead to his excruciating death. What goes around, comes around.
Mystery and transformation are popular words associated with Scorpio and one character that quickly comes to mind when I think of these words is Melisandre. She knows her power (Pluto) and intends to use it for the greater good. (Or at least that is what she thinks she’s doing). There is still little I know about Melisandre and she only just started having her own chapters in the book, so it’s a bit difficult to understand the way she thinks, but everything about her just screams Scorpio to me. She refuses to give in to others’ beliefs and has complete faith in R’hollor and her service to him. She is so sure of his existence and always speaks with such intensity, that it’s hard to not pay attention. The moment she birthed the shadow that murdered Renly, I had pretty much made up my mind on her sign. Talk about going to the extreme. Stannis knows how useful (Capricorn) she is and in turn, she is fiercely loyal to him. They both make for a very mysterious and unbreakable force, not letting just anyone in on their plans. However, the red priestess has a special gift and sometimes even the king doesn’t know what she has hidden up her sleeve. Melisandre seems to be full of secrets and much like Scorpios, plays her cards carefully, always maintaining a good poker face.