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Scorpio Moon Sign: What Does It Mean?


If you’ve learned that your moon sign is in Scorpio, then you’re probably wondering what that might mean for your personality. People born under the Scorpio moon are known to be emotionally intense and almost terrifyingly astute--and understanding how the Scorpio moon sign affects your life can help you determine how to make the most of your strengths and overcome your weaknesses!  

We’ll help you get a handle on what being a Scorpio moon sign means, including explaining: 

  • What moon signs are, and how they work with Sun signs
  • The five most important traits of the Scorpio moon sign
  • Each of the 12 sun signs paired with the Scorpio moon sign

So, read on for key Scorpio moon personality traits and how your sun sign works together with your Scorpio moon!



Not sure what a moon sign is? We've got you covered. 


Understanding Moon Signs

In order to understand how the Scorpio moon works in your birth chart, you first need to understand moon signs in general. Your moon sign is one of the three important components of your personal birth chart, along with the sun sign and your rising sign (aka the ascendant). 

You may already know that your sun sign is based on the day you were born, and that it determines your primary motivations and major interests in life. And your rising sign is what people see when they first meet you--it's the general impression you give others, your public persona. 

But your moon sign represents your moods, inner feelings and emotions--your personal, private thoughts and impulses that you might not always share with others. It also affects your patterns of behavior, your imagination, and your adaptability to change. So if you haven’t felt that your sun sign really describes who you are as a person, it’s likely that you are feeling the influence of the moon! 

While all you need to know is the day you were born to figure out your sun sign, in order to calculate your moon sign you will need to know the day, year, and exact time that you were born. That’s because the moon cycles through each of the twelve signs of the zodiac every month, changing signs approximately once every two to two-and-a-half days. 

So, if the moon was in Scorpio at the time of your birth—even if your sun sign isn’t Scorpio!— your innermost needs, your emotions, and the way you handle and express them will be governed by the traits associated with this fixed water sign.


“Full Moon” in Scorpio: Does It Matter in Your Birth Chart?

If you have heard the phrase “full moon in Scorpio,” you may be wondering if the phase of the moon on the day you were born impacts your Moon sign. So for instance, can you have a “full moon” in Virgo in your birth chart? 

As it turns out,  the phase of the moon (full, waxing, waning) isn’t really important in this case. 

So, if you have a Scorpio moon sign it doesn’t matter whether you were born with a waxing, a waning, or a full moon in Scorpio, you will still have the traits of the Scorpio moon personality.




5 Key Traits of the Scorpio Moon Sign

Because the moon in a birth chart represents your emotional needs, and the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) are the most in tune with the world of the emotions, the moon in Scorpio is a significant placement. Since Scorpio is also a sign of extremes, your emotional needs are serious and deep, and you are deeply serious about getting them met. 

With a moon in Scorpio, you’re likely to be both sensitive and strong--but this position of the moon can be a challenge for some. Below you’ll find the five traits of the Scorpio moon sign you need to know in order to make the best of this placement!


Trait 1: Emotionally Intense

To say that people born with a Scorpio moon feel everything strongly is an understatement. No other moon sign in the zodiac experiences emotions as deeply or intensely. Everything they feel is amplified with this placement. When they are sad, the world is ending. When they are happy, they’re over the moon. When they love, they love for life. And if they’re betrayed--look out! 

The keyword here is extremes. 

These folks want all or nothing--meaningless relationships aren’t fulfilling, and they don’t do things halfway. They tend to seek out intense emotional experiences to test their own strength and resolve, and to stir up emotional excitement. 

People with this moon sign in their birth charts may also struggle with the strength of their own feelings, especially early in life. That’s because the moon is traditionally seen as being in its “fall” position here (which means this placement can be overwhelming). So while these people feel intensely, they also put a lot of effort into keeping their emotional storms private and their deepest feelings a secret--even from those they love and trust the most.

If you were born with a moon in Scorpio, it’s important that you develop the ability to work with, rather than repress, your emotions. You may also need to learn not to judge yourself for what you feel--not every strong emotion should be acted on, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong to feel them. While this takes work and a high degree of self-knowledge, with a moon in Scorpio you were born with the ability to transform yourself and the world around you (more on this later)!


Trait 2: Passionate

Perhaps more than most other signs, those born with a Scorpio moon are likely to have intense love lives. In fact, having a partner at all times may feel as important to them as food and water. Unlike some moon signs who consider romance to be a kind of game, like Gemini or Aquarius, for the Scorpio moon individual it’s a serious business. 

But romance isn’t the only area of life in which those with a Scorpio moon exhibit passion. These folks have intense likes and dislikes, and incredibly strong convictions. Once they become devoted to an idea or activity, they may feel a nearly uncontrollable drive to pursue it. 

Although they may have many and varied interests over the course of their lives, these individuals will go after each with single-minded determination. In fact, passionate determination in all parts of life is a hallmark of Scorpio, which definitely carries over into this moon sign


Trait 3: Instinctive

A moon in Scorpio practically guarantees an enormous degree of natural intuition. These folks just seem to “know” things. They often have an internal radar that allows them to size up situations and people more quickly than other moon signs. Moreover, they do this automatically. Every new person they meet is subjected to the penetrating and insightful gaze of Scorpio. And their intuition is usually right.

People born with the moon in Scorpio have a natural instinct to plumb the depths of themselves and others. They'll test those they care about to prove their loyalty and authenticity, sometimes unintentionally. And as a fixed moon sign, this happens again and again, and manifests as a pattern of behavior that they can’t seem to control.


Trait 4: Truth-Seeking

People born with this placement are perceptive, and they use their considerable intuition to see into the heart of everything. They can understand human motivations and nature better than most, partly because they have felt everything others feel at least once--even the dark stuff. Those with the moon in Scorpio are unafraid to confront dark truths (their own and those of others). On the contrary, they feel a compulsion to bring those truths to light. 

These folks tend to be suspicious. They value honesty in themselves and others, and fear betrayal more than anything else. And because they are so insightful, intelligent and astute, they’re able to sniff out the truth in every situation. 

While this constant drive to root out the truth can be intimidating to those who know the moon in Scorpio, the end result is that problems are addressed openly and deep emotional wounds are healed.


Trait 5: Transformative

Like the legendary phoenix, those born with their moon in Scorpio will constantly go through processes of “death” and “rebirth” in their lives, reinventing themselves time and time again. Because Scorpio is a fixed sign, this may seem counterintuitive. These individuals may think they want stability, but what they truly need--and will experience--is a fixed pattern of transformation. 

These transformations won’t be shallow or surface-level, but will instead cause important and lasting change on the deepest levels of their being. Because those born with the moon in Scorpio seek out intense experiences, transformation will usually work through repeated processes of emotional catharsis. These individuals will work hard to purify and purge themselves of negative emotions by exploring their causes and finding healthy means of expression (perhaps channeling them into art or working for a cause they believe in). 

The end result is that people born with the moon in Scorpio will eventually become the masters of their emotions--neither fearing their depths or giving in to them inappropriately. And that means they’re a force to be reckoned with.



Everyone has both a sun sign and a moon sign. Here's how each sun sign pairs with a Scorpio moon!


The 12 Sun Signs With Scorpio Moon

If you or someone you know has a moon sign in Scorpio, keep reading to find out how the sun and moon work together in the birth chart to shape a person’s personality!


Aries Sun/Scorpio Moon

This is a very dynamic combo! The boldness of Aries meets the determination and instinct of Scorpio. This results in a person who marches to the beat of their own drum, a confident pioneer who will work to change the world through the force of their own personality. 

Although Aries is an impulsive risk-taker, because of the quick intuition of Scorpio, these risks will usually pay off. However, because their passions are so strong, they may need to be careful about becoming obsessive...particularly in love.  


Taurus Sun/Scorpio Moon

When the mellow and easy-going Taurus sun is combined with the emotional intensity of the Scorpio moon, the result is a person who is endlessly loving and loyal, and great to be around. Because Taurus and Scorpio are opposite one another in the zodiac, these folks combine the best traits of each sign into one harmonious whole. 

Wise and steady, those born with this combo will be patient and able to keep their cool in any situation. That said, there’s no one in the zodiac more stubborn than them!


Gemini Sun/Scorpio Moon

People born with their sun in adaptable Gemini and their moon in fixed and focused Scorpio will always strive to find the perfect balance between concentration and flexibility. The mental energy inherent in this combo is extreme. They’ll use their intellect and powers of analysis to change the world around them.

These folks need to make sure that they have plenty of variety in all parts of their life in order to avoid unhealthily obsessing over concepts and ideas. But because both signs are highly intelligent, they can learn anything, and they’ll never be bored! 


Cancer Sun/Scorpio Moon

Here the nurturing nature of the Cancer sun combines with the intense emotionality of the Scorpio moon. This results in a person who is deeply concerned about the well-being of those they love. People born with this water/water sign pairing will always act on their feelings more than logic. 

But it may be difficult for these folks to come out of their shell. Instead, they’ll hide their emotional vulnerability behind a sarcastic sense of humor. But if you can break through, there are no limits to what they will do for loved ones.



People with a Leo sun/Scorpio moon tend to be full of energy...kind of like a hummingbird.


Leo Sun/Scorpio Moon

Those born with a Leo sun and Scorpio moon are energetic and magnetic. Because of their combination of traits, these people are often respected and admired by others. No matter what life throws at them, they’ll never give up, and they’ll inspire others with their example. 

It may be difficult for Leo sun/Scorpio moon people to keep their emotions in check since the Leo sun means they wear their heart on their sleeve, and the Scorpio moon guarantees intense feelings. But if they can stay in control, their personal power will make them unstoppable!


Virgo Sun/Scorpio Moon

Here the hard-working and realistic qualities of Virgo combine with the focus and astute perception of Scorpio. This results in a person that is skillful and competent at whatever they choose to do. Because of their quick-thinking and intense powers of observation, their views of the world tend to be accurate and precise.

These are the most emotional Virgos out there, but their deep emotions may be hidden beneath a cool and intellectual exterior. Showing their emotional vulnerability from time to time could lead to more fulfillment. 


Libra Sun/Scorpio Moon

On the outside, those with a Libra sun and Scorpio moon seem gentle and polite...but inside they are forceful and passionate. People born with this combination are likely to be very attractive to others due to their Libra charm and Scorpio magnetism. 

These people will use their intuition and powers of observation to persuade others to see things their way--but must be careful not to be manipulative. That said, they will always work to inspire others to be the kindest and best versions of themselves possible


Scorpio Sun/Scorpio Moon

People born with both their moon and sun in Scorpio will seem mysterious, captivating, and powerful. They are passionate and creative, but will be secretive about their emotions and ambitions. Loyal, proud, and strong, they are unafraid to fight for everything they believe in.

Usually these folks end up as authority figures in their personal and professional lives. But they will likely need to learn to be more forgiving of the weaknesses of others. 



If a person has a Sagittarius sun and a Scorpio moon, they have a rebellious spirit. 


Sagittarius Sun/Scorpio Moon

Here the broad and far-reaching vision of Sagittarius is paired with the intense focus of Scorpio. That means that people born with this combo are energetic and driven to pursue their own high ideals. It’s easy for these people to achieve anything they set their minds to.

Independent and capable, these folks are often the well-meaning rebels of the zodiac. They might benefit from occasionally listening to the opinions of others, however. 


Capricorn Sun/Scorpio Moon

Tenacious and determined are the best keywords to describe people born with a Capricorn sun and Scorpio moon. These people stand by their principles and decisions, and will pursue their goals single-mindedly and with honor. They also take themselves and life very seriously, and will achieve power at some point in their lives. 

These folks have very strong ethics, and they’re incredibly trustworthy. But they also struggle to accept being wrong. So it’s important that they learn to appreciate the wisdom of others as well as their own. 


Aquarius Sun/Scorpio Moon

Those born with this sun and moon combination are some of the most straight-forward people you will ever meet. For them, being true to themselves and honest with others is the most important thing in life. Because they are strong and well-intentioned, they'll use their energy to construct a better world around them. 

On the other hand, both Aquarius and Scorpio tend to be extreme--and people either love them or hate them for it. Luckily, these folks know their own value, and they aren’t bothered by what others think.


Pisces Sun/Scorpio Moon

With the intuition of Pisces and the perception and instinct of Scorpio, these individuals will be focused on the deeper implications and meaning of life and will investigate the world around them to learn spiritual truths. Those born with this combo are passionate and imaginative. They also tend to be excellent artists and musicians because what they create resonates as truth to their audience.

Although their emotions fuel their creativity, they may need to be careful that these strong emotions don’t cloud their judgement. 




What’s Next?

What if you’re a Scorpio sun sign? What does that mean? Here’s a breakdown of all the personality traits that are typical of a Scorpio sun sign. 

Want to learn more about which other zodiac signs a Scorpio sun sign is compatible with? This compatibility article will teach you what you need to know.  

Did you know that your Enneagram type can also shed light on who you are? This explanation of the Enneagram numbers can help you understand yourself a little better. 



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Ashley Sufflé Robinson has a Ph.D. in 19th Century English Literature. As a content writer for PrepScholar, Ashley is passionate about giving college-bound students the in-depth information they need to get into the school of their dreams.

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