Capricorn is the Lord of Order and Strategy while Scorpio is the Sorceress of Sex & Soul. Combine the two together and the result is a Sun/Moon pairing oriented towards emotional self-possession, power through stealth, and being impossible to resist. This combination of intensely potent traits makes for a terrifying super-villain if cast for evil or an anti-hero of tremendous psychological depth if cast for good. To illustrate: actress Jane Badler is a Capricorn with her Moon in Scorpio. (Badler’s Chart) She’s best known for playing Diana, the man-eating, mind-bending, mega-maniacal chief science officer in the original 1983 mini-series V. Badler, who is also an accomplished singer, is well into her second Saturn Return and still “oh so good at being oh so bad” as ever.
Of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings this is arguably the one most able to survive the crushing pressures of life’s more subterranean realms. Astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey write of its stainless steel psychological backbone:
Compassion and the courage to undergo suffering for the sake of regeneration is your greatest strength. You have a resonance with suffering and the darker side of human experience, and want to do something about it. (Source)
At least that is what happens when this Sun/Moon pairing is operating at its highest expression. What happens when it’s coming from a less spiritually evolved place? For the answer to that we turn to Badler’s 1983 portrayal of Diana. Her original interpretation of that character approximates what happens when the ambitious nature of a Capricorn Sun and the psycho-sexual prowess of a Scorpio Moon both simultaneously turn to their dark sides. When possessed by its shadow, this Sun/Moon pairing goes from tenacious to ruthless, from authentically compassionate to deeply sinister, from refusing to tolerate fools to stopping at nothing in the pursuit of power:
Now take at look at this aggregation of Badler’s scenes from the 2009 series. In the re-imagined series, we find out that Diana suffered something akin to a nervous breakdown after being overwhelmed by human emotions. She has spent the last 15 years in a subterranean prison locked away and left for dead “like a dirty little secret”. During her time in solitary confinement she has come to understand the soul as something not to be enslaved by technology but to be felt deep inside the heart. “Heartache, pain, sorrow . . . I felt it all”, the new version of Diana responds when her daughter demands to know the secret to the human soul.
Want your mind blown? According to the Harveys, the metaphoric image for Badler’s Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon combination is, “A prisoner in solitary confinement undergoes a spiritual transformation . . .” (Source) That’s a nearly exact description of the 2009 version of Badler’s alter-ego Diana.
Capricorn and Scorpio may be the two “tough muthas” of the zodiac but don’t think it’s all suffering, survival, and gnashing of teeth with this combo. Tuned as it is to the less pleasant dimensions of human existence, Capricorn/Scorpio natives posses potent yet greatly underrated senses of humor. It’s not the roll on the floor and laugh out loud brand of humor of Cancer is famous or the physical hi-jinks of slapstick loving Sagittarius. Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon humor is more the dark sort of satire that subtly communicates a deeper reality while making you feel a good deal more uncomfortable than you were prepared to feel. Take a look, for instance, at this video of Badler meeting with one of the executive producers of the 2009 version of V:
(Don’t worry, she didn’t actually eat the rat.) Here’s the kicker about that video: the producers of the new V actually made her audition for the role of Diana. Given the iconic nature of her original performance, making Jane Badler re-audition for the role of Diana is about as much a “WTF?” move as making Arnold Schwarzenegger re-audition for the role of the Terminator. What Badler managed to communicate in between the lines of that video is “I can’t believe you guys are actually making me audition for this role. Are you seriously thinking anybody else can do it like me? I guess I just have to show you amateurs how it’s done.” Of course being a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon she’s shrewd enough to make the point subtly and within the boundaries of a humorous YouTube skit.
The Capricorn/Scorpio pairing ages quite well, as you may have noticed watching the above video. Speaking astrologically, here’s why: each sign correlates to a certain age range. Scorpio correlates to years 49-56, the age at which a person is just coming into full command of their personal power. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet associated with the alchemical processes that keep vampires and other creatures of the night looking eternally youthful. Capricorn correlates to years 63-70, the age at which a person begins to be seen as a source of wisdom. It’s ruled by Saturn, the planet associated with anything built for the long haul and is considered the “sign of reverse aging”. (Source) Put the two signs together and you get a Sun/Moon pairing for whom the first 55 or so years of life are what’s known as “the warm up period”.
Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon Astro-Twins: Jane Badler, Pat Benatar, Henry Miller
Badler’s Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon astro-twin is singer Pat Benatar, best known for songs such as “Love as a Battlefield”, “Hit me With Your Best Shot”, “Sex as a Weapon”, and “You Better Run”. (Benatar’s Chart)
As Mrs. Benatar’s songs tend to suggest, the Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon pairing is one of the most deeply passionate of the 144 Sun/Moon pairings. It has the capacity to feel feelings so deep they can push the person into the most intense forms of emotional catharsis. Maybe then it’s no coincidence that Benatar’s 1982 album containing her signature song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” was entitled Crimes of Passion. A “crime of passion” is essentially an act one only performs while caught in the throes of an uncontrollable emotional catharsis. Only an artist with one of the most emotionally passionate Sun/Moon pairings would be able to create art that captures the most emotionally intense aspects of the human experience.
Like Mrs. Benatar, Mrs. Badler is a singer whose songs are filled with themes any self-respecting Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon woman is likely to be familiar with: “Men Who Lie”, “I Want a Lot of Boys to Cry at My Funeral”, “The Devil Has My Double”, and “Four Corners to My Bed” are a few of her recent singles that give you the impression she and Pat Benatar would have some pretty interesting conversations if they ever sat down for lunch.
People with the same Sun/Moon pairing often bear an impossible to dismiss resemblance to each other even if they’re obviously not related by blood. In the case of Benatar and Badler, the camera picks up on both the angular jawline (Capricorn’s toughness) and the alluring eyes (Scorpio’s magnetism):
Another Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon astro-twin of Badler’s worth noting is Cynthia Payne, the British party host famously busted under indecency laws for running a high-class BDSM parlour out of her suburban home back in 1978. (Payne’s Chart) A 1987 film Personal Services starring Julia Waters was inspired by Payne’s reputation for wielding a whip on both the home and business fronts. (Source) Curiously enough, Kenneth Johnson – the original writer/director of V – stated in a recent interview that he cast Badler as “basically, a space dominatrix”.
Author Henry Miller is also a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon. (Chart) As is often the case for this pairing, Miller’s artistic expressions regarding psycho-sexual matters were considered extremely dangerous. In fact, much of Miller’s work was considered so dangerous it was outlawed in the United States. Fortunately, in 1964 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the obscenity laws that had been used to ban Miller’s books. In the process the Court declared them works of literature not pornography which is what they had been classified as up to that point. According to the Wikipedia entry for Miller, “this was one of the notable events in what has come to be known as the sexual revolution.” (Source)
Like many Capricorn/Scorpio natives, Miller aged quite well. In fact, he aged so well that he managed to carry on an affair with Playboy Playmate Brenda Venus (visible in the above video) until he passed away at age 90. (Source) In other words, not unlike his super-villainess astro-twin Mrs. Badler, Miller managed to look good and act bad deep into his wise elder years.
Speaking of acting bad well into one’s wise elder years, singer Rod Stewart – best known for his song “Do You Think I’m Sexy?” – is also a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon. A 2010 Huffington Post article about Stewart’s appearance on the Piers Morgan show summarized the Capricorn/Scorpio zeitgeist of emotional intensity and psychological catharsis quite well:
His second wife, model Rachel Hunter, divorced the singer in 2006 after 16 years of marriage–a heartbreak that took time and therapy to get over.
“Bl**dy hell did it [hurt]. Karma gets you! It was a good six months of laying upstairs, looking at the ceiling in bed, couldn’t get out of bed, didn’t drink for six months. That’s how bad it was.” Stewart said. (Source)
According to Wikipedia, “Stewart was born at home during World War II, half an hour after a German V-2 missile warhead fell on the local police station.” (Source) For the Capricorn/Scorpio native sometimes love – and even life itself – really is a battlefield.
About the Author: Matt Savinar is a California licensed attorney (State Bar #228957), voluntarily inactive as of June 2013. He can be reached for questions, comments, or consults at his contact page.