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Combine the extreme intensity of a Scorpio Sun with the competitive instincts of an Aries Moon and you get a Sun/Moon pairing that is highly combative, hyper-individualistic, and always looking for a fight. Astrologer Bil Tierney says this pairing is “built for confrontation”. (Source) To illustrate: using its incorporation date as its date of birth, Boston Dynamics Inc. is a Scorpio/Aries. (Chart) They’re the company the Pentagon has contracted with to build what looks like the real life incarnation of “The Terminator”, the hyper-confrontational cyborg from the future famously portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Take a look:
Using its establishment date of 11/21/1977 as its date of birth, the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (aka the “Delta Force”) is also a Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) This undated photograph of four Delta Force “Operators” courtesy of the Department of Defense starkly summarizes the modus operandi of what might be the zodiac’s most dangerous Sun/Moon combination. Like the machines built by Boston Dynamics, Delta Force is an organization that’s very much “built for confrontation”:
Scorpio and Aries form what’s known as a “quincunx”, a potentially volatile astrological aspect that’s as difficult to reconcile as it is to pronounce. Signs that quincunx each other are so different they may as well be from different planets if not different dimensions. About the only thing Scorpio and Aries have in common is they’re both ruled by Mars, the planet of war. (Aries is ruled by Mars, Scorpio is co-ruled by Mars and Pluto) As astrologer Linda Goodman explains in her book Love Signs, Scorpio fights like a ninja, Aries like a prize fighter:
Aries is the reckless, Mars-driven crusader, stirred emotionally by dedication to a cause, and the excitement of a dangerous mission. Scorpio is the seasoned veteran, possessing a deep sense of realities and the strength to endure hardships, with no illusions about the glamour of marching bands, uniforms, and decorations for bravery. Their strategies are very different. Aries defends fiercely, in the front lines. Scorpio attacks suddenly, unexpectedly, from the rear. (Source)
Combine the two together and get you a Sun/Moon pairing that will storm life by the front door, the back door, and all points in between — something this video about the Delta Force selection process makes abundantly clear. Using its original release date as its date of birth, spy novelist Tom Clancy’s best selling, reality based Splinter Cell video game franchise is a Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon every bit as confrontational in the imaginal alter-verse of video gaming as the Delta Force is in the very real three dimensional world of war-fighting. (Chart) According to Wikipedia, the series features themes that are both covert (Scorpio) and aggressive (Aries), “the game stars protagonist Sam Fisher as a highly trained agent of a fictional black-ops sub-division within the NSA.”
Using its original release date as its date of birth, the video game Tomb Raider is also a Scorpio/Aries. Like Splinter Cell, the game is full of action and adventure. It was also intensely (Scorpio) pioneering (Aries) in its own right as it was the first high-profile video game to feature a female character — Lara Croft — as its protagonist.
Have a knuckle dragging, uber-Republican, pro-Haliburton, pro Dick Cheney type in your family who thinks astrology is just a bunch of bunk? Tell them that the U.S. Delta Force and/or Splinter Cell are both Scorpio Sun, Aries Moons — then read to them what Charles and Suzi Harvey have to say about this combination, then sit back and watch their jaws drop as low as their knuckles:
Fight! Fight! Fight! You rally to the call of battle of any kind with unstoppable courage and determination. Yet you can also find conflicts where others see none . . . you are one of life’s warriors, and when you can bring together the fighter and the strategist, you are well-nigh invincible.
You may find yourself caught between a smouldering, silent intensity and a need to get out there, guns blazing, and tell the world what you are going to do – shooting straight from the hip.
. . . you are never frightened to mix it up with those who cross your path. Both friends and enemies think of you as somebody who can be relied upon in a corner to rally to the barricades. . . (Source)
Even those Scorpio/Aries individuals who are completely opposed to militarism will take an intensely “guns blazing” approach to their opposition. To illustrate: using the group’s formation date as its date of birth, the “Free Pussy Riot” (FPR) is a Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon. (Chart) The FPR are a hyper-confrontational, pro-feminist, pro-LGBT, Russian punk rock political protest group, not an American special forces group, but given the ruthless approach Vladimir Putin takes to his political opponents there’s no doubting their willingness to “mix it up” or to “rally to the barricades” in aid of their cause. Like the members of the Delta Force, the missions the FPR go on are dangerous enough that its members must disguise their identities. Like Tom Clancy’s spy thriller video game series, FPR is also something of a “splinter cell”:
Unfortunately always being ready to “rally to the barricades” with “guns blazing” ready to “fight, fight, fight” comes with a deep cost. Life is a jungle for many (most?) Scorpio/Aries natives which is also why you’ll find a disproportionate number who suffer from stress disorders. Grant Lewi cautions his readers, “This combination has a high temper which can be explosive to the danger point . . .” (Source)
Scorpio/Aries Martin Luther is a 16th century German monk, priest, and professor of theology who went to war against the moneyed corruption of the church. (Source) For his efforts he was excommunicated by the Pope and condemned as an “outlaw” by the Emperor of Rome. Luther also married a runaway nun, which should give you an idea of the type of romantic partner many Scorpio/Aries men are attracted to. Legendary blogger-provocateur Matt Drudge is a Scorpio/Aries whose made a career doing to the establishment media what Martin Luther did to the Church. Even those of us who find his brand of politics profoundly distasteful can recognize that he’s certainly “rallied to the barricades” in defense of free speech and independent media. In fact, during the late 1990s he so effectively rallied to the barricades of free speech that he became Bill and Hilary Clinton’s public enemy number one. If you’ve ever done reading on what happens to enemies of the Clintons you know that being at the top of their shit list is an experience that only a person with intense (Scorpio) levels of courage (Aries) would be able to get through.
Unfortunately not all Scorpio/Aries individuals will express themselves as heroically as Martin Luther or Matt Drudge. Scorpios can be vindictive extremists while Aries is the lunar placement most associated with putting self-interest above all else. Jefferson Anderson explains what can happen when the dark side of these two signs meet up:
There are really two kinds of Scorpio/Aries: One is compassionate, spiritual, and humanitarian; the other, more common type is self-aggrandizing, concerned only with enriching his or her own life through material acquisitions and the attainment of power. (Source)
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is a Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon whose public reputation for “enriching his life through material acquisition and attainment of power” is well-documented enough that it need not be rehashed here. (Chart)
Who knows, perhaps behind closed doors he express the more compassionate, spiritual side of his Sun/Moon combination.
Both Scorpio and Aries are associated with the principal of penetration. Aries, like its animal symbol the Ram, penetrates its opponent (partner?) by ramming its horns into them. Scorpio has three animal symbols, each of which is also associated with penetration: the Scorpion penetrates its partner by stinging them, the Cobra by sinking its fangs into them, and the Eagle by using its talons. A good portion of Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon women will channel these penetrative energies into her romantic relationships. Astrologer Jacqueline Bigar explains in her book Women and Their Moon Signs that dating a Scorpio/Aries female can sometimes feel like having your doors kicked in by a one-woman version of Delta Force:
Your sensual magnetism speaks through your penetrating looks and come out no matter what you wear, do, or feel. It is simply part of you. You won’t hesitate to stand up for what you think is right. You have a strong knock for confrontation that could have meeker souls running for the hills. You are direct, incisive, and sometimes very bold. (Source)
Meg Ryan is a Scorpio/Aries. (Chart) Ryan, of course, is best known for her extremely bold faked orgasm scene in the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally that did have “meeker souls running for the hills”:
The Harveys tell us that this Sun/Moon pairing often possesses a “wild, often riotous and ribald sense of humor.” (Source) On the metaphoric level, the above scene could be likened to Meg Ryan’s version of storming Hollywood’s A-List by the front door, the back door, and all points in between not unlike the film industry’s version of a one-woman Delta Force team. The scene didn’t require her to risk her life physically but she definitely took some big risks professionally, enough that her performance could even be considered something of a “Free Pussy Riot.” That she would stage such a daring operation while demonstrating a riotous sense of humor is only natural. It’s what Scorpio/Aries does best.