Even with all my twelfth house planets, supposedly a sure sign of a weakness for drugs and alcohol, I am not an addictive personality. That is not to say I haven’t been addicted to various things over the years because I have. I smoked cigarettes for over twenty years, a pack-a-day habit right up to the time I quit close to seven years ago – haven’t touched one since. I believe this is due in large part to Mars in Scorpio on the Ascendant gifting me with a desire not to be controlled by anything or anyone without my express consent – particularly when it comes to my body (first house).
After turning this over in my mind for several days, it dawned on me my dislike for getting high had more to do with a profound uneasiness about feeling out of control than anything else. Scorpios and other Pluto ruled types will often choose a rather austere course, avoiding drugs and alcohol as well as remaining celibate for years at a time to avoid letting anyone have something to hold over them.
Scorpio has a reputation for having an intense sexuality but I bet in many cases this has more to do with their willingness to smile, say nothing and leave others to draw their own often erroneous conclusions. Behind the myth, this is a deeply private water sign who prefer quality to quantity in their lovers. If this is not the case, then my guess is they have Scorpio’s co-ruler Mars in adventurous fire or detached air signs.
Another factor for me is when I’m done with something or someone, it’s over. This may have to do with having a preponderance of fixed signs, one of which is Scorpio. I’ve watched those with strongly mutable charts “play” with their addictions, i.e., smoking one or two cigarettes a day to being able to smoke a pack when out partying, and then back to the occasional smoke. If I allowed myself ONE cigarette, I’d be back up to a pack a day within a week. Heh, cardinal types will keep quitting over and over and over . . .
We all have Scorpio somewhere in our charts and during the next few weeks of Scorpio season, we can all get a little more in touch with this transformative sign. Also consider the house Scorpio falls in may be where we are driven to maintain the greatest amount of control.