Ascendant and Identity (9) Scorpio Rising

Element – WATER: self image is nourished through awareness and management of one’s inner feelings and emotions.
Mode – Fixed: self image is strengthened through being reliable and consistent with regard to one’s work and relationships.

The need for Scorpio Ascendant is to be in control, and to be considered as deep, reliable, and right. If Ascendant points out the way for us to strengthen our core self image, Scorpio rising suggests that the key to power lies in the gathering and harnessing of scattered emotional energies, so that there will be a focused, intense ego awareness – in a word, soulfulness.

The power for those with this Ascendant comes from being able to be in touch with their deepest emotions – fear, hatred, despair, or faith, love, ecstasy and bliss. Fully feeling, rather than repressing, the difficult emotions will lead to the development of a very strong psychic energy.

The challenge is not to be controlled by one’s deep emotions – here it is easy to get lost in the current of negative emotions, and totally identify oneself with one’s destructive fears, anger or despair. Peace and stability must be found, one way or the other – but how?

Peace and Purpose – Ways for Scorpio to Find Stability

1) Power: Accumulation of external power – be it wealth, physical strength, social status or political influence. Outer control can translate to a sense of inner control. On the other hand, there are other kinds of power, such as intellectual, psychic or even occult power that also serves the purpose of inner control (see the famous astrologers listed below.)

2) Security: Not many people can deny the calming effect that money in the bank brings. Same goes with job security or relationship stability. External security can contribute to inner security. Scorpio rising has Taurus on the Descendant, suggesting a great need for a stable partner and relationships.

3) Pursuit of ecstasy: through music, art, spirituality, or any other calling in life that fills you with a sense of purpose. Here the aim is not so much for peace, but to touch the highest emotions that we can experience in life. Because Scorpio can touch the lowest human emotions known to man, it can also touch the highest passion and joy as well (“to plumb depth and reach heights” is Noel Tyl’s phrase.)

Conclusion and some examples:
For many, Scorpio Ascendant represents an adventure into the realms of deep emotions – the end result of the journey is a “soulful” ego that can be courageous and compassionate in the face of life’s toughest moments. The luckiest ones step into the mansion of gods through their pursuit of vocational, spiritual or artistic passion.

Some examples:

  • Astrologers Jeff Green and Liz Greene.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte I
  • Stock market guru Peter Lynch
  • Musical wonder Bobby McFerrin
  • Actor Clint Eastwood
About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. Sabrina ma says

    Dear Hiroki,

    this is such a strong article, precise, calming, invigorating. Thank you!!

    Best wishes from Berlin,

  2. I am a scorpio, pluto rising. I have times when I feel so in touch with the universe that I want to cry of the overwhealming love… there are other times when Im plotting my own death, date and way of doing it. Sometimes I hate feeling so deeply and those extemes. As I grow older I’ve been able to map the waves of emotions that take over my body. … how to cope and how to stop dragging others with me when I’m hitting bottom or not blaming them. This article hit home. Thank you for giving me permission to feel instead of coping a.k.a repressing these feelings.
    Much Love!

  3. I was going to say if any Scorpio ascendents could relate to song ‘Lesson Learned( explicit version) by Alice in Chains?

  4. Thank you for this.

  5. I have Scorpio ascendant and at 21, my life hasn’t been moonshine and roses for me. ‘Obstacles in my path’ seems to be my life theme. I always rise like the Phoenix and soar like the eagle. I’m positive that I’ll get through this depressing stage. I’m soft-looking but tough as nails.

    Greetings from SA

  6. Hiroki Niizato says

    Try this post: hemisphere analysis for synthesis

    Anything more would require scheduling an appointment.

  7. Hey Hiroki, i really like your post, you seem to have a very good grasp on astrology, I met with an astrologer a few years back, and she said that i have a very unique kind of chart, not only scorpio rising, but also all my energies are on one side. I wanted to know if you could check it out and give me some advice, thanks

  8. Hiroki Niizato says

    Hi, thanks for the kind word!

    “most powerful”…maybe, but “most intense”, for sure…in a double edged way.


  9. Anonymous says


    Yes, what an awesome post. I was wondering if the scorpio ascendant is the most powerful of all ascendent positions. Thanks.

  10. Hi Hiroki,
    Thanks for your response and for the clarification. My ascendent is actually Scorpio – and what you wrote in your post applies to much of what my life’s journey and path appears to be. It’s comforting to know that my natal chart is one shared by many with the same questions about life and the deeper emotions.

    Once again, thanks for a great post!


  11. Hiroki Niizato says

    Hi Rani,

    Thanks! The Ascendant is the cusp of the 1st house in your natal chart (the sign on the 1st house cusp is also called “a rising sign”.) This is a natal configuration, and not related to the current positions of the planets.

    You can find out what your Ascendant is if you print out your birth chart – in my website, under “Lessons”, there is a post that tells you how to print out a birth chart for free.

    Best wishes,

  12. Hi Hiroki,

    Great post!! A question popped into my head while reading this – is the Scorpio Ascendent the astrological position that we are currently in right now (the planetary configurations)? Or is an ascendent something that is unique to a person’s chart, having nothing to do with the current planetary arrangements?

    Anyway, thanks for a great and very well written post! I really enjoy reading your blog.


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