Monday, May 16, 2011
November 10th - Scorpio
Oscar Wilde (who was a Libra himself, born on October 16th) tells us that his beloved character Dorian Gray was born on November 10th, thus making the young hedonist a Scorpio.
This discovery was not at all surprising to me, seeing how prone to passions of all sorts Mr. Gray is. From his feverish claims of never ending love for the unfortunate Sybil Vane, to the sudden murder of his friend Basil Hallward, Dorian Gray displays all of the passion and charm that is characteristic of Scorpios. Even the secret of his dreaded portrait is consistent with the sign of the Scorpio, as they are known to be secretive and possessive.
The Scorpio, much like their compatibility partner the Pisces, tends to deal in extremes. As the old nursery rhyme quips, "when he is good, he is very, very good, but when he is bad, he is horrid." The Scorpio's charm, sensitivity, and passion for everything they do can easily become the less desirable personality traits of possessiveness, manipulation, and domination.
Scorpios also display an inquisitive streak into things of a philosophical nature. We see this displayed by Mr. Gray in his fascination with, not only his own beauty, but the beauty of things such as instruments, silks and precious stones. His love for beauty and his consistent questions about the meaning of life put Dorian on a path toward indulging in carnal pleasures of all kinds. Under the influence of his friend, Lord Henry Wooton (played with impeccable brillance by Colin Firth in the 2009 adaption of Wilde's book) what once was a boyish love for all things beautiful turned into a twisted idolatry that ended quite tragically for Dorian Gray and those who came into contact with him.
Dorian Gray is a fascinating study into the human psyche, and especially into the mind of the Scorpio. Those born under this sign would do well to take heed of Dorian Gray's story and harbor their passions for their own growth and for the benefit of those around them, so that they may rule their own passions and not let their passion rule them.
Scorpio - October 23rd - November 21st.