Whether you’re a Scorpio or know someone who is, you’ll agree that Scorpios are one of the most misunderstood signs of the bunch. The Scorpio zodiac sign is characterized by the not-to-be-played-with Scorpion, however, there is much more to this sign.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 22) is a sign that is known for being deep, full of passion, and holding great personal power. They’re also infamous since the rest of the zodiac is more than a little scared of this sign. The intimidation might be down to the occasional bad rep that the sign deals with, but is it truth or simply misconception? Read on to find out which misconceptions about Scorpios you’ve been getting wrong this whole time.

6 Misconceptions About Scorpios You Need to Know About

Scorpios are Fire Signs

Whether their dominating personality fools you into thinking they’re a fire sign, the reality is that Scorpio is a water sign. It’s true that their passion mimics fire signs such as Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries (Aries is ruled by Mars which used to rule over Scorpio), but this is just a similarity. By nature, Scorpios are intensely emotional and driven by waves of inner feelings. They’re water signs, maybe just a little undercover until you really get to know them.

Scorpios are Heartless

One of the biggest misconceptions is that Scorpios are mean. It’s easy to see how a sign characterized by the Scorpion might be a little keen to sting, but that’s not the essence of this zodiac sign. Scorpios are actually super soft and intensely emotional. They are far from heartless. This sign tends to devote themselves entirely to the things and people that they love. They also may over-protect themselves from people they don’t fully trust yet. This may create a false sense of heartlessness.

Scorpios are Cheaters

The Scorpio is all about loyalty. They are actually one of the most loyal signs in the zodiac. This misconception may come from the fact that Scorpios are known for being incredibly bold and super in touch with their sexuality. This doesn’t always translate to cheating, though. Scorpios are pretty intense and intentional and don’t usually like to give their energy to too many people.

Scorpios are Secretive

What you should know about Scorpios is that they are not into oversharing. They’d rather say less than overexpose, but they’re not necessarily secretive. A better word might be that they’re guarded. In this sense, they prefer to keep quiet until they’re certain that they can trust you.

Scorpios Love to Be Complicated

This one is a huge misconception. Since Pluto, the ruler of the underworld and the cosmo’s representation of transformation, rules Scorpio, they have a hard time fitting into one box. They’re always in a transitory phase or on a personal journey. It isn’t easy when small and mighty Pluto influences your sign. Scorpios have the unique ability to dive into the emotional underbelly of a conversation while maintaining silence when the time calls for it. They don’t shy away from most thoughts and emotions which isn’t something most can appreciate. They’re not complicated, they just live many lives and want to experience life with all of their sensory capacity.

Scorpios are Extremely Judgmental

Scorpios are fixed signs meaning they mean what they say and say what they mean; zero regrets. However, they rarely need to judge others. They are quite the main characters in their own lives and don’t make a habit of judging. What is true is that Scorpios are observing 99% of the time. They like to get a feel of the vibe and observe the people around them before deciding if they want to chill. Remember, Scorpios know what they want and will only act if they feel intensely pulled to do so.