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Scorpio Boss

scorpio“Keep your temper,” said the Caterpillar . . .
“You’ll get used to it in time,” and it put the hookah into its mouth;
and began smoking again.

President Theodore Roosevelt’s advice, “Speak softly-but carry a big stick,” is a perfect example of Scorpio philos­ophy, spoken by a Scorpio. Although “Teddy” Roosevelt was the first one to say it, every Pluto person is born with the phrase carved into his nature. It’s the invisible motto hanging on the wall behind the desk of your Scorpio boss. Memorize it. He has. I wouldn’t make a big issue out of discussing it with him. Just watch him practice it. Scorpios have a way of discouraging certain personal questions about their own techniques.

Life is a search for wisdom and power to your soft-spoken Scorpio boss with the big stick. He wants to know all the secrets of heaven and hell-and whatever lies be­tween. Therefore, he’s equally intent on learning your secrets, and in seeking knowledge of what’s going on in your busy little brain, or your busy big brain, as the case may be. He’ll never press you openly or actively to bare your soul, but you’ll probably do it anyway. It’s inevitable. One good, long, steady gaze from ‘ his hypnotic Pluto eyes is enough to pull out the deepest confessions. If you have anything on your mind you’d rather keep strictly private, avoid looking into those eyes pr avoid working for him.

I once knew a girl who was a singer. She ran into her Scorpio boss at the airport one summer afternoon, on his return from a trip to California, and they stopped to have coffee. (Pluto power is often as its height in the summer, or some inconsistent reason that has nothing to do with November.) She and a songwriter, who was a good friend t>f the Scorpio, had just that morning confessed to each better that they were deeply in love. Due to circumstances, the discovery had to be kept secret.

As they chatted over coffee, the singer was completely (^absorbed by the Scorpio’s anecdotes about his trip. His conversation was so fascinating that she forgot all about the |fateful meeting hours earlier. Finally, the Scorpio glanced |at his watch; he was late for an appointment with a producer about a mm he hoped to direct.

They clasped hands and she said goodbye, adding, “I ; wish you luck.” The Scorpio continued to grip her hand, I looked deep into her eyes with burning intensity, and answered slowly, “And I wish you love. But I see you have S already found it. That’s good. You two are right together.” I Breaking the gaze first (as Scorpios always do-they never | permit you to do it), he released her hand, smiled his cool, mysterious, controlled smile and walked away. To this day, the girl can’t understand how he knew.

Let her experience be a lesson to you. He’ll discover your secret, too. It doesn’t have to be love. It can simply be that your father dropped out of school in the eighth grade, or your sister is dating a married man, or you haven’t made a payment in six months on your bank loan,  or your Persian cat is expecting again. Maybe you used a safety pin instead of sewing the button on your coat, or your brother hit your sister-in-law on the head with a skillet this morning. Little things like that you’d just as soon keep to yourself, but he’ll know. And somehow, you’ll know that he knows. It’s different from the Pisces penetration. The fish gets psychic flashes. The Scorpio simply |. knows. Psychic flashes have nothing to do with it. Neither does Aquarian intuition. It goes much deeper.

This Pluto power also allows the Scorpio boss to sense your moods, and he’s the kind of man who will sympa­thetically behave according to those moods, which can be an indescribably soothing experience. Especially after con­stant exposure to swift, thoughtless, shallow people who not only don’t know what’s deep inside you, but don’t care enough one way or the other to find out. Exposure to various forms of such brittle indifference can make the Scorpio empathy seem pretty wonderful by comparison, which it is.

Contrary to what you might understandably think, the office of a November boss isn’t always explosive or even necessarily impressive. It may be the quietest, coolest, calm­est spot in the entire building. The Pluto self-control reaches out to touch everything around it. (Unless there’s a heavy Gemini, Aquarius or Leo influence in his chart. Even so, things will seldom get raucous or out of hand. The pace will be a little quicker, that’s all.) This man’s control over his own nature is awesome. He’s indefatigable in whatever he sets out to do, and he prides himself on not letting people know how deeply he wants or needs what he seeks. His competitor will never suspect how intensely your Scorpio boss desires to conquer him until after it’s a fait accompli and Scorpio has won. He can see into you, but no man can penetrate his deepest feelings. One of your Pluto boss’s most powerful weapons is secrecy of purpose and intent. He hides his emotions and dis­guises his motives so totally that the enemy is forever expecting an attack from the rear-or no attack at all- and then being surprised by a sudden movement from the right flank, where it’s least expected and when it’s least anticipated. That’s what wins ball games.

That’s also what wins prestige and success for the Scorpio executive. If he likes you, there’s no limit to what he’ll do to help you, advance you or push your hopes and dreams to fulfillment, along with his. If he doesn’t like you, there’s no point in reading this. You’ll never be hired in the first place, or if someone else has hired you, your employment under a Scorpio boss won’t last long. Pluto executives rarely have either sympathy or mercy for those who don’t belong on the team. His first concern will be the team (which is synonymous with his personal goals), and individuals come last. I’m well aware that those of you with a Scorpio boss are already bristling in defense. How could anyone accuse him of anything less than perfection and purity, right? Most people close to a Pluto person have that attitude. If you don’t, you’re probably filling in on someone else’s vacation.

This man has a way of attracting people who are in-‘ tensely loyal. He’s usually surrounded by devoted friends, I with his enemies removed to a safe distance (safe for • them, that is). It’s as if he drew a circle. The chosen ‘ stand inside. Others are kept away by some form of black j magic that prevents their stepping too close for comfort (his comfort, that is). It’s difficult, if not impossible for enemies to read him. Once those magnetic eyes have sized up a person who falls short of the requirements, he or she is banished. That person simply does not exist to the Scorpio. In his mind, you’re not there. He neither sees you nor hears you. His radar will tell him if you get near enough to be dangerous. It gives one an empty feeling to be looked at as if you’re not there. Being a ghost can be uncomfortable, so after a while the unwanted person fades away to where people can see him and hear him-to where he can exist as a flesh and blood human being again.

Don’t get the impression that, to accomplish his miracles, the Scorpio boss has to look like Dracula and breath® deadly fumes from his nostrils. He needn’t wear a black cape to practice his mystery, nor does he have to speak in sepulchral tones. If you’re about to embark on the adventure of working for a Scorpio executive, the first time you see him you’ll think the whole power thing is exaggerated.

His physique may very well be unimposing and he may have the kind of smile you see only on a stained-glass win­dow. When it flashes on, you’ll melt, and think astrology misled you. He’ll appear to be about as dangerous as an Irish washer-woman singing a lullaby. Then hell fix you with his penetrating blue or brown-eyed stare, and I hope there’s a chair nearby for you to drop into. By that time, you’ll be thoroughly hypnotized by his magnetic charm. You might even catch yourself weaving back and forth, with almost imperceptible motion, awaiting instructions. He now controls your emotions. After that, no one can reach you. It’s too late. You’ll be blindly loyal to your new, wonderful, kind, gentle, talented, brilliant employer, and anyone who thinks he is dangerous is a jealous, vindictive crackpot. He’s the sweetest boss anyone could ever hope . to have.

Sweet? Use adjectives if you must, but sweet? Wonderful, yes. Kind, yes. Talented and brilliant-naturally. Sincere and loyal, of course. Protective and gentle, yes again. Lov­ing? Oh, good heavens, yes. A thousand times yes. But . sweet? Emphatically no. I’d like to tell the already Scorpio- • employed, plus you who are about to pass through the portals, that one of my closest friends is a Scorpio com­poser of enormous talent, and I’ve passed his magic circle test. There’s also a tiny Scorpio who lives in my house ! (you notice I still have control-I didn’t say I lived in his house) and I’m kind of close to him, too. So I’m not among the enemies of your Scorpio boss. You can relax. But thanks to astrology, I may understand him a bit better than you do. For example, I’ll bet you think that, in a crisis, he would just stand there calmly, wearing the same smooth, detached look he puts on when he gets out of his warm bed every morning. He would not. He would undergo a compete transformation.

Your Scorpio boss cannot tolerate displays of emotion. He feels that one must keep one’s cool at all costs-I mean at all costs. But if the emergency demands instant and violent action (as some emergencies do), he’ll blast forth so much flaming action, you’ll be sure you aren’t watching the same man. When it’s all over, and things are well under control, his surging, passionate emotions will be back under control again also. He’ll bottle them up inside his powerful personality until they’re needed the next time.

Normally, however, he’ll be the epitome of deliberate, gentle, calculated placidity, every hair in place, temper in total check. The same Jekyll and Hyde transformation as the foregoing can take place in the throes of romantic passion as well as in a business crisis, but of course that’s not your department-at least under ordinary circum­stances it’s not. His calm mask of poise is seldom re­moved, except for really major events.

Don’t make the mistake of flattering him too often. Scorpio bosses are constantly suspicious. He wakes up and goes to sleep suspicious and his feelers are always out for ulterior motives. In fact, one of his weaknesses is that he’s frequently suspicious of innocent remarks from innocent people. Polishing the deep red apple on his desk with too much gusto can get you fired instead of advanced. He may suspect you’re buttering him up to take over. An occasional, sincerely meant recognition of his superiority will be ap­preciated deeply-just don’t overdo it. His loyalty to you will be lasting and all encompassing, but never give him one millimeter less in return. He’s a stickler for money transactions being spelled out in detail. Never allow finan­cial matters to get hazy in any way. And never, never, never, never, never try to top him or hurt him. If you in­sist on disregarding that advice, then you’d better practice walking on eggshells for a few weeks first. Preferably egg­shells with a poisonous spider hidden among them. Scorpio .a. revenge is not something to fool around with.

No problem ever invented is so tough that the Scorpio boss can’t solve it, once he tackles it. All Pluto people have the ability to surmount tragedy or illness in their personal lives and business disasters with courage and superhuman will. As for the pattern of his individual personality, it will vary with the man more widely than with other signs. Although he’s the personification of the scientific researcher into inscrutable mystery, the all-purpose detective, he him-| self remains the greatest mystery of all.

Penetrating Pluto all the way is impossible. Besides, even if you could, you’d forget everything you learned when he hypnotized you with his eyes and voice. The best I can do is warn you to stay alert and to keep an open mind. The first is for defense purposes, naturally. The second is so you can be receptive to a man whose truth and courage you’ll admire forever. Despite his unfathomable, complex nature, and the deceptive image he presents to the world, your Scorpio boss never deceives himself. How many of the rest of us can say that with complete honesty? Even those of us who are not considered “ruthless”?

Linda Goodman

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