The queen of Scorpios, ScorpioMystique, reaches out to thousands of Scorpios around the world via social media. Interconnecting the misunderstood zodiac sign and creating a Scorpio family, she links gapped bridges and inspires both lost and found Scorpios.
Dossé-Via Trenou, the mastermind behind ScorpioMystique, connects with J and shares all the planning and creating that goes into her informative words, horoscope predictions and astrological readings.
Born in Paris, France, Dossé-Via is a fluent French and English speaker (just like myself!). From Paris to Texas to Georgia to California (and her family is originally from Togo, West Africa), this lady has gotten a taste of many cultures. Starting off as a broadcast journalism major at USC, she realized she wanted more creative freedom and switched her major to Narrative Studies (double majoring in French, as well). "Narrative studies is the art of storytelling explored through literature and cinema," she explained.
This art of story telling leaked into her brand, ScorpioMystique. To her benefit, being a Narrative Studies major has allowed her to become powerful enough to articulate inspirational words of wisdom and knowledge. Truly making the most of this creative freedom she desired, Dossé-Via speaks to us the Universe.
How It All Began
The summer of her Freshman year at USC, ScorpioMystique was born (July 31, 2011). "It started with my parents talking to me about sun signs," she explained. "Ever since, I'd say at least the age of ten, I started researching astrology, studying it and so because I had been so into it and kept it to myself I decided to try sharing it with others and see if other people could resonate with it and most specifically my zodiac sign Scorpio."
She is not only knowledgable in her zodiac sign, she also knows well about the other signs. It began when her Taurus father recalled his complex relationship with his Scorpio sister (since Scorpio and Taurus are opposites in the Zodiac). He would often tell her, "Be careful because if you don't watch out certain negative traits of yours are attributed to Scorpios. Scorpios can be really stubborn, controlling, or manipulative."
Dossé-Via was sure that there was more to a Scorpio than meets the eye, and through research she found out that Scorpio is the most complex and misunderstood zodiac sign. She continued her studies by researching her father's sign, Taurus, only to find out that it was all accurate. Same with her Leo mother.
"I felt like doing this for all my family members and eventually I asked for more than just like internet resources... I read books, like Linda Goodman's "Sun Signs," is good. "The Inner Sky" by Steven Forest is a great book and I think that was the book that got me the most into the deeper parts of astrology. The popularized version of astrology is: read your horoscope at the back of a magazine, or the back of a newspaper; it is mostly generalized and that's what I shied away from. I'm more into analyzing one's natal birth chart," she explained.
"So after doing more thorough research, I would start reading my family members' birth charts using their time of birth. So I started off just on family and when I saw that they were like, 'This is really accurate', I did my own birth chart and found that it was also really accurate. That's when I realized that I could share it with more people."
"Getting my own birth chart from other sites and seeing how they did it was an interesting process. Many sites would tell me about my sun sign, my moon sign and my rising sign but I felt like they didn't tell me enough about the other planets. So it all started with putting together different factors of astrology as if it was a puzzle. So once I knew what my birth details were, I would research every single component of my chart. Compartmentalizing everything into one is the most important part because it's not enough to just add them together. Once I put everything together, all the sun signs, all the sign placements, all the planetary placements, I went into the houses and astrological aspects. And these show the more complex side of where the astrological energy might play out into your life."
"It's through practice, it's through talking to people and seeing what part of the birth chart analysis they relate to the most. So although what most astrologers focus on is your sun, your moon, your ascendant, (which is called your primal triad), I would focus on those but I would always enhance it with greater detail. For example, I'd explain, 'well your sun is compatible with your venus placement.' I'd always interpret charts in a way where it's more than just their sun sign. A lot of my knowledge came from reading, again Steven Forest's "The Inner Sky" basically broke down how to read a birth chart and how to make it as complex as the individual you're talking about and also how to avoid generalizations."
"What was really important for me in terms of writing daily horoscopes was studying astrologers such as Susan Miller, who really draws inspiration from geometric alignments. Astrology is very much a mathematical art at the same time as a spiritual one, because it derives from the exact geometry of the planets' placement in relation to one another."
The Creation Of "ScorpioMystique"
"I remember being in my bed, I had come back from Paris for the summer and I was back in Atlanta. I signed up for a new Twitter account, started putting all the information in and then for some reason, literally, I think the ideas just came to me. I might have pondered and stared at my screen and two different names came to me. One of them was Intensely Scorpio and the other was ScorpioMystique and they literally just came to me. I don't know why or how but they both came to me and I'm like which one do I want to be my main name."
"So I actually went to my little brother, his name is Tristan, and I was like 'Tristan what do you prefer, Intensely Scorpio or ScorpioMystique?' He chose ScorpioMystique, and so that became my main name and Intensely Scorpio was just my sub name."
"If I were to think on an intuitive basis, mystique is definitely french for mystery and some kind of aura that makes people drawn to you, and I definitely think that explains what Scorpio has. They have this enigmatic aura that people are drawn to but they can't really put their finger on. It's just something about Scorpios and I wanted my brand and my company to be represented by that."
"I think that the beauty of it comes from the fact that I'm really writing as if I were also a reader who wanted an astrologist to help guide me through life... because astrology means so much to me and I took so much to really understand it, I view it as a personal responsibility to help other people understand it on its true merit. I don't want people to believe that astrology is bs or that astrology is too general. I view it as my responsibility to present people with a path towards enlightenment, a path towards self-understanding. So it feels incredible. I didn't think it would ever grow so hugely. I remember just being a freshman in college and getting five thousand followers and thinking 'This is cool, there's a lot of people who are into this', and never thinking it could grow into an audience of hundreds of thousands. And when I get those comments, it's an affirmation that I'm doing the right thing. It's an affirmation that being an astrologist is a talent that I was given and that I should keep cultivating, but it's also a big responsibility because sometimes I'm late to work or I forgot my laptop at home."
"There's so many people who are depending on me. It's wonderful, it's absolutely wonderful to know that I have that influence and that people relate to it. So many people have said that I have helped them remain sane and have hope for the future and that is what I want. I don't like when astrologists make astrology scary and they're kind of like 'So these signs are bad, these are the signs that are good, these are the signs you should stay away from,' like no. I try to have a very positive perspective towards astrology because I really think that if you're interested in astrology you'll understand yourself and astrology is constantly about those cycles in life, all those ups and downs in life and nothing is ever going to go in a straight line. Life is always going to be this challenging process, a journey with your own self, and I feel like just viewing the progression since I started it, a lot of my followers have completely crushed the stereotype that Scorpios are mean, terrible people. Just look at the comments on my Instagram posts. Look how positive and encouraging Scorpios are with each other. I was able to build a Scorpio community because so many people are like 'Let's go Scorpios, you can do it! It's our time, it's our moment' or Scorpios will start tagging other Scorpios in my posts. It's gotten to the point where people who aren't even Scorpios start following me because their boyfriend or their best friend are Scorpios or their mom's a Scorpio, or their friend tagged a Scorpio friend... people just helping other people view life positively. People who would've been way too hard on themselves, who would've fallen into the trap of Scorpio self-destruction view my forecasts as their everyday inspiration. That's something I'm really blessed with."
"The secret to the accuracy of my daily horoscopes is that I'm very much in tune with myself. If I wake up on a certain day feeling a really deep, passionate emotion for something that happened with a friend, a significant other, then yes I'll look at the planetary transits because in order to write my ScorpioScopes I study the current planetary transits and see what the sky actually looks like in terms of planetary alignments. But there's also a part of the writing process that's intuitive, where I'll write specifically what my situation is and those are the ones that are the most accurate. Scorpios are like 'That's exactly how I feel' and it's because I was able to really tune into what is triggering my current emotion and write about it and share the situation that occurred to me, even if it's not super specific. I will describe the scenario as well as the expectation that might have led to the disappointment or happiness. So I'll combine that with the planetary aspects of the day and so its total effect is what makes the most on point horoscope."
Top Three Scorpio Weaknesses
"We can be very, very, very, very proud, often to a fault. Of course this differs from Scorpio to Scorpio because we all have different levels of evolvement, the Scorpion and the Eagle and the Phoenix. But I think on a general level Scorpios are not one to always be able to admit when they need help, or admit when they've made a mistake or admit when they might not be as right as they thought they were, and this could lead to us stubbornly staying fixed in our beliefs, burning bridges, and holding grudges, which ultimately can lead to us being less happy than we would be if we just let our ego go. It's much easier said than done, however, because we have a very strong ego for a reason -- we have a very strong personality. So I'd say one of our top weaknesses is just our pride. It sometimes stands in the way of us getting what we really want, whether we realize it or not."
"Our overly suspicious minds can be another drawback, and that's largely because we have been deceived in the past. We have a very strong intuition so if our gut instinct is telling us something we tend to go with it, but at the same time we don't always give people the benefit of the doubt and once again that can lead to us allowing our first impressions to completely block someone out forever. This trait can be detrimental to our more intimate relationship or friendships when we're always thinking 'maybe our partners are not loyal to us' or 'our friends are plotting behind our back'. Even though we don't necessarily share our inner concerns to our partners or to our fiends, we harbor it within ourselves, and we can get to allow it to eat us up inside. The solution for our overly suspicious mindset is to just trust the process. If there's something fishy that you're supposed to find out, you're going to find out about it sooner or later."
"Overanalyzing and wanting to be in control of everything. Our controlling nature can be a weakness because control is an illusion and as much as Scorpios feel really strong and secure when we feel like we're in control, it's not pretty when it feels like we're not in control. We can snap on people, be really hard on ourselves and we can even have temper tantrums and mood swings. I'd say just the fact that we can be controlling and want everything to go our way and want people to see things in our perspective can be more of a Scorpio weakness rather than an advantage."
Top Three Scorpio Strengths
"If you have a Scorpio by your side, truly and you've done them right, they will reciprocate that 150%. They don't trust that many people but if you happen to be one of those few people that prove to them that they shouldn't keep their self-protecting barriers up, and that they should be vulnerable with you, the loyalty you get is immeasurable. If you ever need something from them, they'll be there no matter what time it is. If somebody ever has something to say about you, they'll have your back, even if you're not there they'll have your back. It's not only about being loyal in front of you, it's being loyal no matter what. I think a Scorpio's loyalty is one of their strongest assets. That's why people often say Scorpios make incredible friends because they feel so protected by us. The same goes for if you're in a relationship with a Scorpio, you really feel safe with them as long as you stay on their good side."
"Our passion. We're literally, I really think Scorpio is the most passionate sign of the zodiac because we're ruled by two of the most passionate planets, Mars and Pluto. When you put the energy of Mars, the planet of action, with the energy of Pluto, the planet of transformation, that means every single act we make is intense enough to transform the world, to transform ourselves, and to transform the lives of others. So that naturally just makes us radiate passionate energy, and with that passion, there's nothing that we can't accomplish because we don't believe in limits, we believe in achievement, we believe in success. We have this inner conviction that we are up to achieve something great and think it's contagious and it makes people want to be around us, it makes people want to learn about how we do what we do and it makes people want to follow us. We're great leaders basically."
"Our intuition. We are almost scarily accurate, scarily intuitive to the point of some would say some Scorpios might be psychic. Many of us are really in tune with our spirituality, even more so when we do not let our ego come in the way of evolvement, and we try to keep our thinking on a higher level frequency, which means filling our minds with more positive thoughts rather than focusing on negative possibilities. Our intuition is so on point that it can be scary. That's why I think Scorpios are such emotional people. They feel even the most subtle vibes around them, they feel the vibes within them and they are more comfortable with their emotional vibes, than they are with reason or logic or whatever people view as objective truth. We view everything from a subjective lens and that helps us make the right decisions. If we're looking for a job, a home, a friend, a partner, we'll intuitively know if it's right for us. If we have any kind of doubt, we usually shy away from it. There are certain instances where we might have been wrong but I literally think that 99% of the time, our intuition is correct."
Biggest Advice To A Scorpio
"Own your emotions. You'll sometimes hear astrologers describe Scorpios as jealous, manipulative, stubborn and all these things, and Scorpios can be hard on themselves for feeling like they possess those "darker" traits, but I think you're actually better off owning every single emotion you feel because none of them are wrong, none of them are right, they're just the way you feel. They're passive. So the thing with Scorpios is, because we are such extreme people we kind of live in a 'Oh it's the end of the world' kind of mentality, and if we own how we feel and realize that feelings are not permanent and that we'll feel differently later, then life will become much easier for us. With that being said, if you ever were to feel a "negative" emotion like jealousy, if you own up to it, you have a much higher chance of overcoming it than if you suppress it and try to pretend it's not true or if you're in denial of it, basically. Same with love. Scorpios often torment themselves by being in denial about the way they feel about someone. Own the fact that you're head over heels, crazy, obsessive even about someone because that's the first way to figure out if that person really is for you. And if that person really is for you, how am you going to make it known to them? Too many times, Scorpios sit here, tormenting themselves -- we can be very self destructive when we feel like we shouldn't be feeling what we feel. So find a healthy way to release all of your emotions, accept them and realize that there's a reason why you feel things so intensely, there's a reason that you are so sensitive to everything, there's a reason why your intuition is so strong. Once you decide to just go with the flow instead of fighting against the current and trying to live in this world where all of your emotions are controlled or all of your emotions are chosen by you, then I think you'll be much better off. The one advice I give to Scorpios is just be completely comfortable with every emotion that comes your way."
The Daily Horoscope Process
"Usually I will write my ScorpioScope as soon as I wake up, and that's why it's sporadic. Living on the West Coast I post Scopes around 8 a.m. but for Scorpios on the East coast its 11 a.m. I can't always get up at four in the morning but I will eventually start posting at midnight PST. so far what I've been doing is, I wake up, I go to see the current planetary aspects (you can find it on Yahoo, you can find it on Google, you can just type in 'current map of the astrological sky') and I see what's going on in the universe and based on what I think are the major trends."
"It can get overwhelming to look at the sky map. There's literally always something going on in the sky, different transits are always going on. But I focus on the most important transits or aspects that affect Scorpios and then I will also look at the themes that are the most important based on those planets."
"I write my daily horoscopes on my laptop so, I'll just sit with my hands on my keyboard until I have one word or a phrase that comes to me that I think will start it off, and once I start writing the rest just comes as a natural flow. I'll know which are the main planetary transits I want to discuss, and basically I create a narrative of the day using the planetary transits."
The Universe Being A Book Of Information
"Astrology sometimes trips me out but at the same time it doesn't because what people don't know is that astrology and astronomy used to be one in the same. Before the invention of the telescope, stargazers were fascinated by what was going on in the sky. They all wrote down the different phases of the moon and the different transitions of stars from what they could see on Earth with their blind eye. Some of the most important scientists and philosophers such as Aristotle, Galileo, Plato and Copernicus, were astrologers. They actually were really into astrology and their services were used by distinguished politicians and royals. It makes sense to me because I'm like, before there was psychology there was astrology, before there was religion there was astrology."
"When I think about it on a grander scale like that, astrology doesn't trip me out as much as it does when I'm out like 'Oh I'm just on Earth, I'm studying astrological movements and I can understand life's cycles.' Every planet, every sign, every house, all those things have themes to them and it was through a lot of studying through the generations that they were discovered. I feel like probably 500 years from now there will be evolvement that I didn't know about in astrology. Just like science keeps evolving, astrology keeps evolving. I think about it in a more spiritual way and I think that it's completely acceptable that just like some people aren't religious and some people aren't scientific some aren't into astrology. Everyone has heir own views on it but I do think that people who read the right horoscope written by the right astrologers will become believers."
Biggest Notable Change In Her Life
"Realizing that I can actually make a living doing what I love. I'm not exactly one hundred percent at that point yet because I was a college student, I just graduated from USC so I didn't dedicate 100% of my time to ScorpioMystique until now. But now it is both my passion and my career."
"Ever since ScorpioMystique has grown, it's helped me better realize who I am. I felt really connected with my passion and I'm passionate about my brand. I think that's why people are still very into it because they know it's a very genuine thing from me. Being an astrologist has helped me better understand myself. Through being ScorpioMystique and sharing insights about Scorpios with everyone else, I really think I've evolved."
"I got into USC grad school for education but I deferred to look at more options. So I'm taking a year off as of now and applying to different education programs. My goal in the meantime is to keep modeling and doing ScorpioMystique. In terms of modeling, I recently signed with an agency and I am excited for the new experiences which will come with that. And then as for ScorpioMystique, I am finalizing projects since Scorpio season is coming. Scorpios have asked me to develop an app, which I'm in the process of working on. They've asked me to share more knowledge on compatibilities with other signs, so I'm finding a unique, interesting forum in order to share deeper insights on compatibilities rather than just tweets on Instagram, so that's going to be coming up soon as well."
"I may be doing some speaking tours as there are a lot of astrology conventions to participate in. I expect to speak at my first convention by 2015. And then my priority is to of course continue my personalized birth chart services. I just started offering a Saturn in Scorpio forecast and I am now writing 3,000 word monthly forecasts for Scorpios. I have a lot on my plate but I'm loving every minute of it. My three main objectives are applying to more grad schools, modeling full-force and seeing what happens, and then continuing to expand the ScorpioMystique brand and really pushing the limits of what I can do with it. Look out for Scorpio season, October 23rd, for a few different projects will be happening around that time that I think many Scorpios will be excited about."
More On Being A Model
"I like breaking the stereotypes of models being superficial and vain. I like being a college-educated model, and I think that actually helps in this business for I don't allow people to take advantage of me. Modeling has been something I like to do creatively. I love fashion, I love Paris, and I love photography. I enjoy being behind the camera and I enjoy being in front of the camera. So it's just something I have a lot of fun with and I want to see where it takes me."
Twiiter Q & A's
@JailynSantana - "Do you think Scorpios are the most powerful sign? The negative traits are weak though."
SM: "I have to say, I actually do. I might be biased, but I do think that every sign has its special attribute, like they'll say 'geminis are the most communicative and social' and 'aquarius' are the most rebellious and unorthodox' and Leos are the most charismatic... basically there are a few signs that would be in competition with Scorpio for the most powerful. They'd probably be Leo, and maybe Aries, and maybe even, some would argue, Capricorn. But the reason why I say it's Scorpios is because Leo and Aries have more of an impulsive, fiery, assertive kind of power and make you think of power in terms of physical strength. With Scorpio I think it's more of an inner-strength. It's a strength of being that comes from having gone through a whole bunch of challenges and getting stronger every single time and refusing to give up. It's just this inner will that helps them propel to the top. That's what I think makes them the most powerful sign in the zodiac."
@aenterpricesfp - "Which is the most compatible sign with Scorpio?"
SM: "My astrological answer would be that I have to read your birth chart and see, because you can have a Sun in Scorpio and then a Moon in libra, and then a whole bunch of air sign energy, and I'd say you're more compatible with an air sign, all in all. But on a more general level, let's just say you have mostly Scorpio energy in your chart, then I'd say either a Cancer, Pisces, or a Capricorn. The traditionally most compatible sign for Scorpio is Pisces. They're most compatible because they're Water signs. Pisces is not judgmental of Scorpio's moodiness and Scorpio's extremes. If anything, Pisces helps soothe Scorpios intensity and helps them feel the beauty in themselves. Scorpio just has to make sure to not walk all over Pisces and not to take advantage of Pisces' selflessness. All in all these two work together because they truly appreciate each other and they mold to each other's personalities. Scorpios and Capricorn are also a great match. They work exceptionally well in business, definitely, and they are exceptional friends before even in terms of love. Scorpio and Capricorn both are about loyalty to an extreme. They're both about security and commitment and I think that's why I think they'd get along very, very well. And then Cancer is also very compatible with Scorpio. The only thing about Scorpio being with Cancer is that Cancer is also extremely moody and so that can just lead to two Water creatures passive-aggressiveness. But for the most part it's smooth-sailing. So in order I'd say the best matches are Scorpio-Pisces, Scorpio-Capricorn, and Scorpio-Cancer. But the beauty of astrology is that you can make it work with anyone as long as you know the nuances and complexities of both you and your partner's birth chart."
@heathermae777 - "Are you a fan of Linda Goodman? She wrote a book called Love Signs that I LOVE."
SM: "Yeah, I don't think I read that specific book, but many astrology sources often refer to her. She's definitely a good astrologist and I've heard really great reviews from that book. She's one of those astrologists that takes her work seriously and that's why people enjoy reading her."
@n_wilde - "What can I do to not get so attached to others?"
SM: "Keep things in perspective. Don't take everything so personally. People can get easily hurt when you think that people are out to get them so if they should change that mentality -- people aren't necessarily out to get you, they're more for themselves. So a lot of the things they do is coming from a selfish perspective and Scorpios can be selfish themselves, so that's something that we should be able to relate to. If we understand that our whole mission is just to protect ourselves form pain by not allowing very comment that somebody says to affect us so deeply. Learn the art of detachment by being around your air sign friends, Libra, Gemini, Aquarius. You'll see that they can get super social, they can get hilarious, they can tell you about themselves. But they also have this air of detachment about them that shows their individuality, that shows that they're free to go whenever they're ready to go.
"With Scorpio it's true, we sometimes can't help the fact that we get so attached, but if you keep in the back of your mind 'I can't get lost in this person, I always have to protect myself and stay true to myself, stand my own ground' then you'll be able to take things a little slower. You'll be able to process 'are my emotions kind of making me jump into this situation so quickly? And if so, maybe I should take a few steps back.'
"So one of the cool things is that Scorpio is one of those signs that doesn't mind solitude and doesn't mind being alone. So I'd day all that begins with self-love. If you start off feeling completely comfortable with yourself, and you're comfortable with the view you have of yourself, then it doesn't matter what other people are going to say about you. And of course, it's easier said than done but that's why I encourage Scorpios to have a passion, to have a hobby, or to have a career that they love, because once they do that they'll know that no matter what, even if their relationships or their friendships aren't going well, they have their passion. Also, be sure to surround yourself with positive people. If you're constantly hurting because of what your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, mother, sibling, cousin said or did to you, then it might be a clue that that person is not the positive energy you need in your life.
"Scorpios are like sponges, we absorb everything. It might not be you, it might be that person and if that's the case you have to have the courage to cut the cord. Because we can sometimes get so attached to people, we can be blinded to their faults and can forgive over and over again for stuff that shouldn't be forgiven. We can cut people off real quick if we don't have an emotional connection to them, but if we have an emotional connection it's like we get blinded to what they do that can be bad for us. Be aware that if this is a continuous thing, where you're constantly hurt and you're continually feeling deceived, then it might be time to distance yourself from the person. See how your life is, if you can breathe more without that person in your life."
One More Thing...
"We get a bad rep in terms of stereotypical astrology and I just say that one of the proudest parts of being an astrologist is that my Scorpios show everyone how untrue our bad rep is. We are such intelligent, beautiful, loyal, passionate, kind, loving individuals with so much to give to the world, and if we continue to stick together and continue to believe in ourselves, our power, and our personal paths then there's nothing we can do but succeed. Hold onto that Scorpio power because it's real, it's real! There's a reason we're the only sign that has three symbols, and that we are ruled by two of the coolest planets. Being a Scorpio is one of the coolest things that can make up your identity. So be proud and rep team Scorpio!" - ScorpioMystique