The scorpionÂ has long been a populartattooÂ symbol in many different cultures, including a number of traditional tribalÂ tattooÂ styles in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In fact, almost everywhere you can find these potent relatives of the spider you can find scorpionÂ tattoos. In most casesÂ the scorpionÂ tattoosÂ are potent amulets and talismans – meant to protect the bearer of theÂ tattooÂ and ward off both the sting ofÂ the scorpionÂ and often times, evil spirits, forÂ the scorpionÂ is widely feared and highly respected by all beings, both natural and supernatural. Such is the power ofÂ the scorpion.
The Scorpion, long anÂ emblemÂ of treachery, death, danger, pain, wickedness, hatred and envy — is all due to the sting of its tail, which is generally considered to be fatal, in particular for small animals, children, the weak and theÂ elderly. From all over the world, Scorpion legends tell of the stinging tail serving as a weapon and for protection. Scorpion amulets are still worn for protection in places like Tibet and Egypt. TheÂ Egyptian goddess, Isis, had giant Scorpions as bodyguards. Other ancients hadthe ScorpionÂ guarding gateways to the underworld, sacred gateways and tombs.
Orion, the Greek hero and giant, met his match in a Scorpion encounter. With the sting stuck in his foot, he was thereafter immortalized as the constellation of Orion fleeing the sting of his Scorpion killer.
There’s plenty of Scorpion imagery found in religious references. The Bible describes the Israelites trampling Scorpions as a metaphor for victory over the ‘venomous attacks of the devil’. InÂ BuddhistÂ mythology, a ninth century king dreamed of Scorpions the size of yaks, which he took as a sign to stop persecuting monks. You can still seeÂ the ScorpionÂ on woodblock prints and wheel charms in Tibet and otherBuddhistÂ cultures. As a protective feature, it was also found on sword handles and personal seals, or in temples asÂ guardians ofÂ the holy Dharma. Buddhists intendedÂ the ScorpionÂ to be a symbol of pacification, which turned menacing at the first sign of anyone intending harm.
Scorpion has another facet more helpful to humans. Praying to the Egyptian Scorpion goddess was said to ease the pain of childbirth. It also stood as a symbol of maternal self-sacrifice. Amongst the ancient MayansÂ the ScorpionÂ was associated with surgery, possibly because it numbed its prey before the big sting. In parts of Africa, the oil fromthe Scorpion’s venom has been traditionally used as a medicine.
Astrologically speaking, theÂ ‘Scorpio’ is the eighth sign of the zodiac. It rules over the time period October 24th to November 22nd. Early Christians believed that sexual temptations were irresistible during that period, and were accordingly wary — or alert!The ScorpionÂ mating dance is exotic (if not erotic) and those born under Scorpio have a reputation for both eroticism and rather exotic tastes in the boudoir, in addition to notoriously prodigious sexual appetites!