Scorpio Zodiac Sign

Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

About Me

I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer, as well as an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Here's my personal website:


Scorpio
Scorpio



OTHER DIVINATION

Tarot Meaning
Tarot Meaning

Try the old Tarot deck of cards with a free online divination. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.


I Ching Online
I Ching Online

Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.


Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.

Tarot Unfolded

This book presents an imaginative method of reading the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, since it consists of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients

All the philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.

Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi (chi), prana, pneuma, spiritus, and all the other life force concepts around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.



The Scorpio Symbol

The Scorpio symbol.

Its Origin and Meaning in Astrology


The above image is the established symbol (also called glyph) for the Zodiac sign Scorpio, the Scorpion. It's an M with the scorpion tail stinger. Both the Zodiac sign and its symbol have been along for ages.



     The Zodiac division of the ecliptic into twelve parts, each assigned a Zodiac sign, is probably of Babylonian (Mesopotamia) origin. They were very early with astrology, mapping the sky and noting planetary movements thousands of years ago. The Zodiac very much like the one we know today, might have emerged in Mesopotamia around 1000 BC, but Babylonian astrology is probably far older than that.

     Already the Babylonians connected the Zodiac sign to the scorpion. That might have to do with the constellation with the same name, vaguely suggesting the shape of a scorpion if some of the stars are connected. See the image below of the constellation Scorpius. The tail goes diagonally down to the left corner, where a few stars mark the stinger, much like an arrow head.

The Scorpius constellation.


     Below is an antique illustration of the same constellation, where the figure of the scorpion has been added. It's from a 17th century book: Firmamentum sobiescianum, by Johannes Hevelius, 1690.

The Scorpio constellation, 1690.


     The M of the symbol is not that easy to explain. It might be a Medieval symbol of medicine or alchemy. The M reappears in the symbol for Virgo, another Zodiac sign - see the image to the right.Virgo symbol. I've seen theories about the two signs and symbols representing male and female sexuality, but that might be speculation - and still the M is unaccounted for.

     Since M is a Greek and Roman letter, this symbol for Scorpio is hardly older than those cultures. I would bet on Medieval times, when alchemy and other metaphysical speculations erupted all over Europe. The mystery would be solved if the Greek or Roman spelling of scorpion contained an M - but no. Not even the Babylonian name for it holds anything near the sound of M.

     Unfortunately, a lot of the occult sciences of the past are unclear to us, because of the Scientific Revolution commencing with the discoveries by Isaac Newton in the early 17th century.


     Below is an ink version of the symbol for Scorpio, which I did a number of years back in an experiment of using Japanese ink calligraphy (shodo) for old European astrology symbols. I've used these pictures on my astrology websites, mainly for fun and for the odd graphic effect, and I've seen them copied all over the Internet. I'm fine with that, although I think it wouldn't hurt if the source was mentioned. Well, what to do?

     Anyway, here's that ink again, this time in the original black and white (click on the image to see a bigger version):


The Scorpio symbol in ink, by Stefan Stenudd.


Scorpio the Sign

As for the picture commonly used to represent the Scorpio Zodiac sign, it's always an image of a scorpion. It's been like that for very long - probably longer than the symbol described above has existed. Below is one typical example, where the stars of the constellations have also been marked. It's an illu­stration from Poeticon astronomicon, a 1482 book by Hyginus.

Scorpio, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.


     For the header of this website, I played a little with the Scorpio symbol - using the photo of a real scorpion. That might be a bit "creepy" but I'm sure no true Scorpio minds. The background is a theater curtain, as a reminder of the Scorpio archetype: the actor.

The Scorpio symbol and sign in the horoscope chart.


Zodiac Sign Symbols

Here are the symbols (glyphs) of all the twelve Zodiac signs, and links to pages telling more about each Zodiac sign symbol.

Aries symbol (glyph).Aries symbol
Taurus symbol (glyph).Taurus symbol
Gemini symbol (glyph).Gemini symbol
Cancer symbol (glyph).Cancer symbol
Leo symbol (glyph).Leo symbol
Virgo symbol (glyph).Virgo symbol
Libra symbol (glyph).Libra symbol
Scorpio symbol (glyph).Scorpio symbol
Sagittarius symbol (glyph).Sagittarius symbol
Capricorn symbol (glyph).Capricorn symbol
Aquarius symbol (glyph).Aquarius symbol
Pisces symbol (glyph).Pisces symbol

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My Astrology Book

Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

This book explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the Zodiac signs, the planets, and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues and different types of illnesses. Also, celebrity horoscope charts are used to show how a health reading is made. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.