I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. My personal website: stenudd.com
Try the old Tarot deck of cards with a free online divination. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.
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Books by Stefan Stenudd:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 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. 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.
Anyway, here's that ink again, this time in the original black and white (click on the image to see a bigger version):
Scorpio the SignAs 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.
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.
Zodiac Sign SymbolsHere are the symbols (glyphs) of all the twelve Zodiac signs, and links to pages telling more about each Zodiac sign symbol.