Scorpio – The Scorpion – October 24 to November 21

“Scorpio – sign of darkness and transformation –
is deep, intense and secretive.
With insight and compassion
those who’ve lost a loved one great comfort she will give.
Independent and proud
she’s strong of will and mind.
Drawn to life’s mysteries
the answers she will find.”
– by Silvestra Silvermoon

Goddess Symbolism

The sign of Scorpio has three emblems – the scorpion, the eagle and the snake. Most people will tell you that the eagle represents Scorpio’s higher self, while the snake symbolises its lower or base self.

This is, however, not their true meaning. In order to discover the real symbolism behind the images of the eagle and the snake we have to start by looking way back in the Paleolithic era (12,000 years ago +).

In Paleolithic Europe the Bird Goddess represented the manifestation of the invisible world. It was She who laid the Cosmic Egg from which all space and time was born. Later imagery shows the encirclement of the Egg by a snake holding its tail in its mouth.

During the Neolithic or New Stone Age (about 10,000 to 5,500 BCE) the world was seen as consisting of three regions: the Upper Waters (or Sky), the Earth and the Lower Waters (Underground).

At this time the Goddess was often depicted as the Bird and Snake Goddess – She was part bird and part snake. The Bird Goddess is Mistress of the Upper Waters, while the Snake Goddess is Mistress of the Lower Waters. She is the Creatrix, She is the Mother who grants us life through Her life-sustaining waters. Like the milk from a mother’s breasts life-giving rain nourishes us from above (Upper Waters). Like the waters from a mother’s womb Her underground springs, wells and streams bring forth the life-sustaining liquid from below (Lower Waters).

The Bird and Snake Goddess is the Vessel that holds the Waters of Life and the vase or drinking vessel used within a home symbolises Her womb from which the water flows. During the Neolithic vases and jugs were often moulded in the shape of Her with bird and snake features.

Birds were associated with both the Upper and Lower Waters. They “swim” through air and “fly” through water. If you take a step back you can see the resemblance between the flying movement of a bird’s wings and the swimming motion of a fish’s fins.

Birds lay eggs and so the Goddess as Bird once laid the Cosmic Egg. She is the primordial Creatrix.

The Snake is also linked to water. With its quick and fluid shape and movement it symbolises the dymnaic power of the waters beyond, beneath and around the Earth.

As said above the Cosmic Egg is often depicted encircled by a snake that holds its tail in its mouth, thus creating a circle. This image is known as Uroborus, which represents the primordial waters that encircle the Earth. It symbolises the cyclical nature of existence with no beginning and no end.

In many cultures, especially the ancient Middle East, the primordial Creatrix wasn’t a Bird but a Serpent such as Babylonian Tiamat.

The Serpent who lives in holes and dark cracks is linked to the dark underground womb of the Goddess. It symbolises death, regeneration and renewal. The reason for this connection is twofold. Firstly, snakes shed their skin and are thus seemingly continuously reborn. Secondly, every year they hibernate for months on end only to be “reborn” anew every spring. To anyone who’s encountered hibernating reptiles, they really do seem to virtually “die” in the autumn and miraculously reemerge in perfect health after months without food and water.

Snakes are sacred to the Goddess and the Dark Moon. They come and go from Her realm bringing with them Her wisdom. With exception of the Hebrew myth of Genesis the Serpent has always been linked to healing, magic and prophesy. In many cultures to this day snakes are revered and respected. In China the serpent has become a dragon, a positive and fortunate symbol.

Due to the snake’s connection to the Goddess and Her mysteries ancient priestesses used snake masks to frighten away the uninitiated. Medusa’s Gorgon Mask was just that – a mask worn by Her priestesses, the Guardians and Protectresses of the Magic and Wisdom of the Dark Moon.

So, as you see, Scorpio’s connection to the eagle and the snake have actually been inherited from the ancient Bird and Snake Goddess – the Primordial Creatrix – Mistress of the Upper and Lower Waters – Goddess of the Moon – Goddess of Life, Death and Renewal.

The image of the scorpion has been inherited from the ancient Egyptians, where scorpions were feared and revered. North African scorpions are exceedingly dangeous and demand respect.

Selket (Selqet, Serket or Serqet) is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of scorpions, magic, medicine and the dead. She is depicted as a beautiful woman with a scorpion on Her headdress. Her colour is black, the colour of the dark womb of the Goddess as well a the fertile silt deposited by the Nile during its annual floods.

Selket is a Goddess of Life and Death. She is linked to both death and birth. Together with Isis, Nephthys and Neith She was one of the four Guardians of the canopic jars that contained the vital organs needed for the afterlife. She is Protectress of the Dead.

Selket is also the Goddess of Childbirth and Nursing. In order to protect Isis and Horus She sent out seven scorpions.

Selket is linked to snakes. She is Goddess of all venomous creatures and Protectress from poisonous stings and bites. All thoughout the ages poisonous animals have been linked to magic and prophesy.

Her name means both “She Who Tightens the Throat” and “She who Causes to Breathe”. Another of Her titles refer to Her role as Guardian of the Dead: She is “Lady of the Beautiful [embalming] Tent”.

All three images – the bird, the snake and the scorpion – are closely connected to the Goddess, especially in Her aspect as the Dark Mother: She who receives us back into Her Dark Womb to restore and regenerate us and to birth us again in renewed form. She is the Goddess of Transformation, the Goddess of Endings and New Beginnings.

Scorpio’s Traits and Characteristics

Scorpios are intense people who thanks to their watery nature have great depth of emotions. They are private people who are proud and fiercely independent. Scorpios have an iron will and refuse to be dominated at all costs. They are passionate and loyal. Scorpios are intuitive and empathetic. Sharp and observant, they can read both people and situations very well.

Throughout Scorpio’s life run three main themes: secrets, death and sex.

Scorpios are private and secretive by nature. They like to keep their “true” selves to themselves and don’t wear their hearts on their sleeves. They are inherenly drawn to all things secret and hidden. Scorpios are famous for their ability to uncover all sorts of mysteries. They are relentless and tenacious and won’t give up until they’ve got to the bottom of something. Being secretive themselves they may or may not share their findings. Scorpios are often attracted to esoteric and occult subjects, but also make great detectives and psychologists.

Death is another recurrent theme in Scorpio’s life. Rather than shying away from the subject many have a deep attraction to it and an understanding often far beyond their years. Being insightful, understanding and compassionate Scorpios make excellent therapists and grief councillors.

Scorpios are very sexual beings who form deep emotional attachments to their chosen mate. They are possessive and passionate and prefer long-term relationships to short flings.

In summary Scorpion women (and men) are:

– proud
– independent (will not be dominated or controlled)
– dignified
– strong willed
– strong minded (psychologically & emotionally)
– principled
– self-critical
– courageous
– unflinching

– passionate
– intense
– magnetic
– sexual
– poweful
– mysterious
– with great stamina

– secretive
– private
– deep
– introverted
– with cool and subtle intellect
– self-controlled

– wise
– intuitive
– insightful
– observant
– sharp
– investigative
– penetrating

– transforming

– enduring
– loyal
– tenacious
– possessive
– committed

– affectionate
– emotional
– empathetic
– compassionate

– if injured can have quite a sting

– drawn to “death”
– drawn to mysteries
– drawn to taboo subjects

Scorpio is a fixed Water sign that is ruled by Medusa, the Dark Goddess of Transformation, Queen of the Shadow Self. It is co-ruled by Pele, Goddess of Drive, Passion and Courage.

Scorpio is associated with red, the colour of life and menstrual blood, and black, the colour of magic, mystery, death, transformation and regeneration.

Within the body Scorpio is linked to the reproductive organs – genitals – and the excretory organs – bladder and rectum.

Scorpio qualities are most prominent when the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant (Rising Sign) are in the sign of the Scorpion.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stacey
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 01:13:26

    I have enjoyed your very unique site here. I was looking up Medusa, for no known reason and came upon your link. Then looked up Scorpio, only to find you have Medusa and Pluto ruling Scorpio. I don’t consider myself a feminist, but have enjoyed the information you have brought forth. I have heard that this 2012 shift is about a feminine, softer and more nurturing phase. I wish you well and thanks for an interesting read.


    • Silvestra
      Oct 28, 2012 @ 15:56:30

      Thank you so much for your kind words! With all my heart I hope that what you’ve heard for our future will come true. All the very best to you, too. Silvestra


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  3. aratrikasaha
    Jul 31, 2014 @ 18:39:29

    medusa! really?


  4. thesorciere
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 14:11:43

    A very interesting and insightful essay! Thank you for tying a few things together and bringing this to my attention, it all makes sense now!


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