Scorpio Quote Of The Day

Oct 30, 2008

Palazzo Ducale, Venice

Scorpio sign appears on a marble capital along with the planet Mars and Aries sign at the Palazzo Ducale (1309 to 1424) in Venice:

Picture is cropped from Wikimedia commons entry: Category:Capitals in the Doge's Palace (Venice) - 18  - uploaded by Giovanni Dall'Orto

Bhima River is Connected to Scorpio

The Twelve important Indian Rivers are connected to the Zodiac Signs:

Ganges is connected to Aries; Reva river is connected to Taurus; Saraswati is connected to Gemini; Yamuna is connected to Cancer; Godavari is connected to Leo; Krishna is connected to Virgo; Kaveri is connected to Libra; Bhima River is connected to Scorpio; Radhya Saga is connected to Sagittarius; Tungabhadra is connected to Capricorn; Indus is connected to Aquarius; Pranahitha is connected to Pisces;

Pushkaram is a celebration near each river once in every 12 years. Millions of people participate in each Pushkaram, taking a dip in the river in order to purify physically and mentally.

Oct 29, 2008

14th century Arab Illustration

Scorpio sign appears on a 14th century C.E. illustration from an Arabic manuscript , which is dedicated to astrology, astronomy and geomancy and which was compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani

I copied this image was from Wikimedia Commons, entry: Category: Kitab al-Bulhan; uploaded by: “Peacay”.  

The Farnese Atlas

Scorpio sign is covered by the left hand of Atlas, but all the other signs appear clearly on the Farnese Atlas, which is kept at the Museo Archaeologico Nazionale in Naples, Italy. It is a Roman marble statue depicting 41 ancient Greek constellations, which are shown in relief. The diameter of the globe is 65 cm. Art historians date the statue to the second century C.E., but actually it is a Roman copy from a much earlier Greek original. 

Image was copied from Wikipedia entry Farnese Atlas Uploaded by Gssq 

Oct 27, 2008

Scorpio Sign - Origin

Even though astrology/astronomy started in the Near East (Sumer, Babylon, Egypt) the signs of the zodiac as we use them today find their complete explanation in the context of Greek mythology. An excellent website brings a few versions of the same basic story. Here's the story that appears in the 1st century C.E. book titled Catasterismi (Greek: placing among the stars), which is a collection of ancient Hellenistic sources. In The Astronomy Fragment 4 there, which was translated by Evelyn-White, Greek poet Hesiod (from the 8th century B.C.E.) is quoted as saying that:

Orion went away to Crete and spent his time hunting in company with Artemis and Leto. It seems that he threatened to kill every beast, there was on earth; whereupon, in her anger, Ge (the Earth) sent up against him a Scorpion of very great size by which he was stung and so perished. After this Zeus, at the prayer of Artemis and Leto, put him among the stars, because of his manliness, and the Scorpion also as a memorial of him and of what had occurred.

Other sources add that this story about the enmity between Scorpion and Orion explains why they are never seen in the sky at the same time: one of them sets as the other rises.

Oct 22, 2008

Sign and Date

Colorful Scorpio Sign and date picture is courtesy of “kptattoo” from Flickr

Tattooing the sign alone is like giving away your ID number, adding the date (for those who know some astrology) is like giving away your ID card!

Calf Tattoo

Scorpio glyph calf tattoo picture is courtesy of “neilkod” from Flickr

Oct 21, 2008

Roman Mosaic

Scorpio sign appears on a Roman Mosaic from the third century C.E., which is showed now at the Bardo Museum in Tunis.

To the best of my knowledge this is the only Roman Mosaic that contains both the zodiac signs and the hexagram.

Copyright: AntonioR [from Flickr] 2008

Oct 19, 2008

Armenian Silver Zodiac Coin

Scorpio sign and glyph appear on a Silver Zodiac Coin, which was issued by Armenia in 2007

Design: U. Walerzak

Cook-Island Coin

Scorpio Sign and glyph appear on an Elizabeth II Coin issued in Cook-Islands in 1977 along with the 11 other astrological signs of the zodiac

French President 1890-1970

Scorpio is De Gaulle’s Zodiacal Sign. This stamp belongs to series with famous people and their astrological Signs, which was issued by Fujeira in 15 March 1973. 

Israeli Art

Unproportionally big Scorpio Sign

Hebrew word on top means Scorpio

Design: Sabina Saad from Israel

Copyright: Sabina Saad 2008

Oct 16, 2008


Silver necklace with Scorpio glyph made by C. Lago. Picture is courtesy of "ametistagirl" from Flickr 

Glyphs (Internationally known hieroglyphics / symbols used in Western astrology to represent the 12 signs of the Zodiac) are a surprisingly late astrological development- they were used for the first time only circa 10th century C.E.:

Aries: curved horns of the ram or the letter T

Taurus: circle with horns on top

Gemini: like the roman symbol for the 2 (II)

Cancer: like 69 (horizontal)

Leo: small circle connected to lion’s tail

Virgo: looks like the letter M plus the letter V

Libra: pair of scales

Scorpio: looks like the letter M with an erect tail

Sagittarius: looks like an arrow aiming upward

Capricorn: curved tail of a fish or first two letters in the Greek word tragos, which means "goat."

(Source: The Alpha and the Omega by Jim A. Cornwell)

Aquarius: two zigzags one above the other - looks like water

Pisces: back-to-back half circles connected by an horizontal line in the middle


14th century Scorpio sign from Italy, Milan-Duomo (Cathedral), where at midday, a ray of sun hits the right zodiacal sign.

Picture is courtesy of from Flickr.

Oct 15, 2008

Maldive Islands

Scorpio sign glyph and constellation appear on a 1974 postage stamp among other Signs of the Zodiac in a series issued by Maldive Islands, which are located in the Indian Ocean. 

Frightening Shadow

Picture of “Rainbow Scorpion” is courtesy of Adelaide Archivist from Flickr. It is made by Anthea
from so colorful crystal beads that it makes one forget the real-life creature (eventhough the shadow is still frightening).

The Names of the Zodiac Signs

On this postage stamp, which was issued in Greece in 2007, we see Scorpio constellation sign and glyph.

According to the dictionary most of the zodiac sign names date to 1350–1400 Middle English and are based on Latin

Aries - the Ram

Taurus - the Bull

Gemini- the Twins

Cancer – the Crab; : cancr-, akin to Greek karkínos, crab

Leo the Lion

Virgo, the Virgin, maiden (before 1000; Middle English)

Scorpio - the Scorpion

Libra- the Balance, pair of scales

Sagittarius- the Archer, from sagitta: arrow

Capricorn, the Goat; caper, goat + cornu, horn

Aquarius- the Water carrier, from aqua, water

Pisces the Fishes - from  pisces, plural of piscis, fish

Foot Tattoo

Scorpio Sign Tattoo on the foot 

Choosing the skin of the foot as a canvas for this design is cool – people might warn you that there’s a scorpion on your foot:)

Picture is courtesy of “echelonAng3L” from Flickr.


Picture of Scorpio Sign sketch is courtesy of Scurzuzu from Flickr. It looks as if this Scorpio is wearing sunglasses. 

Oct 14, 2008

Palermo, Sicily

Scorpio sign in Palermo Sicily Cathedral as part of 1690 meridian line and solar calendar (heliometer).  Above there’s a small hole in the roof.  on midsummer's day the light from the hole falls on Cancer and six months' later on Capricorn. Picture is courtesy of maha-online from Flickr.

Oct 12, 2008

Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Scorpio sign medallion on the floor of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. -picture is courtesy of Marjorie Lipan

Oct 6, 2008

Antikythera Zodiac

The most surprising Antikythera mechanism (no one expected that the Greeks could build such a complicated device so early) was discovered in a ship wreck near the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901 and is dated to about 150–100 B.C.E. It is kept in Athens at the National Archaeological Museum.

The front dial has a scale with the 365 days, which surrounds a scale with the Greek signs of the Zodiac.

Picture is copied from Wikimedia entry Antikythera uploaded by Marsyas.

Oct 5, 2008

Inner Spiritual Astrology

San Marino stamp with Scorpio sign glyph and constellation

R.S.W.Bobbette wrote in 1997 in her article Introductory Essays On Rudolf Steiner's Star-Knowledge that Steiner claimed

  1. That the 12 levels of consciousness were related to the 12 zodiacal signs.
  2. That the 12 zodiacal signs are characterized and drawn as the heavenly clock.

An example of Rudolf Steiner's 12 levels of consciousness is given in another article by Philosophy of Freedom where we see a diagram that attaches

Aries to Idealism

Taurus to Rationalism

Gemini to Mathematism

Cancer to Materialism

Leo to Sensationalism

Virgo to Phenomenalism

Scorpio to Dynamism [which explains the material world in terms of active forces, in contrast to the passive view of matter in philosophical mechanism]

Libra to Realism

Sagittarius to Monadism [of Gottfried Leibniz]

Capricorn to Spiritism [séances]

Aquarius to Pneumatism

Pisces to Psychism [The doctrine of Quesne]

The author of this article claims that the basis for his diagram is found in the fourth lecture of Human and Cosmic Thought where Rudolf Steiner speaks of an inner Spiritual Astrology.

Oct 4, 2008

Six Hexagrams, Twelve Zodiacal Signs

Six hexagrams, a telescope along with the zodiacal signs and glyphs appear on a mosaic ceiling at Greenwich Town Hall, London, England, above the main door. It is not clear why the hexagrams were introduced in this context and why six. I guess it has to do with the influence of alchemy. Anyhow it’s a nice contribution to my new research about the hexagram and the Zodiac

The Scorpio sign is the second from the bottom on the left column.

Picture is courtesy of a2d

Hexagram and Zodiac, Togo

Scorpio sign and a few other zodiacal signs and a hexagram appear on this Togo Postage Stamp, which was issued in 1973 to commemorate 500 years since Nicolaus Copernicus. 

The connection between the zodiac and the six-pointed star is the subject of my new research.

Photo is courtesy of Dobush from Kfar Aza, Israel.

Oct 2, 2008

Elegant Ring

Scorpio sign on an elegant ring

Picture is courtesy of “gizzmo2z

I’m searching for similar pictures of rings of the other zodiacal signs. In case you have one don’t hesitate to send it to me.

Prometheus Statue by Paul Manship

Scorpio sign  and glyph (along with Leo Virgo and Sagittarius) are seen in this picture of Paul Manship’s (1885 - 1966) Prometheus sculpture, which was created in 1934  at the Rockefeller Center in New York.  

Courtesy of “wallyg”. 

Zoom in by clicking the “all sizes command above the picture in Flickr.

Oct 1, 2008

The Council of Twelve

The design of Merréll O'Brian's book cover shows that there is a connection between the zodiac and the six-pointed star. this is also the subject of my research.

Merréll O'Brian designed the Zodiac signs, each on a separate Star of David, on the cover of his book The Council of Twelve. He wrote to me that

The Council of Twelve has been in existence for 26000 years since The Creator placed Adam, Aries,"the First" as a high priest of the tribes; Adam created with the sun and moon…