THE HISTORY OF SCORPIO
The astrological sign of Scorpio does not coincide with the constellation of Scorpius. In the zodiac, this sign is located between Libra and Sagittarius, taking the eighth 30 degrees on the zodiacal circle. Scorpio is a fixed sign that comes after the autumn has begun in Libra. From a point of Libra’s fallen Sun and the darkness that has come, the end of life as we knew it since the spring, Scorpio is the fixed quality of this change. This is exactly why we observe it as a sign of death. As opposing to Taurus in which everything blossoms through the stable phase of spring, in Scorpio everything dies down, falls asleep and nature ends one cycle to enter the cold winter.
To understand the significance of this constellation, we have to be aware of the fact that the claws of this scorpion represent the constellation of Libra. The name Scorpius speaks of one specific scorpion, rather than a creature itself, pointing to the specific nature of the sign, too. This constellation has been recognized by the Babylonians, just like many other constellations, and its name from that time can literally be translated as “the creature with the burning sting.”
The biggest star in the constellation of Scorpius is Antares, also known as “the rival of Mars” because of its reddish color. It represents the heart of the scorpion and it is one of the four royal stars, known as the Guardian of the West, which connects it to all western locations on the map of the world.