Scorpio in the Ancient Zodiac

Scorpio is the third constellation of the zodiac and is the image of a venomous scorpion.  It is also associated with the smaller constellations (Decans) Ophiucus, Serpens and Corona Borealis. In today’s horoscope if you are born between October 24 and November 22 you are a Scorpio.  In this modern horoscope reading of the zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Scorpio to find love, good luck and health and gain insight on your personality.

Where did Scorpio Originate?

But was it read this way at its beginning?  Here is a picture of the stars that form Scorpio.  Can you see a scorpion in this photo of the stars?  You’d need a lot of imagination! 

Photo of the Scorpio stars. Can you see a scorpion here?

In fact, even if we connect the stars in ‘Scorpio’ with lines it is still hard to ‘see’ the scorpion.  But this sign goes back as far as we know in human history. 

Scorpio constellation connected by lines. The raised tail is clear. But how do you know it is a scorpion and not a hook?

Here is the zodiac in the Dendera Temple of Egypt, more than 2000 years old.  The image of the scorpion in this zodiac is circled in red.

Scorpio in the Ancient Egyptian Dendera Zodiac

Here is a photo of a National Geographic poster of the zodiac, also showing Scorpio as seen in the Southern Hemisphere.  Even though the stars that form Scorpio are connected with lines in this diagram made to show us the zodiac constellations, it is still hard to ‘see’ a scorpion in this star constellation.

Scorpio outlined in a National Geographic Zodiac Poster

As with the other constellations, the Scorpio constellation of a scorpion ready to strike was not created from the stars themselves. Rather, the idea of the striking scorpion came first. This idea was then overlaid in early astrology onto the stars as a recurring sign. The ancients could point out Scorpio to their children and tell them the story associated with it.

The Ancient Zodiac Story

The Zodiac constellations together form a Story – an astrological story written with the stars.  The Sign of Scorpio is the third chapter of twelve. We saw in the first chapter (Virgo) that the Quran and the Bible state that Allah made the constellations. So the Story is His and was given at the beginning of human history. It is this Astrology story that the first humans read in what we now know as the zodiac.

The original zodiac was not a horoscope to guide your daily decisions to good luck, health, love and fortune based on the date of your birth and the movement of the planets.  It was a guide by Allah to show us the Straight Way and was recorded with the zodiac constellations so they could be seen and remembered by people every night.  The Story started with the promise of the seed of the Virgin, given in the constellation Virgo.  It continued with the weighing scales of Libra, showing us that our balance of deeds are too light for the Kingdom of Heaven. A price must be paid to redeem our light deeds. 

Scorpio in the Ancient Zodiac Story

But who is it demanding this payment?  Scorpio shows who it is, and reveals the heavenly conflict between the Seed of Virgo and the scorpion.  To understand this conflict we must see Scorpio along with its Decan (an accompanying constellation that is connected to the main constellation) Ophiuchus.

Scorpio and Ophiuchus constellations, 19th century artwork. Artwork from the 1886 ninth edition of Moses and Geology (Samuel Kinns, London). Published in 1882.

The constellation pictures a gigantic scorpion (Scorpio) trying to sting a mighty man (Ophiuchus) in the heel, while Ophiuchus is trampling on the scorpion while at the same time wrestling a coiled serpent.  This gigantic scorpion has its tail uplifted in anger, ready to wound and strike the man’s foot.  This sign helps us understand that this conflict is to-the-death.  In Scorpio we begin to learn the nature of the price to ransom us from Libra, the scales of justice.  Scorpio and the Serpent (Serpens) are two images of the same adversary – Shaytan.

This sign in the stars repeats the promise given as a Sign to Hazrat Adam in the garden of Paradise and recorded in the Taurat when the LORD told Shaytan (in the form of a serpent) concerning the Seed of Virgo

 “… you will strike his heel and he will crush your head”

(Genesis 3:15)

The scorpion struck the heel when the prophet Isa al Masih PBUH was crucified on the cross, but the scorpion suffered mortal defeat when the prophet rose from death three days later.  This was foretold long before in astrology through the constellations Scorpio, Ophiucus and Serpens by the One who made the stars and arranged them in the heavens. 

Conflict with Scorpio remembered by others

This promised conflict that began in the Garden and reached its climax on the cross was remembered by many ancient cultures.

2200 BCE Babylonian seal in British Museum. Shows temptation of Adam & Eve
The serpent is crushed in the head in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

These two images show how both the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians had memories of Adam and Eve in Paradise and also the promise that the head of the serpent would be crushed. The ancient Greeks remembered this through Scorpio.

…you can trace the starlit Ophiuchus himself: so brightly set beneath his head appear his gleaming shoulders. … his hands … firmly clutch the Serpent, which encircles the waist of Ophiuchus, but he, steadfast with both his feet well set, tramples a huge monster, even the Scorpion, standing upright on his eye and breast.

Aratus quoting Exodus 4th Century BCE Greek poet

Serpens and the Crown – Corona Borealis

The third Decan Constellation associated with Scorpio is Corona Borealis – a crown placed above Ophiuchus and Serpens. Here is a typical astrological image of the three Scorpio decans shown together.

Ophiuchus and Serpens eyeing Corona Borealis – The Crown

You can see that both Ophiucus and Serpens are looking at The Crown. This is the constellation known as Corona Borealis. In fact, these two are battling for this Crown and we can see that Serpens is trying to grasp Corona Borealis.

The Serpent (Serpens) constellation up close – reaching for the Crown – Corona Borealis

Serpens is striving to lay hold of the Crown. This illustrates the nature of the conflict between the two. This is not only to be a conflict-to-the-death, but it is also a struggle for rule and dominion. The Serpent and Ophiucus battle to determine who will have the Crown.

Scorpio – A Story for you and me

Scorpio is for all people, not just for those born between October 24-November 22.  Scorpio is not a guide to more wealth or love, but from ancient times was an astrological illustration placed in the stars for you and me to know what great lengths our Creator would go to in order to redeem us from our light deeds – that it would involve a great struggle to the death – and for the right to rule. This is actually the meaning of ‘Masih’.

Your Scorpio Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

Since Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and the Prophetic writings mark many important hours for us, we can note their Scorpio ‘hour’. The Scorpio horo reading is

31 Now is the hour (horo) for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me

John 12:31-33, 14:30

In stating that ‘Now is the hour’ the Prophet marks a special ‘horo’ for us.  Scorpio tells us that there is a conflict over who will rule the crown.  Thus Isa al Masih calls Shaytan the ‘prince of this world’ and at that hour he was coming to meet him in conflict.  Shaytan has a hold over everyone of us since our balance of deeds is light.  But Isa al Masih said confidently that he had ‘no hold over me’ meaning that the power of sin and death had no hold over him.  That horo would test this statement as these two adversaries confronted each other.

You and I can apply the Scorpio horoscope reading today with the following guidance. 

Sorpio tells us that you have to serve somebody.  Someone has the claim to the crown of your heart.  It is not a lover, spouse or relationship that has the ultimate claim to the crown of your heart.  It is either the ‘prince of this world’ or the ‘masih’ – the one who will rule the Kingdom of God.  Take stock now of who wears your crown.  If you live to save your own life then you have given your crown to the ‘prince of this world’ and you will lose your life.  Since his traits are to kill, steal and destroy, he is not compatible for you if he has your crown. Examine yourself to see if you need to ‘repent’ as the Prophet Yahya so clearly taught.  You can find some good examples to get a better idea of what this means.  It is not the planets but your heart that will determine the outcome for you.  Good examples to follow are not holy saints but ordinary people with regular traits who repented.  Repentance can be done any day of the week and probably to turn it into a habit should be done on a daily basis.

The story of the struggle between the two great adversaries is not finished.  It continues with Sagittarius. (or understand it from the beginning with Virgo)

To go deeper in the written story of Scorpio see:

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