Meaningful Scorpion Tattoo Ideas
Symbolic Scorpion Tattoo Ideas
If you're zealous about researching scorpion tattoo ideas to your own personal satisfaction, you're going to run into sources touting scorpion tattoos as representations of dark traits like death, darkness or treachery. If you want more of those kinds of meanings for scorpion tattoos, you can look elsewhere.
I'm not of the same mind, because I don't believe in death. Rather, we can look at the death-theme associated with the scorpion as a time of transition from one phase of life into another.
In this way, the scorpion tattoo can be a symbol of freedom from limiting beliefs about death.
The Egyptians were big on one life ending as a means to begin another life in the Afterworld. And the scorpion was a powerful guardian to the ancient Egyptians and their concept of life-after-life.
In fact, the scorpion was an attribute of the goddess Selket who was a guardian of transitioning souls. Selket also protected canopic jars and various rituals of the mummification process that insured transition from one life to the next.
This makes the scorpion a powerful guardian of soul-evolution. - A protector of different kinds of life. It also makes the scorpion a symbolic sentinel of the mysteries of the Afterworld.
In African aboriginal lore, the scorpion is associated with life and so-called death too. The sting of a scorpion is said to have intense healing qualities and so this creature was greatly honored. It was both highly respected because one sting could also prove lethal.
Scorpion stings can also trigger hallucinogenic effects and so the theme of transition continues. In this light, the scorpion (sting) is a catalyst for reaching altered states of consciousness. This puts scorpion tattoos in the psychedelic category - a message of limitless perception. It's also a shamanic creature due to its hallucination-sparking stings as shamans could utilize their venom for spirit journeying.
The scorpion is a master at survival. It takes advantage of every opportunity for the sake of its existence as many kinds of scorpions live in brutally harsh environments. This makes the scorpion a symbol of victory over adversity.
Scorpions are also associated with the sun. Therefore, scorpion tattoos will have sun-like qualities including: Energy, Vitality, Clarity, Focus and Radiance.
The scorpion is a representation of the zodiac sign of Scorpio, and in this context a scorpion tattoo will convey attributes of: Boldness, Dynamism, Mystical Power, Secretiveness and Seduction.
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I hope these scorpion meanings offered some kindling for your creative flames when considering scorpion tattoo ideas. I've written more about scorpion symbolism here. Check out more related links at the end of this page. Oh, and thanks to Techuser at Flickr for the Scorpion image at the top of this page.:
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