Symbolic Scorpion Meanings
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meaningful Scorpion tattoo ideas

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, because energy cannot be destroyed. So, I perceive 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.

Some keywords to consider in connection with your research about symbolic scorpion tattoo ideas...

Symbolic Scorpion Meanings

  • Power
  • Energy
  • Stealth
  • Warning
  • Mystery
  • Healing
  • Strategy
  • Survival
  • Protection
  • Rebellion
  • Attachment
  • Aggression
  • Retaliation
  • Transition
  • Calculated
  • Mysticism
  • Resilience
  • Guardianship
  • Self-defense
  • Altered perception

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 tattoo meaning

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.

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.:

An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.

This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."

Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)

As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!


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