Scorpius, also known as "Scorpio" in Western astrology, is a zodiac constellation located between Libra to the west and Sagittarius to the east. It is a prominent constellation in the southern hemisphere, near the center of the Milky Way.
Scorpius is a stunning constellation with many bright, twinkling stars illuminating the night sky. Among its many celestial gems lies Antares, a brilliant red supergiant star. Positioned along the Milky Way, Scorpius boasts a plethora of deep sky objects, including the Butterfly Cluster, also known as M6, a breathtaking open cluster that dazzles with its beauty.
In Greek mythology, the constellation Scorpius represents the scorpion sent by the goddess Gaia, or possibly by Hera, to kill the famous hunter Orion. According to the myth, the scorpion emerged from the ground at the goddess's command and attacked Orion. Interestingly, although Orion and Scorpius are part of the same myth, they are almost directly opposite in the night sky. This was believed to be a divine measure to prevent further conflict between the two constellations.
Scorpius is also mentioned in the fable of Phaethon, a mortal who was granted permission to drive Apollo's sun-chariot for a day. In one story, the horses pulling the chariot became uncontrollable during their journey through the sky. They encountered the massive celestial scorpion with its sting raised to strike, which frightened them even more. As a result, the inexperienced boy lost control of the sun, causing it to move erratically across the sky. Jupiter ultimately had to intervene by striking Phaethon down with a thunderbolt to prevent further chaos.
The constellation Scorpio is associated with the astrological sign Scorpio, which spans from October 23 to November 21. In some cosmologies, Scorpio is classified as a Water Sign, Cancer, and Pisces due to its association with the classical element Water. Taurus is Scorpio's polar opposite. Scorpio is a Fixed Water sign, meaning it resembles ice. Planets in Scorpio may not reveal much on the surface, but much more is happening beneath the surface, like an iceberg. Scorpio experiences emotions at a deeper level than any other sign. It is the eighth stage in the zodiac's evolutionary process, and it is the first time we can encounter and experience the death of the ego.