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Monday, November 5, 2012

Scorpio men: Guarded and guarding

When most modern people talk about Scorpio men, they are referring to human males who were born in late October or early to mid-November.

According to, this human version of Scorpio can make his partner either feel divine or like yesterday's news.  He can be very sexual and passionate, but can also suddenly withdraw.  His sensitive nature, jealousy, defensiveness, and anger can make close relationships a challenge.  On the other hand, he can be extremely loyal and eager to please (as long as he feels in control).

Human relationships with scorpions of the animal kingdom are also fraught with double-edged possibilities.  Wikipedia reports that "all known scorpion species possess venom and use it primarily to kill or paralyze their prey..."  Although only 25 of the thousand-plus scorpion species possess venom that kills people, any scorpion sting can pierce human skin with unpleasant consequences.  Nevertheless, there have been some favorable human/scorpion relationships throughout the ages.  For example, Muslims have sometimes portrayed scorpions as a protective force that can counteract evil.  Ancient Egyptians depicted their goddess Serket as a scorpion and believed that she protected pharoahs and the dead.        
Perhaps the most famous examples of scorpion/human relationships are the Scorpion men.  These hybrid beings (upper half human male, and lower half scorpion) populate such Akkadian-language tales as "the Enuma Elish and the Babylonian version of the Epic of Gilgamesh."  Wikipedia explains that in the latter epic "they stood guard outside the gates of the sun god Shamash..."  One of their functions was to usher Shamash out of the darkness each morning, and back into the darkness again each evening (making Scorpio's dual nature once again quite evident).


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