Did you know that the zodiac sign of Scorpio is represented not only by the iconic scorpion but also the mighty eagle and the phoenix of ancient mythology? Known as 'the three totems of Scorpio', these symbols show the transformative power of this deeply passionate sign.
Ruled by Mars and Pluto, Scorpios are known for intensity, determination and powerful emotions often hidden behind a calm or seemingly detached exterior. The scorpion itself can survive being buried for months at a time, demonstrating Scorpio's depths, deep-seated will to survive and capacity to pull through any challenge.
The infamous Scorpio sting provides this sign with a means of defence, protecting their emotional privacy, and guarding them from the subtleties of the outer environment often missed by other zodiac signs.
It's said that the eagle represents the next evolutionary step of the journey. Still carrying the Scorpion's shrewd insight and ability to strike at a moment's notice, yet now soaring high above the Earth bringing a new level of self-mastery and freedom. The Eagle can be seen representing Scorpio and the element of water in the Rider Waite Tarot World card.
Eagles are widespread in mythology and often appear as the bird of the gods or as a link between the heavens and mankind. In ancient Rome when an emperor died, his body was set alight in a funeral pyre and an eagle was released above the ashes, carrying his soul to the heavens.
From the depths of the human psyche to soaring with a higher level of awareness, we now reach the final stage of Scorpio's transformation with the phoenix totem. The ultimate alchemist, the mythological phoenix appears in many forms across many cultures throughout history, imparting on us its power, its endurance and its ability to transcend through complete metamorphosis.
"When it feels its end approaching, it builds a nest with the finest aromatic woods, sets it on fire, and is consumed by the flames. From the pile of ashes, a new phoenix arises, young and powerful". Tina Garvel, The Phoenix in Egyptian, Arabic and Greek Mythology.
The ultimate metaphor for the cycle of life, death and rebirth, Scorpio shows us the path of creation, destruction and renewal.