Crabby little Sea Scorpion

Polish artist Marcin Nagraba in his interpretation of ‘The Moon_ Tarot card. Costume designed by Agnieszka Osipa.

By Phoenix the Elder – My apprentice Burnt Stone and I were talking again about the Cancer symbol of the Lobster looking Scorpion. In antiquity, the symbol was not the Crab for the sign of Cancer, it was the “Sea Scorpion” and this is why some of the old Zodiac and Esoteric work features the Lobster looking Scorpion, associated with the Moon (Cancer rules the Moon).

This symbol reveals the connection of Cancer to all water signs, the next water sign of Scorpio (Scorpion symbol), and since the moon rules the tides of the ocean, it connects to the third water sign of Pisces (fish), which rules the oceans.

Burnt Stone shared: Akrabh or acrab (a-crab), is the Hebrew word for Scorpion. That scorpions were “engendered” from crabs (a belief in classical times): Ovid (Metamorphoses, 1st century CE, 15, 369-371) wrote:

Christian DIor 2009“If you remove the hollow claws of land-crabs, and put the rest under the soil, a scorpion, with its curved and threatening tail, will emerge from the parts interred”

The first Scorpions are believed to have evolved from the Eurypteridae or Water Scorpions 425 to 450 million years ago in the Silurian Period. Sea Scorpions might have been the first animals to move onto land making scorpions one of the pioneers of terrestrial life.

They would have needed to be able to withstand the strong ultraviolet rays before the ozone layer buildup, scorpions fluoresce under ultraviolet light.


Art: Polish artist Marcin Nagraba and his Tarot card: The Moon, costume designed by Agnieszka Osipa;

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