General - An arachnid with a sting in its tail; (1) In Babylonian lore the scorpion appears as Scorpion Man. (2) In Egypt the scorpion was regarded as the personification of Serket and was sacred to Isis. (3) In Greece, a scorpion was sent by Artemis or Gaea to kill Orion, who had boasted that he could kill any animal, and was set in the heavens as the constellation Scorpio as a reward. It was said that oil extracted from a scorpion acted as an antidote to the poison from its sting. (4) The Hebrews regarded the scorpion as a symbol of evil. (5) In Persia this animal represents autumn and decay. Mithra is depicted as a bull, the strength of life, in summer and the scorpion nibbles away at the bull's testicles representing the fading of summer and the onset of autumn. (6) In Toltec lore, the god Yappon and his wife Tlahuitzin were both turned into scorpions when they were killed by Yaotl. In some accounts, called scorpion, Scorpio, Scorpio, Scorpion, Scorpion, Akkadian Girtab, Arab Aqrab or Hebrew Akrabh.

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