Sign of Scorpius
Scorpions and Snakes
Victory Over Snakes and Scorpions
Attack of Scorpius
Sun in Scorpius
Star Gospel Nearby Constellations

Sign of Scorpius Scorpius

Scorpius, the Scorpion, symbolizes Satan, the enemy of God and the believer.  Satan was the enemy of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union, who inspired the Crucifixion (Jn 13:2, 27), but was defeated at the Cross (Jn 3:14-15, 12:31-32, 16:11).  The scorpion (Dt 8:15; Ezek 2:6; Lk 10:19; 11:12) is a desert creature, as is the snake, which also symbolizes Satan.
“He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the flinty rock. (Deuteronomy 8:15)
Snakes and scorpions, the symbols of Satan, were the enemies of Israel.  "Fiery serpents" is the Hebrew nachash, serpent, and saraph, meaning burning, fiery, or serpent.  The two words together mean literally burning snakes, which were so called for their inflammatory bite, filled with heat and poison.

The constellation, Scorpius, is near other snake symbols.  It is near the constellation Serpens, the Serpent, and Ophiuchus, the Snake Holder.  Since both snakes and scorpions are symbols of Satan, the sign of Scorpius applies to both.  Therefore, scripture for snakes as well as scorpions will be examined in the study of Scorpius.

The scorpion is also a symbol of the Centaur demon assault army of Abaddon (Rev 9:3, 5, 10), which, of course, is from Satan.

Scorpions and Snakes

The serpent in the Garden was indwelt by Satan, and, thus, became a symbol of Satan (Gen. 3:1; 2 Cor 11:3; Rev 12:9, 14; 20:2).
Now the serpent was more crafty than any animal of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Is it really true that God has said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the Garden?'" (Genesis 3:1)
Here the word, "serpent," is the Hebrew vj^n*, (nachash), which is onomatopoeic, for the hissing of a snake.  In the Adamic Covenant, the Lord pronounced a curse on the serpent, and it was forced to crawl on its belly (Gen. 3:14).  Then the Lord foretold the conflict with the enemy, Satan, and the victory of the cross.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall crush your head,
And you shall crush his heel. (Genesis 3:15)
The "enmity" is between the woman's offspring and Satan's.  "Your seed" is the seed of Satan, which is his future followers (Matt. 23:33; John 8:44; 1 John 3:8).  "Her seed" refers to Jesus Christ, born of a virgin (Gal 3:16).  "He shall crush your head" refers to Jesus Christ defeating Satan.  Snakes must be killed by crushing their heads.  "And you shall crush his heel" refers to Satan's attack of Jesus Christ in sending him to the Cross.  Snakes strike the heel and below the knee.  This foretells the future conflict of Jesus Christ and his followers against Satan and his followers.

Bronze SerpentWhen "fiery serpents" in the desert (Num 21:6; Deut 8:15) bit the children of Israel, the victims could be healed by looking upon a brass serpent on a pole.  The brass serpent (Num 21:6-9), which was raised aloft, was a type of Jesus Christ (Jn 3:14).  This was similar to the "flying dragon," which symbolized the Messiah (Isa 14:29).  However, the "flying dragon" also symbolized Satan (Isa 30:6), and Satan as Beelzebub, lord of the flies (2 Ki 18:4).

Victory Over Snakes and Scorpions

The Lord Jesus Christ gave his disciples "the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy" (Luke 10:19).   This corresponds to crushing the head of the serpent (Gen 3:15) and the victory of the Cross.  Thus, Scorpius symbolizes the enemy attack of Satan, but it also symbolizes the victory of the Cross.  The Greek word for serpent is  o[fi" (ophis), which is also used in the Septuagint for the serpent in the Garden (Gen 3:1), the fiery serpents (Deut. 8:15), and the brass serpent in the desert (Num 21:6-9).  The serpent raised aloft symbolizes Jesus Christ (John 3:14).

Attack of Scorpius

Satan, the serpent of old, is the enemy who attacks the believer.
But I am afraid, lest as the serpent completely deceived Eve by his craftiness, your thoughts should be led astray from noble simplicity and purity toward Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Satan has organized a Cosmic System to deceive and distract the believer from the Spiritual life.  The whole world lies under his power.  He has a vast army of demons to spread his lies.  He has attacked every institution of man, including the Church.  He has a counterfeit gospel and a counterfeit spirituality, apart from Grace, which most Christians have accepted.

Satan's attacks are very much like the attack of the woman in the Garden.  He converts women into the Prostitute of Babylon and men into the Evil King.  Then he influences them to do his bidding.  He steals Bible Doctrine from the hearts of men (Matt 13:19).  And he inspires Evil Kings to try to conquer the world and usher in a false millennium without Israel and the Church and without fulfilling the unconditional covenants to Israel.  He seeks to destroy the Divine Institution of Marriage and Israel.

Satan will fall in the Tribulation, which will lead to his doom at the Second Advent (Rev 12:9, 14).  He will be incarcerated for a thousand years during the Millennium, so there can be peace on Earth (Rev 20:2-3).


Scorpius, the Scorpion, is Latin, from Greek skorpios.  The Hebrew word for scorpion (from Arabic), br*q+u^(`aqerab), appears to be blended from the Hebrew rq^u*  (`aqar), to wound, and the Hebrew bq@u*  (`aqab), the heel.2   The scorpion is "an insect which is a nocturnal arachnid, with an elongated body and venomous stinger at the tip, of the order Scorpionida and likely the genus Buthus."3

Sun in Scorpius

The Sun in Scorpius symbolizes Christ, the Light in darkness (Jn 1:4; 2 Pet 1:19); Satan, the angel of light (2 Cor 11:14); or false apostles (2 Cor 11:13).

Star Gospel Nearby Constellations

Constellations around Scorpius contribute to a fuller meaning in the Star Gospel.1   The nearby constellations include:
  1. Serpens - The Serpent - as Satan attacking the Redeemer
  2. Ophiuchus - Snake Holder - The Redeemer grasps the serpent (Luk 10:18-19; Mk 16:18; Jn 3:14); name from the Hebrew and Arabic Afeichus, which means the serpent held (E. W. Bullinger);  He is standing on the heart of Scorpius, who is attempting to assault the Redeemer's heel (Gen 3:15)
  3.  Hercules - The Hero - The victory of the Cross defeats Satan (Col 2:15; Eph. 1:20-21, 4:8).


Scorpius can symbolize Satan's attack on the believer, a victim, bloody crimes, murder, or violence.  It can symbolize Satan as the ruler of the world, the Evil King, Prostitute of Babylon, false prophet, a cheat, fraud, beguiler, drugs, a lover of money, bribe, tip, or racketeer.



1.  "The Star Gospel," Larry Wood, January 16, 2008.
2.  Wilhelm Gesenius and Samuel Prideaux Tregelles, Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament Scriptures, Translation of Lexicon manuale Hebraicum et Chaldaicum in Veteris Testamenti libros, 1810-1812 (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc, 2003).
3.  James Swanson, Dictionary of Biblical Languages With Semantic Domains, Hebrew (Old Testament), electronic ed., DBLH 6832, #1 (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).

Released February 13, 2010 - Revised May 18, 2012

Author: Larry Wood
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