Scorpion Tattoo Meanings

Symbolic Scorpion Meanings

Protection, Rebellion, Attachment, Retaliation, Aggression, Power, Warning, Mystery, Energy, Transition, Calculated, Stealth, Healing, Logic, Survival, Mysticism, Resilience, Guardianship, Self-defense, Altered perception

The death-theme associated with the scorpion is a time of transition from one phase of life into another.
In this way, the scorpion is a symbol of freedom from limiting beliefs about death.

The Egyptians were big on one life ending as a means to begin another life in the Afterworld. And the scorpion was a powerful guardian to the ancient Egyptians and their concept of life-after-life.
In fact, the scorpion was an attribute of the goddess Selket who was a guardian of transitioning souls. Selket also protected canopic jars and various rituals of the mummification process that insured transition from one life to the next.

In African aboriginal lore, the scorpion is associated with life and so-called death too. The sting of a scorpion is said to have intense healing qualities and so this creature was greatly honored. It was both highly respected because one sting could also prove lethal.

Scorpion stings can also trigger hallucinogenic effects and so the theme of transition continues. In this light, the scorpion (sting) is a catalyst for reaching altered states of consciousness. This puts scorpion tattoos in the psychedelic category - a message of limitless perception. It's also a shamanic creature due to its hallucination-sparking stings as shamans could utilize their venom for spirit journeying.

The scorpion is a master at survival. It takes advantage of every opportunity for the sake of its existence as many kinds of scorpions live in brutally harsh environments. This makes the scorpion a symbol of victory over adversity.

Scorpions are also associated with the sun. Scorpion tattoos will have sun-like qualities including: Energy, Vitality, Clarity, Focus and Radiance.

The scorpion is a representation of the zodiac sign of Scorpio, and in this context a scorpion tattoo will convey attributes of: Boldness, Dynamism, Mystical Power, Secretiveness and Seduction.