My friend and fellow author PJ Jones is just a little too fond of photo shop. So while my feet were safely ensconced in my flat in London, Mr. Scorpion was prowling the streets of Texas. Thanks to PJ’s twisted sense of humor, they now appear to be on all too friendly terms.
That got me thinking. (Yeah, I know. It’s weird. But this is me we’re talking about.)
Let’s start with Selket, the Egyptian goddess of magic. She was most often depicted as a beautiful woman with a scorpion on her head. There’s a message in that somewhere, I’ll bet.
Despite ruling over venomous creatures (scorpions, snakes, and spiders – oh, my!), she was considered a beneficial goddess. She carried not only the venom of her creatures, but also the antidote. She helped in childbirth and nursing, and was the protector of women and children. (We could use a goddess like her around.)
Malinalxochitl (Do NOT ask me how to pronounce that.) was the Aztec goddess of such biting and stinging creatures as vipers and scorpions. She was also an accomplished sorceress. She was, from what I can tell, not quite so nice as Selket.
Apparently her powers allowed her to drive people insane, control a person’s vision, or strike an entire army dead with just a glance. Wouldn’t want to get on her bad side.
And then, of course, there is the Scorpion King. Yeah, yeah, it’s a movie, but he was also a real person.
It is believed that he was the first true King of Upper Egypt. Little is known about him, but you can read some interesting stuff over at National Geographic. Apparently, he liked his wine spiked with medicinal herbs. Go Scorpy!
So, tell me, do scorpions freak you out? Or do you think they’re kind of cool?
And what tales could you dream up when a goddess of scorpions is involved …