These Lesser-Known Symbols For Scorpio Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
It's one of the first things you learn about the signs of the Zodiac: Aries is a ram, Taurus is a bull, and on it goes. Each sign's representative symbol, be it an animal, person, or (in Libra's case) an inanimate object, can tell you a lot about its overall personality. But, what you thought was one of the most straightforward symbols comes with a catch.
Although Scorpio is most commonly represented by a scorpion, this mysterious sign actually has a few other animals associated with it — specifically, the serpent, eagle, and phoenix. This is not to say that the scorpion doesn't accurately reflect the Scorpio archetype, but these other symbols capture aspects of this sign that may be omitted from your average Scorp personality profile.
If you happen to be a Scorp and believe in the idea that we're all slowly growing into our sun signs, you can even look at each symbol as a different stage in your Scorpionic evolution. With any luck, you'll be a phoenix in no time.
We spoke with Tali Edut of the Astrotwins to get a better idea of how all four of these animals (which, at least on paper, seem rather different) fit into the same sign.
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The Scorpion

The most widely known Scorpio symbol is also the "least evolved," Edut says. "It’s a tiny creature that feels threatened and protects itself with a venomous stinger." Here, we can see the tendency among some Scorps to lash out rather than let themselves be vulnerable. They can cause more harm than they think, but they're usually acting out of a desire for self-preservation and defense rather than malevolence.
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The Serpent

"This is a Scorpio who has learned to be charming (and even manipulative) to keep danger away," Edut says. (As anyone who has flirted with a Scorpio knows, they definitely know how to turn on the charm.) The serpent also reflects the versatility and love of change that we associate with this sign, as it's always shedding its skin, Edut adds.
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The Eagle

We have this iteration to thank for that signature intense gaze that so many Scorpios possess. "Loyal and visionary, these Scorpios make for trustworthy mates and are always rising above to see the big picture," Edut says, with the caveat that, even at their most noble, eagles are still swift predators. They're great to have on your side, but be sure to treat them well — "they make formidable enemies," she says.
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The Phoenix

And here we have the final and "most evolved" form of Scorpio. Edut says most Scorps only reach this stage of their sign after a momentous life shift or an immense personal loss. In the same way that a phoenix is reborn from ash, so, too, are these Scorpios. "These are the most magical, alchemical, and resourceful Scorpios who have a gift for making something out of nothing," she says. In other words, they possess the strengths of all the other forms: the scorpion's power, the serpent's knack for change, and the eagle's big-picture thinking.

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