One of the more interesting features found in scorpions is that they fluoresce under UV light. This fluorescence is due to a compound known as Beta-Carboline. β-Carboline is a natural occurring substance in certain plant species, and is also found in the brains of animals - humans included. This compound is very similar in structure to Tryptamine, a neurotransmitter also found in the brain. Tryptamine is also found to generally be the active component of many psychedelic drugs. This psychoactive principle of the Scorpion's nature was no secret to ancient peoples. In Afghanistan, scorpions are dried and smoked as a substitute for opium. It is also known that some sects of Sufism had similar practices of using scorpions as a psychoactive substance. Even today there are street vendors in India that will sell you a scorpion sting, where It is reported that after the pain wears off you can experience feelings of well-being and euphoria for up to 8 hours.
Understanding scorpions as a psychoactive stimulant has interesting implications on recognizing some of the mythologies rooted around these creatures. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, it is said that Scorpion-men stand as the gateway guardians on the mountain Mashu which marks the border of the edge of the world. Gilgamesh must pass by these gateway guardians in pursuit of his goal of immortality. It should be noted that all substances that induce high-level psychoactive experiences are merely just "gateways" to experience consciousness, free of ego (mind). Consciousness, known as prima materia, and the source of all, can be seen to exist as immortal and self-sustaining. Scorpions are just one avenue that a person can use for travel in passing through the veils of mind and form to reunite with undifferentiated consciousness and know it as the source of all and the self.
Many cultures viewed Scorpions as creatures of the underworld. Being inhabitants of hell, it is easy for many to associate negative projections upon scorpions, naming them as bringers of evil, pain, and malicious realities. But traditionally, as gateway guardians to the underworld, Scorpions were actually seen to be protectors that counter the forces of evil within man. To the Hellenic people scorpion symbology and amulets were used to ward off the Evil Eye. In Morocco women still wear Scorpion symbols on their garb to protect themselves against sexual transgressions and adultery. Sufis see the symbol of the Scorpion as one that shows mastery over evil. And to the ancient Egyptians, the goddess Selkis was half-woman half-scorpion and was often invoked to exact revenge for crimes committed, once again showing us the reference as a protector to counter evils.
Scorpions have been commonly associated with as sexual symbols throughout time. When working with a scorpion spagyric, it can be witnessed that this medicine works upon certain archetypes of the mind in regards to sexuality. Especially the Sting that can come from love gone wrong. The word Scorpion literally means "To Cut" and it is found that the bad habits, desires, or expectations that can come from yourself or a lover within a love relationship can be cut out and discarded to leave behind only the suffocating glory of true and respectful love and understanding. This cutting out of ego can leave a person sensitive to the vibrations of Truth that sing from the core of all things like a siren in an ocean of consciousness.
The physical form of Scorpions alludes to this sensitivity. On their undersides they have two comb-like appendages, and concentrated on their legs and pincers are very sensitive hairs. These two features allow Scorpions to sense extremely subtle vibrations and even airborne chemicals. This gives the scorpion huge amounts of information that allow them to understand the nature of their realty, surroundings, and the forms moving within it. Energetically a scorpion can see through to the core of that which is. Working with this medicine lends an individual similar qualities and can help one to realign with truth and Love.
Physical Properties and uses:
Stroke and its symptoms
Opening of the lungs and air passageways
Restorative to sexual vitality
Mental-emotional properties and uses:
Ease in seeing Auras
Self Love (reflected outwardly as well)
Help in seeing to the truth when confused
Recognition of toxic habits
Subdual of temper
Healthy flow of Self (consciousness) through your physical form.
Clear perception free of bias
Kind-hearted adaptability to difficult situations
Aid in the birth of creative endeavors
Clear and conscious intuition
See also the oils of Tin and Silver for further emotional uses.
4ml dram vial with dropper (+/- 200 drops) - $120
Each vial lasts between 1-3 months depending on daily usage.
Suggested dose is 10 drops daily. Traditionally taken in a shot of wine or under the tongue. For serious physical ailments or advanced spiritual development 10-20 drops daily is recommended.
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