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This is the Eighth sign of the Zodiac, Scorpio.... part of my 12 picture Zodiac Collection.
With this collection I've tried to create a peaceful, romantic atmosphere... blending both fantasy and a space/starry type background. Achieving this hasn't been as easy as I imagined, as I wanted to base the pictures around the Zodiac Signs' mythology (mostly Greek), and the mythology is a pretty violent one.
In Greek mythology, Scorpio is linked to Orion, the hunter by several myths. According to one of these myths it is written that Orion boasted to goddess Artemis and her mother, Leto, that he would kill every animal on the earth. Although Artemis was known to be a hunter herself she offered protection to all creatures. Artemis and her mother Leto sent a scorpion to deal with Orion. The pair battled and the scorpion killed Orion. However, the contest was apparently a lively one that caught the attention of the king of the gods, Zeus, who later raised the scorpion to heaven and afterwards, at the request of Artemis, did the same for Orion to serve as a reminder for mortals to curb their excessive pride.
Again, I've used a bit of artistic licence on this one, and made Scorpio a half human, half scorpion. In the picture Scorpio is accepting the task from Artermis, and her mother Leto, to go and fight and kill Orion.... Alternatively she could be pleading not to be sent.
March 17th, 2012
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