Scorpio and "surrounding"
Also here is discussion about the constellations and signs. To become a "zodiac sign/constellation" it's needed to cross the ecliptic, which also Ophiuchus does - many Astrologers are in discussions about this.
Scorpio's alpha star is the famous Antares. It's one of the four watchers and associated with Archangel Uriel and marks "the Scorpio's heart". Just south there are 3 smaller constellations in a diagonal line-up towards the Sag.-cusp: Lupus, Norma and Ara. Further south there are Circini, Triangulum Australis and the Camaeleon. North of the ecliptic Ophiuchus and Hercules and high up, the head of Draco.
Scorpio is of fixed water and "ruled" by modern Pluto.
Traditionally Scorpio is depths, death and tabus, it brings intense and deep emotions. Transmutation, transformation death and rebirth are the themes here. We have to learn ourselves "inside out" to be able to transform ourselves into our true selves.
Planetary points in Scorpio: (2020 heliocentric data)
Southnode: Ceres 26°, Uranus 19°30', Venus 22°
Aphelion in Scorpio: Juno 3° , Mercury 23°
There are many different stories about the Scorpion in the various myth from around the world. When looking at the themes, it comes down to poisoning that brings transformation through death and rebirth. So, it's very fitting to the deep themes of Scorpio and it's "ruler" being Pluto - the underworld.... Also in ancient times, the sign pictured was longer, including the chelae (claws), which now is Libra. The signs from Virgo to Scorpio were drawn different but their meaning has overcome the changes or maybe also that has adapted to our "modern" times.
Antares of Scorpio: is associated with Archangel Uriel and was called the Watcher of the West. Antares marks the heart of the Scorpion - just a little south of the ecliptic at around 14°45'.
In modern angelology, Uriel is identified variously as a seraph, cherub, regent of the sun, flame of God, angel of the divine presence, presider over Tartarus (hell), archangel of salvation, and, in later scriptures, identified with Phanuel ("face of God"). He is often depicted carrying a book or a papyrus scroll representing wisdom. Uriel is a patron of the arts. (ref. Wikipedia). The term "Watcher of the West" comes from the time when the equinoxes were in the Taurus-Scorpio area which started around 6000 years ago.
I don't know why, but to me, Antares was always a feminine energy - nurturing or caring, even with all this poison but with depth and with help towards the solution, even so it means, we have to go through the underworld (into real the real deep of oneself) to find the light within and take it as the light that leads us out of the suffering.... Antares is also about the Arts, art-sciences and most intelligent and is also told to be able to bring great success in "earthly" means.
Located on the border of Triangulum Australe (The Southern Triangle) and Norma (The Carpenter’s Square), this field covers part of the Norma Cluster (Abell 3627) as well as a dense area of our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
The Norma Cluster is the closest massive galaxy cluster to the Milky Way, and lies about 220 million light-years away. The enormous mass concentrated here, and the consequent gravitational attraction, mean that this region of space is known to astronomers as the Great Attractor, and it dominates our region of the Universe.
Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA -
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References: Nick Antony Fiorenza (lunar planer) and Ian Ridpath's Star Tales and Belmonte_Shaltout (the constellations of ancient Egypt)