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The Three Phases of a Scorpio Totem

Updated on April 17, 2016

Scorpio is probably the most feared sign in the zodiac. This is due to the infamous Scorpio stinger. However, very few people know that the ultimate symbol of a Scorpio is an all loving dove. It is said in astrology that Scorpio is the only sign which has three animal totems unlike the rest of the zodiac signs. One can also view this as three stages a Scorpio goes through in his/her life. There are many contentions about what these totems are called. There are also contentions that there are more than three totems. But for the sake of simplicity, one can think of these three totems of a Scorpio. They are as follows.

1) Scorpion – The Deadly Stinger

The scorpion is the basic and the least evolved totems of a Scorpio and is symbolized by a scorpion. Some people also call it the lizard. It is more likely an insect where you find a Scorpio who is ruled by emotions and instincts than intellect. Scorpios in this category have low self-awareness and low self-control. The most dangerous and vengeful Scorpio belongs to this totem. If you have seen an absolutely despicable Scorpio, they probably belong to this totem. Talking about vengeance, these are the Scorpios who go to any extent to destroy someone, even if it means at their own cost.

2) Eagle – Flying high in the sky

This is the second totem of a Scorpio where one is self aware of his/her powers. Once a Scorpio has developed sufficient self awareness and is ruled by intellect than instincts and emotions, he/she can choose to use these traits as wanted. Usually in this stage, most of the Scorpios try to achieve great heights in their career and endeavors. This does not mean that a Scorpio in this totem does not have a stinger. But the way a Scorpio defeats his enemy here is different from that of a basic scorpion. A Scorpio here is not self-destructive. As a normal eagle would do, a Scorpio would swoop down on his prey, defeat it and fly back in the air, not looking for complete destruction of the enemy. Be aware that a Scorpio in this totem too can be manipulative and exploitative.

3) Phoenix and dove – The symbol of peace

This is the totem where the true power of a Scorpio is shown to the world. This is the totem where a Scorpio becomes aware of his/her mystical powers of healing. While most people consider a Scorpio to be a venomous creature, the true power of a Scorpio lies in healing and spreading peace. That is the ultimate way of exerting ones power. That is the reason this totem is symbolized by a dove. But this is not easy. A Scorpio needs to go through a complete transformation to achieve this power. This transformation is symbolized by the phoenix which burns and rises from its own ashes. A Scorpio is the only sign in the entire zodiac known to have this power. Hence every transformation in a Scorpio's life can be symbolized by a phoenix.

These three totems of a Scorpio should now give you a better idea about what kind of Scorpio you are dealing with.


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    • Ashleigh 11 days ago

      Last night, I transformed from the Golden Eagle into the Phoenix. Now I feel I can follow the path to true enlightenment.

      The stars do not lie, the accuracy in astrology is unbelievable. Firm believer and preacher for this stuff, I'm madly in love with a Pisces and harbor a strong intuition :)

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      Karthik Kashyap 2 months ago from India

      Scorpios are the weakest of all signs: You must be someone who is new to earth.

    • Dumbass 2 months ago

      Stfu for the comment up top we're emotional but not weak

    • Scorpios are the weakest of all signs 4 months ago

      Scorpios are the weakest of all zodiac signs.

      ALL these hocus pocus nonsense is just to hide their actually weakness.

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      Karthik Kashyap 11 months ago from India

      Scorpio 89: Yes, it is very typical of Scorpios.. Of course, we need to learn to move on, however difficult it is.

    • Scorpio 89 11 months ago

      I feel as a Scorpio myself I constantly have the Phoenix aspect in my life.

      The rising from my own ashes has always been part of my life. Every time rising higher getting further in life everytime it's come crashing down around me. I've noticed though, with the sudden end of a year long relationship with a Taurus female, 2nd longest relationship I've been in, longest being 3 yrs with an Aquarius. That I still feel the love for her that I had when we were together. I don't have any interest in any one else. Since it ended with her, all I want to do is work and when I'm not working, I will literally find ways to be alone.

      This typical of a Scorpio?

    • Wayno Master at Thumb Push-Ups 17 months ago

      As a Scorpio Ive Always knew i was Special, I've been Through All the Totems of the Awesome Scorpio, I Process Ultimate Powders In Changing Peoples Lives and for the Good, I can Read People Within Moments of 1st Meeting Them-I can Read Deep Into There Minds and Souls, I Can See/Feel There Spirit and If they are Good-Bad-or Indefferent, I Have the Ability to Bring Peace to There Life...I Console Them and Relieve The Burdens they May Have In There Lives...and Its Not Just People I Can Connect With Its Also With All Living Things...I Have Mastered All 3 Of the Totems of Scorpio (from Killing to Being Killed to Love and Understanding) Therefore I Have Became the 4th Totem...The One Who Had (actually) Died And Rose Again (and have Medical Records to Prove It) And Had Become Stronger Because of It...I Am A "HighLander" And Will Never Die...I'm Drawing A Picture Of An Picture Of A "Totem-Pole" Which Will Have The All The Animal Totems On It And Will Have It "Tatooed" On My Body, And Other Things Will Be Included on It...The Mighty "White Owl" Sacride To Native Indian...MAY PEACE AND LOVE BE WITH YOU ALL And Follow Your Instingths And Always Be Strong (mind and body)...Yours Truely...WAYNO.

    • joshua magee 20 months ago

      If your 11/11

      Continue doing what you think works, your a lucky one

    • sara 21 months ago

      Im 19, I have been through numerous short lived relationships where I never fully committed myself. I then realized after my last relationship what great power I hold and the immense choas i can cause. I have learned to look at my life subjectively and see things from my childhood that may have caused my distress in my early teens. I have just recently learned attacking people and trying to control things will not give me the calm contentness I seek in this life. I see my parents and family in a much different light and i am able to see their love for me as i did not before. I still lash out and struggle with battles of wills but i realize quickly and in the moment it is only hurting me more. I have goals and dreams and positive outlets for my anger and more negative emotions but i have not yet realized my purpose in this life. I believe after this i will rise to be a phoenix and once i am there i wont let myself fall again for long.

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      Karthik Kashyap 22 months ago from India

      Mom of 2: I can understand that from my own experience :)

    • Mom of 2 22 months ago

      I'm a Scorpio, have been with a Taurus for 14 yrs. Our relationship is great at times (not at this moment lol) I am extremely emotional! I know in my gut when something is off or I'm being lied to, however I found it hard to act on what I'm feeling, and refuse to talk about anything unless I am ready to talk about it!

    • pete 23 months ago

      In reading this.I was definitely a scorpion younger days. Now looking at who I am in the present. I feel like I never was an eagle.

    • Honnang 2 years ago

      Different experiences and lessons from mistakes can make these transformations, I believe. Actually due to experiences I passed through.

    • Tracey 2 years ago

      I'm in love with a Scorpio male and got to the 1 year so far I'm an Aquarian female and have done match test which says we are doomed. Our attraction and chemistry is amazing and we get on great, I now understand him more after reading what you had to say so thank you for that as I won't take it so personally now. We go on holiday next month and we are both excited. I am definitely not letting this one go any tips for me

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      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      sugar: Thanks a lot for your comments :) And yes, we are the true symbol of phoenix as only the Scorpios can go through multiple transformations.

    • sugar 3 years ago

      I am a 44 yr. old female,am a scorpion,been through death and rebirth all my life.The process of transformation never lets go of me.Have been through it all with a degree of unbearable stress all my life. But at the end I wouldn't want it any other way cause I am one strong woman.

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      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      William: Thank you for sharing. There is nothing much to help. In fact, you just shared what a Scorpio goes through in one's life. One may feel that a Scorpio goes through these stages in order from the basic Scorpion to a Phoenix/Dove, which is not necessarily true. One may have an Eagle totem and then suddenly stoop as low as a basic Scorpion and then transform like a Phoenix. I have caught myself many times when I thought I was an eagle and phoenix and then suddenly I went down to a level of "vengeance and justice at absolutely any cost". The totems also vary according to different areas of life. I am an eagle in some areas of life and a basic stinger in a few more.

      So, don't worry. Whenever you have a "realization" or a "transformation", you can pretty much consider yourself in the Phoenix totem in that particular area. And transformation is an ongoing thing for a Scorpion throughout his/her life.

    • William 3 years ago

      I am a scorpio. I have my ups and my downs. I have endured through, what I think and what i have been told, a lot of hard times. I have learned a lot in my short time on earth. I have witnessed enough death to last a couple lifetimes, been bullied, shunned and beaten down to nothing both mentally and physically. I am very intellectual and resourceful. I was full of anger, hatred, and need for personal justice or vengeance. But as I grew that changed a little over time. I would go to the army strong willed, smart, vindictive, judging, and self indulgent. I would leave to come home and be angry again, hating almost everything and everyone. I would be eager to cause pain and harm those who harmed me in my life. I would move around a lot in life. I would finally stop moving and fall in love. I would be happy, optimistic and hopeful. I would never want to feel anything else. Love. I would learn it is easy to love someone for a long time and not be loved back. I would hurt and hurt. I would feel lost. Soon I would get better. I would be self -defeating and depressed. I would yearn with all that I am for it to go away, to feel that love again, to feel happy and at peace. I am no longer angry at the world, I more so am sad for it. I no longer hate and want revenge on my past. I wish and try to move on. I go through stages where I feel I was the eagle a while, and become the scorpion a while...but this is new and I love it and want nothing else...but just cannot reach it. I am confused as to which totem I am. I feel lost, and sad, loving and open about myself; nothing to hide anymore. Can you help me?

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      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      Joshua: You can ask an astrologer about the details. He/she can give yo more details.

    • Joshua!! 3 years ago

      I'm definitely of the phoenix variety, and It makes sense, but where is this written? Is there some book I can find? I would love to share this information with my fellow scorpios. It really explains the tranformations in my life, and it gives me purpose to know that it all DID happen for a reason, as I always told myself. On the other hand, I can't find anywhere that tells this to be true...who came up with this theory? The greeks...? Romans...? I would love to know! Any help would be wonderful. Thanks!

    • Nick 3 years ago

      So, I'm 29, but I've experienced so much already; everything, bad and good, I'm more than grateful for. The question, "if you could change anything in the past, what would it be?" no longer makes much sense. Not that I don't understand wanting to undo the horrible tragidies, but I do know that the tragidies in my life are also responsible for who I am, and I love who I am. I believe myself to be on the cusp of the phoenix; however, one date with a leo/virgo cusp woman has me experiencing insecurities that must have remained dormant for some time. It is true, it's been over a year, almost two, since I've even entertained the idea of romance. But this woman has me battling insecurities that I know to be stupid, unfounded, and self-fulfilling. I am grateful for this, not that I enjoy this battle because it makes for good poetry (I'm trying to get published as a poet), but because I am trying to be the person I know I can be; forgiving, open, and willing to let anyone in. But anyone who is a scorpio knows how tough this is. Anyone else feel like they're close, or are already there?

    • JayaReL 4 years ago

      i'm a scorpio. and I found myself smiling when I read the first stage...because that is the stage I belong to right now maybe I switch from one to the other at will...this is an eye opener, I find that if I sting someone Its just to prove that I can do it, then I forgive and forget. and help as if nothing ever happened...vengeful and forgiving

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      dream: Any conclusion can be drawn only once you meet him. Meet him first and see how it goes. I never trust anyone in the first meeting. So, once you have met him a couple of times, then you can look at trusting him.

    • dream 4 years ago

      hello there...hope u doin great ..was wonderin bout this guy..he's scorpian n me is cancerian..i've seen him only once n we've talked on fcebook since a coupl of months.. we r meetig up nxt month..he always asks wen am coming down to the city and talks about stuff like the death of his parents n family stuff..n lately introduced me to his sister ..he thinks we cn be good frnds..and we are..we dun talk everyday or regularly but tells me all his plans for the week or weekend..he keeps prasing me alooot n nicknames me beautiful..lately been asking me if i love kids nd talking bout how much he'd like to have...i've heard so muuuch bout him and he is not a stinger..i really do like him bt should i believe what he says? Lemme know wat u think

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      M: Rightly said :) The sad part is that many Scorpios don't reach the level of a white dove. It does take a lot of effort.

      jangirl: I am sorry to say, but he may actually mean nothing. You may want to just move on.

    • jangirl 4 years ago

      i can't understand why scorpio guy has an disappearing act while in a relationship,the last texted that he sent is sorry for causing you so much stressed,and he will return all the favor someday,,what does it mean??...

    • 4 years ago

      This is why I love this sign!!! It has so many chances to reach what's the highest, purest and noblest through very challenging trials. Our ultimate quest is that negative aspects of Scorpionic nature : vindictiveness, jealousy, domination, lust, possessiveness should be transformed into healing, protection, love, compassion and forgiveness. This path is NOT easy at all, but here's a desire, determination and courage to never ever give up, endure painful experiences ( burn into one's own ashes ) and survive in order to become a better soul after each critical cycle.

      The highest form of Scorpio is Dove.

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      I am sorry to hear I can say is that, hope you find a better one. And as I always advice people.. It is ok to take some time to understand that person instead of going with the initial attraction :)

      All the best..

    • Lady 4 years ago

      WOW---wish I had read this before I dated this, smooth talking, loving,

      caring, couldn't do enough for u guy. In 6 short wks. in a flash, I won't see u anymore & don't bother me. WHAT??? Jenkle & Hyde!!

      Refuses any explanation. IT"s Done. Fantastic lover. But also bragged how others he broke up with "bothered" him later. For a, "country boy" who grew up w/nothing, he was very impressive. Hard worker, great vocabulary, full of compliments, thoughtfulness.

      What more could u ask for???? A REASON?. THEY ARE USERS.

      Now I may have the opportunity to meet another. Not sure where to go with this.

      Enjoyed the input. Any Suggestions??

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      you are welcome Angel :)

    • Angel 4 years ago

      karthikkash - I agree and have gone through these phases. I can look back in my past and know what form I was in at the time. I like that you referenced Bruce Lee as he is my role model in life and his teachings are what I try to follow. Thanks again!

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      eureclides: I agree with you. As Bruce Lee said, the highest form of a martial art is to have no form. The same way, Phoenix need not be necessarily the highest form. But, it is definitely a symbol of transformation from one being to another. It signifies death and rebirth, could be of one's own character, behavior, attitudes, principles.. anything at all. The reason a Scorpio is denoted with this symbol is that Scorpio is the only zodiac sign which has the ability to go through this transformation multiple times in life.

    • eureclides 4 years ago

      I think that there is a higher level than phoenix. The one that a scorpio don't need to transform anymore. He can unroll the problem and see the truth in others and in himself.

      This one sees the Truth

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      Acharya V Shastri 4 years ago


      Nails are the mirror of our personality, Looking into which the expert reader can unnoticeable observe all characteristics of a person through one's nails. In this article, a systematic method has been projected to peep through the nails of a person and read about him with veracity.

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      thank you for the feedback haikutwinkle :)

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      haikutwinkle 4 years ago



      Overly emotional

      The deadly stinger

      Wears two masks


      Coolly intellectual

      The eagle's wings

      Simply glide on winds


      Passionate phoenix

      or gentle dove

      ego and alter ego


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      haikutwinkle 4 years ago

      A wonderful hub about Scorpios!

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      Thanks Christin :)Yes, I think all Scorpios go through all these phases at least once in their life.

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      I am a Scorpio and have identified with all 3 at various stages of my life. Voted up and interesting.

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