In Greek Mythology, the myths associated with Scorpio almost
invariably also contain a reference to Orion. However, there are two
contrasting stories about the two. One tale is that Orion was a cyclops who was
a great hunter and very modest about his amazing skill. One day he fell in love
with a princess of an island he was passing, but her father refused to let his
daughter go and, thus, was determined to keep Orion away from the princess. The
king did so by blinding Orion, thus not letting him hunt and amaze the woman.
Orion traveled to the Sun which healed his eye, and decided to lay off the king
(who later died from a war) and pursued his hunting. He became great friends
with Artemis, who favored Orion greatly for his modesty and superb skill at
hunting. One day Apollo was jealous that the two were great friends, and sent a
harsh scorpion at him and stung his heel. Artemis, furious with her brother,
killed the scorpion and threatened to throw Delphi (Apollo's beloved city) into
ruins if he did not apologize, which he hastily did. Zeus decided that Orion
should be put in the stars, and the scorpion should always chase him;
therefore, the constellation Orion appears in the winter, running away from the
constellation of Scorpio which arrives in the summer.
Zodiac: Scorpio Known as: The Scorpion Native American Animal: Snake Associated with: Rebirth, Transformation & Hidden Power Zodiac Quality: Fixed Element: Water Planet: Pluto or Mars Gender: Feminine Nature: Negative (Introvert) / Yin Season: Autumn Tarot: Judgement & Hanged Man Flowers: Chrysanthemum & Rhododendrom Gemstones: Onyx, Black Pearls & Garnet Metal: Plutonium Animals: Insects & Crustaceans Numbers: 2 & 4
There are multiple tales of the two, however. 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.
According to another of these myths, Scorpio was a friend of Taurus the bull, who was hunted and killed by Orion. In retaliation for his friend, Scorpio stung Orion to death, but was crushed beneath the hunter's feet when he thrashed about in his death throes. All three were then put into the sky by Zeus so that their story would be remembered. (From Wikipedia)