Saturday, 4 November 2017

Zodiac SAL - Scorpio

Welcome to the  Zodiac SAL.  I will be posting on the first Saturday of each month with information about that month's sign and a linky for anyone who wants to join in.  The linky will stay open until the end of the month.

Last month we had three people link up with me, please do visit them now if you missed their posts before:

This month's sign is Scorpio the scorpion, a water sign ruled by Mars and Pluto.  Scorpions are born between 23rd October and 21st November.

In Greek mythology, the myths associated with Scorpio almost invariably also contain a reference to Orion. 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. There is also a version that Orion was better than the goddess Artemis but said that Artemis was better than he and so Artemis took a liking to Orion. The god Apollo, Artemis's twin brother, grew angry and sent a scorpion to attack Orion. After Orion was killed, Artemis asked Zeus to put Orion up in the sky. So every winter Orion hunts in the sky, but every summer he flees as the constellation of the scorpion comes.

Scorpio People: What They're Like

Scorpio people can be tricky to spot. With their reserved personas, they seldom starts a conversation or expresses interest in others openly—unless they feel out the situation first. Once you get them to open up, however, you’ll feel their scorching passion for whatever topics fascinate them. Be warned: Scorpios can focus on one subject to an extreme, so you may be in for a deeper dive than you expect—or want! But their natural charisma can quickly pique your interest in the topic, too. Many Scorpios are cutting-edge trendsetters with cultlike followings! Another way to spot them? Look for the piercing Scorpionic gaze, which is hawklike, narrowing in on its “prey” with hypnotic and piercing eyes. If you happen to be the object of that look, watch out! You could feel read as easily as a children’s book, as Scorpio seems to just KNOW all your secrets, soft spots and fears. Their focused attention can be addictive, and even painful when it’s pulled away. Be careful how quickly you fall down that Scorpio rabbit hole—it’s not as easy to crawl back up. When you befriend a Scorpio, you form a power couple or formidable alliance. While they don’t give up their loyalty and trust easily, once they do, they’ll stick with you through thick and thin. Don’t even think about double-crossing a Scorpio, though, because they WILL unleash their fury on you, divulging all of your secrets and airing your dirty laundry. Revenge is their favorite dish to serve…ice cold! On a positive note, Scorpios are the perfect people to help you explore your darker emotions or sexuality, guiding you through fifty-plus shades of irresistible and soul-communing experiences. Although this sign may crave complete and utter control over everything, Scorpios secretly yearn for the very thing they fear: true intimacy with others. It takes a lot for Scorpio to reveal their vulnerability, so guard that privilege with the utmost care. As Scorpios open up and learns to show their shadow side, they can heal in ways that are truly profound.

Famous Scorpio People & Celebrities:
Hillary Clinton, Drake, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Gates, Willow Smith, Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Tyga, Lamar Odom, Puff Daddy, Calvin Klein, Shailene Woodley, Lorde, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, John Adams, James K. Polk, James A. Garfield, Theodore Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Sylvia Plath, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Robert Louis Stevenson, Voltaire, Stefano Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli.

For the stitching part of the SAL I have chosen a series of designs from the Donna Kooler book 365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs.  I am stitching them all on one piece of 32 count Millenium Blue fabric.  Here is Scorpio:

Here are the two signs stitched so far:

I am also stitching some of Satsuma Street's larger Zodiac designs starting with Virgo (my sign).  I am stitching her over two on 28 count black evenweave.  I didn't get much added to her this month as Scorpio took longer than Libra.  I'll keep going on her for a day or two more.

Now for the themed stitching.  Scorpio is a water sign so there are plenty of designs to show for that.  How about a mermaid?

Bluebeard's Mermaid by Mirabilia

Guardians of the Sea by The Little Stitcher

Hear the Sea Call by Stitcher's Hideaway

Or a piece for the Scorpion in your life?  My Mum is a Scorpio and I stitched this piece for her a while back:

Green Goddess by Joan Elliott

This is the place for you to link up if you want to join in, please link to the actual blog post, not your blog homepage and include your name so we can see who has joined in.



Finally, the Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop is open until Tuesday 7th November so you still have time to hop over there this weekend and find the Mystery Phrase for yourself.


Barb said...

I love all those Scorpio related designs!!The one you did for your mom is beautiful.

jocondine said...

Of course, I prefer mermaid to scorpions, still a special memory of the first (and the only one luckily) I met in our holiday rent in Provence! Lovely Mirabilia stitching. xxx

Lili said...

Pretty your scorpio stitching!
Your stitched piece for your mother is gorgeous!

Mary said...

Your Mom's stitch is beautiful, I'm partial to green and mermaids over scorpions! I am looking for a beach themed stitch and love the saying on Hear the Sea to look for it now...Mary

Bethan said...

Such an interesting post. I love how blue the millennium fabric is. Bluebeard's mermaid is absolutely gorgeous x

Christine said...

Oh I like the call of the sea one with the little mother of pearl fishies

Julie said...

Lovely to see Green Goddess again, I loved that one.

diamondc said...

Jo: The Green Goddess is beautiful, the Mermaid is stunning, all your stitching is lovely.


Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful stitching! I had to shoe horn again, but I think it works. :)

Stitching Noni said...

Great Scorpio post! I forgot to link up last month... and I didn't get my Scorpio finished before Saturday so that is a miss as well! I will try and get her finished in the next day or so and post a pick - she is a little cutie!
Love your Mira mermaid :o)

Brigitte said...

Such a great post, Jo. I never knew a lot about the signs of the zodiac, just their names and that they are related to star constellations. But this is so very informative.
I love what you chose for stitching, these small designs from the Donna Kooler book are really cute.

Katie said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing all the scorpio info. Love all the beautiful stitching.

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

Great Scorpio post Jo,made even more interesting because we have an addition to our family, our third grandson born three days ago..The first Scorpio in our family :)

Linda said...

Scorpio looks great Jo. I hope to start Satsuma Streets designs soon.


Ariadne said...

I love mermaids. I have stitched Guardians of the Sea many a time for my sea glass friends. I still have to stitch it for myself LOL! But I recently bought a Mirabilia mermaid so I am looking forward to stitching that too!AriadnefromGreece!

RJ said...

Great stitching Jo. The mermaid is amazing. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Leonore Winterer said...

Oh, did I forget to actually link up last month? I'll have to try and remember this time. Lovely Scorpio-Post from you - seems like they are quite some characters!

Justine said...

I can see already that your Donna Kooler designs are going to look amazing together on the dark fabric! I don't think I know any Scorpios but it was interesting to read about them. I wonder if anyone has ever stitched the Josephine Wall chart - it's massive!