Here we have the emperor scorpion viv set up at last since my live moss came today. All plants are living, only fakes things in there are the two caves and water dish. I hope to order the scorpions sometime next week if I hear back from the place I’m buying them from. Moss came with a few bugs and loads of worms that I had to spend ages washing the moss and getting all worms and buggies out of it.
The moths weren’t even the reason I was visiting this friend of mine. He lives next to a rubber plantation, and with the start of the monsoon season, all sorts of animals have been making their way into his home. Snakes, centipedes, and scorpions being some of the most frequent guests seeking shelter from the rains. I visited him with the goal of taking home a scorpion! And oh my god, there were so many of them.
This lad is a juvenile asian forest scorpion whom I have named Damocles..! (Or…Jeffy, for short.) From what I read, they’re quite a feisty species compared to others like the emperor scorpion. They’re keen on using their pointy end when stressed–but their venom is mild, with similar effects to a bee sting. I don’t like any kind of sting, so this good boy won’t be seeing any disrespect from me. I’ve never even seen a scorpion in the flesh until just a few days ago–and so I’m very keen to observe and learn more about these gorgeous, specially honed animals.
This particular enclosure was designed for an emperor scorpion, but it’s such a great step-by-step tutorial and the outcome is beautiful. The design could be used for so many different animals and enclosures. I’ve posted quite a few of the images to show off the basics, but the source link goes into way more detail, so check it out!
27. Do you have an affinity with an animal or type of animal? What does it mean to you? If you don’t, but had to have one, what do you think it would be?
Barn owl - I’ve had one come to me in meditations and rituals, starting at a critical point in my spiritual journey. He’s told me his name is Prometheus, which has lead to a lot of incoherent and inconclusive thinks. But, Barn Owl also represents Bloudeuwedd, one of my patron Goddesses, Who also came to me at that critical juncture.
Corvids (crows, ravens, magpies, jays) - Because of the Morrigan. She was behind strength and aid given to me during a health crisis that could have easily been deadly. She is another patron.
Lions - They represent a Sun God to me, and also Lugh, another source of spiritual thinks and ponderances for me personally.
Unicorns - They have fascinated and enchanted me since I was young. “The Last Unicorn” was one of my favorite movies, and images of them always catch my attention. It makes me smile to know also that they are the national animal of Scotland, where some of my ancestors are from.
Stags/harts/other similar antlered animals - For the Horned God, in the many guises He wears. It’s because of His presence in my life, and that of the Sun God, that I consider myself not entirely cis but also partially deogirl. These animals are also important to my Familar/spirit companion.
Scorpions - My sun sign is Scorpio. Some people find them creepy or threatening but I think they’re beautiful, especially Emperor scorpions. I could watch them crawl around all day.
Pigs - I love pigs. I have for a long time. Until I found out that every breed of minature pig was only minature because they’re systematically starved their entire lives, I wanted one as a pet some day. I still think pigs are adorable wonderful creatures. It’s only been recently that this made any kind of spiritual sense to me; I’ve started feeling Called by Freyja (and possibly Her brother Freyr as well), and pigs are sacred to Her (Them).
By Mauboussin, Paris…..gold, diamond, sapphire, Ruby, emerald, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli, onyx & rock crystal mantel clock . The whole jewelled scorpion design can be removed from the mounting between the pillars of the clock & worn as a substantial brooch! Circa 1985. Sotheby’s 2013
more buggles! these dudes are a little traveling group
Neph (green darner) is the group’s upbeat, charismatic leader. A former vigilante who’s taken to a nomadic lifestyle. (I say “former”, but he’ll still takes justice into his own hands from time to time)
Girta (emperor scorpion) is one of Neph’s closest friends. Not much of a talker, letting actions speak for her most of the time.
Elior (firefly) hails from a kingdom a bit more advanced than Hallownest. A playful goofball who likes playing the occasional prank.
Mito (orchid bee) is the youngest member of the group. Has a big heart AND a short fuse.
Maimu (mantis petra) is the newest addition to the bunch. They act outwardly coy, naive, and cutesy, but part of the reason they act this way is to get what they want from strangers.