|Orion, a giant, son, by some versions, of Poseidon. He was also,
like almost all the giants, said to be a son of Gaia. His legend says that
the king of Chios, Oenopion, asked Orion to help and rid his island of
the wild beasts. In Chios Orion fell in love with Oenopion’s, daughter,
Merope. But Oenopion was against their match. He put out Orion’s eyes,
when the latter was asleep. Orion took a child, Cedalion, on his shoulders
and asked the boy to lead him in the direction of the rising sun. Immediately
Orion’s sight returned. He hurried to take his revenge upon Oenopion but
failed, because Hephaestus defended him.
Later Artemis, enraged with Orion for his disrespect, killed him. She
set a scorpion on Orion, which bit him in the head. As a reward for the
service, the scorpion was changed into a constellation. Orion underwent
a similar metamorphosis. That’s why the constellation of Orion is eternally
fleeing before the constellation of Scorpio.