Still with the Sacred Scarabs, but I plan to change for next week’s entry to an oracle deck called Songs for the Journey Home. More on them next week however. Today’s three scarabs were:
We’ve all seen those little doll-like figures found in Egyptian tombs, designed to act as ‘workers’ for the deceased in the afterlife. The earliest ones were simple figures, perhaps with a little hieroglyphic spell around the waist area; they eventually morphed over time (and no doubt with people’s level of wealth!) to the highly-decorated faience images that get most of the media attention. Either way, the figures had their role and their job, and they were believed to carry them out on behalf of the deceased so that eternal rest wasn’t just a theory.
Ushabti figures represent souls in a still-evolving process, transformations that are as yet unfinished. A go. od time to be job-seeking or hiring or starting out on a spiritual path – but they need guidance to get off to a good start. Assistants, trainees, helpers, nurses (and all who assist in healing) and children are all represented by this scarab. It can also represent outside helpers in a relationship (family, romantic etc) – but be aware that the help may be either good or bad.
Maat is about justice, rightful action and being in accord spiritually. The feather is the Feather of Truth, which was weighed against the hearts of the deceased in the afterlife. If the heart and feather balanced, the heart was “light” and the soul moved on to the next level. “Heavy” hearted souls…well, they were dinner for Ammit, the crocodile-headed creature always seen in images where a heart is being weighed. The laws of Maat were guidelines to check the soul’s actions and included truthfulness, responsibility and humility amongst others.
The scarab of Maat represents cosmic rightness – not necessarily our own idea of what is right. Balance in life, money, love and all things, as illustrated by the balancing of the scales at the end of life. The scarab doesn’t actually represent a particular personality or person, it’s representing a concept. ‘Be light of heart’ – which has changed considerably to current definition of particularly happy or cheerful…or has it?
Another repeat performance by Isis’ shadow sister!
Nephthys is Isis’ shadow sister, the dark to Isis’ light. She wasn’t happy in her marriage to Set, making that relationship the polar opposite of Isis and Osiris too. Over time though, Nephthys finds her strength and defies Set, allying herself with Isis to assist in the resurrection of Osiris. In doing so, she frees herself, redeems her past actions/behaviours and finds a balance in her own right as a Goddess of the between times such as twilight, the dark of the moon, eclipses, the underworld and the maker of dreams. She can represent young women – especially those who are single or are unhappy in their relationship.
The Nephthys scarab, as with any of the deity scarabs, may indicate that there’s an element of fulfilling or interacting with the myths associated with them. It can also indicate or herald a time of transition, from one area of life/work/love etc to another. In a love or health situation, this scarab indicates a difficult outcome but if it’s balanced and equated by Isis, the influence will be more positive.
Another reading full of balance, balance, balance, teamed with hard work and a time of the cosmic right being addressed – regardless of if it’s what we consider cosmically right. The cosmos is it’s own law and arbiter after all. Ensure that what you do is light of heart and that you weigh your actions and words carefully, as you cannot be certain of the outcome!