Ancient Symbols: The Meaning Behind the Egyptian Scarab


Being an avid history buff, I have often seen the image of the scarab in my plunge into Egyptian lore.  Unbeknown to me, scarabs are a very powerful symbol for a multitude of positive superstitions.

Now I’m no expert, but my research has found a few beneficial reasons as to why Egyptians use them in their murals and jewelry.  First and foremost scarabs are a potent symbol for good luck.

Another more explanatory  reason is the actual physical characteristics of the beetle.  The spherical proportions of the beetle’s wings, and their glittering reflection lends to the perception of the scarab as a symbol of the rising sun.  Accordingly, this very powerful connection also insinuates the scarab to be a protector of evil, symbol of rebirth, regeneration, and transformation.

So next time think twice before you go to crunch that Japanese beetle under your shoe!

8 replies to “Ancient Symbols: The Meaning Behind the Egyptian Scarab

  1. I try to never step on insects unless they are in my home or bed or something!

    I think this winged scarab is beautiful! Gives me some good ideas for decorating and art. I love old symbols and old things, especially ones that are known for good luck. We can all use a little of that, even if its make-believe… 🙂

  2. Recently I read a book by Dan Brown “The Lost Symbol”. It was very interesting and I came to know many things about ancient mysteries. This article has thrown more light on ancient mysteries. Thanks for an interesting article!!

  3. Hello,
    I am Mrs. David Walter Triplett,
    The story of the scarab was seen in the very antique upholstery of a Catholic Chair, where scarab clamps were holding together the string webbing of the first structure of the layers creating the seat of the Throne of God. The strapping in red and white or gold depicts the wounds of the slaves of the Pharoh, and also support the weight of the person, who sits upon the cushion. I am looking for lambswool as stuffing, however, the original work was done with cotton, which I have. I think that the message, is not only of the history but also, reminding the upholsterer, that if you have reached this level, the fabric must be changed for cleanliness. The next layer of fabric is beige linen, as such as the shroud of Jesus. this is a healing cloth, and if used as bandages can really be effective,
    Under the shroud, a burlap will protect the webbing and scarab clamping. the burlap represents the poverty of monks, and also if a lady is quiet, she can guard the fort, while busying herself, sewing golden thread of a crest, into the fabric of poverty. Many great tapestries have been created as such. The spring of the chair may have been used by judges, and court nobility to create perfect curls. The work of the upholsterer may have created the Salon, as the work had to be hidden under a common cloth, to prevent thieves from stealing the handiwork competitively. Thus the upholsterer may have taken on the role of the hairstylist, for secretive court decisions..One slip of the knife or scissors and the Stylist becomes the executioner. I will be searching for a French silk Damask, and furthering my studies, as I look to the History of Biblical Damascus. Also, I will be looking for golden braiding, and or fringe and tassels. The tassels are the symbol on graduation caps, representing earned wisdom. Anything can be done with a can of gold spray paint. The legs represent the staff of Moses, crushing the Ram’s head, under the weight of the seat of God. Watch the YouTube video of The Christmas Message of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England, to see the style of chair that I am rescuing, on behalf of the Episcopalian Church, for the Catholic Church. This states that we under God, or Allah if that is your dialect, must support our fellow neighbors. That is the Golden Rule of Success!

    Liz T
    For the Betterment of Society

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