Heart, do not betray me: bugs and beauty and poo

My heart of my mother, my heart of my mother, my heart of transformations,

Do not stand against me in witness, do not turn me back at the council, do not make your rebellion against me in the presence of the keeper of the balance.

You are my ka in my body, which unites and strengthens my limbs; you have come forth to the beautiful place to which we run.

From the Book of the Dead, Chapter 30b

Ever since I saw the movie The Libertine, I’ve wanted a beetle necklace. Weird, I know, but for some reason I really want one. After looking online a little I discovered that scarab beetles are actually an important symbol in ancient Egyptian culture. They symbolize rebirth and renewal [because they roll dung balls around and balls of poo are round like the sun so it’s like the sun rolling across the sky (!)] and also protect the soul on the day of judgement:

During and following the New Kingdom, scarab amulets were often placed over the heart of the mummified deceased. These heart scarabs were meant to be weighed against the feather of truth during the final judgement. The amulets were often inscribed with a spell from the Book of the Dead which entreated the heart to, “do not stand as a witness against me.”

So, that’s cool. Even better. I found a girl on Etsy who is making a necklace for me, from a real beetle. EW! Seriously. I’m psyched.

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