Rebirth and Transformation
The egyptian scarab was used in a large body of sacred Egyptian art and symbolized the "heavenly cycle" of rebirth. The ancient Egyptians believed that Ra, the sun god, pushed the sun across the sky, renewing each day. Ra, also called Khepri, can be translated to "he who is coming into being". The Egyptians discovered that the dung beetle mirrored this mythological process. The beetle pushes a round disc of its own dung, which it also lays its eggs in, across the earth. The larva of these beetles emerge fully formed appearing to be spontaneously created. Thus wisdom and sacredness are attached to this insect, bringing to light symbols of rebirth as well as the creation myth. I see this image as a reminder that we are all part of an archetypal cycle and involved in a process of becoming. I believe we all have the potential to make changes within ourselves. On our paths towards healing, we have the ability to shine the light on our own innate wisdom and inner knowing.
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