I recently bought an amulet of a Scarab beetle flanked with wings, with a small ankh at the bottom. We know the ankh represents eternal life, but what about the Scarab beetle, a creature that was frequently incorporated into jewelry and worship?
The Scarab beetles symbolized the sun, which connects them to Ra. They roll a ball of dung across the ground, lay their eggs within it and they seem to emerge from “no where”. The connection to Ra is that he rolls the sun across the sky, much like the Scarab beetle with it’s feces. Not the most charming of symbols, but the ancient Egyptians revered them.
Winged and regular Scarabs symbolized immortality, resurrection, transformation and protection, especially in funeral settings, the God Khepri with a head of a Scarab beetle, also watched over these funeral processions. He was a God of creation, movement of the sun, an rebirth, as seen in Scarab beetle behavior. I was told that having Khepri’s protection was very important and rewarding. He is a good God to have on your side.