Serket: the Scorpion Goddess

Serket (also known as Serqet, Selkis, and Selket) is an Egyptian goddess of protection associated with the scorpion. She was worshipped widely in Lower Egypt as a great Mother Goddess in the Predynastic Period (c. 6000- c. 3150 BCE) and so is among the older deities of Egypt. She is associated with healing, magic, and protection, and her name means “She Who Causes the Throat to Breathe”. Her symbols are the scorpion, the Ankh, and the Was Sceptre, all of which convey her benevolent aspects.

Read more at the Ancient History Encylopedia

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7 thoughts on “Serket: the Scorpion Goddess

  1. Audrey Driscoll

    It’s interesting that ancient peoples deified dangerous creatures such as scorpions, cobras, and hippopotamuses. But I suppose they were powerful in their own ways, and deserved both fear and respect.

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  3. Faye

    I wonder too if deifying the thing you most fear may be pointing to a future Hope for both cures and healing. The idea of a poisonous serpent put on a pole for the ancient Israelites to gaze upon brought them healing as no more serpents then attacked them. In their case it was pointing (perhaps they did not know it) but pointing to a future Hope of deliverance and Healing. interesting post. Thank you.

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