The Sacred Scarab in the Woods

A few days ago, I came across the scarab or popularly known as the dung beetle during my afternoon walk. I truly admire how poised the scarab sits in his/her space. This was the second time I encountered this cute and astonishing beetle. I feel lucky to encounter the scarab at the beginning of the New Year.

What makes this beautiful creature so sacred?

The sacred scarab was worshipped by the Egyptians as the embodiment of the sun god (the morning sun) Khepri. It is the most famous member of the beetle found in every part of the world except in the oceans and Antarctica. According to the National Geographic Magazine, there are about 30,000 scarab species. In Japan, they were kept as pets.

They are incredibly athletic with powerful legs. Their legs pull a whopping 1,141 times its own body weight.

Although they are not aggressive towards humans but do have a sneaky habit of destroying flowers, turf grass, and food vegetation.

What does it mean if you come across a scarab? 

 The scarab is a symbol of creation, resurrection, or new life.

Here is more information about Beetle symbolism and meaning.

Debra Roinestad

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