The scarab beetle was an exceedingly popular symbol in the art of Ancient Egypt, thought to represent the sun god, Ra. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle rolling its ball of dung across the desert mirrored the journey of the sun across the sky from day to night. As the beetle laid its eggs within the dung, it became a symbol of rebirth and regeneration.
Horus was one of the most important deities of Ancient Egyptian mythology and culture. He was often depicted as a falcon or hawk, or a man with a falcon head. He was considered to be the sky, and it was said that his right eye was the sun and his left one the moon. Horus was associated closely with Pharaonic rule and it was believed that the Egyptian pharaoh was the ‘living Horus’.
To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.