Why The Copper Scarab?
In Ancient Egyptian mythology, the scarab was the demi-god responsible for pushing the sun across the sky every day. Scarabs are also known as dung beetles (well, isn’t that a lovely image) and can be found pushing a ball of dung across the ground to take to their mates. So I guess it follows that a large invisible scarab must be pushing the sun across the sky in the same manner! Haha.
But seriously. A scarab will push a ball of dung to their mate and then She will lay her eggs in it. When the eggs hatch, the itty bitty scarabs begin eating their way out of the dung. The dung then serves two purposes: it provides a safe place to lay and incubate eggs and then it provides food for the hatchlings. Life is created from death.
The Ancient Egyptians revered the scarab for creating life out of death in this literal manner as well as for mythically renewing life each morning out of the death of the night. The scarab then took on associations as something that can bridge this life and the next and were used as talismans for protection– in both worlds.
What this means for darlaantoine.com:
Spiritual development, at least the kind I’m interested in, can quite often feel like pushing a ball of shit around. It even feels like you’re pushing it around aimlessly, waiting for the eggs, or gift, of the effort to become apparent. And it’s the journey with our shit that ultimately nourishes us– that feeds all of the little creative, emotional and spiritual babies that hatched from our efforts of pushing our proverbial ball of dung around, refusing to ignore it or pretend it’s not there.
This dung is what you might also call a wound or a dark night of the soul. It’s only with it and through it that the spiritual gifts we’re seeking can be found. No lightwashing. No love and lighting the dung into oblivion. Just patient tending and exploration.
Just as the scarab is a bridge, or spiritual gateway, between life and death, I also believe that food and ancestral work can open up other realms of being, knowing and bridging time. As I intend my work to be a spiritual bridge, I call on the bridge-builiding scarab.
It is my highest hope that this site, and myself, can be a source of aid and or direction along your spiritual dung journey.
Copper is one of my favorite metals. For one, it’s beautiful. But it’s also both grounding and amplifying. As we seek to amplify our spiritual experiences and heal cultural wounds, may we also be grounded and beautiful.