She who Loves Silence; Lioness of the Summit; Lady of the Necropolis
Meretseger, guardian of the Necropolis, lives atop a pyramid-shaped mountain overlooking Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. She protects graves from tomb raiders and treasure hunters. Meretseger protects the righteous but punishes malefactors. Laborers who lived and worked in the Valley of Kings feared her wrath, lest their actions be misunderstood as threatening graves.
Meretseger’s punishment is usually administered via snake bite or scorpion sting, but just staying far from snakes isn’t sufficient to avoid her justice. Meretseger can also inflict blindness. She is not a hard-hearted goddess, however. She responds to repentance and can heal afflictions associated with her, whether or not she personally caused them. Meretseger, cosmic security guard, protects the living as well as the dead, especially against snakes and venomous creatures.
Manifestation: Meretseger may manifest as a cobra or a woman with a cobra’s head, a cobra with a woman’s face peeking out from the hood, or a cobra with three heads: snake, woman, and vulture.
Animals: Snake, lion
Offerings: Incense, fresh water and images of snakes
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From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.