Serqet may not be one of the Big Names in Egyptian mythology, but she's got a number of jobs that keep both gods and mortals safe. If she decided to skip out on work just once, all sorts of crazy stuff would go down. She holds a giant chain around the neck of Apep (or Apophis) every night to stop him from eating Ra and his boat of dead people. She's one of the Egyptian goddesses you invoke if you want to be a doctor or do some fancy magic. Legend even has it that Serqet's loyalty to Isis protects women who enter certain temples from being stung by scorpions. But ladies: we don't suggest you test this theory.
Serket, Selket, Scorpion Lady
The Delta, Lower Egypt
Manager (of Scorpions and the nightly Snake Rodeo in Duat)
Delta School of Magic & Medicine
Ra is my king
Ra (I'm pretty much guessing who my dad is, and I haven't a clue about my mom. But that's kind of the trend, so nobody judges)
Um, see "Relationship Status"
Isis, Nephthys, Neith
Nehebkau (he's, uh, either my beau or my son, depending on who you ask)
Gents, though I'm not an especially "active pursuer"
Adventure Time! (Princess Bubblegum is a rad science lady in a magical kingdom. Girl is legit.)
"Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion."
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Thirteen-year old Ava Bigtree wrestles alligators every day. She's a kindred spirit.)
Bad Man's World by Jenny Lewis
The Departed (I spend a lot of time in the underworld. And, okay, I love crime films)
Marie Laveau (the Voodoo Queen)
Where you'll find Serqet depends on the time of day. In the A.M., she's usually hanging out with her BFFs. In the evening, you'll have to check Duat—a scary stretch of underworld. She might be busy, though, so it's probably best to find her during the day if you need a favor. And stay on your best behavior! If you offend her, she has no problem putting scorpions in your bed. If you still want to find her, look for a pretty lady with great eyebrows, a simple dress, and a scorpion on her head. (If Lady Gaga's lobster hat is any indication, she's recently taken to giving out fashion advice.)
Age: Late 20s, early 30s
Hair Color: Dark
Facial Hair: N/A, unless you count those killer Egyptian lashes
Jewelry and accessories: Scorpion-bedazzled hat
Clothing: Dress, pretty standard
Type of Weapon: Chains. Oh, and that scorpion on her head? Yeah, that's not a dead animal.
Duat (the underworld)
Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970
The Amduat is an Ancient Egyptian funerary text dating back to the New Kingdom. It was used exclusively for the guiding of pharaohs through the underworld. Serqet appears in the Seventh Hour, holding down the snake Neha-hra (i.e., Apep) with a chain or rope. This is all part of the elaborate spell that the deceased pharaoh must recite in order to help free Osiris from the snake and earn an eternal place on Ra's sun boat.
Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970
The Book of Gates is also a New Kingdom funerary text (it might be from before then, but that's up for debate). It was used mostly for nobility and royalty, but some parts were merged with the Book of the Dead (which is the funerary text you've probably heard of). Serqet is found in the descriptions and depictions of the 10th Gate of Duat, stretched across a chain near Apep's head.
Dec 20, 1996
Yu-Gi-Oh was all the hotness in the '90s. The card game is in the same vein as Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering, but is heavily inspired by Egyptian images and themes. The game has a couple of cards named for Serqet: The Seal of Serket and Mystical Beast of Serket. We can safely say that the picture on that second card is of the gnarliest scorpion you will ever see.
Dec 20, 2019
The goddess Serqet is a character in the Kane Chronicles series by author Rick Riordan. This whole series is about Ancient Egypt—except the gods are transplanted to modern day places like Manhattan and there are some magical kids involved. The author's very creative description of Serqet includes her having mandibles in her mouth. Creepy.