Qebhet, Goddess of Purification

Qebhet was the goddess of freshness and purification. She was known as the “wandering goddess” or the “lost child.” Her father was Anubis and she helped her father in his role as the god of embalming. She was the personification of cool, refreshing water because she brought water to the souls of the dead in the afterlife Hall of Truth.

Qebhet became associated with the worship of the Nile and pure, clean water. As the Nile was connected with the Milky Way and the ways of the gods, Qebhet also became linked with the sky in both day and dark. The earthly plane of existence was thought to be a reflection of the eternal realm of the gods and so balance was struck through Qebhet as a goddess of the night sky and also of the river of life which flowed through the Nile Valley to the sea.

In the earliest times, Qebhet was envisioned as a celestial serpent or ostrich bringing water. As a snake she sometimes had a body made of stars. Her form as an ostrich, and in her role as a purifier, she was linked with the goddess of Ma´at (the feather of Ma’at is an ostrich feather) representing justice and balance in the universe.
In her place, caring for the souls of the dead, was an example of the value of harmony, and how a celestial goddess would humble herself to provide water to the souls of mortals. Qebhet was a role model for the living to care for others in life, just as she cared for the souls in the land of the dead.

On January 15, we honor Qebhet.