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    Ta-bitjet [4] was a scorpion goddess associated with the blood lost during deflowering. In certain spells she was referred to as consort of Horus, who as Horus the Child was himself a deity invoked to protect against poisonous animals, after almost having been killed himself by scorpion stings as a baby. The magical power of Ta-bitjet spells was based on the blood she had lost, when Horus broke her hymen.
Spell for charming the scorpion:
Mistress [of ////], Wearer-of-Skin, originating from Heliopolis, daughter of Those-Wearing-Hoods.
I shall not omit the Sepertuenes-Seperenesta!
Recite for this little Horus, so that he may run healthy to his mother, with the blood of Ta-bitjet, after Horus had deflowered her in the evening.
Close the mouth of all serpents, Ta-bitjet, Bright-of-Face, Menet,
[3] wife of Horus.
Horus shall live, being healthy!
JE 69771 (Statue prophylactique), New Kingdom[1]

[1] Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae website: Projekt "Digital-Heka" (Leipzig) => Texte DigitalHeka => Schlangenzauber Neues Reich => Cairo JE 69771 (Statue prophylactique) => Spruch 1 (links, 1-7)
Notes by K. Stegbauer, Altägyptisches Wörterbuch, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
[2] Hood, nmsy.t: Probably referring to the hoods of cobras.
[3] Menet: According to Ritner not the lion-headed goddess, but the one and the one, NN.
[4] MdC transliteration tA-bjT.t, Meeks, AL 78.1292

George Hart, The Routledge dictionary of Egyptian gods and goddesses, Routledge, 2005, p.154
Ian Shaw, Paul Nicholson, The British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, British Museum Press 1995, p.281

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