Ankh is an Egyptian symbol of life, regeneration, and mortality and the universe.
Ankh means “life” and “hand mirror” is a tav, or looped cross. Tutankhamen had a hand mirror in this shape.
In Egyptian art, Ankh is carried as a scepter in the right hand of the gods. It’s also drawn on the nostrils of the dead to bring them back to life.
Amulets in the shape of an Ankh were made from semiprecious or precious stones, wax, wood metal, and Faience.
Pagans and Wiccans wear an Ankh as an amulet against negativity and/or a talisman for good luck and good spirits. They also use it to represent the union of male and female. The masculine being the staff, and the feminine being the closed loop.
I’ve also heard of the Ankh being drawn on the lips of the dead so they’d receive the Life’s breath in the otherworld.
The jackal-headed Egyptian god of the underworld. Anubis is sometimes called the Great Dog.
Dogs are greatly revered in ancient Egypt.
Anubis had a place of honor in the pantheon of gods.
In the Middle Ages, Christians believed images of Anubis confirmed legends of werejackals that attacked unwary desert travelers.
Some ancient cults saw Anubis as a conduit for healing, others believed his priests wearing, dog-headed masks were assuming the god’s role as judge of the underworld and were stealing souls of hapless victims that the pretended to cure.