After Set had killed Ausar, Auset had given birth to her son Heru, and Sun god Ra made Ausar lord of the Underworld, Auset began weaving a shroud to place around her husband’s mummy. Although Ausar’s spirit now reigned beneath the horizon, his lifeless body still required preparation for burial, as well as burial itself.
The infant Heru lay in a crib beside Auset as she worked. Soon Tehuti, the god of wisdom, approached Auset and warned, “Take care. Set is looking for you and your son. I fear he means to kill you both.”
“I must protect my son at all costs,” Auset said. “That is my primary task, since I am his mother. But what can I do? Where can I hide? Set knows every rock, cave, and bush for miles around. He is sure to find us.”
Tehuti told Auset not to despair. He pointed out that Set was unfamiliar with certain marshes located far to the far north, and that if she and Heru hid there Set would not be able to find them. “Go there,” Tehuti urged, “raise Heru well, and when he is old enough, he can return to avenge Ausar and take the throne from Set.”
Auset followed his instructions. Before he departed, Tehuti left seven huge scorpions to accompany and protect Auset and her son on their perilous journey. Three of the scorpions – Petet, Tjetet, and Matet – walked along in front of Auset, keeping a wary eye out for Set or any other threatening presence.
Two more scorpions, Mesetet and Mesetetef, positioned themselves aside her cart; while the other two, Tefen and Befen, guarded the rear. Luckily, the travelers did not encounter any trouble during the trip.
The Scorpions’ Revenge
Eventually, the party neared the delta region Tehuti had recommended as a hiding place. By this time, Auset, still cradling her baby, was exhausted and desperately in need of food and rest. They came to a village, and there they approached a large, splendid-looking house, hoping that the owner might offer them hospitality. At that very moment, the owner, a woman dressed in fine clothes, was standing in her doorway. When she caught sight of the seven scorpions, she became terrified and slammed the door, refusing any help to Auset and her child.
Disappointed and forlorn, Auset decided to continue on toward the marshes. She had walked on a few hundred feet, when a poor fisherman’s daughter approached her. The girl did not recognize Auset as a goddess and, though she kept a cautious eye on the scorpions, she did not shy away. “I could not help but notice how tired and hungry you look,” said the girl in a kindly voice. “Please, you must come with me to my house and let me give you and your child something to eat.” Then the girl led Auset to a tiny, spare, one-room hut and there gave her most of what little food she had.
Meanwhile, the scorpions were angry at the rich woman who had so rudely refused to help Auset and her son. Therefore, they decided to teach the woman a hard lesson. Tefen raised up his stinger, and his six companions loaded their poisons onto it. Then he stealthily crept under the rich woman’s door, found where her young son was sleeping, and stung him. Just as the boy’s mother was entering the room, Tefen scurried away.
Distraught, the woman carried her child’s limp, swollen body through the streets, desperately seeking help. But everyone was afraid of the scorpions and their poison, and all the townspeople shut their doors in her face, just as she had recently done to Auset and her son in need. Sobbing, the woman sank to the ground, cradling the boy’s body in her arms.
The Power of Auset’s Magic
Auset soon learned what had happened. Despite having been treated so rudely, she could not bear to allow an innocent child to die and its mother to suffer so cruelly. So Auset went to the rich woman and said, “Fear not. I am the goddess Auset . Give me your son and I will heal him.”
Overcome with awe, the woman quickly handed over the boy, and Auset held him tenderly. The goddess then proceeded to recite various spells, establishing her power over the scorpions and their poisons.
At first, the boy’s body remained limp and pale. But then, little by little, his color began to return, his breathing became normal, and he opened his eyes. Recognizing his mother, he reached out for her, and Auset delivered him into her arms. The rich woman thanked the goddess, but seemed to sense that words were not enough to repay the kindness Auset had done. The woman returned home, gathered a major portion of her gold, and other wealth, carried the treasure to the poor fisherman’s hut, and bestowed it on the poor young girl who had earlier helped Auset.
Auset went on to avoid Set and to raise Heru. The fisherman’s daughter enjoyed material comforts she would otherwise never have known. And the rich woman, who was now considerably less rich than before, learned the true value of kindness and hospitality.
Source: http://agemythologystories .blogspot.com/2010/04/isis-and-seven-scorpions.html