myth : the serpent
"Whenever there is a strong lock used there is
something extremely precious hidden. The thicker
the Veil, the more
valuable the jewel. A hoard of treasure is guarded by a large snake; do not
dwell on the hideousness of the snake,
dazzling and the priceless things you'll discover in the treasure." -
The serpent has been a symbol of long life,
healing, and knowledge among almost all cultures and
religions since the
beginning of recorded history.
serpent was revered in Aztec, Chinese, and Native American
mythologies, among others.
The single serpent staff
appears on a Sumerian vase of 2000 B.C. representing the healing god
Ningishita, the prototype of the Greek
god of healing Aesculapius.
medical professions in America use the caduceus - a pole entwined with 2
snakes, which originally was a symbol of heralds and commerce.
Ironically, this was the staff of Mercury (Hermes) who was the god of
The "correct" and traditional symbol of medicine is the staff
of Aesculapius with a single serpent
encircling a staff, classically a
rough-hewn knotty oak tree limb.
Aesculapius, an ancient
Greek physician deified as the god of medicine, is traditionally depicted as a
bearded man wearing a robe that leaves his chest uncovered and holding a staff
with his sacred single serpent coiled around it, symbolizing renewal of youth
as the serpent casts off its skin.
The power of life causes the serpent to shed its skin,
just as the moon sheds its shadow.
The Serpent sheds its skin to be reborn,
as the moon its shadow to be reborn.
Life sheds one generation after
another, to be reborn.
Serpent represents immortal
energy and eternal
consciousness of the
Creator and Sustainer engaged in the field of time,
constantly throwing off death and being
serpent is a
traveling alimentary canal, that's about all it is.
And it gives
you that primary sense of shock, of life in its most primal quality.
Sometimes the serpent is represented as a circle eating its own
The serpent represents the primary function of life, mainly
Life consists of eating other creatures.
Life lives on Life.
essence of life is this eating of
The Ouroboros, also spelled Oroborus, Uroboros or Uroborus, is
an ancient symbol depicting a serpent swallowing its own tail and forming a
The Ouroboros is one of the oldest
mystical symbols on Earth.
"Circle" There are two of
us talking in circles
and one of us who wants to leave
in a world forged for only
an empty cage that has no key
don't you know we're working with
flesh and blood
carving out of jealousy
Crawling into each other
every little part of me
What kind of love is this that
hanging on despite everything it's doing to me
what is this love that keeps me coming
more when it will only end in misery
I know too many people
in a life from which they'd prefer to flee
watching others get
they're wanton for discovery
brother my sister my mother
you're loosing your identity
see that it's you in the
window shining with intensity
What kind of
love is this that keeps me
hanging on despite everything it's doing to
what is this love that keeps me coming
back for more when it will only
end in misery
Life lives by killing and eating itself,
casting off death
and being reborn, in a manner not unlike Sin -
the Moon Goddess.
The serpent in most
cultures is given a positive interpretation.
India even the most poisonous snake, the cobra, is
a sacred animal and the mythological serpent
king is the next thing to the
serpent represents the power of life engaged in the field of time, and of
death, yet eternally alive; the world is but
its shadow - the falling skin.
The serpent was thought of as a very
important power to be made friends with in the
American Indian traditions.
Go down to the pueblos, for example, and watch the
snake dance of the Hopi,
where they take the snakes in their mouths and make friends with them and then
send them back to the hills.
The snakes are sent back to carry the
human message to the hills, just as they have brought the message of the hills
to the humans.
The interplay of man and nature is illustrated in
this relationship with the serpent.
A serpent flows like water, but its
tongue continually flashes fire.
So you have the pair of
opposites together in the
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