lunes, 24 de agosto de 2009
Serpiente / Snake - Serpent
La serpiente es un animal realmente de mucho poder. Sinceramente creo que es el animal más controversial de la historia de la humanidad por su supuesta participación en el pecado original del ser humano según la tradición judeo-cristiana. Sin embargo, es considerada un animal muy sabio en muchas culturas orientales. Usualmente no se le busca; ella acostumbra llegar sola. Accedemos a su medicina y magia por invitación de ella. A mi puerta llamó enviandome pequeñas pistas con objetos que se le relacionaban, pero fue hasta que en un sueño se impuso, que entendí que me estaba tratando de invitar a conocer su naturaleza. Como diría Freud, una serpiente atacándote en un sueño es un buen augurio, especialmente en términos de espiritualidad. Es una gran ayuda para transmutar ideas, personas o dolor que nos ha estado deteniendo, de manera que podamos redirigir nuestra fuerza de vida (Kundalini) utilizando así nuestra fertilidad en algo de más alto orden. Al igual que la tortuga que también es un reptil, pide a las mujeres que nos mantengamos en contacto con nuestra Diosa interior y la sabiduría de la Madre Tierra. Emprender el camino a su lado es algo que estoy por descubrir! Y bueno, soy serpiente en el calendario maya..!
FUENTE: Ericka, TORTUGALE & JAGUARA http://poderanimalpower.blogspot.com/
La Serpiente: Representa el ciclo vida-muerte-reencarnación, que se ejemplifica con la muda de su piel.
Es la energía de la plenitud, de la conciencia cósmica y de la capacidad de experimentar cualquier cosa por propia voluntad y sin resistencia.
Es saber que todas las cosas de la creación son iguales , y que todo lo que vive como veneno se puede comer, ingerir y transmutar, si uno se encuentra en el estado mental apropiado.
Cuando la energía de la Serpiente llega al plano espiritual, se convierte en sabiduría, comprensión, plenitud y conexión con el Gran Espíritu.
Lo conoce todo sobre los misterios de la transformación. Es maestra de todo lo femenino, detenta poder y sabiduría y es la mejor instructora en todo lo que se relaciona con el agua, con lo fluido y con el cambio.
Evasión, manipulación de la luz, transmutación, exploración de los misterios de la vida, energía primitiva, protección contra la persecusión religiosa, energía de la diosa y psíquica, poder creativo, inmortalidad.
DESAPEGO Y LIGEREZA.
Con demasiada frecuencia nos aferramos a nuestras posesiones, nuestra posición social o incluso a nuestro propio dolor con gran obstinación. La serpiente nos invita a tomar una actitud en la que no tengamos tanto que defender, ni creencias, ni sentimientos ni posición social. Cuando el Espíritu desciende y decide llevarse algo de nuestra vida lo hace como un corte de navaja. Tenemos que estar dispuestos a soltar lo que el Espíritu o el destino desee llevarse.
SI LA SERPIENTE ES TU ANIMAL DE PODER
Tienes la capacidad de crecer como persona pues no tienes miedo de deshacerte de ideas o relaciones que ya no te sirven. Como un alquemista, transmutas las experiencias negativas -un mal trato de negocios, un accidente automovilístico o una enfermedad seria- en una lección espiritual positiva. Tienes un agudo sentido del olfato y puedes "oler" el peligro antes de que llegue. Cuando observas a otros, ves su corazón y su alma. Tienes una personalidad intensa, carismática. Como maestro, puedes ayudar a otros a acceder estados de consciencia más elevados.
PIDE A SERPIENTE QUE TE AYUDE
*Transformar cualquier cosa en tu vida que se haya estancado
*Crecer en conocimiento espiritual
*Cofrontar el miedo al cambio o a la pérdida
ACCEDE AL PODER DE LA SERPIENTE A TRAVÉS DE
*Observar y aprender sobre las serpientes
*Ayudar a tu espina dorsal a ser más flexible tomando un clase de yoga
GUÍA DE INTERPRETACIÓN
Como símbolo en el sueño
Sabiduría, potencial, despertar, transmutación, iniciación, resurrección, renacimiento
Como guardián o protector
Resguarda los misterios sagrados
Protege a los buscadores espirituales
Limpia y despierta los chakras
Purifica la toxicidad que puede estar causando enfermedad
Como oráculo o presagio
Sé más flexible
Cambia de piel dejando aquello que te está reteniendo
LA SERPIENTE COMO TU ANIMAL DE PODER
puede devorar aquellas cosas que ya no quieres más. Ofrece a la serpiente cualquier hábito negativo, como fumar, o como en exceso, que quisieras remover de tu vida.
FUENTE: Madonna Gauding © Octopus Publishing Group 2006 ISBN-13: 978-1-84181-292-2
LA SERPIENTE EN EL CALENDARIO MAYA
Serpiente: (desde el 2 de mayo hasta el 29 de mayo).
La Serpiente tiene mala fama en el Horóscopo Maya y es que muchas veces todo lo que hay a su alrededor es envidia. A ellos les gusta el lujo, el confort, la elegancia y el refinamiento. Su buen gusto en forma de vestir, en decoración, en educación, les hace ser el punto de atención. Son luchadores y trabajadores natos. Gracias a esto, llegan a escalas sociales elevadas. Sin embargo, son competidores leales y será raro verles poner la zancadilla a un compañero. Lo que demuestran es mal humor si te interpones en su camino o le desafías. Entonces se defenderá con uñas y dientes. En el fondo, la serpiente es una romántica total, pero como es justamente tan sensible es que se pone a la defensiva.
Tienen corazón de poeta, y se destacan en las letras. Como aman la buena vida y el dinero trataran de que su vocación les haga ganar una fortuna, y en ello pondrán toda su energía. Banqueros, licenciados en marketing, publicidad, guionistas, cineastas, encargados de una galería de arte, o pintores.
Tan seguras de sí mismas en su vida y en su profesión, en el amor es todo lo contrario, necesitan mimos, caricias y afectos. El amor es el aire que le permite saber que están vivas, cambiarían todo su dinero, fama y poder sólo por amor. Son románticas empedernidas. Cuando la serpiente se enamora empieza a rodear a su pareja y sin quererlo termina asfixiándola. Así son las serpientes, cuando aman lo hacen abarcando amigos, vecinos, familiares y trabajo. Se debe tener mucho tacto si una serpiente se siente herida atacará de la manera más inesperada, capaz de matar y morir por amor.
Es fácil enamorar a una serpiente, pero de allí a atraparla hay una distancia muy grande.
Muchas son las cualidades que se deben poseer para que una persona de este signo de el "si" para toda la vida. Antes medirá con cuidado los pro y los contra de la relación y finalmente consultara el saldo en el banco de su prometido. Los Venados las seducen con su paz, algo que la serpiente no siempre puede conseguir. Los Monos le proporcionan alegría y ganas de vivir. Con ellos podrá recorrer el mundo y compartir mil y una aventuras.
Nowhere are the differences between cultures and religions more sharply emphasized than in their attitudes towards Snake, differences which will also reveal different perspectives towards fundamental aspects of being alive.
On one level these differences relate to sexuality. We see the snake "tempting" Eve in the Garden of Eden, being symbolized as the Indian goddess, Vinata, or shown as the legs of the Celtic fertility god, Cernunnos. People for untold ages have associated Snake with both male and female aspects of sexuality.
In religions where sexuality, in both its physical and spiritual aspects, is celebrated Snake has been an honored being. In more repressive belief systems this animal has been associated with evil.
This, however, is only the beginning of the contradictory attitudes towards Snake, for this animal also symbolizes aliveness, as expressed in sensuality - meaning in this case the ability to feel and respond to stimuli, and more generally, to the flow of energy which creatres us and makes us alive. In Hinduism, kundalini, or serpent fire, lies coiled at the base of the spine. As we mature emotionally and spiritually, the energy rises, stimulating emotional, mental, and spiritual energy centers (chakras). This is also expressed in the worldwide symbol of the spiral.
This flow of energy is essential to health, and the Greeks, in their own understanding of this, used the snake as a symbol of healing and wisdom.
Snake sheds its skin, and transmutes into a new being. This is a symbol for our ability to shed beliefs and habits which we have outgrown. To be able to do this is wisdom. In Egypt Snake was thought to represent inner vision; while the Celts sometimes called the Druids (who were leaders and teachers in the areas of poetry and music, the law, spiritual wisdom, and healing) adders.
Unfortunately, the more rigid practitioners of the Judeo-Christian tradition seemed to fear wisdom. When St. Patrick boasted that he had driven all of the snakes out of Ireland, he meant the Druids, and the apple the snake gave Eve was from the Tree of Knowledge.
On the deepest level Snake's skin shedding symbolizes death and rebirth, an idea which is represented by the image of a snake swallowing its own tail, a symbol of eternity.
Snake is not an energy to be treated lightly. Its meaning touches on the deepest mysteries of life. If, however, you are ready to shed your own skin Snake is always ready to guide you through the spiral path of transformation.
Serpent is important in ancient stories of death and immortality. In the Sumerian tale of Gilgamesh, serpent steals the herb of immortality to keep it from humans. Serpents do not die. Instead they shed their skins.
M.J. ABADIE ON THE SERPENT
The Goddess and Her Sacred Serpent
We have seen that the serpent, as a most potent symbol for the way of the Goddess, represents the life cycle of brith-death-rebirth. Because it sheds its skin in order to grow and renew itself, the serpent is, in non-Christian cultures, the symbol of rebirth into the spirit. This motif is deeply embedded in our collective unconscious and arises spontaneously when appropiate to each person´s development. Serpent images, whether they come to us through dreams or through spontaneous art production, speak to the deepest mystery of Being to the unfathomable Nature of ourselves and the Universe. Now, let´s look at some specific examples of serpent symbolism.
The Serpent as a Symbol of the Goddess as Healer
We know women were the first healers and they invented medicine, usually from their knowledge of herbs and healing plants, but also from their knowledge of the cyclical nature of life. Later, the patriarchal Greeks appropiated the serpent symbol for their own use. But the serpent never died as a symbol of the goddess as giver of knowledge and wisdom. And this knowledge was always considered to be sacred, from the Divine Goddess Source.
For example, the Greeks saw sickness as the effect of a divine action, which could be cured only by divine action: the divine sickness was to be cast out by a divine remedy. When sickness is vested with such dignity, it has the inestimable advantage of being the agent of its own cure. Thus, what might be termed spiritual homeopathy was practiced in the clinics of antiquity, through the medium of dreams and what today we call altered states of consciousness.
At the classical sanctuarie of healing in ancient Greece, a distinctly spiritual atmosphere was created. Dedicated to the god of healing, these ancient "hospitals" had as their primary aim the connecting of the patient with his or her innermost depths, from where the healing would come. Removed from the distractions and disturbances of the outside world, patients were presented with the opportunity to themselves effect their cure, the elements of which already resided within them.
Asklepios, the patron god of physicians in ancient Greece carried a plain staff with a single snake coiled around it, and snakes freely roamed his temples. At the Asklepieion, or temple of healing, both patient and cotor made ritual sacrifices, after which the patient retired into seclusion within the temple to await a dream message from the god about the illness and its cure. The mystery of recovery was a private matter between the individual and the god responsible for it. In principle, the physician was excluded from the process.
SERPENT AND PSYCHE
The serpent also represents the psychic realm; when the serpent appears, it signals that the deepest level of the intuitive mind is sending an important message to the conscious mind.
One of the psychologist Carl G. Jung´s patients, who knew absolutely nothing about serpent symbolism, made a drawing of an eye with a serpent on each side. Each snake was "biting" one corner of each eye. Jung remarks of this middle-aged woman that she, "without being neurotic, was struggling for spiritual development." He felt that the symbol of the eye being bitten by the serpent indicated her new ability to "see" the truth of her inner self, to encounter "the ultimate and moving power of the universe, transcending and overcoming its pain."
FUENTE: M.J. ABADIE © Bindu Books 2002 "THE GODDESS IN EVERY GIRL" ISBN 089281909-X
MAYAN VISION SERPENT:
the ancient Mayan Civilization shaman god of
inspiration, creativity, spirit, trance,
and dream journeying.
The Mayan Vision Serpent was believed to be a direct link between the spirit realm of the gods and the physical world. It is often depicted with the spirit of a god or ancestor emerging from its jaws. According to the Maya, it is the axis atop the World Tree, which lies at the center of the Universe. This center axis, which the two create, communicates between the spiritual and the earthly worlds or planes. They create a doorway to the spiritual world, where one can access their innate power and integrate it into their physical experience.
Integration is key to healing on every level. The Ancients knew this and now we are remembering that which was once known. Everything you discover here is created and shared, in order to support transition into the higher frequencies of the new age we have been moving into. There is nothing new to learn. We have only to remember and we can do this by looking beyond what our eyes, hearts, and minds have been conditioned to see, feel, think, and believe. This is a time for "conscious" choices. There is so much more. We are so much more. In whatever way I can help to bridge the separation and division we allow ourselves to experience, I will. We all have an innate power and beauty within, just waiting to be tapped into.
JUNGS RING AND SERPENT ID-ENTITIES
By John Rhodes 1997
World renowned Swiss born psychiatrist, Carl G. Jung (1875-1961), was one of the finest explorers of the ever mysterious human mind. He was a pioneer in the field of human psychology and an expert in interpreting the symbols that our subconscious brain uses when communicating with our higher, awakened consciousness. So remarkable was Jung's insight into human psychology that his numerous books were translated in several languages and distributed around the world.
Carl Jung's work introduced the world to the concepts of synchronicity and the three part psyche (ego, personal unconscious, and collective unconscious). Over the years, his books and articles have shared with us his deep understanding of aspects of human psychology and their relationships with spiritual nature.
According to Jung, the most fundamental symbols that our brain uses to communicate subconscious messages are known as Archetypes. Some of these primordial symbolic images are: the Ego (me, myself and I), the Anima-Animus (gender role playing), the Persona, (the image a person "acts out" or outwardly projects), and the invitingly mysterious, yet inherently frightening, Shadow Self or veiled side of our Ego.
What this author finds most interesting about Carl Jung, the 'father of modern psychology,' is that the serpent was one of the most important symbols that he ever discovered during his personal spiritual journey through life. To Jung, it was a reflection of the Omnipotent and Omnipresent power of "God" that lives within every human. In fact, the serpent was such an important image to him that, despite the social risks of bearing such a maligned and misunderstood symbol, he proudly displayed it on the ring that encircled his finger.
When asked about the ring on his finger during an interview, Jung said...
" It (the ring) is Egyptian. Here the serpent is carved, which symbolizes Christ. Above it, the face of a woman; below the number 8, which is the symbol of the Infinite, of the Labyrinth, and the Road to the Unconscious. I have changed one or two things on the ring so that the symbol will be Christian. All these symbols are absolutely alive within me, and each one of them creates a reaction within my soul."
(C.G. Jung from " Interviews and Encounters," W. McGuire and R. F. C. Hull p.468)
Shamans around the world, by whatever cultural label they are called, have often spoken of how important the image of a serpent is in their worship of God and their visions of the "other side." Whether stirred from slumber by meditation or dreams, once this primordial living symbol within man is awakened, it can provoke extremely powerful emotional reactions of either paralytic fear or enduring fascination and love.
For many years, anthropologists have been puzzled as to why the serpent image was the most common symbol used by ancient man to represent the image of God. How is it that this wondrous creature came to play such a powerful role in human psychology and spirituality? Why did Carl Jung, Moses, the Freemasons, the Baptists and so many other groups of people throughout history looked upon the image of a serpent and, through handling the image without fear, represented it as a symbol of our unquestioned love for God and our divine spirituality. Why are dreams of snakes, dragons, lizards or other reptilian animals seem so real and provocative at times?
The answer to these questions may be found in the fact that, according to evolutionary science, reptiles were at the root of a genetic matrix from which all land vertebrate life evolved. Millions of years of biological divergence from the trunk of the vertebrate "Tree of Life" resulted in a world full of back boned animals that, despite their dissimilar outward appearance, share the same parental lineage---an encoded past locked in their DNA. A code which we humans share with other land vertebrate life forms.
Considering the entire history of our human emergence into the animal world is forever recorded (repressed) deep within our genetic code, certain aspects of our ancient animal nature may lay dormant, just under the surface of our expression, ready to be drawn upon by accident or intentional focus.
By embracing the Gnostic (serpent symbolized) Christian faith, Carl Jung himself may have been intuitively drawing upon the very best of his own pre-human inheritance while searching for the source of the human soul. By spending untold thousands of hours studying tradition religions and symbolism, Jung just might have discovered why the Serpent / Dragon image was humanity's most powerful psychological motivator; the spark that had the potential to illuminate the face of one's own inner ID-Entity.
The ancient tenet of "Know Thyself," to "Seek the Kingdom of God within" and even the modern word "Insight" all point those on the spiritual path in the same direction: inwards. By recognizing or re-imagining ourselves as descendants of the ancient reptiles, we might be able to rekindle a relationship between who we are today and the animal we used to be, but have been conditioned to fear, namely the reptiles of the ancient past.
Could Carl Jung have realized through his studies that the ancient Hebrew, Egyptian, Aztec, Hopi and Far Eastern priest-kings (amongst others) either knowingly or unknowingly evolved snake symbolism so as to promote psychological and possibly psychical stimulation? Although we may never know for sure, the symbol of a serpent on Jung's ring and his own comments as to their meaning in his life quite obviously touched something deep within him and spiritually propelled him along his journey though life.
Carl Jung rejected the traditional (old fashioned) interpretation of the serpent's role in Christian religion and embraced it as a symbol of the power of Jesus within his soul. Could a man so educated in human psychology and religious symbolism, so respected throughout the world by millions of people, have been secretly e4ntertaining evil in his heart? No, it's much more than that. Jung found a secret that religious leaders and secret societies have withheld from the 'common man' for far too long. His peaceful, patient nature, along with his courage to search beyond the borders of entrained perception, provided him a window through which he leaned the benefit and powerful side of our mysterious and provocative reptilian subconscious.
It is interesting to note that, according to the ancient Tibetan Book of the Dead, the darker side of one's own nature (their "Shadow") sometimes reveals itself in the serpentine form in the afterlife. It becomes a form of mirror through which a person can encounter the feelings or thoughts they repressed when alive. In other words, the frightening serpentine forms we see in the afterlife, are not symbols of evil, as western tradition has conditioned us to believe, but they are symbol of all that we fear to see in ourselves.
Tibetan priests teach people who are about to die that, unless they act neutral or passive towards these reptilian forms in the afterlife, they will become engaged in conflict with something that can never be ignored or destroyed and they will forever be trapped in that particular stage of the afterlife.
"You will hate them! You will panic! You will faint! Your own visions having become devils, you will wander in the life cycle."
The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Translation: Robert Thurman, Bantam 1994. p162
If this psychological mirroring is true after death, then it might also apply to our "Dream life." So, if you or someone you know constantly dreams of dragons, snakes, lizards, or even Reptoids, it might be wise to follow this ancient Tibetan advice. Don't fear these reptilian images, but rather recognize them, not as foreign or independent life forms, but as reflections of your own Self ID-Entity which must be embraced to reach total spiritual balance.
When our conscious mind shuts down during sleep, our subconscious reptilian 'R-Complex' brain (which regulates respiration and heart rate) rules the darkness of our dreams. It could be that in some idreams we have, the most powerful, healing and loving archetypal symbol that Jung discovered occasionally stirs to life, emerges from the cave of our subconscious and acts as a stimulant to psychological and spiritual transformation.
There is no greater form of personal transformation than from a physical reality to a non-physical afterlife. In considering this remarkable journey in which we all will embark one day, two things come to this author's mind:
First, the scientific fact that free energy in a vacuum never travels in a straight line. It always moves forward while oscillating as a waveform. This forward, oscillating motion results in an elongated spiral or vortex of energy. The ancients somehow intuited this knowledge and symbolized it as a serpent moving along the deep waters of space.
Secondly, numerous ancient cultures picture the "Tree of Life" as having serpents entwined around its trunk or at its roots. While the leaves reach out to receive the energy of the sun, the roots receive the nutrition of the soil and water. One cannot exist without the other. In life we often acknowledge the leaves, but ignore the roots of our existence.
So, as Carl Gustav Jung exhaled his final breath, his life energy was released from his physical form and he embarked on an even more fascinating journey than life. He ventured forth, at peace knowing that...
The image of the serpent has been corrupted by the will of man.
Yet, beyond the scope of his vision, it readies itself at his root,
preparing to return him to the Godhead upon his death.
The Meaning of Snakes in Your Dreams,
Waking and Sleeping...
Snake, is a Powerful Totem Animal! The Symbol of Death and Rebirth, of Life-Changing Transformation, Snake Might Well be the Mascot for the New Age!
The Symbolism of Snakes
I don’t like snakes, I mean I REALLY don’t like snakes, so I was pretty surprised when a fat python showed up as my totem animal when I was journeying with the drums recently. She’d shown up a few times before over the years, but I always dismissed her as quickly as I could. This time she made it clear that she was a totem for me and there was no point in my sending her away. She was around for a reason, so I might as well get used to it.
As usual, I tried to let the whole incident go, I REALLY dislike snakes... but my totem warned me that she wouldn’t be forgotten this time and sure enough, the very next night there was a strange story of a two-headed snake on TV and then we started receiving inquires about snakes in dreams... so, I was bitten... prompted by a another most interesting snake dream, we decided to do a little research among our team on the symbolism of snakes...
Snakes, a Symbol of Sexuality.
I had snakes (cobra) in my dreams for 4 days continuously. I would like to know that this signifies.
Well, generally snakes are predominantly a symbol of fear and also a sexual symbol. They say every woman dreams of snakes at least once in her life and the interpretation is often fear of a rival or fear of the male gender. I suggest this may be speaking to you of the fears around sexual expression and fullness that you may have. The serpent stands for physical drives and if something is not quite right in that area of life, the snake dreams can come. Now often by the time the dreams come, it is also signifying healing of this area or the desire to heal and balance this area of life.
Something in you has been oppressed. This could be by outside forces, societal rules or inner oppression of true desire. Something quite important is happening in your subconscious and will eventually give rise to a new dimension within your outer life. I will also say that sometimes the snake images do warn of danger, but mostly of hidden truths coming up for healing and often around sexual energy. The danger warnings are about not heeding the call to heal a particular area and so making the issues "worse" somehow. However, the predominant images do speak of a healing of fear surrounding the sexual expression area of life or fear surrounding men or a male in your life. Ponder on these thoughts and feel if there is any connection with these symbols inside of you. Take care. Mary-Anne
And Also of Change and Transformation...
Snakes speak to transformation, death and rebirth, the taking on of a new skin, new roles, responsibilities and even attitudes... and the cobra would speak to the fact that you may be afraid of the changes you feel coming. Lotsa LLLove, Danielle
Very often the snake can be symbolic of a message coming to you from a higher plane. As this is a cobra my sense is that you are being "challenged" in your life by the circumstances of your birth and family. I have this further sense that you are getting ready to "break free" in some way. Listen to your inner self for the Wisdom messages that the snake may have. Geri De Stefano, Ph.D.
Usually when you dream of Snakes, it has to do with some form of the Kundalini (sexual grounding power) You need to look at what the snake was doing and if you were frightened of it, than likely you would be subconsciously dealing with something of the sexual nature that makes you uncomfortable. Or if you were not afraid of it, maybe a part of you is breaking free and developing new strength.
Another meaning of snake is letting the old go and accepting the new. Because snakes shed their skin. You could be afraid of something new coming to be or you may be stepping into something new with ease. It does feel however that with the Cobra and it being so big to protect itself with the way it is built that you are trying to protect yourself from things that are happening around you. It feels like you want to accept some new things but are afraid of being hurt, and thus you can sometimes attack and get your back up instead of just accepting. I hope this has helped. Love n' laughter Kimmi
Some see snakes as terrifying, but many ancient cultures respected the serpent. The symbol, to me, is about rebirth - the ability to shed one's current condition and create a new one. Red is the color of the life force. Since someone killed the snake, and you skinned it, I'd say the change hasn't taken place. In fact, you may still be unaware that it's even taking place. You seem uncomfortable with the snake confrontation - in fact - you "dance around it." Susan aka Rabbit
snake1.gif (3621 bytes) Freud say to dream of a snake is to dream of yourself..if the snake turns and bites you it is supposed to be good...a self revelation, Deb
FUENTE: Animal-Speak, the Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small by Ted Andrews ISBN 0-87542-028-1
Keynote: Rebirth, Resurrection, Initiation and Wisdom
To the Native Americans, the snake is a symbol of transformation and healing. Snake ceremonies involved learning to transmute the poisons within the body after being bitten multiple times. These activated the energy of kill or cure, ultimately leading to dramatic healings.
In the Meso-American societies, the serpent or snake was depicted as feathered and flying, a symbol of their greatest god and hero, Quetsalcoatl, the embodiment of the dying god who would someday return. In many ways he was the patron of the Toltecs, and it was said that the heavens and stars and all the motions of the universe were under his dominion.
In Greece the snake was also a symbol of alchemy and healing. The god Hermes carried a staff upon which were entwined two snakes. This caduceus symbol is the primary symbol of western medicine and doctors. It is the symbol of wisdom expressed through healing.
In India the Goddess Vinata was the mother of snakes and a symbol of water and the underworld. Also in India were the demigods, Naga and their beautiful wives Naginis, who were usually depicted as half cobra and half deity. The god Vishnu is often depicted sleeping on the serpent of eternity call Ananta. Shiva wears snakes for bracelets and necklaces, representing sexuality.
The serpent has long been a symbol of sexual/creative life force within humans as is taught in eastern traditions. The kundalini or serpent fire lies coiled at the base of the spine. As we grow and develop, the primal energy is released, rising up the spine. This in turn activates energy centers in the body and mind, opening new dimensions and levels of awareness, health and creativity.
In Chinese astrology, one of the twelve years is named for the snake. Those born within that year are believed to have the qualities of compassion, clairvoyance and charm. They usually need to learn lessons associated with forgiveness, superstitiousness and possessiveness as well.
In Egypt the snake has also has mystical significance. The uraeus is a head band in the shape of the snake. The head of the snake rests and sticks out at the brow area. It was believed to represent a state of inner sight and control of the universe. It was a symbol worn by those who were initiated. Some believe it to be variations of the eye of Horus, while others see it as the sacred eye of Ra. It represents a certain degree of wisdom and understanding.
Because it sheds its skin, the snake has long been a symbol of death and rebirth. Before the snake begins to shed its skin, its eyes will begin to cloud over. It gives the snake a trancelike appearance. To many mystics and shamans this indicated the ability of the snake to move between the realms of the living and the dead, of crossing over from life to death and then back to life again.
The snake has often been depicted along with its relatives, the serpent and the dragon as a guardian. It is found in myth and lore guarding treasures, the springs of life or sacred places.
Anytime a snake shows up as a totem, you can expect death and rebirth to occur in some area of your life. It can also reflect that your own creative forces are awakening. Physiologically, it can activate the sexual drive, bring more energy, etc. Spiritually it can stimulate greater perception of how to apply your insight and intuition. Your own vision and intuition will become more accurate. Learning opportunities, formal and informal will surface frequently. You will be able to swallow and digest whatever you take in.
Learning to use the eyes to mesmerize and look into the hearts and souls of others directly is part of what traditional snake medicine can teach. It may even indicate a need to look more closely into your own heart and soul.
Individuals with the snake totem will find themselves extremely sensitive to smells and fragrances.... the sense of smell is linked to higher forms of discrimination and spiritual idealism.
Snakes are symbols of change and healing. They have speed and agility, so those who have snakes come into their life will usually find changes and shifts occur quickly and are soon recognized and defined. When snake comes into your life you can look for a rebirth into new powers of creativity and wisdom.
Dear Danielle, Here is my snake story, not like yours but parts are interesting. I am fascinated by snakes and when I stayed in England on my first journey I stayed with people who raised endangered snakes. These snakes were both domestic and tropical. None were poisonous. While I did not want to touch them I was fascinated by their beautiful colours and their habits as related to me by the young breeder. The largest was an 18 foot Burmese Python female who was bred and incubating. The male was smaller. They varied in size with the breed, down to those that were less than a foot long. The young herpetologist was full of wonderful information. I found myself fascinated with this new knowledge.
I remembered back to the Organic Orchard that I owned in the South Okanagan. I remembered beautiful snakes that were called Blue Racers. Out of the sun they looked khaki in colour, but caught by the sun they were almost iridescent Turquoise. They would lift their heads above the orchard grass and race away. The area was full of Rattlesnakes but I never did encounter one except for the occasional road kill. I also met the Pacific Boa that was native there. Interestingly enough it is called the Two Headed Snake, and looks like a gigantic earthworm. Bull Snakes, were huge and were very common but I could never tell the difference between them and the Rattler until the tail came into sight.
I need to tell you my strange snake story. In 1994 I was trying to do distant healing for a well known Medium who, interestingly I had never met, but I had been contacted and asked to help in his recovery. From a distance I ran my hands through his aura. I did it gently and hoped I was not interfering with his energy even though we were quite a distance away. This man was suffering from total memory loss, and could no longer work for Spirit. Slowly his memory would be restored only to be suddenly lost again. Extensive neurological tests had been done, but there were no reliable results from these tests. Any medication seem to debilitate him physically. He was a healer himself but could no longer function. Imagine my surprise on scanning his aura with my hands I encountered a curled up snake like figure. I lifted it gently from his aura and it coiled itself around my arm. It had a short but thick stubby body and a face that was more human than snakelike. Each time I withdrew the form it would attach to my arm, but as I drew my arm back and away from the aura, this being would detach itself from my arm and secure itself back on his aura. It's body and face were a satin black, but I can only remember for some reason it had red lips. I dealt with this creature for about 20 minutes and tried to detach it. I could not. I had never dealt with anything like this before and I did not know what it was. Finally I wrote him a letter and told him what I had found. I felt strange doing this, if someone had told me this same story about their experience, I would have doubted their sanity. However he took it well and told me that where I said this creature was attached was where he had terrible pain. I could offer no explanation, nor could he.
Now I know after studying Psychic Defence by Murry Hope, whom I had the wonderful chance of reading for on my first trip to England ( I had no idea how famous this woman was) I know that this creature was probably a Thought Form, Elemental. Placed there perhaps by accident or by someone he had offended (He had been bit of a womanizer). I would deal with it differently now.
I have never believed in curses, nor thought form attachments before. After reading Stuart Wilde and Murry Hope, my two sane mentors, I know these things are possible. Usually they will not stay attached unless there is something for this form to feed on. (negative, destructive thoughts are perfect fodder). I know how to send them back and repel them now and could manage this if I had to. Back then I had no idea what I was dealing with. That is my snake story. Victoria Moira Pitt, Vernon, B.C.