Snakes are the beings who know boundaries best. They can wrap around others, around themselves, defend the barriers they wish, and twist through and out of any lines that could be blurred. The power to transform and heal boundaries can give anyone the power to pursue what they truly want in life. May this look into the history of snake teaching and symbolism be the beginning of many journeys to power and freedom.
“If the account given in Genesis is really true, ought we not, after all, to thank this serpent? He was the first schoolmaster, the first advocate of learning, the first enemy of ignorance, the first to whisper in human ears the sacred word liberty.”
– Robert Green Ingersoll
In honor of the Year of the Snake, which will arrive with Chinese and Tibetan New Year on February 10th, I decided to explore the snake as a symbol across cultures and history, just as I did with the dragon last year. If you’d like to read some of the predictions for the Year of the Snake based in the Chinese and Tibetan astrology systems, I wrote a bit on that over at Bellaonline.com. This post is more of a free-form exploration of the snake and the serpent as a symbol. Symbols speak to us beyond words, on a…
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