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.

Mommy Mystic

“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 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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  1. mommymystic says:

    Thanks so much for the reblog, and for your own comment, as I found your comment about snakes and boundaries very illuminating…

    • The connection between snakes and boundaries has always seemed paramount to me. I think it’s particularly clear in the Norse mythology of Ior (or Jormundandr), the serpent who’s thrown down to encircle Midgard. This is a being rejected from its birthplace in Asgard, but protecting its alloted spot in Midgard, it’s hermaphroditic, it’s on the outside of everything but made itself so significant that when it stops supporting the world it will end, it bites its own tail to maintain balance, and even in the Ragnorak its venom will only kill Thor after Thor has slain the serpent.

      Which is to say, I’m happy that there’s discussion of snake symbolism and I thank you!

    • In case you’re interested, your post also inspired me to write some of my own thoughts about snakes and symbolism at:

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