The Secret Language of Symbols: Part Two

The Egg and the Serpent: Part two of three The philosophical or cosmic egg is another nearly universal symbol. Alchemically, the egg is a symbol of the cosmos, as it is in a multitude of folk legends. In Hindu cosmology, it is the source of the universe. The egg as a container of the universe is found in many ancient religions. The egg symbolizes birth and potential. It contains within a miniature sun, and it features prominently in solar mythology. The gods Vishnu, Phanes, and Mithras, are all “egg born” solar deities. Another solar entity, the rooster, is also born of an egg.

Cosmic eggBirth of MithrasCosmic egg

The serpent plays an important role in every culture. It is a dual role, as a symbol of wisdom and of evil. A snake is a lowly creature who cannot leave the ground, making it an obvious symbol of base desires and material entrapment. As a sexual symbol, the snake can represent the energies of the universe, or base human desires and lust- traditional pictures of dragon slayers are allegories to conquered material desires such as these, as are many human/monster hybrids. However,as even the lowest serpent sheds its skin and renews itself, it is a token of resurrection. As a symbol of spiritual power, the serpent represents the awakened self.

Naga serpent, protector of Vishnu Alchemical crucified serpent

The serpent is most often related to sexual energies, which can be harnessed for spiritual purposes, or when abused, can overwhelm the spirit. Serpents depicted symbolically on a vertical axis nearly always represent sexual energy- the twin serpents of the caduceus, the kundalini serpents, the alchemical crucified serpent, and the serpent of Genesis are all symbols of the sexual nature of man. In the Judeo-Christian allegorical story of Adam and Eve, the serpent represents the dual nature of sexual energy, which can either entrap or release the spirit. It is this serpent who guards the mythical tree of life and immortality featured in mythology the world over, where it serves as both a protector of the aspirant and an obstacle to the uninitiated.

Cadeceus, or wand of HermesUraeus, symbol of divine powerIshtar, with serpents
Kundalini serpentsAdam, Eve, and the serpentMesopotamian forerunner to the CadeceusAlchemical serpents- look familiar?

One of the most recognizable serpent symbols is the Ouroboros. The ouroboros is found in alchemy, in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Gnostic texts, in Norse mythology, and even Aztec icons. The ouroboros is a serpent swallowing its own tail, and usually describes a circle, although a lemniscate shape is also common. It is a symbol of eternity, rebirth, and resurrection. It is often colored dark and light to illustrate the victory of the spiritual nature over the material.

Alchemical ouroborosArabic alchemical ouroboros

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Bambo September 10, 2018 at 12:52 am

I am trying to find out what the symbol at the top left corner of each Wikipedia’s page represents. It is two semi circles open side face out and cross with a straight line above like a table top with a dot above in the center and the letter A beside it.

Rob January 15, 2018 at 10:22 pm

Just out of curiosity….any of you read the tao te ching. That book was verbally carried then later written waaaaaaaay before the bible n mentions absolutely nothing about a heaven or hell or if u do this then ur saved or if u don’t ur doomed. Just mentions how you should treat ur fellow humans with respect n love and not live in excess. Food for thought since the bible koran etc n religion itself seems to be the cause of 80 percent of the negative crap in this world.

Rod Eastman June 30, 2017 at 10:43 pm

The snake at serpent mound in Ohio in this case represents evil trying to swallow the universe. It speaks directly to an evil that comes from the constellation draconis. it is an old, old warning from what christian researchers call the “pre adamites”.

some guy April 30, 2017 at 2:46 am

I hate to say it, but I agree with most of the criticisms offered by non-Bible-believers on this topic. If you are going to speak on a topic such as this, you better do your homework, otherwise, you make true Christians (that are actually in Christ, and possessed by God’s Spirit) look like idiots! Your “pastor, or priest is not going to be giving a sermon on this topic…ever! Many aspects of the Bible REQUIRE deep study, as well as guidance and teaching from God’s spirit…In other words, do your homework, don’t just spout out of the mouth words from religious disease…God Bless…blah blah blah…The Bible talks, and warns about religious hypocrites, such as some of you appear to be, I am sorry to report. If you want to open a non-believers eyes to the truth on this topic (symbols), and make a connection to things of faith, such as the Bible…How about this?…Look at the symbol that is all over the pope’s uniform, the “eucharist”, and various catholic imagery throughout history…It is an iron cross. The same used by the knights of the templar, and the nazi’s on their murderous, and forced rampages. 600, 60, and 6 from Revelation 13…in the original Greek language warns about this false religion (by way of it’s “symbol”), and it warns about 2 others. These warnings are expressed via “numbers”. The Greek “60″ is actually the name Allah written in Arabic…The second warning of a false religion, that is currently forcing itself on the world, with penalty of death (beheading). The third, I believe to be where the nazi version of the swastika is from, but also a warning of the “Asian religions”, which include both the yin yang, and the swastika as symbols of their false religion. I could be wrong about all of this, but at least I have done 3 years+ of study in both the Bible, and historical secular accounts, to arrive at these conclusions. God is using these 3 unclean spirits, and evil symbols (marks, religions) to draw the whole world to the great battle of Armageddon, and we are VERY close! I would encourage anyone, of any faith base to look into this…the more I dig, the more confirmed in truth it seems to be.

Henry July 13, 2017 at 12:04 am

You’d probably be interested in the book Leviathan’s Ruse. leviathansruse dot com

Michael Hureaux May 16, 2018 at 10:53 am

It’s not for you to say, is it?

Paula June 23, 2016 at 6:31 pm

See my post on face book for the last year. We have several exoplanets entering our solar system. There is an ancient mound in southwest Ohio called serpent mound. It shows a snake getting ready to eat an egg. I have several pics of planets in our sky.

Piersen Satchell May 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

a triangle with a small oval just above its top vertices. A diagonal line going through from almost top to almost bottom. And a backwards crescent moon going through the triangle just above the bottom left hand vertices.
What does this symbol mean?

robert February 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm

Wel,l I am a Christian also, whom can never lose his salvation( John 3;16)-But I gotta tell you strict Christians and everyone-hey we all know and feel that God=love-yes? . I feel God is beyond the names and constructs and matrixes we call God and Lucifer and Jesus Christ and Satan-these are just human constructs anrthropomorphisms which help us humans understand the in-effable-GOD. Christians remember I Corinthians 13-basically says without LOVE your knowledge is dead-Jesus Christ is love! so the way to the father aka God is thru Love-Life is in our head/ mind and our mind is one way of knowing…ahhhg what’s my point!! Brother Christians don’t be so ridged and cut yourself off from feeling-the serpent is sexual knowledge the libido, without which there is no life-God is sex and knowledge, hence the serpent represents a part of God and awesome power…shit I wish I was more educated to explain what I am trying to say,, help please!

taylor June 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Hello I am a believer in God and I feel like God wanted me interpret for you hes saying that the serpent is the devil the devil is in control of the skies thats his domain for now anyway and he is getting ready to turn into a man and come down to earth as a man his number will be 666 I think all in all God is showing you that to get ready for the end times and save as many souls as you can for Christ!God bless

Taylor (a different one) August 12, 2014 at 9:55 am

Quite honestly this isn’t the place to spread YOUR views. This is a place of Celtic symbols I believe in a goddess and I worship alone. What others believe isn’t really your concern, is it?

Anonymous January 2, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Well said, this place is not for evangelical comments I think.

Lee December 18, 2015 at 11:55 pm

I know i am replying to an old post, but to correct the record. I serve God too and the “whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” The earth is his abode, at least for now. A war broke out in heaven and Satan and his demons battled with Michael and his angels. There was no longer found for them a place in heaven. So they were hurled down to the earth. “On this account be glad you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the devil has come down to you having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”(Rev. 12:12)
World war one broke out on earth that same year. Coincidence?

Ty April 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

Those who buy into the death cult of Christus have resigned themselves to slavery and cannot see either the finger of man in its origins, nor its roots in ancient religion and occultism. Their faith shields them from reality.

Ruth April 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

You are wrong about the snake – it is a symbol of wisdom, and has no evil in it. Depending on what symbols you use together with it, like the symbol of water (emotions) the snake spells out emotional wisdom. And that is what I wish for you, emotional wisdom and strength. If you see your end times are coming, that is what you need. Blessed be.

Anonymous December 4, 2017 at 4:47 am

The serpent is a curse and is cursed.

Oghmanann December 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Matthew 10:6 refers to snakes as symbols of wisdom: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” If you insist on a Biblical interpretation – then it should reflect an accurate balance. The snake has, for thousands of years, represented, among other things divine feminine wisdom. The symbolism was turned around to denigrate feminine wisdom and spirituality for its own agenda.
As a Christian, I am curious as to why you use the Old Testament to bolster your Christian viewpoint. The Old Testament Books are the scriptures of Judaism – a different religion. Matthew 10:6 should work for every Christian, no?

Sur. Real August 4, 2013 at 12:30 am

Hey (Wo?)man, I want to know about the womb of the Goddess and the all seeing eye! If you have the time, please do! Love & Light!

Clive Clifton June 23, 2012 at 7:04 am

Sheila, they sound like the occult to me. You end your letter with a God bless which infers you are a Christian, if that is the case share what you have seen with a wise trusted brother or sister.

The snake represents satan, the egg represents life and is used in witch craft. I can’t say what they mean. You obviously have the gift of a Seer and will see all spiritual things from God and the opposition, that does not mean you are a bad person in any way.

You need to get together with those from your Church who have complimentary gifts so you can share and pray into what you see.

Our Church has such a group and I’m in it. We meet every Monday afternoon to seek God and pray for the Church, which includes the people as well as the building.
At the moment we are cutting and binding a window which is causing some problems which will probably be ongoing.

Your gift can be a bit scary but the Lord is our protector and as Ephesians 6 v 11 to 12 encourages, we put on the whole armor of God for we are not battling against flesh and blood.

Your brother in Christ Clive

sheila May 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm

good day!

i just had a dream of pictures of big snake on the clouds.
there were three flashes:
first, the big snake itself.
second, the snake had an egg inside, but there were also a tiny worm-like in
the other side of it’s body.
third, the big snake had another smaller snake inside it. looks like its baby hatched
from egg.

i don’t have an idea, what these three symbols mean.
i wanna share this to you. and hope you could share what
these meanings are.

thank you and God bless!

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