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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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!

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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

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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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