Ancient Cosmic Serpent Symbol Opinions (in Depth)
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Uraeus (from ouro, meaning “kingly”)
The accepted theory that the serpent is evil cannot be substantiated. It has long been viewed as the emblem of immortality. It is the symbol of reincarnation, or metempsychosis, because it annually sheds its skin…It was also believed that snakes swallowed themselves, and this resulted in their being considered emblematic of the Supreme Creator, who periodically reabsorbed His universe back into Himself. In “Isis Unveiled,” H. P. Blavatsky makes this significant statement concerning the origin of serpent worship: “Before our globe had become egg-shaped or round it was a long trail of cosmic dust or fire-mist, moving and writhing like a serpent. This, say the explanations, was the Spirit of God moving on the chaos until its breath had incubated cosmic matter and made it assume the annular shape of a serpent with its tail in its mouth–emblem of eternity in its spiritual and of our world in its physical sense” – Manly Palmer Hall (The Secret Teachings of All Ages)
The figure of Eve is based upon much older mythology and may be traced back to the ancient Mother Goddess or World Mother and the serpent cults of the pre-Biblical period. Closer examination of the name ‘Eve’ revealed her serpent origins, for the Hebrew for Eve is havvah, meaning ‘mother of all things,’ but also ‘serpent.’ Likewise, the Arabic words for ‘snake,’ ‘life,’ and ‘teaching,’ are closely related to the word or name “Eve’ – Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn (The Serpent Grail)
The priests of the Mysteries were symbolized as a serpent, sometimes called Hydra…The Serpent Kings reigned over the earth. It was these Serpent Kings who founded the Mystery Schools which later appeared as the Egyptian and Brahmin Mysteries…The serpent was their symbol…They were the true Sons of Light, and from them have descended a long line of adepts and initiates. – Manly Palmer Hall
The Uraeus is a serpent issuing forth from the forehead of many gods being also an ornament of the royal crowns…The amulet of the serpent head is the symbol of the goddess Isis who is often represented by a serpent – Karel Weinfurter (Man’s Highest Purpose)
There is scarcely a spot in the world in which the serpent has not received the prayers and praises of men. At first an emblem of the sun’s light and power, it is worshipped in lands where the sun is not recognized as a Deity, for instance on the coasts of Guinea where the negroes curse him every morning as he rises, because he scorches them at noon. The winged serpent was a symbol of the Gods of Egypt, Phoenicia, China, Persia, and Hindustan. The Tartar princes still carry the image of a serpent upon a spear as their military standard. Almost all the Runic inscriptions found upon tombs are engraved upon the sculptured forms of serpents. In the temple of the Bona Dea, serpents were tamed and consecrated. In the mysteries of Bacchus, women used to carry serpents in their hands and twined around their brows, and with horrible screams cry, Eva! Eva! In the great temple of Mexico, the captives taken in war and sacrificed to the sun, had wooden collars in the shape of a serpent put round their necks. And water-snakes are to this day held sacred by the natives of the Friendly Isles. It was not only worshipped as a symbol of light, of wisdom and of health, personified under the name of God, but also as an organ of divination – W. Winwood Reade (The Veil of Isis)
Serapis and Jesus were both represented by a great serpent – E. Valentia Straiton (The Celestial Ship of the North)
The worship of the serpent was therefore universal – George Smith (Gentile Nations)
…the serpent was the most ancient of the heathen gods – J. B. Deane (Worship of the Serpent)
A symbol of sacred knowledge in antiquity was a tree, ever guarded by a serpent, the serpent or dragon of wisdom. The serpent of Hercules was said to guard the golden apples that hung from the pole, the Tree of Life, in the midst of the garden of Hesperides. The serpent that guarded the golden fruit…and the serpent of the Garden of Eden…are the same – E. Valentia Straiton (The Celestial Ship of the North)
A drawing, brought by Colonel Coombs, from a sculptured column in a cave-temple in the South of India, represents the first pair at the foot of an ambrosial tree, and a serpent entwined among the heavily laden boughs, presenting to them some of the fruit from his mouth – John G. Jackson (Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth)
In Eve’s scene at the tree…nothing is said to indicate that the serpent who appeared and spoke to her was a deity in his own right, who had been revered in the Levant for at least seven thousand years before the composition of the Book of Genesis – Joseph Campbell (Occidental Mythology)
…in the Near East the primordial serpent is described as feminine, and we may suspect that in this region the myth did indeed become a metaphor for the conquest of matriarchy. But its universality suggests that there is yet a deeper, psycho-spiritual meaning behind it – Ariel Guttman and Kenneth Johnson (Mythic Astrology)
As long as humanity kept records of its existence, serpents were used as emblems of the intelligence of God. In ancient times and as widespread and diverse as Australia, China, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Babylonia, Sumeria, Egypt, India, and Central America, serpents were feared and worshipped as gods for thousands of years…To this day, serpents or dragons signify divine heritage and royalty in many Asian countries, while in the West the serpent represents wisdom and knowledge…Among nearly all ancient peoples the serpent was accepted as the ultimate symbol of wisdom or salvation. – Tony Bushby (Secret in the Bible)
It may seem extraordinary that the worship of the serpent should ever have been introduced into the world, and it must appear still more remarkable that it should almost universally have prevailed. As mankind are said to have been ruined through the influence of this being, we could little expect that it would, of all other objects, have been adopted as the most sacred and salutary symbol, and rendered the chief object of adoration. Yet so we find it to have been, for in most of the ancient rites there is some allusion to it. – (From the Anonymous Ophiolatreia)
The Hebrews follow the Babylonians in confusing the Uraeus Serpent with the serpent of death – Gerald Massey (Ancient Egypt: Light of the World)
…it was the Serpent of Wisdom that first offered the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge for the Enlightenment of Mankind; whether this be Egyptian, Akkadian, or Gnostic, it is the Good Serpent. And as Guardian of the Tree set in Heaven it was the Good Serpent, or intelligent Dragon, as keeper of the treasures of Astral knowledge. It was the later Theology, Persian and Hebrew, that gave the character of the Evil One to the Serpent of Wisdom, and perverted the original meaning, both of the temptation and the Tempter who protected the Tree; which has been supplemented by the theology of the Vitriol-throwers who have scarified and blasted the face of nature on earth, and defiled and degraded the starry Intelligencers in heaven – Gerald Massey (The Hebrew and Other Creations Fundamentally Explained)
The Pope, though he permits our typifying Jesus as a fish, as the sun, as bread, as the vine, as a shepherd, as a rock, as a conquering hero, even as a winged serpent, yet, threatens us with hell fire if we ever dare to celebrate him in terms of the venerable gods whom he has superseded and from whose ritual every one of these symbols has been derived – Robert Graves
The curse in Genesis on the woman, that she should be at enmity with the serpent, is obviously misplaced: it must refer to the ancient rivalry decreed between the sacred king Adam and the Serpent for the favors of the Goddess – Robert Graves
The Bible uses many Hebrew words to describe the snake: akshub means a coiled serpent, epheh is a hissing, probably venomous snake, Livyathin (Leviathan) is the sea serpent, nachash, a hissing serpent, pethen, a twisting snake, probably the asp, seraph, the burning serpent, shephiyphon, a snapping serpent, the adder, tsepha or tsiphoniy is the toungue thrusting snake. We might compare the Greek words for snake: aspis, drakon, echnida. Herpeton from whence we get the classical name for the study of serpents, herpetology, and ophis which gave a name to an early Christian sect – R. T. Mason (The Divine Serpent in Myth and Legend)
…The outer darkness is a great serpent, the tail of which is in his mouth, and it is outside the whole world, and surroundeth the whole world: in it there are many places of punishment, and it containeth twelve halls – Egyptian Passage (from E. A. Wallis Budge’s Gods of the Egyptians, Vol. 1)
Dragon Kings – Wiki
The four Dragon Kings (龍王; pinyin: Lóng Wáng) are, in Chinese mythology, the divine rulers of the four seas (each sea corresponds to one of the cardinal directions). Although Dragon Kings appear in their true forms as dragons, they have the ability to shapeshift into human form. The Dragon Kings live in crystal palaces, guarded by shrimp soldiers and crab generals.
Besides ruling over the aquatic life, the Dragon Kings also manipulate clouds and rain. When enraged, they can flood cities. According to The Short Stories on the Tang People (唐人傳奇 Tangren Chuanqi), the Qian Tang Dragon King did just that when he found out his niece had been abused by her husband.
The Dragon King of the Eastern Sea (Donghai) is said to have the largest territory.
Dragon Kings appeared commonly in literature. Detailed descriptions were given of the finery of their crystal palaces. In the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West, a Dragon King is one of the main characters in the tenth chapter.
- Dragon of the East: Ao Guang (敖廣)
- Dragon of the South: Ao Qin (敖欽)
- Dragon of the West: Ao Run (敖閏)
- Dragon of the North: Ao Shun (敖順)
“Sometimes serpents and dragons are used interchangeably, having similar symbolic functions. The venom of the serpent is thought to have a fiery quality similar to a fire spitting dragon. The Greek Ladon and the Norse Níðhöggr (Nidhogg Nagar) are sometimes described as serpents and sometimes as dragons. In Germanic mythology, serpent (Old English: wyrm, Old High German: wurm, Old Norse: ormr) is used interchangeable with the Greek borrowing dragon (OE: draca, OHG: trahho, ON: dreki). In China, the Indian serpent nāga was equated with the lóng or Chinese dragon. The Aztec and Toltec serpent god Quetzalcoatl also has dragon like wings, like its equivalent in Mayan mythology Gukumatz (“feathered serpent”).”
Thelemapedia — Kundalini
The Western Alchemical Conception of “Hyperdimensional Physics” and the “Internal” Experience of Full Body Consciousness in Meditative Motion(As experienced through Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga)
Kundalini is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning either “coiled up” or “coiling like a snake”; there are a number of other translations usually emphasizing a more serpent nature to the word—’serpent power’ or suchlike.
It is a term in yoga referring to the mothering intelligence behind yogic awakening and spiritual maturation. According to Yogic phenomenology a large part of this awakening is associated with the appearance of bio-energetic phenomena that are experienced somatically by the yogic candidate. This appearance is also referred to as Pranic Awakening. Prana is interpreted as the vital, life-sustaining force in the body. Uplifted, or intensified life-energy is called pranotthana and is supposed to originate from an apparent reservoir of subtle bio-energy at the base of the spine. This energy is also interpreted as a vibrational phenomena that initiates a period, or a process of vibrational spiritual development (Sovatsky, 1998). According to the Yogic tradition Kundalini is curled up in the back part of the root chakra in three and one-half turns. Quite a number of western translators interpret the energetic phenomena as a form of psychic energy, although the western parapsychological understanding of psychic energy, separated from its cultural-hermeneutic matrix, is probably not the same as the yogic understanding. Yogic philosophy understands this concept as a maturing energy that expresses the individual’s soteriological longings. Viewed in a mythological context it is also sometimes believed to be an aspect of Shakti, the goddess and consort of Shiva.
Two early western interpretations of Kundalini were supplied by C.W. Leadbeater (1847-1934), of the Theosophical Society, and the Analytical Psychologist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961). Jung’s seminar on Kundalini yoga, presented to the Psychological Club in Zurich in 1932, has been widely regarded as a milestone in the psychological understanding of Eastern thought and of the symbolic transformations of inner peace. Kundalini yoga presented Jung with a model for the developmental phases of higher consciousness, and he interpreted its symbols in terms of the process of individuation. (PsycINFO abstract: C.G Jung – “The psychology of Kundalini yoga”. Princeton University Press, 1999).
Kundalini as a spiritual experience is thought to have parallels in many of the mystical traditions of the world’s great religions. Many factors point to the universality of the phenomenon. The early Christians might have referred to the concept as ‘pneuma’, and there are some recent parallels in contemporary Christian charismatic ‘Holy Ghost’ phenomena. Religious studies also note parallels in Quakerism, Shakerism, Judaic davening (torso-rocking prayer), the swaying zikr and whirling dervish of Islam, the quiverings of the Eastern Orthodox hesychast, the flowing movements of tai chi, the ecstatic shamanic dance, the ntum trance dance of the Bushman, Tibetan Buddhist tummo heat as practiced by Milarepa, and the Indically-derived Andalusian flamenco (Sovatsky, 1998).
“Snakes were kept in the healing temples of Aesklepius, the god of medicine. When people came to the temple for a healing, they were invited to ask for a healing dream. If they were lucky, they would dream of a snake, which they believed to be Aesklepius himself, offering a healing. The caduceus, two snakes intertwined, is the symbol of the medical profession today. It was the symbol of Aesklepius, and according to Barbara Walker in The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects (1988), the symbol goes back to 2000 BC Mesopotamia, where the “intertwined snakes represented the healing god Ningishzida, one of the lovers of the Goddess Ishtar.” The Greek god Hermes, messenger of the gods, had a magic staff entwined with snakes and surmounted by wings, which was said to be so powerful that it could raise the dead from Hades. Hermes’ job was to conduct the souls of the dead to the underworld and he was believed to possess magical powers over sleep and dreams.”
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Seraphim as Serpent Dragons or Angels
Satan-hunting christian conspiracist montage of the spiral serpent in mythological history
I do not endorse the message, but it’s a great montage of the spiral serpent archetype.
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Christian Research Montage of History of Dragon Symbolism Part 1
Mother Goddess & the Dragon
“Kundalini” is a Sanskrit word meaning “coiled up like a snake.” It refers to the coiled spiritual energy humans store within their bodies. This energy can be released through various techniques of spiritual enlightenment. The concept of kundalini became popular with Western alchemists because it was associated with the caduceus (the staff of the Greek god Hermes). Here, snakes were entwined around Hermes’ staff. Some scholars speculate the caduceus could have been an early symbolic motif used to convey the idea of kundalini.”
“When one transpires into a kundalini state, they are said to experience visions, out of body experiences, loss of feeling or intensity of feeling. One might experience this state for a mere second or two, but it could last much longer. For each individual, this will vary.”
Quote manly palmer hall occult anatomy of man
Joseph Campbell on Kundalini Yoga 7/12 add others?
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