Thank you Lisa, a.k.a. Mommy Mystic, for another detailed and interesting post, accompanied by many of beautiful visuals (my favorite). Here Lisa examines snake mythology from a spiritual and cross cultural perspective, in honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year, Year of the Snake.
Every New Year (be it here, there, or anywhere) is a good opportunity for self-reflection (of which I’m prone). I myself was born in the Year of the Snake. Not surprisingly I suppose, when I was meandering down the streets of Old New Delhi one afternoon in 1999, a peddling astrologer approached me saying I had “sad Snake eyes” and would “return to India someday”…I did, on both accounts. 🙂
More transformation and rebirth on the way…Shed that skin, and let it go…OUCH! But what fresh, smooth vulnerability lies in wait.
“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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