Black Spirituality Religion : The Ouroboros Serpent in Alchemy

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  1. Sekhemu

    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Ouroboros is an ancient alchemy symbol depicting a snake or dragon [DNA] swallowing its own tail, constantly creating itself and forming a circle. It is the Wheel of Time - The Alchemy Wheel to manifest grid programs that give the illusion of linear time allowing souls to experience emotions.

    Ouroboros represents the cyclical nature of things, eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end.

    In some representations the serpent is shown as half light and half dark, echoing symbols such as the Yin Yang, which illustrates the dual nature of all things, but more importantly, that these opposites are not in conflict.

    Origins of the Ouroboros

    The serpent dragon eating its own tail has survived from antiquity and can be traced to Ancient Kemet, circa 1600 B.C.E.

    From there it passed to Phoenicia and then to the Greek philosophers, who gave it the name Ouroboros ("the tail-devourer")

    Christians adopted the Ouroboros as a symbol of the limited confines of this world (that there is an "outside" being implied by the demarcation of an inside). and the self-consuming transitory nature of a mere this-worldly existence following in the footsteps of the Preacher in Ecclesiates.

    It could very well be used to symbolize the closed-system model of the universe of some physicists even today.

    Alchemically, the ouroboros is also used as a purifying glyph. Ouroboros was and is the name for the Great World Serpent encircling the Earth.

    The word Ouroboros is really a term that describes a similar symbol which has been cross-pollinated from many different cultures. Its symbolic connotation from this owes to the returning cyclical nature of the seasons; the oscillations of the night sky; self-fecundation; disintegration and re-integration; truth and cognition complete; the Androgyne; the primaeval waters; the potential before the spark of creation; the undifferentiated; the Totality; primordial unity; self-sufficiency, and the idea of the beginning and the end as being a continuous unending principle.

    Ouroboros represent the conflict of life as well in that life comes out of like and death. 'My end is my beginning. 'In a sense life feeds off itself, thus there are good and bad connotations which can be drawn. It is a single image with the entire actions of a life cycle - it begets, weds, impregnates, and slays itself, but in a cyclical sense, rather than linear.

    Thus, it fashions our lives to a totality more towards what it may really be - a series of movements which repeat. "As above, So below' - we are born from nature, and we mirror it, because it is what man wholly is a part of. It shi symbolic rendition of the eternal principles that are presented in the Emerald Tablet of Djehuti.
     
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    The first I heard of this was in a novel by Robert Stone, titles "Damascus Gate." Please give more information, with sources, if you will, and what this symbol should mean to us today...?
     
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    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Is that right! Never heard of the novel or the author.

    Sources:

    Perhaps this will do

    http://www.wisdomportal.com/Ouroboros.html
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You're more than welcome sistah! :)
     
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    again what do u think this denotes in relation to our inter actions on this element. hotep by the way u are really on to some thing.
     
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    Like I said we have become like dogs chasing our own tails. Time is up. Its been the end of a cycle yet many are still waiting for it to end. We are a people who can not see the head for the tail thinking the tail is the head and the head is the tail. In the end we devour our own Godhead in another cycle of self denial failing to manifest our own Divine Intelligence.

    Peace
     
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