Ouroboros

So I kept seeing the Ouroboros everywhere from twitter, instagram, friend tattoo (random), … and just like art I would see. So I thought to myself this is a sign. The Ouroboros or uroborus is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. Originating in ancient Egyptian iconography, the ouroboros entered western tradition via Greek magical tradition and was adopted as a symbol in Gnosticism and Hermeticism and most notably in alchemy.  The name originates from within Greek language; (oura) meaning "tail" and (boros) meaning "eating", thus "he who eats the tail".⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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The Ouroboros represents the perpetual cyclic renewal of life and infinity, the concept of eternity and the eternal return, and represents the cycle of life, death and rebirth, leading to immortality, as in the Phoenix. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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The eating of it’s own tail declares the statement “The end is the beginning”  and reminds us of the eternal nature of energy which cannot be destroyed, only transformed. I rather like the implication that only by devouring ourselves can we find our true nature.

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⚕︎Egyptian: Symbolic of the sun – it’s rising and setting signifying the cycle of the day

⚕︎Gnostic: Oneness of all life, the constant process of re-recreation and the unity behind all duality

⚕︎Roman: Eternity, time and associated with Janus the god of the new year

⚕︎Greece: Death and rebirth as illustrated in the Orphic creation myth – another reference to the cosmic egg symbolism

⚕︎African: Here it is known as the “rainbow serpent” or Aido Hwedo and is an emblem of sustaining life, protection and creation