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Ophiuchus (pronounced off-ee-YOO-cuss) represents a man with a snake coiled around his waist. He holds the head of the snake in his left hand and its tail in his right hand. The snake is represented by the constellation Serpens.

http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/ophiuchus.htm



The Zodiac

The 12 “star signs” the astrologers use are the constellations that fall on the ecliptic, otherwise referred to as the zodiac. The ecliptic is merely the path the sun seems to follow as the earth revolves around it. So, if on a certain date you looked at the sun, the current “star sign” would be the constellation directly behind the Sun.


Star Sign (Constellation).............Date
Sagittarius........................Nov 22 Dec 21
Capricornus.......................Dec 22 Jan 19
Aquarius...........................Jan 20 Feb 18
Pisces..............................Feb 19 Mar 20
Aries................................Mar 21 Apr 19
Taurus.............................Apr 20 May 20
Gemini..............................May 21 Jun 21
Cancer.............................Jun 22 Jul 22
Leo..................................Jul 23 Aug 22
Virgo................................Aug 23 Sep 22
Libra................................Sep 23 Oct 22
Scorpius...........................Oct 23 Nov 21


The zodiac is “A belt on the celestial sphere, about 8° either side of the ecliptic, which forms the background for the motions of the Sun, Moon, and planets.” The ecliptic passes through more than 12 constellations, it passes through 13, the thirteenth being Ophiuchus. Why do the astrologers ignore poor old Ophiuchus? Probably because it is not a particularly bright constellation. But that does not change the fact that the ecliptic passes through 13 constellations, not 12.


Star Sign (Constellation)..............Date
Sagittarius.........................Dec 18 Jan 18
Capricornus........................Jan 19 Feb 15
Aquarius............................Feb 16 Mar 11
Pisces...............................Mar 12 Apr 18
Aries.................................Apr 19 May 13
Taurus..............................May 14 Jun 19
Gemini...............................Jun 20 Jul 20
Cancer..............................Jul 21 Aug 09
Leo...................................Aug 10 Sep 15
Virgo.................................Sep 16 Oct 30
Libra.................................Oct 31 Nov 22
Scorpius............................Nov 23 Nov 29
Ophiuchus..........................Nov 30 Dec 17

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The solar year has a little more than 364 days. The lunar month has just over 29 days. To reconcile these awkward figures the ancient astronomers devised a calendar of thirteen equal months, each of 28 days or four equal weeks. This calendar is all but regular, with the full moon falling one day and one hour later each month, and with only a small correction to be made at the end of the year.
The lunar months (or 'moon ths'), were represented in the skies by the constellations of the zodiac; and on the ground by a circle of trees in the sacred grove. Twelve of the signs of the zodiac are familiar to us from the astrology columns in the daily newspapers, but what happened to the thirteenth, and what was its symbol? This question can be answered by consulting the works of the ancient astronomers. Ptolemy of Alexandria gives the name of the constellation, and also the bearing and magnitude of the stars which form it. The constellation was called Ophicius (in Greek) and Serpentarius (in Latin). Both names mean 'snake-holder', and refer to the pythoness, the high priestess of the goddess temples. The symbol of this sign, a bare-breasted woman holding snakes, occurred in the Sumerian; Minoan, and other cultures of the Archaic period. Thus the missing month, the month that we disrupted an orderly calendar to avoid, was the month of the Goddess

Less familiar is the forgotten thirteenth sign, which lies "betwixt" them, Ophicius, the Snake-Holder, the symbol of which was a goddess or priestess brandishing two snakes, and which connoted the most important new moon in the goddess' lunar calendar. Milton, who also wrote the Book of Common Prayer used by Protestant congregations, has told us here in cryptic form that he was mindful that the Christian Satan (aka the Devil), was a new name given to an older but unmentionable deity, the goddess.

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Ophiuchus (IPA: [ˌoʊfiˈjukəs]), formerly referred to as Serpentarius (IPA: [ˌsɚpənˈtʰeɹiəs]), the former originating in the Greek language and the latter in the Latin language, both meaning "serpent-holder,"…

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THE WORD OBEAH


Now, while it is true that the ORIGIN of the word is indeed obscured and clouded in secrecy, it is primarily because Obeah, as implied above, is in itself clouded in secrecy --- being the remnant of a once very powerful and celebrated SECRET religious Order lost in the mist of time. Even so, slowly over the years clues have surfaced that indicate THAT particular secret religious Order emanated from a certain general geographical area. Those clues, few in number that they may be, strongly point to the fact that the Order originated in or around an area where the Egyptian language was either born, dominant, or used by the priests or religious class --- much as Latin is used by certain religious orders today --- with the power and knowledge of Obeah maintained and rising from the underground ashes of that dispersed Order over the centuries. Considering such a background, it is very probable the etymology of the word sprang from the Egyptian word Ob or Aub, meaning "serpent." Oph is a winged serpent or dragon; and Ab means wisdom/understanding, and together means "Serpent of Wisdom" or "Serpent of Knowledge." To this day Obion is still the Egyptian name for a serpent.....


Moses, who escaped with his people out of Egypt with the full might of the Pharaoh's army hot on their heels all the way to the Red Sea --- where the army reportedly then drowned --- forbade in the name of God, the Israelites even to enquire about the demon Ob, which is translated in the first testament as a necromancer, wizard, or Diviner. In today's world the various translations are wide enough to encompass the type shaman-sorcerer that the infamous Yaqui Indian Don Juan Matus apprenticed under, a Diablero, a new-world tribal spiritual elder known to embody a sense of evilness and the ability to shapeshift. Moses himself carries a great deal of importance in all those translations, including right up to this day with Obeah. Even though Moses forbade enquiry into Ob amongst his people, he is seen as the ultimate snake-charmer and among the greatest of magicians. When Moses doubted he was really hearing the voice of God, he was asked what he was holding in his hand. When he replied that he was holding a rod, he is commanded to throw it to the ground. When he does, the rod becomes a serpent. When he picks it up it becomes a rod again. Later, under the direction of Moses, when Aaron throws his rod down before Pharaoh, it becomes a snake as well.(Exodus 7:1-16).....


Throughout the ancient world, the Middle East and Egypt, because of the brilliantly clear desert night skys, the stars and the constellations carried deep significance, both for the wandering tribes such as those following Moses and the great civilizations and city-states such as Babylonia, Sumeria, and Egypt. Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer is one of those desert-sky constellations. Most people pretty much know what the Zodiac is --- the constellations on the plane of the ecliptic through which the sun passes in the course of a year --- and what their "Sun Sign" is in relation to the Zodiac (i.e., Sagittarius, Taurus, etc.). What most people don't know is that there are actually thirteen Sun Signs, NOT twelve. According to the official modern constellation boundaries that astronomers use today, the sun passes through thirteen constellations, not twelve. The Greeks chose to remove one of the original thirteen constellations from the Zodiac in order to accomplish their desire to have each sign rule for an even 30º of sky, so they selected Ophiuchus to be eliminated. It can only be because of his origins in Egypt as one of their most powerful dieties, on par with Osiris and Thoth, all of whom answered only to Ra. Mysteriously enough, just like Obeah is secret, hidden, and unknown, the "thirteenth constellation" of the Zodiac, Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer is secret, hidden, and unknown. About one person in twenty is an "Ophiuchus," and they don't even know it.....


The peoples of ancient times (most typically the Pythagoreans, but others as well) had a legend that a kind of Light, described as a "living fire," flowed through all living things. Guarding this Flame was the serpent Ophioneus, very similar in respects to his nearly same namesake Ophiuchus. He was said to lay coiled in the Waters of Life. If anyone obstructed or hindered the Light of the Flame, Ophioneus would rise out of the water like a monster and consume them. The Greek philosopher Pherecydes (circa 600-550 BC) wrote a great deal about Ophioneus, having obtained the doctrines from the Phoenicians, also known as Ophites (Greece was first colonized by Ophites, serpent worshippers from both Egypt and Phoenicia). The Ophites venerated a serpent by the deity-title Ab, sometimes rendered Ob and Ob Aur, meaning Father --- as in the procreator of All. They also had the watery serpent Leviathan or Thiavat, which is same as Ophioneus. All of this ties into Abaddon that appears in Revelations as the Angel of the Abyss. It is unclear if the forces of the Abyss are fully good or evil in any way. The Obic forces that guard the Light and keep it flowing apparently take it by whatever means necessary and return it back to where it belongs when a person fails to let it flow or obstructs it.....




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Ophiuchus in the Arts
Today a cult of followers of all ages have kept him immortal so that we could look back on him today and see an image of Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder as he might have appeared during the ...

http://www.startistics.com/astronomo...h/ophinart.htm


ASCLEPIUS : Greek god of medicine & doctors ; mythology ; pictures ...
Asklepios was afterwards placed amongst the stars as the Constellation Ophiuchus (the Serpent Bearer ... CULT OF ASKLEPIOS. See the Cult of Asklepios page ...
http://www.theoi.com/Ouranios/Asklepios.html


Ophiuchus or Serpentarius
Myth and history: Ophiuchus Serpentarius , is Ofiuco with the Italians, Schlangentrager (Snake Bearer ... Mar 26th 1997 The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult who'd ...

http://users.winshop.com.au/annew/Ophiuchus.html



Ophiuchus Constellation
... that the constellation represents Asclepius or Aesculapius, the healer of Greek myth whose cult was closely associated with serpents. This identification is by no means certain. Stars: Ophiuchus is a ...

http://home.xtra.co.nz/hosts/Wingmakers/Ophiuchus.html


eSky: Ophiuchus
The group of stars has been known by the name Ophiuchus for two thousand years or more. ... that the constellation represents Asclepius or Aesculapius, the healer of Greek myth whose cult ..

http://www.glyphweb.com/esky/constel...ophiuchus.html
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Serpents in Mytholgy/Religion


The image of the serpent was tremendously significant in the ancient world. Societies and scriptures of the Near East simultaneously attributed two highly symbolic roles to serpents. One role connected serpents to the heavens by having them represent deity, creative powers, and healing. The other linked them with the underworld and associated them with evil, harm, and destructive influences. We who live in modern times have no difficulty appreciating this double symbol because, in fact, this duality persists in our own day. The symbol of the healing serpent appears on the physician's caduceus, while a person of disreputable actions—especially treachery—is sometimes referred to as "a snake."


Egyptian Evidence

one of the forms of the god Atum, believed to be a primeval creator deity, was the snake or serpent that continued to live season after season. In a fascinating dialogue with Osiris, the Egyptian god of the netherworld and of final judgment,[2] Atum predicts the destruction of the world he created and his own reversion back to the form of a serpent or snake.

Another primeval deity mentioned in the Pyramid Texts is Amun, one of whose two primary representations was that of the snake named Kematef (meaning "he who has completed his time").[5] After the Eleventh Dynasty (the Egyptian Middle Kingdom), Amun appeared as the god of the capital of Thebes and eventually merged with the sun god to be become known as Amun-Re, the supreme state god in the New Kingdom (c. 1550–1090 B.C.). At Karnak it was believed that Amun-Re and his divine consort, the goddess Mut, gave birth to a son named Khonsu. Mut is also symbolized as a snake and is called "Mut the resplendent serpent."[6] Thus the divine triad or family, the preeminent unit of social organization among the gods and humans according to the Egyptian worldview, was linked to the image of the serpent.

When corn was harvested and grapes pressed into wine, an offering was made to the harvest goddess, Thermuthis, who was depicted as either a snake or a woman with a serpent's head.[7] Geb, the god of the earth and "the father of the gods," is referred to as "the father of snakes" that emerge from the earth

Veneration of serpents or snakes in predynastic Egypt and during the Old Kingdom coalesced around the most important serpent-goddess of Lower Egypt: Wadjet. Wadjet (meaning "green one") was the general Egyptian term for cobra, and in that form she became the symbol of royalty and unification.

In opposition to all that was good in ancient Egypt, the most preeminent of all the demons, evil gods, or evil powers was Apophis, who was represented by a snake.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead fairly crawls with other serpent demons as well, sometimes winged or rearing up, occasionally even standing on legs and spitting fire.


Mesopotamian Evidence

The Sumerian god of spring vegetation, Tammuz, was linked to the image of the snake. Both he and his mother bore the title "mother-great-serpent of Heaven," that is, the serpent deity who emanated from the heaven god Anu.[16] The snake was also the sacred symbol of the god Ningizzida, who was called in Sumerian mythology "the companion of Tammuz.

Nidaba, was shown in representations with serpents (springing from her shoulders).
The greatest sovereign the Sumerians ever produced, King Gudea of the city-state Lagash, placed a representation of a serpent deity at the entrance of one of his temples around 2050 B.C., presumably to act as a guardian of the sacred edifice where life is renewed. Fourteen hundred years later, King Nebuchadnezzar II, ruler of the Neo-Babylonian empire (605–562 B.C.), dedicated the monumental Ishtar Gate of Babylon to the god Marduk with the following inscription:
(Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, son of) Nabopolassar (King of Babylon am I). The gate of Nana (Ishtar . . . I built) with (blue) enamelled bricks . . . for Marduk my lord. Lusty bulls of bronze and mighty figures of serpents I placed at their thresholds . . . Marduk, exalted lord . . . eternal life . . . give as a gift.

The forces of chaos are headed by none other than Tiamat, who is herself a female serpent (frequently referred to as a dragon).


Phoenician and Greek Evidence

Like the Greek deity Asclepius, Eshmun was the god of medicine whose symbol was a serpent.

Though Asclepius is also represented as a serpent in Greek portrayals, an actual Sidonian coin shows Eshmun leaning on a staff with a serpent entwined about it.

Sidonian depictions of Eshmun also parallel ancient Syrian representations of their god of healing, Shadrapa, whose image is that of the serpent.

The most important Minoan deity was the mother earth goddess of the city-state Knossos, or Cnossus, the capital of Cretan civilization. She is similar to fertility goddesses worshiped elsewhere in ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern cultures. On Crete she was usually depicted in small statue form as a woman holding a snake in each hand, with a bird perched on top of her head.

The Agathos Daimon was often depicted as a winged serpent and regarded as a good spirit.

Even the most famous example of the winged serpent motif outside of (but related to) the Near East, namely, the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl ("feathered serpent"), is impressive because that god was revered as the founder of priestly wisdom (almost as if the Aztecs were somehow familiar with Jesus' statement to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves" [Matthew 10:16]). Quetzalcoatl's high priests even bore the title "Prince of Serpents."


http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/publ...0&num=2&id=254






NINGIZZIDA: A Goddess who can appear in serpent form and does magic and healing.

Ningizzida was a fertility god. Originally depicted as a serpent with a human head, Ningizzida became known as a magical god of healing.

Ningishzida is the earliest known symbol of snakes twining (some say in copulation) around an axial rod. It predates the Caduceus of Hermes, the Rod of Asclepius and the staff of Moses by more than a thousand years.




Serpent worship in early Christian art.






A Serpent god
(An old Chinese print)






E.A., the standing serpent wave, offers the secret of the stars to a priest.






Yahweh is the serpent that curls around the prophets. His head is at the lower right at the bottom of his column or pillar.






Quetzalcoatl, the Mayan "lord of life"and King of Tula being `consumed' by a `serpent' (left). Beside him is a statue of the Great Sun Buddha, dating from the 12th century in Cambodia. He is seated in the coils of a snake. The parallel between the two `saviors' is remarkable. Both statues suggest a wormhole connection.
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The Scandinavian Tree of Life.





The Gnostics called this serpent CHNOUBIS or KANOBIS and said he was the guardian of a 12-angled pyramid with holes that surrounds the Earth.




Quetzalcoatl / Viracocha
'The Feathered Serpent'.






The serpent god Apep





Enki, as a serpent god





Pictured above left: Greek and Roman artists depicted the god Ammon with a pillar-like trunk in the form of a serpent.
Right: Serpent columns of the Toltec Temple of the Warriors, Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, accord with the world tradition:
the male dragon manifest as the pillar of heaven



Mercury/Hermes.





Caracalla adoring the God-Serpent of Pergamum.






Maya vision serpent.
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Serpent (symbolism)

Serpent is a word of Latin origin (serpens, serpentis) that is commonly used in a specifically mythic or religious context, signifying a snake that is to be regarded not as a mundane natural phenomenon nor as an object of scientific zoology, but as the bearer of some symbolic value.....


Particular Types of Serpents in Mythology

Dragons

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 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").


Sea Serpents

Sea serpents were giant cryptozoological creatures once believed to live in water, whether sea monsters such as the Leviathan or lake monsters such as the Loch Ness Monster. If they were referred to as "sea snakes", they were understood to be the actual snakes that live in Indo-Pacific waters (Family Hydrophiidae).


Cosmic Serpents

The serpent, when forming a ring with its tail in its mouth, is a clear and widespread symbol of the "All-in-All", the totality of existence, infinity and the cyclic nature of the cosmos. The most well known version of this is the Aegypto-Greek Ourobouros. It is believed to have been inspired by the Milky Way as some ancient texts refer to a serpent of light residing in the heavens.

In Hindu mythology Vishnu is said to sleep while floating on the cosmic waters on the serpent Shesha. In the Puranas Shesha holds all the planets of the universe on his hoods and to constantly sing the glories of Vishnu from all his mouths. He is sometimes referred to as "Ananta-Shesha" which means "Endless Shesha." In the Samudra manthan chapter of the Puranas Shesha loosens Mount Mandara for it to be used as a churning rod by the Asuras and Devas to churn the ocean of milk in the heavens in order to make Soma (or Amrita), the divine elixir of immortality. As a churning rope another giant serpent called Vasuki is used.

In pre-Columbian Central America Quetzalcoatl was sometimes depicted as biting its own tail. The mother of Quetzalcoatl was the Aztec goddess Coatlicue ("the one with the skirt of serpents"), also known as Cihuacoatl ("The Lady of the serpent"). Quetzalcoatl's father was Mixcoatl ("Cloud Serpent"). He was identified with the Milky Way, the stars and the heavens in several Mesoamerican cultures.

The demi-god Aidophedo of the West African Ashanti is also a serpent biting its own tail. In Dahomey mythology of Benin in West Africa, the serpent that supports everything on its many coils was named Dan. In the Vodun of Benin and Haiti Ayida-Weddo (a.k.a. Aida-Wedo, Aido Quedo, "Rainbow-Serpent") is a spirit of fertility, rainbows and snakes, and a companion or wife to Dan, the father of all spirits. As Vodun was exported to Haiti through the slave trade Dan became Danballah, Damballah or Damballah-Wedo. Because of his association with snakes, he is sometimes disguised as Moses, who carried a snake on his staff. He is also thought by many to be the same entity of Saint Patrick, known as a snake banisher.

The serpent Hydra is a star constellation representing either the serpent thrown angrily into the sky by Apollo or the Lernaean Hydra as defeated by Heracles for one of his Twelve Labours. The constellation Serpens represents a snake being tamed by Ophiuchus the snake-handler, another constellation. The most probable interpretation is that Ophiuchus represents the healer Asclepius.


Chthonic serpents and sacred trees

In many myths the chthonic serpent (sometimes a pair) lives in or is coiled around a Tree of Life situated in a divine garden. In the Genesis story of the Torah and Biblical Old Testament the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is situated in the Garden of Eden together with the tree of immortality. In Greek mythology Ladon coiled around the tree in the garden of the Hesperides protecting the entheogenic golden apples.



Níðhöggr gnaws the roots of Yggdrasill in this illustration from a 17th century Icelandic manuscript.Similarly Níðhöggr the dragon of Norse mythology eats from the roots of the Yggdrasil the World Tree.

Under yet another Tree (the Bodhi tree of Enlightenment), the Buddha sat in ecstatic meditation. When a storm arose, the mighty serpent king Mucalinda rose up from his place beneath the earth and enveloped the Buddha in seven coils for seven days, not to break his ecstatic state.

The Vision Serpent was also a symbol of rebirth in Mayan mythology, fuelling some cross-Atlantic cultural contexts favored in pseudoarchaeology. The Vision Serpent goes back to earlier Maya conceptions, and lies at the center of the world as the Mayans conceived it. "It is in the center axis atop the World Tree. Essentially the World Tree and the Vision Serpent, representing the king, created the center axis which communicates between the spiritual and the earthly worlds or planes. It is through ritual that the king could bring the center axis into existence in the temples and create a doorway to the spiritual world, and with it power". (Schele and Friedel, 1990: 68)

Sometimes the Tree of Life is represented (in a combination with similar concepts such as the World Tree and Axis mundi or "World Axis") by a staff such as those used by shamans. Examples of such staffs featuring coiled snakes in mythology are the caduceus of Hermes, the Rod of Asclepius and the staff of Moses. The oldest known representation is that of the Sumerian fertility god Ningizzida. Ningizzida was sometimes depicted as a serpent with a human head, eventually becoming a god of healing and magic. It is the companion of Dumuzi (Tammuz) with whom it stood at the gate of heaven. In the Louvre, there is a famous green steatite vase carved for king Gudea of Lagash (dated variously 2200–2025 BCE) with an inscription dedicated to Ningizzida. Ningizzida was the ancestor of Gilgamesh, who according to the epic dived to the bottom of the waters to retrieve the plant of life. But while he rested from his labor, a serpent came and ate the plant. The snake became immortal, and Gilgamesh was destined to die.

Ningizzida has been popularised in the 20th C. by Raku Kei Reiki (a.k.a. "The Way of the Fire Dragon") where "Nin Giz Zida" is believed to be a fire serpent of Tibetan rather than Sumerian origin. Nin Giz Zida is another name for the ancient Hindu concept of Kundalini, a Sanskrit word meaning either "coiled up" or "coiling like a snake". Kundalini refers to the mothering intelligence behind yogic awakening and spiritual maturation leading to altered states of consciousness. There are a number of other translations of the term usually emphasizing a more serpentine nature to the word— e.g. 'serpent power'. It has been suggested by Joseph Campbell that the symbol of snakes coiled around a staff is an ancient representation of Kundalini physiology. The staff represents the spinal column with the snake(s) being energy channels. In the case of two coiled snakes they usually cross each other seven times, a possible reference to the seven energy centers called chakras.

In Egypt, Ra and Atum ("he who completes or perfects") were the same god, Atum, the "counter-Ra," was associated with earth animals, including the serpent: Nehebkau ("he who harnesses the souls") was the two headed serpent god who guarded the entrance to the underworld. He is often seen as the son of the snake goddess Renenutet, often confused with the snake goddess Wadjet.

The image of the serpent as the embodiment of the wisdom transmitted by Sophia was an emblem used by gnosticism, especially those sects that the more orthodox characterized as "Ophites" ("Serpent People"). The chthonic serpent was one of the earth-animals associated with the cult of Mithras. The Basilisk, the venomous "king of serpents" with the glance that kills, was hatched by a serpent, Pliny the Elder and others thought, from the egg of a cock.

Outside Eurasia, in Yoruba mythology, Oshunmare was another mythic regenerating serpent.

The Rainbow Serpent (also known as the Rainbow Snake) is a major mythological being for Aboriginal people across Australia, although the creation stories associated with it are best known from northern Australia. In Fiji Ratumaibulu was a serpent god who ruled the underworld and made fruit trees bloom.


Serpents in Particular Religious and Cultural Traditions

Cambodian Mythology

See also: Naga (mythology)
Serpents, or nagas, play a particularly important role in Cambodian mythology. A well-known story explains the emergence of the Khmer people from the union of Indian and indigenous elements, the latter being represented as nagas. According to the story, an Indian brahmana named Kaundinya came to Cambodia, which at the time was under the dominion of the naga king. The naga princess Soma sallied forth to fight against the invader but was defeated. Presented with the option of marrying the victorious Kaundinya, Soma readily agreed to do so, and together they ruled the land. The Khmer people are their descendants.[4]


Greek Mythology

See also: Dragons in Greek mythology
Serpents figured prominently in archaic Greek myths. According to some sources, Ophion ("serpent", a.k.a. Ophioneus), ruled the world with Eurynome before the two of them were cast down by Cronus and Rhea.

The Minoan Snake Goddess brandished a serpent in either hand, perhaps evoking her role as source of wisdom, rather than her role as Mistress of the Animals (Potnia theron), with a leopard under each arm. She is a Minoan version of the Canaanite fertility goddess Asherah. It is not by accident that later the infant Heracles, a liminal hero on the threshold between the old ways and the new Olympian world, also brandished the two serpents that "threatened" him in his cradle. Classical Greeks did not perceive that the threat was merely the threat of wisdom. But the gesture is the same as that of the Cretan goddess.

Typhon the enemy of the Olympian gods is described as a vast grisly monster with a hundred heads and a hundred serpents issuing from his thighs, who was conquered and cast into Tartarus by Zeus, or confined beneath volcanic regions, where he is the cause of eruptions. Typhon is thus the chthonic figuration of volcanic forces. Amongst his children by Echidna are Cerberus (a monstrous three-headed dog with a snake for a tail and a serpentine mane), the serpent tailed Chimaera, the serpent-like chthonic water beast Lernaean Hydra and the hundred-headed serpentine dragon Ladon. Both the Lernaean Hydra and Ladon were slain by Heracles.

Python was the earth-dragon of Delphi, always represented in the vase-paintings and by sculptors as a serpent. Pytho was the chthonic enemy of Apollo, who slew her and remade her former home his own oracle, the most famous in Classical Greece.





Statue of Asclepius in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin.

Amphisbaena a Greek word, from amphis, meaning "both ways", and bainein, meaning "to go", also called the "Mother of Ants", is a mythological, ant-eating serpent with a head at each end. According to Greek mythology, the mythological amphisbaena was spawned from the blood that dripped from Medusa the Gorgon's head as Perseus flew over the Libyan Desert with it in his hand. Medusa and the other Gorgons were vicious female monsters with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes. The Gorgons wore a belt of two intertwined serpents in the same configuration of the caduceus.

Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another (which Asclepius himself had fatally wounded) healing herbs. To prevent the entire human race from becoming immortal under Asclepius's care, Zeus killed him with a bolt of lightning. Asclepius' death at the hands of Zeus illustrates man's inability to challenge the natural order that separates mortal men from the gods. In honor of Asclepius, snakes were often used in healing rituals. Non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor in dormitories where the sick and injured slept. In The Library, Apollodorus claimed that Athena gave Asclepius a vial of blood from the Gorgons. Gorgon blood had magical properties: if taken from the left side of the Gorgon, it was a fatal poison; from the right side, the blood was capable of bringing the dead back to life. However Euripides wrote in his tragedy Ion that the Athenian queen Creusa had inherited this vial from her ancestor Erichthonios, who was a snake himself and receiving the vial from Athena. In this version the blood of Medusa had the healing power while the lethal poison originated from Medusa's serpents.

Laocoön was allegedly a priest of Poseidon (or of Apollo, by some accounts) at Troy; he was famous for warning the Trojans in vain against accepting the Trojan Horse from the Greeks, and for his subsequent divine execution. Poseidon (some say Athena), who was supporting the Greeks, subsequently sent sea-serpents to strangle Laocoön and his two sons, Antiphantes and Thymbraeus. Another tradition states that Apollo sent the serpents for an unrelated offense, and only unlucky timing caused the Trojans to misinterpret them as punishment for striking the Horse.

Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great and a princess of the primitive land of Epirus, had the reputation of a snake-handler, and it was in serpent form that Zeus was said to have fathered Alexander upon her; tame snakes were still to be found at Macedonian Pella in the 2nd century AD (Lucian, Alexander the false prophet) and at Ostia a bas-relief shows paired coiled serpents flanking a dressed altar, symbols or embodiments of the Lares of the household, worthy of veneration (Veyne 1987 illus p 211).


Norse Mythology

See also: Jörmungandr
Jörmungandr, alternately referred to as the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent, is a sea serpent of the Norse mythology, the middle child of Loki and the giantess Angrboða.

According to the Prose Edda, Odin took Loki's three children, Fenrisúlfr, Hel and Jörmungandr. He tossed Jörmungandr into the great ocean that encircles Midgard. The serpent grew so big that he was able to surround the Earth and grasp his own tail, and as a result he earned the alternate name of the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent. Jörmungandr's arch enemy is the god Thor.



Judaism and Christianity

In the Hebrew Bible (the Tanach) of Judaism, the speaking serpent (nachash) in the Garden of Eden brought forbidden knowledge, but was not identified with Satan in the Book of Genesis. "Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made," Genesis 3:1 reminded its readers. Nor is there any indication in Genesis that the Serpent was a deity in its own right, aside from the fact that the Pentateuch is not otherwise rife with talking animals. Although the identity of the Serpent as Satan is made explicit in the later writings of the Hebrew prophets and the New Testament of the Bible, in Genesis the Serpent is merely portrayed as a deceptive creature promoting as good what God had directly forbidden, and particularly cunning in manipulating truth toward its deceptive ends. (cf. Gen. 3:4-5 and 3:22)

Though it was cursed for its role in the Garden, this was not the end of the serpent, who continued to be venerated in the folk religion of Judah and was tolerated by official religion until the in time of king Hezekiah.

A conversion of a rod to a snake and back was believed to have been experienced by Moses and later by his brother Aaron according to Islamic, Christian, and Jewish hagiography:

And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand and caught it and it became a rod in his hand. (Exodus 4:2-4)

The Book of Numbers provides an origin for an archaic bronze serpent associated with Moses, with the following narratives:

"21.6. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. 8. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." (Book of Numbers 21:6-9)

When the young reforming king Hezekiah came to the throne of Judah in the late 8th century:

"He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan." 2 Kings 18:4.

In Christianity, a connection between the Serpent and Satan is strongly made, and Genesis 3:14 where God curses the serpent, is seen in that light: "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life". Some feel that this seems to indicate that the serpent had legs prior to this punishment. But if the lying serpent was in fact Satan himself (as he is called THE serpent or dragon), rather than an ordinary snake simply possessed by Satan, then the reference to crawling and dust is purely symbolic reference to his ultimate humiliation and defeat.

In the Gospel of Matthew 3:7, John the Baptist calls the Pharisees and Saducees visiting him a `brood of vipers`. Later in Matthew 23:33, Jesus himself uses this imagery, observing: "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of Gehenna?" ("Hell" is the usual translation of Jesus' word Gehenna.)

Although in the minority, there are at least a couple of passages in the New Testament that do not present the snake with negative connotation. When sending out the twelve apostles, Jesus exhorted them "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16).

Jesus made a comparison between himself and the setting up of the snake on the hill in the desert by Moses:

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:14-15).

In this comparison Jesus was not so much connecting himself to the serpent[citation needed], but showing the analogy of his being a divinely provided object of faith, through which God would provide salvation, just as God provided healing to those who looked in faith to the brass serpent. The other most significant reference to the serpent in the New Testament occurs in Revelation 12, where the identity of the serpent in Genesis is made explicit:

"The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray..."

This verse lends support to the view that of the serpent being Satan himself, which helps to explain, as well, why Eve was not surprised to be spoken to by the serpent--it was not a talking snake, but a beautiful and intelligent (yet evil) angelic being.

Veyne, Paul, 1987. A History of Private Life : 1. From Pagan Rome to Byzantium


Snake handling is a religious ritual in a small number of Christian churches in the U.S., usually characterized as rural and Pentecostal. Practitioners believe it dates to antiquity and quote the Bible to support the practice, especially:

"And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18)
"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19)

Modern Medicine





........................Caduceus.................. ..The Star of Life features a Rod of Asclepius

Snakes entwined the staffs both of Hermes (the caduceus) and of Asclepius, where a single snake entwined the rough staff. On Hermes' caduceus, the snakes were not merely duplicated for symmetry, they were paired opposites. (This motif is congruent with the phurba.) The wings at the head of the staff identified it as belonging to the winged messenger, Hermes, the Roman Mercury, who was the god of magic, diplomacy and rhetoric, of inventions and discoveries, the protector both of merchants and that allied occupation, to the mythographers' view, of thieves. It is however Hermes' role as psychopomp, the escort of newly-deceased souls to the afterlife, that explains the origin of the snakes in the caduceus since this was also the role of the Sumerian entwined serpent god Ningizzida, with whom Hermes has sometimes been equated with.

In Late Antiquity, as the arcane study of alchemy developed, Mercury was understood to be the protector of those arts too and of arcane or occult "Hermetic' information in general. Chemistry and medicines linked the rod of Hermes with the staff of the healer Asclepius, which was wound with a serpent; it was conflated with Mercury's rod, and the modern medical symbol— which should simply be the rod of Asclepius— often became Mercury's wand of commerce. Another version is used in alchemy whereas the snake is crucufied, known as Nicolas Flamel's caduceus. Art historian Walter J. Friedlander, in The Golden Wand of Medicine: A History of the Caduceus Symbol in Medicine (1992) collected hundreds of examples of the caduceus and the rod of Asclepius and found that professional associations were just somewhat more likely to use the staff of Asclepius, while commercial organizations in the medical field were more likely to use the caduceus.
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Mount Vernon is home to thirteen tree specimens that George Washington planted around 1785 when he improved his serpentine walk.


The Thirteen Scared Trees, or Sacred Grove, of the Druids.....






The Celtic Lunar Calendar


In today's world it is often difficult for us to imagine that there were ancient civilizations that came long before us who were more aware and in tune with nature, astronomy, and astrology than we are today with all of our advanced intelligence and technology.
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Historical records and archeological discoveries have made us all too aware of ancient peoples who had acquired such knowledge, which they used to alter and influence the activities of their daily life.
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Approximately one thousand years B.C., a religious order of Celtic priests known as the Druids lived in the British Isles. They used a lunar calendar that consisted of 13 months, with each month having within it 28 days, plus an additional day which was added to the calendar as in a leap year, to correspond to the solar/lunar year.
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This 13 month calendar was used by the Druids to calculate their year and important festivals.
The Druidic religion focused on the natural and supernatural energies of the universe which they identified with the spirits of their sacred trees. These sacred trees formed the basis of the Druid astrological zodiac.



The Druidic Zodiac
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Sign.............Tree........................Month ..........................Symbol

Beth.............Birch........December 24 - January 20.............The eagle or stag
Luis.............Rowan..........January 21 - February 17............Green dragon
Nion..............Ash...........February 18 - March 17...............The trident
Fearn...........Alder..............March 18 - April 14..................The pentacle
Saille...........Willow...............April 15 - May 12...................The serpent
Uath.........Hawthorne............May 13 - June 9....................The chalice
Duir..............Oak................June 10 - July 7.....................The golden wheel
Tinne...........Holly..................July 8 - August 4..................Flaming spear
Coll.............Hazel..............August 5 - September 1............The rainbow fish
Muin............Vine..........September 2 - September 29...........The swan
Gort.............Ivy.........September 30 - October 27...............The butterfly
Ngetal.........Reed............October 28 - November 24............The stone
Ruis............Elder..........November 25 - December 22............The raven

The last day of the calendar, December 23rd, is known as The Nameless Day which is represented by the Mistletoe and symbolized by the black pearl.



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The Birch Tree
Beth

The birch tree is associated with the letter Beth in the Celtic tree alphabet, the first of the thirteen consonants of the Celtic letters that formed a calendar of seasonal tree magic. The spirit of the birch tree projects the faint aura of the sun, representing the rise of the Solar King from the dark slumber of night. This ethereal light symbolizes the divinity of the Dryad or tree spirit. The golden eagle flying overhead carries the salmon, a bright symbol of knowledge. The statuesque white stag is a symbol of the eventual fate of the Sun King, who will reign for seven months in the thirteen month calendar of the Druids.
Ruling Deity – The Celtic warrior God Lugh, inventor of all arts and crafts.
Planetary Ruler – Sun.

The Rowan Tree
Luis

The Rowan tree stands in the center of Stonehenge, the ancient gathering place of the Druids. In Celtic legend, the tree was considered to be the magical tree of life. The tree was guarded by a fiery green dragon, a powerful symbol of life during the time of year when night still ruled the day. Stonehenge symbolically formed a giant candle at the Celtic feast of Candlemas, marking the quickening of the year. The fiery breath of the dragon ignited the vital current of energy pulsing through the stones, regenerating the flame of eternal life.
Ruling Deity – Brigid, the Goddes of fertility and poetry.
Planetary Ruler – Uranus.

The Ash Tree
Nion

The Ash tree symbolizes the power of the sea, depicted in this illustration by the sea god Lir, one of the ruling divinities in Celtic legend. Lir was a powerful deity who represented the mystical fusion of man and God through the medium or element of water. In Celtic myth the Ash was sacred to Gwydion as a tree of enchantment, from whose twigs he made his wands. A Druidical wand, made from ash, with a spiral decoration was unearthed in Anglesey during an archaeological find. The wand dated from the early first century.
Ruling Deity – Gwydion, the Magician, storyteller and trickster.
Planetary Ruler – Neptune.

The Alder Tree
Fearn

Armed with a spear and swoed, Bran the mighty giant and ancient Celtic King of Britain has slain the green dragon to establish his power over the seasons. The power of the sun has triumphed as it reaches the Vernal Equinox, for the days will now rule the night. March 21st, known to the Druids as Elbin Eilir, was celebrated with the lighting of a sacred fire of alder woodfrom which all other fires where then rekindled. From this day forward in the Celtic calendar, the sun will have dominion over the moon.
Ruling Deity – Bran the Blesses, the God of the Spirit world.
Planetary Ruler – Mars.

The Willow Tree
Saille

The Celts believed that a serpent was hidden within the branches of the willow tree. The coils of the serpent protected two scarlet colored eggs which contained the infinate potential of the world. A beautiful young maiden holds the branches of the tree. She has been chosen Queen of the May to preside over the celebration of Beltane, a fire festival held on the first day of May. The roots of the willow tap into the sacred spring of the mysterious and awesome aspect of the lunar Goddess, the Cailleach, who sits on a silver throne in a dark cavern under the tree.
Ruling Deity – Ceridwen, the Celtic Moon Goddess.
Planetary Ruler – Moon.

The Hawthorne Tree
Uath

The Hawthorne tree symbolizes the spiritual quest that demands chastity and purification after the earlier festivities of May. The Goddess holds the silver chalice of the Holy Grail, known also to many as the cauldron of Cerridwen. In this depiction, a warrior prince leaves his weapons behind in preparation for his ascent up the hill, representing the Suns journey towards the ultimate act of sacrifice at the summer soltice.
Ruling Deity – Olwen, the summer flower maiden.
Planetary Ruler – Vulcan.

The Oak Tree
Duir

The Oak tree stands in a circle of fire, the flames engulfing the sacrificial oak king, who sits upon his white stallion. Deep within its roots lies the double head of Janus, a dual god of life and death, who symbolizes the turning of the year from summer to winter. The golden wheel of the Celts represents the changing face of the Sun. The Sun has reached its highest point in the sky and is about to begin its descent. The summer solstice, celebrated on June 21st, was known to the Druids as Alban Hefin. This marked the turning point in the Druidic calendar when the Sun appeared momentarily to stand still as it reached its most northerly point.
Ruling Deity – The Dagda, the Father of all Gods.
Planetary Ruler – Jupiter.

The Holly Tree
Tinne

The Earth Goddess is dressed in scarlet to symbolize fruition and the beginning of autumn. She holds the triple symbol of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. A flaming spear has pierced the earth at her feet, representing the renewal of her power at the Celtic festival of Lammas. This festival was an ancient fire festival celebrated on August 1st. It was associated with the transformation concept of the magical powers of the female.
Ruling Deity – Govannon, the smith God.
Planetary Ruler – Earth.

The Hazel Tree
Coll

The leaves of the hazel tree are slowly turning to gold and the nuts have formed into clusters of three, the sacred number of the universal Goddess. The nuts are dropping into a crystal clear pool and feeding the salmon, a magical symbol pertaining to knowledge of the arts and sciences. A young man sits by the spring and gazes into the pool, seeking to gain knowledge and wisdom not from the book that he has beside him; but from the ancient symbols of the universe that are revealed to our subconscious minds if we are open to them.
Ruling Deity – The sea God Manannan Mac Lir, master of disuise.
Planetary Ruler – Mercury.

The Vine
Muin

The vine is depicted here growing over a mysterious entrance into the castle of Arianrhod, Lady of the Silver Wheel. Deep within the castle is the seat of Annwn, which in Celtic mysteries is the center of the astral plane. The four white swans symbolize the radiant aspect of the psyche approaching another revelation and initiation. The vine is associated with the Celtic festival of the autumn equinox known to the Druids as Alban Elfred, and is celebrated on September 23rd.
Ruling Deity – The Tuatha De Danaan Gods of light.
Planetary Ruler – Venus.

The Ivy
Gort

The tiny figures of the Sidhe or faery people, dance wildly in the moonlight awaiting the rebirth and resurrection of the souls of the dead. The butterfly is a symbol of the Sidhe and represents this metamorphic transition. A coverlet of Ivy almost conceals the ruins of an ancient temple. The Men-an-Tol stone in Cornwall is believed to be the solitary survivor of an ancient temple built by the same people who constructed Stonehenge. The Druids continued to use these same sites for their own rituals, carving their own symbols on some of the stones and erecting additional stones inscribed with Ogham.
Ruling Deity – Guinivere the fairy bride.
Planetary Ruler – Persephone.

The Reed
Ngetal

The Celtic festival of Samhain was a time when doors were opened between the natural and supernatural world. For the Celts, it was the most important festival of the entire year, as it officially marked the beginning of winter and the start of the Celtic New Year. In this depiction, Pluto, god of the underworld, resides in a subterranean cavern where he guards the four treasures that the Celts had inherited from the Tuatha Danaans, a race of immortals who became their gods.
Ruling Deity – Pwyll, the Celtic God of the underworld.
Planetary Ruler – Pluto.

The Elder Tree
Ruis

The magical deep purple berries of the elder tree relate to inception, the beginning of the mystical birth of the Celtic Sun God. A huge black raven flies above the child with a wreath of mistletoe around its neck and a lustrous black pearl in its mouth. It is the messenger of impending death, the physical death that precedes spiritual rebirth. To the Celts, the secret of Annwn is revealed at the time of the winter solstice, which marks the shortest day and heralds the rebirth of the Sun. The winter solstice on December 22nd was known as Alban Arthuan in the Druidic calendar.
Ruling Deity – Cailleach Beara, the crown Goddess and Celtic tribal mother.
Planetary Ruler – Saturn.

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The Dawn of the Goddess


The goddess religion came from Africa with modern humans 100,000 years ago. This may be inferred from the fact that very similar goddess stories are found on all continents, suggesting that the stories were known before modern people migrated to Europe; Asia, the Americas, and Australia. In Europe, (France) there are some recently discovered caves decorated with paintings and carvings which have been dated between 30,340 and 32,410 BP (before present).

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Names of the Goddess...
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A Search for the White Goddess


The White Goddess is one of the names given to the Earth Mother; the Moon goddess, to Venus, Astarte, Lilith, Belili, the Muses, the Three Graces and to innumerable other female deities. She is found in the myths and legends of all cultures. The stories and attributes of the white goddess are remarkably similar in nations as far apart as Ireland and China, and this points to a very ancient common source for the myths, which appear to have come out of Africa with Homo sapiens 100,000 years ago.

This was a nature-based religion which involved close observation and celebration of the seasons and of the moon and the planets. Its bible was written in the stars for all to see, and its hymns were the songs of birds and the sighings of the breeze. The worship of the White Goddess reached its highest level in the time of the Minoans (say 1600 BC). In that period, the sea-trading Minoans carried their religion from their ports in the Mediterranean as far as Ireland in the west; and to tropical Asia in the east. Of the goddess-temples founded, the highest may have been that of Sappho on the island of Lesbos. The goddess-temples are of great importance to scholars, for they are the source of the alphabet we use; the musical scales we use, of the concept of poetry, of the calendar, of astronomy and history, and of formal mathematics and the sciences. This culture fell in a cataclysm in approximately 1600 BC, but was resumed by Achaeans (proto-Greeks), and by other civilisations honouring the nature goddess. The temple's role at the pinnacle of human culture and achievement lasted until the second century anno domine, when the the high priestess of the temple of Isis was murdered. The fall of the temple on the Nile marked the end of goddess-worship as a manifest or established religion, and the beginning of the Goddess' long career in hidden religion, that is, in the occult .

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The python is a recurring motif in the goddess myths. The serpent appears as the companion to the Baccantes and the Lamiae. Serpents form the Medusa's hair, and are draped about Minerva's collar. A serpent speaks to Eve in the Garden of Eden and is twice featured in the ancient zodiac. Serpents were kept Sappho's temple, and at later temples such as Delphi, where the oracle was called the pythoness. After the fall of Sappho's temple, the new god Apollo assumed many of the rights and powers previously attributed to the goddess. Apollo's first act on assuming office was to apologise in song for having slain the Python.....

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Serpens
Constellation on the celestial equator (see celestial sphere), represented as a serpent coiled around the body of Ophiuchus. It is the only constellation divided into two halves: Serpens Caput, the head (on one side of Ophiuchus), and Serpens Cauda, the tail (on the other side). Its main feature is the Eagle nebula.




This constellation is unique, for it is divided into two parts – Serpens Caput, the head, and Serpens Cauda, the tail. Nevertheless, astronomers regard it as a single constellation. Serpens represents a huge snake held by the constellation Ophiuchus. In his left hand Ophiuchus grasps the top half of the snake, while his right hand holds the tail. Aratus and Manilius agreed that Serpens was coiled around the body of Ophiuchus, but most star atlases show the snake simply passing between his legs (for an illustration of the full tableau, see Ophiuchus).

In mythology, Ophiuchus was identified as the healer Asclepius, son of Apollo, although why he appears to be wrestling with a serpent in the sky is not fully explained. His connection with snakes is attributed to the story that he once killed a snake that was miraculously restored to life by a herb placed on it by another snake. Asclepius subsequently used the same technique to revive dead people. Snakes are the symbol of rebirth because they shed their skins every year.

The star Alpha Serpentis is called Unukalhai from the Arabic meaning ‘the serpent’s neck’, where it is located. The tip of the serpent’s tail is marked by Theta Serpentis, called Alya, an Arabic word that actually refers to a sheep’s tail. The most celebrated object in Serpens is a star cluster called M16, embedded in a gas cloud called the Eagle Nebula, the subject of a famous photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Ascendant The degree of the zodiac rising over the eastern horizon of the birthplace at the moment of birth.

Caput Draconis From the Latin, literally dragon's head; an older term for the Moon's North Node.

Cauda Draconis From the Latin, literally dragon's tail; synonymous with the Moon's south node.

Descendant Point opposite the Ascendant.

ecliptic The apparent path of the Sun as it "travels" around Earth during the course of a year; actually, Earth's orbit around the Sun.

nodal chart An equal house chart, which places the Moon's South Node at the Ascendant, used primarily by medical astrologers to diagnose health problems. In this context, the South Node and Ascendant represent the head, the North Node and Decendant the feet, the lower hemisphere the right side of the body and the upper hemisphere the left.

node The point of intersection of a planet's orbit and the ecliptic.

http://astrology.aryabhatt.com/astrology_glossary.asp






So why is this seal here ???

Well, shown above is the reference to the Eagle Nebula, hence the eagle on the seal. There are 13 stars (13th star sign) above the head of the eagle (Eagle Nebula) holding 13 arrows in the left claw (Caput Draconis - the serpents head) and a branch with 13 leaves on a branch in the right claw (Cauda Draconis - the serpents tail).




Snake Goddess describes a number of figurines of a woman holding a serpent in each hand found during excavation of Minoan archaeological sites in Crete dating from approximately 1600 BCE.


The Greek word drakõn [1], 'serpent', is related to the word drakos, meaning 'eye'.


Through the Druidic calendar the Elder tree is the 13th tree, with the December correlation the same as Ophiuchus, that is represented by the planetary ruler Saturn, and Saturn is linked through the occult with the Star of David formed by the 13 stars above the eagle. The eagle is representative of the Birch tree in the Druidic calendar and the planetary ruler is the Sun, hence the sun symbolism around the eye on the pyramid.







Scottish Rite Eagle


There are 18 objects surrounding the 13 stars. 1+ 8 = 9. There are nine muses of the Goddess..



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In Aztec mythology, Chicomecoatl ("Seven Serpent", also the name of a day of the Aztec calendar) was a goddess of food and produce, especially maize and, by extension, a goddess of fertility.




In Aztec mythology, Chantico ("she who dwells in the house") was the goddess of fires in the family hearth and volcanoes. She broke a fast by eating paprika with roasted fish, and was turned into a dog by Tonacatecuhtli. She also wears a crown of poisonous cactus spikes, and takes the form of a red serpent.





Chalchiuhtlicue (also Chalciuhtlicue, or Chalcihuitlicue) the day 5 Serpent






In Aztec mythology, Cihuacoatl ("snake woman"; also Chihucoatl, Ciucoatl) was one of a number of motherhood and fertility goddesses. (See also Ilamatecuhtli, Teteoinnan, Tlazolteotl, and Toci.)





Coatlicue, also known as Teteoinan (also transcribed Teteo Inan) ("The Mother of Gods"), is the Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon, stars, and Huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun and war. She is also known as Toci, ("Our Grandmother"), and Cihuacoatl, ("The Lady of the serpent"), the patron of women who die in childbirth.

The Aztec goddess of earth and fire, and mother of the gods and mother of the stars of the southern sky. Her daughter is the goddess Coyolxauhqui. Coatlicue was magically impregnated by a ball of feathers. Her outraged children decapitated her, but the god Huitzilopochtli emerged fully armed from his mother's womb and slew many of his brothers and sisters. She represented the type of the devouring mother in whom were combined both the womb and the grave. Coatlicue was a serpent goddess, depicted wearing a skirt of snakes.





In Aztec mythology, Ehecatl ("wind") was the god of wind, an aspect of Quetzalcoatl.






Mixcoatl, meaning ³cloud serpent,² was the god of the hunt and identified with the Milky Way, the stars, and the heavens in several Mesoamerican cultures
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There are many Egyptians Gods represented by snakes.

Here is a list of a few of them.....


Name...................Symbol............Gender

Amaunet................Snake...............Female

Apophis.............Chaos Serpent.........Male
(Apep)

Atum.....................Snake................Male

Hauhet..................Snake...............Female

Kauket..................Snake...............Female

Mandulis.........crown w/ cobras.........Male

Mehen..................Serpent...............Male

Meretseger.............Cobra...............Female
(Mertseger)

Naunet..................Snake...............Female

Renenet.................Cobra...............Female

Set...................Coiled Cobra...........Male

Tefnut...................Cobra...............Femal e

Wadjet..................Cobra...............Female
(Edjo)

http://www.musesrealm.net/egypt/gods.html


Amaunet is an Egyptian mother goddess, also referred to as the Hidden One. She's the personification of the Northern Wind. She's know as "the mother who is father" and is therefore not in need of a husband. She is portrayed as a snake or a snake-head on which the crown of Lower Egypt rests.







Associated symbol of RA, a Snake circling the Sun





Portrayed as a cobra wearing a Red Crown of Lower Egypt, Wadjet was a symbol of soverignty.





She is uraeus on the Kings forehead, ready to spit venom or strike his ememies.




Buto, the Egyptian snake goddess. She was a cobra goddess
whose cult-center was in the Delta of the Nile. She was also called the "Lady of Heaven" and
the Queen of all the gods.





Renenutet (Renenet, Ernutet, Thermuthis, Thermouthis, Termuthis), "She Who Rears", was a cobra goddess




An Egyptian deity slays the snake-like Apep



In Egypt, we find the connection with an eagle and venomous snake partially confirmed by the very common picture of the winged sun-disk with uraeus





The Sky-Snake
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Horus' right eye had also been gouged out, which explained why the moon, which it represented, was so weak compared to the sun.

http://www.crystalinks.com/horus.html





The star in the position of the 'right eye' of Ophiuchus is.....
Alpha Serpentis (α Ser / α Serpentis) is a triple star.


Is Alpha Serpentis (the 'right eye' of Ophiuchus) the eye that Horus had gauged out by Set (Set - symbol - Coiled Cobra) ???


"...the Eye of Horus hath made me holy...I will hide myself among you, O ye stars which are imperishable. My brow is the brow of Ra."
The Pyramid Texts


"That which has been shut fast [dead] hath been opened by the command of the Eye of Horus, which hath delivered me. Established are the beauties of the forehead of Ra."
The Pyramid Texts


"Come, the Eye of Horus hath delivered for me my soul, my ornaments are established on the brow of Ra. Light is on the faces of those who are in the members of Osiris."
The Pyramid Texts


"Perfect is the Eye of Horus. I have delivered the Eye of Horus, the shining one, the ornament of the Eye of Ra, the Father of the Gods."
The Pyramid Texts


"I shall see the Gods and the Eye of Horus burning with fire before my eyes."
The Pyramid Texts


"Behold [the fire] risith in Abydos and it cometh; I cause it to come, the Eye of Horus. It is set in order upon thy brow, O Osiris Khenti-Amenti; it is set in the shrine and riseth on thy brow."
The Pyramid Texts


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The Divine Eye in Ancient Egypt and in the Midrashic Interpretation of Formative Judaism

The eye has religious and metaphorical meanings that go beyond the physical dynamics of seeing. In particular, the eye is present in specific manifestations in different religious cultures and communicates intricate values of a particular religion.............

..............Generally, the eye in both traditions, ancient Egypt and rabbinic Judaism in late antiquity, represented an all-seeing and omnipresent divinity.........

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at the end of the day... who gives a fuck. how does this benefit anyone? at the end of the day it does not serve any purpose and does not better any of your lives
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at the end of the day... who gives a fuck. how does this benefit anyone? at the end of the day it does not serve any purpose and does not better any of your lives
what purpose do YOU serve, all the info pertaining to how this astrological sign and the serpent bearer as well as the info is all in this thread, once again you haven't read the thread in it entirety and choose to post

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Scorpio
~ Oct 23 – Nov 21
SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC
Scorpius (the scorpion) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. In western astrology it is known as "Scorpio". It lies between Libra to the west and Sagittarius to the east. It is a large constellation located in the southern hemisphere near the center of the Milky Way.



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(...)The first six signs of the zodiac of twelve signs were regarded as benevolent, because the sun occupied them while traversing the Northern Hemisphere. The 6,000 years during which, according to the Persians, Ahura-Mazda ruled His universe in harmony and peace, were symbolic of these six signs. The second six were considered malevolent, because while the sun was traveling the Southern Hemisphere it was winter with the Greeks, Egyptians, and Persians. Therefore these six months symbolic of the 6,000 years of misery and suffering caused by the evil genius of the Persians, Ahriman, who sought to overthrow the power of Ahura-Mazda.

Those who hold the opinion that before its revision by the Greeks the zodiac consisted of only ten signs adduce evidence to show that Libra (the Scales) was inserted into the zodiac by dividing the constellation of Virgo Scorpio (at that time one sign) into two parts, thus establishing "the balance" at the point of equilibrium between the ascending northern and the descending southern signs. (See The Rosicrucians, Their Rites and Mysteries, by Hargrave Jennings.) On this subject Isaac Myer states: "We think that the Zodiacal constellations were first ten and represented an immense androgenic man or deity; subsequently this was changed, resulting in Scorpio and Virgo and making eleven; after this from Scorpio, Libra, the Balance, was taken, making the present twelve." (The Qabbalah.)





The summer solstice is regarded as occurring .......which the Egyptians called the scarab--a beetle of the family Lamellicornes, the head of the insect kingdom, and sacred to the Egyptians as the symbol of Eternal Life.
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(...)Therefore, when it is said that the sun is in Taurus, it means (astronomically) that the sun is in the sign opposite to Taurus, which is Scorpio. This resulted in two distinct schools of philosophy: one geocentric and exoteric, the other heliocentric and esoteric. While the ignorant multitudes worshiped the house of the sun's reflection, which in the case described would be the Bull, the wise revered the house of the sun's actual dwelling, which would be the Scorpion, or the Serpent, the symbol of the concealed spiritual mystery. [/B]This sign has three different symbols. The most common is that of a Scorpion, who was called by the ancients the backbiter, being the symbol of deceit and perversion; the second (and less common) [B]form of the sign is a Serpent, often used by the ancients to symbolize wisdom.

Probably the rarest form of Scorpio is that of an Eagle. The arrangement of the stars of the constellation bears as much resemblance to a flying bird as to a scorpion. Scorpio, being the sign of occult initiation, the flying eagle--the king of birds--represents the highest and most spiritual type of Scorpio, in which it transcends the venomous insect of the earth. As Scorpio and Taurus are opposite each other in the zodiac, their symbolism is often closely intermingled. The Hon. E. M. Plunket, in Ancient Calendars and Constellations, says: "The Scorpion (the constellation Scorpio of the Zodiac opposed to Taurus) joins with Mithras in his attack upon the Bull, and always the genii of the spring and autumn equinoxes are present in joyous and mournful attitudes."

The Egyptians, the Assyrians, and the Babylonians, who knew the sun as a Bull, called the zodiac a series of furrows, through which the great celestial Ox dragged the plow of the sun. Hence the populace offered up sacrifice and led through the streets magnificent steers, bedecked with flowers and surrounded with priests, dancing girls of the temple, and musicians. The philosophic elect did not participate in these idolatrous ceremonials, but advocated them as most suitable for the types of mind composing the mass of the population. These few possessed a far deeper understanding, as the Serpent of Scorpio upon their foreheads--the Uræus--bore witness.

The sun is often symbolized with its rays in the form of a shaggy mane.
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The Four Cherubim.
Secrets of the Sphinx.©





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In this chapter we are going to learn about Egypt’s four minor sphinxes, Ezekiel’s four cherubs, or the four genii as they are called in some of our more ancient legends. Let us begin by looking at the word “genii,” which is the plural form of the word “genius.”

One could define genius as a person of phenomenal and original powers or as the guardian spirit of an individual.






Four Cherubim in Current Epoch
Let us make a model to see if we can locate and understand the two missing cherubim. Picture a right angle cross with four arms of equal length. Next, place the Autumnal Equinox and Leo the Lion at the end of the top arm. Position the Spring Equinox and Aquarius the Man on the bottom arm of the cross on the same line as Leo the Lion.

Now take the Sphinx, that runs around binding things together, and skewer it on the vertical beam of the cross between Aquarius and Leo. Calm Down! We’re using imaginary lines, so it doesn’t hurt. Now that we all have the Great Sphinx of Giza on the vertical beam of the cross binding the Man and the Lion, we are getting our first glimpse of the male aspect of this hermaphroditic Sphinx.

In due time, we will meet the Sphinx and a few of its mythological friends on our journey to the twilight zone. They will unite to reveal their hidden-timely symbol, but, as you can plainly see, I don’t mind lifting a few veils to expose some clues along the way.

Let us remove the Great Sphinx from our imaginary cross and return it to the Zodiac to bind Virgo, the Virgin, and Leo, the Lion. Now the Sphinx has its feminine face or aspect again.

Place the Summer Solstice of June 21 on the right arm of the cross. It is just Dawning into Taurus, the Bull, at this time in the Platonic year. Now, put the Bull over the Summer Solstice. The Summer Solstice will take the next 2,150 years to travel westward through the constellation of Taurus.

Let’s place the Winter Solstice on the left arm of the cross, and then we can go find that Eagle who cohabits with a Scorpion. Yes, they dwell in the constellation of Scorpio, which Abraham of Biblical fame always called the Eagle. Put that Eagle on the left end of the cross.

If we check the heavens on December 21, we will find the Winter-Solstice sun is just dawning into Scorpio, and it will be traversing that constellation for the next 2,150 years.

We are now observing how the four cherubim look when the cross lines up with them at this time in the Platonic year. Let us take the four genii off the cross and put them into the wheel of the Zodiac where they belong. We will leave the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes, along with the Summer and Winter Solstices, attached to the ends of the cross.

Now put the cross in the middle of the Zodiac and spin it. Don’t hold your breath! The cross is going to take 25,800 years to make one revolution. Notice! We have the ancient and universal symbol for the planet Earth — a cross in a circle.

Let me show you a trick. Turn the cross to put the Vernal Equinox in Aries where it was 2,000 to 4,000 years ago. Now check the right arm of the cross where the Summer Solstice is attached. If all is going well, it should be in the constellation of Cancer.







Platonic Year 4,000 Years Ago
(Cross takes 25,800 years to make one turn through the twelve ages)
This gives us the Tropic of Cancer on every map and globe. Check the location of the Winter Solstice. That’s right! It is in the Tropic of Capricorn that is also depicted on our maps and globes. That was our position in this great year 2,000 to 4,000 years ago.

Turn the Vernal Equinox to the sixth age of the world or the Piscean Age. That is where the first day of spring has been for the last 2,000 years. We now have the Tropic of Gemini replacing the Tropic of Cancer on the Summer Solstice. We also find the Winter Solstice on the Tropic of Sagittarius instead of the Tropic of Capricorn.

The map and globe makers must have fallen asleep with the tropical astrologers for the last 2,000-plus years! It is beginning to look as if they may have their work cut out for them. Using 10 percent of our brain’s potential at the end of the sixth age, maybe we are all a little behind the times.

One of the purposes of this book is to remind the map makers and the astrologers of their responsibility to rectify the names of the solstices and the equinoxes on our charts, maps, and globes. When we finish reading this book and you fully comprehend the secrets being revealed to you, I hope that you will support me when I request that we upgrade our maps and charts.

Let us keep turning the cross and put the first day of Spring at the dawning of Aquarius, where we are at this time in the Platonic year. Yes! Our four cherubim are lining up again.








Current Position in Platonic Year
(Cross takes 25,800 years to make one turn through the twelve ages)
Our Summer Solstice is in Taurus, so we can change the Tropic of Cancer on our maps and globes to the Tropic of Taurus. Ah, the Winter Solstice is in Scorpio, so the Tropic of Capricorn needs to be renamed the Tropic of Scorpio.

Now we have the Autumnal Equinox in Leo the Lion, the Vernal Equinox in Aquarius the Man, the Summer Solstice in Taurus the Bull, and the Winter Solstice in Scorpio with the Eagle.

Spring, or a new beginning for man, is progressing into Aquarius, and our Fall is heading into the Lion at this time in the Platonic year. I believe, as we enter this major turning point, we begin to remember who we are and from whence we sprang. Our lower-animalistic essence and the misinterpretations of our myths start to fall into the fire of Leo as our spiritual beings re-emerge into the heavens or air of Aquarius.

When your ready, take the cross and spin it 180 degrees. This puts the Spring into the beast or Lion and the Fall into the Man. This is 13,000 years ago when the continent of Atlantis supposedly sank.





Platonic Year 13,000 Years Ago
This era in the Platonic year can be interpreted in some of the creation stories as the fall of man into the beast or the fall from the garden. This was the time when mankind’s spring was cut short because he was bullheaded enough to be tricked and stung by the scorpion. Man was expelled from the garden and cast into the darkness of the lion's jungle.

Genesis 3:24 says: When God expelled man from the Garden of Eden, he settled him east of the garden, and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword to guard the way to the tree of life.

Has anybody heard this allegory before? If this information is ringing a bell and you are still interested in un-weaving some more fascinating material, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and let what we are learning sink in. When you’re ready, spin into the spelling class coming up in the next chapter, and we will have some more fun playing school.

Secrets of the Sphinx is an uplifting experience and an easy book to read. You will be thinking about this publication long after you set it down!
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the symbol of the snake in the sky symbolises the meeting point between the ecliptic and galaxy, the so-called stargate between Scorpio and Saggitarius, just where serpens is located. This has been occulted away as it is meant as a coded secret to be discovered.
The 12 signs of the inner zodiac are the correct number, the 13th one is a secret that lies behind and represents another level, that of the imprisonment on this planet.

The earth has been cordoned off from the living etheric forces of the other "spheres" and etheric beings that are the planets. This happened because the whole solar system was disturbed. The earth became the silent planet locked out and separated; the key to this lock is the moon; and the moon holds the energy that makes this lock real. It is symbolised by the serpent, the ourobouros, that encircles the Earth (look at the NATO symbol).
The stargate is the point identified by the Egyptians and others (in the place of the 13th sign) as the escape route / or entry point from this.

This disturbance caused the pole shifts and are referred to as the Zep Tepi.
Since then the powerful Evil Mind has organised humanity to rush forward technologically to help its leaders to find a way to escape, at any cost to humanity, and by placating us with material benefits.
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