Ouroboros – The Cycle of life, death and re-birth

Ouroboros is an emblem of unity of the cosmos, of eternity, where the beginning is the end and the end is the beginning. Relative to the Ophiuchus & Kundalini, the evidence of Nerve Zero (13)  The alpha and Omega of All that is, was, and will ever be. Encircling the world, she snakes her course around the mountains and in the human body, she is coiled within.

The Ouroboros 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. In the Middle Eastern culture, Mithra, a divine being (or a God according to some beliefs), which was believed to be reborn, was sometimes depicted with an ouroboros around his waist or encircling his whole body.

The name of the Great World Serpent surrounding the Earth also represents the element of mercury (which is known as an element that can run through any kind of matter).

One is the Serpent which has its poison according to two compositions, and One is All and through it is All, and by it is All, and if you have not All, All is Nothing.

An alternative explanation;

Out of the One comes Two, out of Two comes Three, and from the Third comes the One as the Fourth.

The ego splits to function as two in the world of duality (good and Bad), and then out of the two-split ego’s, when they are united – comes the third, which is the smaller individual soul essence of personality, (the soul aspect when the ego has been destroyed) surpassing duality and uniting into a third field. From the individual soul aspect, comes the god head, the fourth. – Individuation or self actualisation!

The first known appearance of the ouroboros is in the Book of the Netherworld, the text concerns the actions of the god Ra and his union with Osiris in the underworld. In an illustration from this text, two serpents, holding their tails in their mouths, coil around the head, neck, and feet of an enormous god, who may represent the unified Ra-Osiris.
it represents the formless disorder that surrounds the orderly world and is involved in that world’s periodic renewal

The ouroboros symbolizes ‘the all is one’. Its black and white halves represent the Gnostic duality of existence, as the Taoist yin and yang symbol. A symbol of the eternal unity of all things, the cycle of birth and death from which the alchemist sought release and liberation, it was familiar to the alchemist and physician – Asclepius!

In Gnosticism, a serpent biting its tail symbolized eternity and the soul of the world the ouroboros as a twelve-part dragon surrounding the world with his tail in his mouth. Thus the 12 zodiac signs also direct the human blueprint, and the missing or omitted Ophiuchus – is the light bearer!

It is a common belief among indigenous people of the tropical lowlands of South America that waters at the edge of the world-disc are encircled by a snake, often an anaconda, biting its own tail.

Ouroboros-dragon-serpent-snake-symbol

Ouroboros symbolism has been used to describe the Kundalini. According to the medieval Yoga-kundalini Upanishad, where there it is regarded as ‘The divine power, Kundalini,’ shining like the stem of a young lotus, like a snake, coiled round upon herself she holds her tail in her mouth and lies resting half asleep as the base of the body. Once awakened, her journey is to achieve balance of the opposite forces as she ascends through the many layers of trauma and beliefs.

The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This ‘feed-back’ process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself. He symbolizes the One, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the primal form which, that stems from man’s unconscious

Saṃsara is a fundamental concept in all Indian religions, and this is linked to the karma theory, which refers to the belief that all living beings cyclically go through births and rebirths. Samsara meaning rebirth and reincarnation of living beings, the chronological development of the idea over its history began with the questions on what the true nature of human existence is, and whether people die only once.

These early theories asserted that the nature of human existence involves two realities, one unchanging absolute Atman (soul) which is somehow connected to the ultimate unchanging immortal reality and bliss called Brahman, and that the rest is the always-changing subject (body) in a phenomenal world (Maya).

 

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