Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Ouroboros

The Ouroboros is an ancient circular symbol, usually in the form of a snake or dragon eating its tail. It was first seen as early as 1600 years BC in Egypt.

The Greeks are the ones who called it Ouroboros, or the Tail Eater. It's a symbol of renewal, infinity and the repetition of history. The image has been seen in Japan, Indian, European woodcuts, Native American Indian Tribes, by the Aztecs and has been directly associated by many different gods and the serpent in the garden of Eden.

It's a symbol of light and darkness merging together. The Ouroborus kills himself, yet resurrects himself... impregnates himself and gives his own birth. It is the one thing. It is living duality... the convergence of both halves. It means, from Gnostic texts, "All is One."

It's no accident that wedding rings were made in this shape.

There is no end... there is no beginning... just the path in the middle.

Success... failure... death... life... sickness... health... just tick marks along the path that we're all on.

No action or event is ever going to destroy you. Or create you either.

I believe that talent, like the Ouroboros, lies within ourselves.

Happy Valentine's Day.


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