Discover this gorgeous Ouroboros ring. He is known as the snake eating its tail. He's a mythological serpent with many symbolism. It's a unique jewel due to its spiritual significance and its high-quality design.
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1. The Ouroboros Ring and its symbolic meaning
Ouroboros: the meaning of this ancient symbol. What interpretation should be given to the snake that eats itself or bites its tail?
Ouroboros (a word derived from the Coptic ouro: "king," and from the Hebrew ob: "snake") means "King-Snake."
A snake that goes around in circles, that eats itself, that bites its tail, the Ouroboros is a unique and very evocative symbol. This is why it has been a significant part of many esoteric traditions: Gnosticism, Hermeticism (spiritual alchemy), or Freemasonry.
In Asia, it is sometimes represented as a dragon biting its tail.
Indeed, Ouroboros's meaning is very profound: its symbolism illuminates both the origin of the world and the structure of the cosmos and the mysteries of life, death, cycles, and chaos.
2. Ouroboros, and it means the creation of the world.
Approached as a deity, king Ouroboros founds the universe: with his open mouth, he creates himself and unfolds everything. He is the beginning of everything because his body comes out of itself.
Thus, the point (the divine will) gives birth to the circle: the circular serpent represents the unfolded cosmos or the cosmic egg that contains everything.
However, in the sense of involution, the Ouroboros can eat entirely and disappear, taking everything. Thus, the King-Serpent contains within itself the beginning and the end.
Therefore, the Ouroboros symbolizes the first unitary principle: the ineffable God, the seed, the Great Source, the Yin-Yang.
3. Ouroboros, creation, and destruction.
On the other hand, the Ouroboros symbolizes both creation and destruction:
- its open mouth generates matter.
- Its venom dissolves that same matter.
That is why this snake is widely associated with life and death.
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4. The serpent that eats itself: A symbol of life and death.
Ouroboros represents the vital energy, this force that seems disordered and chaotic because it feeds on itself. Life feeds on death by taking advantage of its weaknesses: it is natural selection. Nature eliminates what is unsuitable and comes out the winner.
Thus, on the positive side, the Ouroboros symbolizes self-fertilization and life. On the negative side, it kills and destroys, but the death it sows feeds life.
In the end, the Ouroboros symbolizes the permanent resurrection. The decline, disappearance, and death announce new life, more beautiful and more durable than before.
5. Ouroboros and cycles: significance.
The serpent that eats itself (and turns on itself) symbolizes cycles and eternal return.
Ouroboros's vital energy blossoms in time and space by relying on the natural cycles of light, water, and matter, which dies, regenerates, and transforms itself continuously.
On a less favorable level, this eternal return evokes the wheel of existence, Buddhist samsara, prison, confinement.
Moreover, Ouroboros reminds us of Ananta Shesha, the cosmic serpent of Hindu mythology that generates the world's perpetual renewal cycles. Let us note that Ananta is the God of darkness: installed at the nadir, he carries the world and makes it turn.
6. The Ouroboros, between duality and unity.
It has been understood that the Ouroboros' magical power lies in the fact that it is both a dual and unitary symbol.
The snake that goes around in circles associates and reconciles:
- life and death,
- the beginning and the end,
- evolution and involution,
- creation and destruction,
- identity and transformation,
- the limited and the unlimited,
- unity and duality.
Indeed, cosmically speaking, the Ouroboros is as much:
- A stable identity: the Source, the omniscient, unique, transcendent Creator God.
- As a force for permanent transformation: the cosmos, space-time, changing Nature, natural life energy.
So we have two types of energy:
- A centralizing, fully conscious and intelligent, planning, ordering and stabilizing energy,
- A blind, contradictory, chaotic, impulsive, unconscious but fully alive energy in the "natural" sense of the word.
This double energy reminds us of the symbolism of the Taoist yin and yang. Yin is feminine, dark, passive, disordered, while yang is masculine, luminous, active, and ordered (however, there is no parallel between men and women).
Ouroboros's meaning is now clear: the serpent is at once One and All, order and chaos, God and cosmos, transcendence and immanence, unity and duality: it summarizes the world. That is why it is considered a sign of wisdom and knowledge.
Thus, the wisdom of the Ouroboros lies in its ability to unite the celestial and the terrestrial: the circle transcends the serpent's animal character. In other words, Love (unity) transcends evil (duality, destructive venom).
In the end, understanding Ouroboros helps to accept the order of things: an approach that gives access to serenity and a form of immortality.
7. The meaning of Ouroboros in spiritual alchemy: "One-all."
In alchemy, the Ouroboros is a symbol of primary importance: it is "One-all," the totality that contains its principle in itself according to what we have already described above.
Ouroboros can also represent the alchemical cycle: its venom (acidic, corrosive water) can dissolve the thickest metals. This is what will allow us to find gold in ourselves, i.e., the original purity, a form of primordial but conscious authenticity. Indeed, the process of alchemical transmutation consists of transforming the individual himself, from within.
On the other hand, the Ouroboros carries the two fundamental cosmic principles: the Moon and the Sun, or Water and Fire.
8. The Ouroboros symbol of perfect knowledge.
Many Gnostic movements referred and still refer to Ouroboros.
This is the case of the Ophite sects (Gnosticism from the beginning of the Christian era) who worshipped the "Serpent King." This latter confers Gnosis, that is to say, perfect knowledge.
In Freemasonry, the Ouroboros is a frequently used symbol, often as a complement to the motto Ordo ab Chaos, "order or chaos." Its meaning is widely studied in the lodge.
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