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I snapped this photo in Harrington Harbour, Quebec, Canada. Aside from the artistic quality of the photo, I found that it stimulated my imagination. Do you think it would be terribly far-fetched to imagine this line as a resting serpent? That would be one BIG snake! What kind of feelings do snakes conjure up for you? Do they make you feel afraid, creepy, revolted? I’ve heard people say that the only good snake is a dead snake. Is that how you feel? Does anyone out there appreciate or even love snakes? Does anyone have only neutral feelings about them?
There are many things written about snakes. If you’re a Bible believer, you probably associate snakes with evil, as per the Bible story about how Eve was tempted by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. But what if you’re a Pagan? What possible meaning or usefulness could a snake have? I have noted that many Tarot decks have pictures of snakes on some of the cards. Does that make these cards evil?
Wikipedia says: As a symbolic object it represents Hermes (or the Roman Mercury), and by extension trades, occupations or undertakings associated with the god. In later Antiquity the caduceus provided the basis for the astrological symbol representing the planet Mercury. Thus, through its use in astrology and alchemy, it has come to denote the elemental metal of the same name.By extension of its association with Mercury and Hermes, the caduceus is also a recognized symbol of commerce and negotiation, two realms in which balanced exchange and reciprocity are recognized as ideals.
So, this is indeed an interesting use for snakes.
“The snake is identified with transformative energy… Because it sheds its skin and emerges renewed, it is seen as a symbol of life, death, and rebirth.”
Again, very positive connotations for a snake!
“The monster snake demonstrates that all aspects of life stand equally, even those things viewed as unpleasant and poisonous. If they are accepted as part of the whole, the Dance of Life, they can be assimilated and transmuted to positive benefits.”
This snake tells me that I must accept that I will be challenged during this incarnation and that these challenges will help me grow. Well, I guess there’s a positive message here as well.
So, to sum up, when it comes to snakes or any other creature of the Earth, we must remember that they were put here by our God(dess) and have a right to be here. Therefore, even if you don’t wish to ‘love’ a snake, perhaps the next time you see one you might try to figure out what it may be trying to tell you! Look up what it may mean when a snake crosses your path or when one picks up its head and looks at you, then slithers away towards the East. You might be surprised at the messages these serpents bring to you.
May all your sunsets be this "Magical!"