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Snake Dreams

Minoan Snake Goddess from Knossos
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Snakes come to those who are in the process of transformation.  Change, squared. In other words, if you are having snake dreams, get ready for a shake up.  And this is GOOD.  Change is scary, threatening; it can come upon you like a snake in the grass, biting you when you least expect it.  Change can come in many forms and colors, and sometimes requires a huge swallowing of information (like the snake when eating), or a shedding of skin and with that, sense of trust in the divine (like the blind snake when shedding skin).  I like to look at a snake dream as a divine ticket to the next station.  When I dream of snake, regardless of the fear, I am excited...encouraged...what is the snake doing in my dream?  Is she biting me or chasing me?  Am I vulnerable, exposed, running away from the change?  Is the snake hiding in my house, or coming close to my children?
 
Growth, 
Enlightenment, Transformation, Power,  Healing,  Trust, Change. 

Snakes throughout the world, in the ancient world and in tribal or shamanic areas, are synonomous with knowledge and visions...and also the spirit realms.
 
 
Snake symbology slithers back to ancient times.  It is one of the oldest symbols in the world.  Snake dreams are rich in meaning; they are not to be ignored.  Whenever I have a snake dream I ask myself:  Are you ready for change?  Are you ready for a new transformation? 
Generally the dream will be showing you just how ready you are...


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Bit by a snake in your dream?  Just about every single dream I receive involving Snake revolves around this issue...I was bit by a snake, what does this mean?  Of course about half of those dreams first involve the chase and then comes the bite or waking just before being bit.  Here is my take on being bit by a snake:   Think about the Snake as a symbol for healing transformation and change, a Big Change in your life, something that you Fear, something that is chasing you down, something you must face, something that keeps coming back around (like the coiling of the snake), something that WILL bite you in the arse if you don't pay attention, accept, validate, grab by the handle, etc. etc.  Change can truly be frightening...many people are taking prescription drugs in order to quell that inner coiling snake which hisses....time to move on, time to change, time to shed your skin, time to heal, time to face.... The drugs keep the snake, the Kundalini power, the inner strength, at bay, in the cave.  If I am bit by a snake in a dream (maybe it was terrifying, a nightmare while happening) when I awake I am excited and I realize that now is the time, I must get bit, I must get the venom...the venom which is both poison to my current life right now but which is also the healing catalyst for my future Self.   Sometimes diseases come on like a snake in the grass, biting us, shaking up our world, making us SEE for the first time just how beautiful and purely sacred this Life is...and that disease becomes our awakening, our enlightenment... Suddenly all the "things" that were important before are gone.  There is realization about the Divine all around us and that we have the power to change, to transform, to make our lives better and take the bull by the horns, or the snake by the head. The Snake is that symbol for utter transformational change through the venom and the cure.  Being bit: you now have the poison to start the change, you know instinctively what it takes, it is IN YOUR BLOOD and now is the time to start the healing process or start the inner/outer change.  Fear or hesitation only keeps the snake coming back, recurring in your dreams. 

Temple of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza
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As 2012 approaches, many are doing much research on the Mayan and Aztec calender systems, created thousands of years ago.  In both cultures, the snake holds very sacred symbolism.  The snake is considered a vehicle for visions; the Cosmic Serpent is depicted/sculpted/carved in many temples throughout Mesoamerica in the Classic Period of the Maya, opening it's mouth with ancesters or gods emerging during visions/bloodletting rites.  It is through the serpent's mouth, (other animals in the Classic Mayan art depicted open mouthed with ancesters/gods emerging are the Jaguar, Frog, and Crocodile), from which knowledge of the future pours forth.     The snake symbolism within Olmec, Mayan and Aztec civilizations is very important and points to the next end of age (the Mayan Long Count Calender shows Dec. 21, 2012 as the official end date of the 13th Baktun/age).  Both the Calendar Round of the Aztec and the Tzolkin-Haab Calendar of the Classic Mayan incorporate the snake and/or the plumed serpent Quetzalcoatl.  In the Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, the Mayans have merged with the Aztec symbolism in a very amazing architectural feature...this was done centuries ago, incorporating the precession of the equinoxes.  Only now, in our age, can we see the shadow of the snake moving down the Temple steps; John Major Jenkins, a well known Mayan researcher suggests the top pyramid is symbolic of the rattle on the Crotalus Durisses Durisses snake, which has a small round sun-like image (John Major Jenkins, Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calender End Date) .  This occurs during the solstice or zenith of the sun, twice yearly during the summer months, and only in this location as the zenith is dependent upon the latitude.  With all this said, having a snake dream in the context of Mesoamerica could point towards rebirth or an end of a period in one's life.  Transformation in a cataclysmic way?  Perhaps.  Archetypal in nature to be sure and if I had a dream such as this, I would research research research!  

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"Among the Shipibo [Upper Amazon Mestizo], the designs painted on their [the shaman's] bodies, homes, boats, tools, household goods, and clothing represent sacred patterns derived from a cosmic anaconda whose skin embodies all possible designs.  The Shipibo shaman, after drinking Ayahuasca, sees such a luminous design in the air; when this design floats down and touches the shaman's lips, it becomes transformed into as song the shaman sings. Different elements of the songs relate to different elements of the design; for example, the end of each  verse is associated with the end curl of a design motif...Each realm [of Mestizo/Ribenero culture, ie: jungle/river, water/earth] has its own gigantic guardian serpent-yacumama, mother of the water, the great anaconda, and sachamama, mother of the jungle, the great boa.  Each realm has is own supai, mysterious other-than-human inhabitants-yacuruna, the Water People, the owners of the rivers, and sacharuna, the Jungle People, the owners of the jungle, the chullachaqui...."  "Pablo Amaringo has painted several pictures of various plant spirits as they have appeared to him.  In one ayahuasca vision, for example, the spirit of the pucalupuna tree appeared as a dark woman with cat's eyes and a gold chain around her neck; in another vision, the spirit of pucalupuna appeared as a dark man with many heads, covered with snakes, and holding a knife and a skull..."   Steve Beyer, "Singing to the Plants: A guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon". Pgs 234, 306, and 119   Here is a link to Steve Beyer's website and blog on dreams.

Here is a wonderful link to more resources and information on the book referenced above "Singing to the Plants".

Ayahuasca in My Blood, Peter Gorman
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From the book "Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming", the author talks of the boa as having a spirit which can enter into the body or spirit of a person.  In Gorman's accounts, the boa comes to him in a healing session with Ayahuasca and consequently stays as a spirit ally or helper.  On several occasions Gorman seeks to find the cause and cure for diseases/sickness inflicted upon his loved ones.  On those occasions, the boa emerges from his mouth (while taking Ayahuasca tea) and takes him sometimes within the body of the sick, showing him the answers.  I have become more aware of the power behind this earth symbol...in Gorman's accounts, there is a sense of allowing the snake to enter.  It is akin to an acceptance of fears, that in knowing or accepting your fears, you are able to overcome and heal or help others heal.

In Hindu mythology, the snake is connected to the Nāgas, entities, beings, or gods in the aspect of a king cobra.  In Kerala, India, there resides a great snake temple associated with these beings.  Here is an excerpt from wiki on nagas....since I am not well read on this aspect, I am cutting and pasting to make life easier and get it down fast, so my apologies:

In the Mahabharata

In the great epic Mahabharata, the depiction of Nagas tends toward the negative, and they are portrayed as the deserving victims of the snake sacrifice and of predation by the eagle-king Garuda. The epic calls them "persecutors of all creatures", and tells us "the snakes were of virulent poison, great prowess and excess of strength, and ever bent on biting other creatures" (Book I: Adi Parva, Section 20). At the same time, nagas are important players in many of the events narrated in the epic, frequently no more evil nor deceitful than the other protagonists, and sometimes on the side of good.

The epic frequently characterizes Nagas as having a mixture of human and serpent-like traits. Sometimes it characterizes them as having human traits at one time, and as having serpent-like traits at another. For example, the story of how the Naga prince Sesha came to hold the world on his head begins with a scene in which he appears as a dedicated human ascetic, "with knotted hair, clad in rags, and his flesh, skin, and sinews dried up owing to the hard penances he was practising." Brahma is pleased with Shesha, and entrusts him with the duty of carrying the world. At that point in the story, Shesha begins to exhibit the attributes of a serpent. He enters into a hole in the Earth and slithers all the way to bottom, where he then loads the Earth onto his head. (Book I: Adi Parva, Section 36.)

In Hinduism

Compare with Tiamat and Apsu.
An open-air Lingam(symbol of god Shiva) from Lepakshi sheltered by a naga

Stories involving the nāgas are still very much a part of contemporary cultural traditions in predominantly Hindu regions of Asia (India, Nepal, and the island of Bali). In India, nāgas are considered nature spirits and the protectors of springs, wells and rivers. They bring rain, and thus fertility, but are also thought to bring disasters such as floods and drought. According to traditions nāgas are only malevolent to humans when they have been mistreated. They are susceptible to mankind's disrespectful actions in relation to the environment. They are also associated with waters—rivers, lakes, seas, and wells—and are generally regarded as guardians of treasure. According to Beer (1999),[page needed] Naga and cintamani are often depicted together and associated directly in the literature.

They are objects of great reverence in some parts of southern India where it is believed that they bring fertility and prosperity to their venerators. Expensive and grand rituals like Nagamandala[4] are conducted in their honor (see Nagaradhane). In India, certain communities called Nagavanshi consider themselves descendants of Nagas.

Varuna, the Vedic god of storms, is viewed as the King of the nāgas. Nāgas live in Pātāla, the seventh of the "nether" dimensions or realms.[5] They are children of Kashyapa and Kadru. Among the prominent nāgas of Hinduism are Manasa, Sesha, and Vasuki.

The nāgas also carry the elixir of life and immortality. Garuda once brought it to them and put a cup with elixir on the ground but it was taken away by Indra. However, few drops remained on the grass. The nāgas licked up the drops, but in doing so, cut their tongues on the grass, and since then their tongues have been forked.[6]

Vishnu is originally portrayed in the form sheltered by a Shesha naga or reclining on Shesha, but the iconography has been extended to other deities as well. The serpent is a common feature in Ganesha iconography and appears in many forms: around the neck,[7] use as a sacred thread (Sanskrit: yajñyopavīta)[8] wrapped around the stomach as a belt, held in a hand, coiled at the ankles, or as a throne.[9] Shiva is often shown garlanded with a snake.[10]

Nagas are also snakes that may take human form. They tend to be very curious.

Maehle (2007: p.?) affirms that according to tradition, Patañjali is held to be an incarnation of Ādi S'esha.

[edit] In Buddhism

Mucalinda sheltering Gautama Buddha at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Traditions about nāgas are also very common in all the Buddhist countries of Asia. In many countries, the nāga concept has been merged with local traditions of great and wise serpents or dragons. In Tibet, the nāga was equated with the klu, wits that dwell in lakes or underground streams and guard treasure. In China, the nāga was equated with the lóng or Chinese dragon.

The Buddhist nāga generally has the form of a great cobra-like snake, usually with a single head but sometimes with many. At least some of the nāgas are capable of using magic powers to transform themselves into a human semblance. In Buddhist painting, the nāga is sometimes portrayed as a human being with a snake or dragon extending over his head. One nāga, in human form, attempted to become a monk; when telling it that such ordination was impossible, the Buddha told it how to ensure that it would be reborn a man, able to become a monk.

Gigantic naga protecting Buddha amongst the other sculptures of Bunleua Sulilat's Sala Keoku.

Nāgas are believed to both live on Mount Sumeru, among the other minor deities, and in various parts of the human-inhabited earth. Some of them are water-dwellers, living in streams or the mer; others are earth-dwellers, living in underground caverns.

The nāgas are the servants of Virūpākṣa (Pāli: Virūpakkha), one of the Four Heavenly Kings who guards the western direction. They act as a guard upon Mount Sumeru, protecting the devas of Trāyastriṃśa from attack by the Asuras.

Among the notable nāgas of Buddhist tradition is Mucalinda, protector of the Buddha. In the Vajrayana and Mahasiddha traditions according to Beer (1999),[page needed] many notable fully enlightened nagas also transmitted and/or transported terma into and out of the human realm that had been elementally encoded by adepts.

Norbu (1999: p.?) states that according to tradition the Prajnaparamita terma teachings are held to have been conferred upon Nagarjuna by Nagaraja, the King of the nagas, who had been guarding them at the bottom of a lake. Refer Lotus Sutra.

[edit] Other traditions

A naga at the steps of a building in the Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok

For Malay sailors, nāgas are a type of dragon with many heads; in Thailand and Java, the nāga is a wealthy underworld deity. In Laos they are beaked water serpents. Phaya Naga, Water Dragon, is a well-known dragon in Thailand. People in Thailand see it as a holy creature and worship it in the temple. It allegedly lives in Mekong river.

[edit] In Lake Chinni

In Malay and Orang Asli traditions, the lake Chinni, located in Pahang is home to a naga called Sri Gumum. Depending on legend versions, her predecessor Sri Pahang or her son left the lake and later fought a naga called Sri Kemboja. Kemboja is the former name of what is Cambodia. Like the naga legends there, there are stories about an ancient empire in lake Chinni, although the stories are not linked to the naga legends.[11][12]

[edit] In Cambodia

Cambodian Naga at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

In a Cambodian legend, the nāga were a reptilian race of beings who possessed a large empire or kingdom in the Pacific Ocean region. See Kaliya. The Nāga King's daughter married an Indian Brahmana named Kaundinya, and from their union sprang the Cambodian people. Therefore still Cambodians say that they are "Born from the Nāga".

The Seven-Headed Nāga serpents depicted as statues on Cambodian temples, such as Angkor Wat, apparently represent the seven races within Nāga society, which has a mythological, or symbolic, association with "the seven colors of the rainbow". Furthermore, Cambodian Nāga possess numerological symbolism in the number of their heads. Odd-headed Nāga symbolise the Male Energy, Infinity, Timelessness, and Immortality. This is because, numerologically, all odd numbers come from One (1). Even-headed Nāga are said to be "Female, representing Physicality, Mortality, Temporality, and the Earth."

Well-known nāgas

Lord Krishna dancing on the serpent Kaliya; while the serpent's wives pray to Krishna

[edit] Where nāga live

  • Patala (or Nagaloka), the seventh of the "nether" dimensions or realms, Bhoga-vatī being its capital.[20]
  • Lake Manosarowar, lake of the Great Nāgas.
  • Mount Sumeru
  • Nagaland in India
  • Kacha Naga/Duplicate Naga, the Naga tribes outside Nagaland.
  • Naggar, village in the Himalayas, Tibet, that derives its name from Naga (Cobra).
  • Nagpur, Indian city derived from Nāgapuram, literally "city of nāgas".
  • Pacific Ocean (Cambodian myth)
  • Sheshna's well in Benares, India, said to be an entrance to Patala.
  • Nagadaa, where naag-yaGYa was performed.
  • Mekong river
  • Anantnag, Indian city (Kashmir) named after one of 12 prominent divine naga king mentioned in Bhavishyapuran.
  • Takshila, an ancient place in Pakistan named after one of 12 prominent divine naga king in Bhavishyapuran.

Here is a wonderful excerpt from an artist's website, Titan Leeds Artwork by Jeff Norman on the Seraphim in the Kabbalah, which is directly related to the serpent energy: Seraphim

by Jeff Norman
Who are the  seraphim? There are only two times the word seraphim is used in the Old Testament, and the actual word used is seraph (singular). They are in the book of Isaiah, verses 6:2 and 6:6. It is my belief that you would have to be a Quabalistic scholar to fully comprehend what Isaiah was conveying in this passage. We can, however, get an excellent understanding of  who a seraph is by looking at the definition of the Hebrew word   seraph, spelled shin
Dark matter calls to mind a passage, “Jehovah dwells in the thick blackness.” Thick blackness is a perfect term for dark matter. Hey, you guys, can you please think up a better term than “black hole” for these radiant emanators of the physical plane. (Yes I know emanator is not a word but it should be.)   I like the Quabalistic term Ama, which loosely translates as “dark sterile mother”. A black hole is a galactic core or embryo prior to the formation of its galactic body. Ama becomes Aima, “bright fertile mother,” after she has been quickened or inseminated by what is symbolized by the Hebrew letter yod, the equivalent to the english letter I.
Remember the yod is a symbol for a creative power that is employed throughout the mutation of empires from the subatomic world to the galactic bodies. Yod quabalisticly translates as the creative hand of God. The physical shape of the letter yod is the physical shape of a spiral galaxy. Cosmologists tell us that there is a black hole at the core of the galaxy. In every galaxy in which they can verify the existence of a black hole, the mass of the black hole at the galactic core is directly proportional to the mass of the galaxy. Little galaxy, little black hole. Giant galaxy, giant black hole. The mathematical ratio is identical in every galaxy. every time.
As the body of the galaxy grows the seraph at its core grows its body to accommodate it. The galaxy is an extension of the physical body of the seraph at its core. The geometric shape of the Hebrew letter yod is the geometric shape of the spiral galaxy. The spiral galaxy is geometrically a logarithmic spiral. The geometry of a logarithmic spiral is rooted in the mathematical proportion called the Pythagorean golden section, or extreme and mean proportion. The lesser part bears the same ratio to the greater part as the greater part bears to the whole.  There’s a hermetic axiom that says “That which is above is as that which is bellow and that which is below is as that which is above.”
This ratio is also manifest in the construction of the pentagram and the hexagram.  The hexagram is an esoteric symbol of the universe. The pentagram is the symbol of humanity. Quabalists call humanity the microcosm, or little universe. Spherical water drops will freeze into hexagonal  –resh – peh. Also by a definition of the individual Hebrew letters, as each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is also a word.

The Hebrew Alphabet
The Hebrew alphabet is actually the Chaldean flame alphabet. Every letter in their alphabet is a permutation of the letter yod which looks like a flame. A yod embodies the form of a spiral galaxy. Geometrically this is a logarithmic spiral. This is the Pythagorean golden section, or extreme and mean proportion. It is a mathematical ratio that appears throughout the natural world, from the subatomic structure of water molecules to structures in the mineral, plant, and animal Kingdoms. In the macrocosm its crowning glory is the spiral galaxy.
I won’t go into the gematria or numerology of the word seraph at this time. The Hebrew alphabet is also their numerical system, as is the Greek alphabet, so when they think of a word there is a number that accompanies it. Many esoteric truths are concealed in the numerical value of words. For example the number 666 has correlations to various words and phrases in both Greek and Hebrew, as well as mathematical and astrological correlations.
Seraph
I’ll define the prime root, 8313 in Strong’s concordance and then the actual word used, 8314, which has the same spelling and associated ideas.
8313 Seraph: a prime root; To be (cause, set) on fire (cause to burn,
make a fire.) (Burn, burning, burn up). To kindle. To burn utterly.
I think from this it is safe to assume that whatever a Seraph is, one defining characteristic of it is that it is fiery in nature. Let us continue.
8314, Seraph, the actual word used in Isaiah: burning, i.e.
figuratively. Poisonous. (a serpent.) A poisonous serpent
(being bit by a poisonous serpent causes a burning sensation.)
Specifically: A Seraph or symbol (symbols are powerful tools,
and the natural language of the subconscious. They build bridges
of associated ideas. “One symbol is worth a thousand words.”)
A creature (from their copper color.) A fiery creature or a fiery serpent.
Serpents have been employed as symbols of spirit in many religions and cultures both oriental and occidental throughout history. It is the serpent power fohat or kundalini of the Hindus. It is the serpent in Genesis, the Old Testament symbol for Satan. Christ referred to his disciples as good serpents. He also admonished them to be “wise as serpents”.  The medical symbol, the caduceus, is two serpents intertwined ascending a pole surmounted by a sphere. This is an esoteric symbol depicting the rising of kundalini energy up the spinal cord. Notice that there are two serpents to symbolize the positive and negative or masculine and feminine elements.
Satan, in the book of Genesis of The Bible, is symbolized by the serpent in the garden and referred to as the most subtle beast of the field, because it is this serpentine vibration of spirit that we perceive as every object, every substance, and every type of energy that exists in the physical universe. Many people think that satan is the name of some supreme evil being who’s job it is to torment sinners who burn in hell forever. “Satan” simply refers to an element in human personality. Satan, or הַשָׂטָן ha-Satan, (Shaitan in Aramaic) is a Hebrew word that means an opponent, an adversary. It is a reference to the carnal nature; the phrenic mind. Even Jesus struggled with this element in his own personality, shown through the 40 days of fasting in the wilderness when Satan tempts him to “change these stones into bread, you could do it on your head." OK, I made that last part up.

The Hebrew word used in the bible for the carnal nature is Nephesh, translated as “soul”. The vital soul is seated in the tree of life in Labanah (moon). (The Tree of Life is a geometrically constructed, very powerful Quabalistic symbol depicting all the elements: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical in human personality.) The sphere of the moon is also called Yesod, or foundation. Yesod is a symbol for the astral plane. It is the natural dwelling place of the astral body, sometimes referred to as the lunar body.

Interestingly, the serpent is also employed as a symbol for Christ or messiah. In exodus where Moses carried a staff surmounted by a serpent on a cross. Biblical scholars consider this to be a symbol for Christ crucified. The lion was also employed as a symbol for both Christ and Satan. Christ being the Lion of Judea and Satan being a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
This use of identical symbols to represent opposite things is a powerful subliminal tool used through out sacred writings. It causes the subconscious minds of those “who have ears to hear and eyes to see” to ruminate on the strand that connects these polar opposites. There is a unifying principal that underlies all polar opposites.
The Hebrew word for serpent, Nachash, is numerically identical to messiah (the Hebrew equivalent of Christ). Nachash also means copper (notice the direct correlation to seraph), the metal attributed to Venus, goddess of love and desire. Anyone’s opponent or adversary is nothing more than the carnal nature, or inappropriately expressed body of desires of another person. And of course a spiritual being can be the adversary of a carnal one and vise versa.

 The Tree of Life        
On the tree of life, the sephirot (emanation) Tiphareth (beauty / sphere of the sun) is the seat of the true ego in humanity; the true ego in humanity being Christ. It’s what Jesus meant when he said “What you do to the least of these my brothers you do it to me”. Directly below Tiphareth, the sphere of the sun, is the sphere of the moon, called Yesod (foundation). Moonlight is polarized or reflected or inverted sunlight. The true ego of humanity, Christ, seated in Tiphareth is reflected and inverted in Yesod. The true egos’ murky and inverted reflection is called Nephesh, the vital soul.
The sphere of the moon, Yesod, symbolizes the astral plane.  Your astral or lunar body is the vehicle of Nephesh, your vital soul, or carnal nature. Animal instincts are fine when expressed in the animal kingdom. But when unbridled animal instincts are allowed to habitually posses the personality of anyone, that person becomes what is technically referred to as antichrist. The phrenic (emotional) mind is mental activity rooted in the astral or lunar body. The pneumatic (spiritual) mind is mental activity rooted in the solar body. The soul is their battle ground. The Revelation of St. John is his description of this internal struggle.
The Hebrew word Nephesh means breath, or wind. The Hebrew word Ruach, which means spirit, also means breath or wind. Prana is the Sanskrit word for spirit, and Numa is the Greek. They also mean breath. Nephesh is seated in the subconscious sphere of the moon. Ruach is seated in the self-conscious sphere of the sun. They are the same ego expressing itself on different planes or levels of mental activity or consciousness.
The key to gaining dominion over the carnal nature is to become aware of and then shatter its negative patterns of behavior, which are seated in the subconious or lunar body. These negative patterns of behavior are the accretion of past actions, past negative patterns of thought (stinkin’ thinkin’) and are rooted in Yesod. To overcome these negative patterns, simply stop feeding them. Don’t dwell in the past. Meditate on the negativity, discover the polar opposite, then do that, think that. The negative patterns will starve, and cease to have influence over you.
Yesod is the symbol of the astral plane, the dwelling place of the lunar body, also called the astral body. This body becomes visible through the use of a technology called Kirlian photography. Becoming aware that our carnal nature (Nephesh, the vital soul) is not our true self, but is its inverted reflection in the astral plane, the subconscious sphere of the moon, is the work of the Quabalist (Kabbalah (Hebrew: קַבָּלָה‎, Qabbalah lit. "receiving"; Qabala), or spiritual alchemist. This is “turning lead into gold”.
Qabalah
In the natural human the intellect, or mental activity we attribute the reasoning, or self conscious mind is used to rationalize inappropriate desires. These desires are rooted in the astral body. In a spiritually minded person the intellect is used to filter out desire that is not in harmony with spiritual aspiration. It is the sublimation and purification of the desire nature. Reversing this relationship between the intellect and the desire nature is the necessary first step. So our goal as Quabalists is to attain conscious union with the true ego of humanity. Walking with beauty all around you. Tiphareth,(beauty).
When the conscious or waking mind is seated in Tiphareth then the individual who has attained this level of awareness has the realization that they are not their physical body or their body of desires (accretion of past actions, past thoughts.) or their intellect. We begin to recognize these elements in our personality as vehicles for expressing the will of the true ego, or higher self seated in Tiphareth. Until this transfer of consciousness takes place, the waking mind is dependant on the subconsciously controlled electrochemical /mechanical activities of the physical body. That is the case in the natural human being. In the spiritual human being the waking mind is no longer dependant on the physical body or the brain. The waking mind remains active during sleep or even death. At this point we experience conscious immortality.
The vital soul is the battleground of the higher pneumatic mind and the lower phrenic mind. We are talking about the universal self Yechidah (indivisible) seated in the sephirot Kether (crown), its individual ego/self Christ, seated in Tiphareth, and its imperfect vehicle Nephesh, your vital  soul,  composed of the accretions of past actions and thoughts of previous incarnations, seated in Yesod.
It’s the same ego operating and expressing on different levels of mental activity or planes of consciousness. Christ is crucified or dormant or un-manifest in the natural, carnal human. Christ is resurrected in the spiritual human. We are talking about a metamorphosis. Morphoo is the Greek word Saul of Tarsus used to describe the process when he said that Christ may be formed (morphoo) in all of you. This relationship between the universal self and its individual ego and the vehicles of that ego is much like the relationship between sound and light and the nerve currents in the human body. Sound is a wave like or serpentine vibration of spirit on one plane. Audible sound has several octaves. Higher octaves of this same energy become manifest as the nerve currents in the human body. Still higher octaves become manifest as visible light. Still higher octaves of this same spiritual energy became manifest as X-rays, Gamma-rays, etc….These higher octaves are much too intense for the human body. They are poisonous to the human body like the venom of a serpent.  They burn. And they are emanations of the Seraphim.
Shin
Let us now consider the definitions of the Hebrew letters that spell the word Seraph. Remember that each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is also a word. The first letter is Shin, meaning a tooth or fang, the delivery system for the neurotoxin of a poisonous serpent.  Many snake poisons digest protein and actually aid in their digestive process. Teeth are primarily tools for masticating food, which is the first step in the process of assimilation.  So the idea of assimilation is suggested. The fang of a serpent is a weapon of offense and defense, and the teeth of animals in general are secondarily weapons of defense and offense. From these attributions we may understand Seraph ingests some form of sustenance or energy, and on some level they engage in activities, both offensive and defensive.
Dark Matter
My theory ,and I use the term loosely, is that dark matter is the amniotic fluid and primary energy source of the seraph; “Dark Matter” being an emanation of a class of seraph that cosmologists refer to as “Black Holes”.
shapes (snow flakes). This same mathematical ratio is employed over and over again in the formation and construction of physical bodies, from the subatomic elemental kingdom to the mineral kingdom, to the plant, to the animal, to the galactic body. This ratio manifests the harmonic unity of nature.  All of the animating spiritual energy, i.e. sunlight, electro magnetism…, all of the physical material in the universe - that is, every element on the periodic table - enters into this mental  plane of vibration, the "physical plane" through these gatekeepers, these doorways these shining, fiery, radiant stellar beings, our progenitors, the seraphim.
Seraphim
The physical universe stands on their mantra, their meditation, their song of life. Within them we live and move and have our being. And if you can receive it, humanity is the crowning glory of their activity. On all the shining worlds throughout the universe - and there are an infinite number of them - it is human self-consciousness that stands as intermediary between the subconscious world below and the super conscious world above. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Hermes was the messenger of the gods. When properly employed, self –consciousness has the ability to bring divine order or super conscious activity into expression through subconscious processes. All of our incredible scientific discoveries and all of the amazing technology that are the products of these discoveries are pale shadows of the dormant powers that sleep in all of us. “And greater miracles than these shall ye do.”
The outer gas giants of our Seraph’s solar body or solar system correspond to its immune system; its defense system. The outer gas giants suck up asteroids, comets and other potentially life exterminating objects that happen to be heading our way. Human self conscious awareness is another offensive or defensive element of the seraphim. At this point in our spiritual development these powers are infantile. The most offensive weapon we exoterically possess is the runaway fusion reaction. We are children playing with matches -a necessary step in the learning process. We’ve got to crawl before we can walk. And we must learn to master these energies on the scientific or self conscious level. Fission is the necessary dirty first step. Clean safe fusion is coming.
We are the offspring of a being whose physical manifestation is a beautifully controlled fusion reaction. It is only natural for children to emulate the activities of their parents. Once a thing is mastered on the conscious level, it becomes “head knowledge.” The subconscious mind incorporates this “head knowledge” at the cellular level. Spiritual revelations shatter the boundaries of the conscious or waking mind. This process results in a shift of the seat of the self conscious mind from the astral body, Yesod the sphere of the moon, to the solar body seated in Tiphareth, the sphere of the sun. We are the immortal children of the gods, now whether we realize it or not. This shift results in conscious immortality. In biblical times people were stoned for making statements as blatant as this. I am simply agreeing with Jesus who put it this way,”Those within whom the word of god dwells, you are gods.”
    
Resh
Let’s move on to Resh, the second letter of Seraph. Resh literally translates as the front of the head, i.e. the face. Quabalisticly it is the grand countenance or the face of the sun. Putting a human face on a solar disk has been artistic fun for all throughout human history. I like it.
Peh
And finally, the third letter, Peh. Peh means the mouth as the organ of human speech. At this point I would like to refer to a passage right at the beginning of Genesis. “And God said, “Let there be light.  And then there was light.”  Notice a spoken word preceded the emanation of light. Of course this phrase is symbolic. Cosmologically speaking however, this is exactly the process of star formation. Hydrogen is a vibration of spiritual energy we refer to as a proton and an electron. These are the elemental masculine (electron) and feminine (proton) principals in union on the subatomic level.
Notice at this point in the creative process there is no neutron. The neutron appears, like the birth of a child in the birth of the helium atom, the offspring of fused hydrogen.  As above, so below. Hydrogen is the spoken word of a disincarnate seraph, uttered in the amniotic “Thick Darkness” or dark matter. Cosmologists observe hydrogen condensing out of dark matter like raindrops condensing out of the atmosphere. This activity is the spoken word or mantra or meditation of a seraph. Accretion of hydrogen around a vital point (the central point of a seraphs’ meditation referred to quabalisticly as “rashith ha gagalim,” or the beginning of the whirlings) continues until the intense heat and compression causes the hydrogen atoms to start to fuse on the subatomic level. Light becomes manifest at this point. A seraph is born.
Yes, the physical body of a seraph is a star. This phrase “rashith ha gagalim” is an attribution of the sephirot, Kether. The implication is that Seraphim are in conscious union with the universal self, Yechidah (the indivisible), seated in Kether.  When a seraph goes supernova it is undergoing an alchemical process: Sublimation, Regeneration, and Reorganization of its physical body. Cosmoligists think of this process as the death of a star. In type 1A novas and lesser novas this is true. But with a hyper nova the process is a metamorphosis.
A supernova is a stellar orgasm… No, really.  It inseminates the surrounding space with the seed materials, that is, all the elements on the periodic table. Each element is a chant, a mantra, a song of life uttered by a seraph. This insemination process is received by long living slow burning Seraph like our sun. This impregnation leads to the formation of the planetary bodies, which are the outer organs of the Seraph. The earth correlates to the womb of the sun. We are its offspring. If the Seraph gone supernova has mastered the alchemical process it has entered a new phase of its creative life. A galaxy is born.
As with most Hebrew words there are many subtle definitions of the word Peh, all of them illuminating. But the final definition I would like to leave you with is Peh, meaning two-edged. It calls to my mind a passage from revelation,”And from his mouth proceeded a two-edged sword, and his face shone like the face of the sun”.
Shin, a fang or weapon, is the sword. Peh is the mouth as the organ of speech. Resh is the grand countenance or face of the sun. This passage incorporates all of the elements of a Seraph letter for letter.  
Conclusion
All of this that I have written is me trying to put into words my motivation for creating my art.  Art is the universal language of the subconscious mind. Images. Symbols. I want you all to catch a glimpse of the universe the way I see it. It is a dance of life. It is a beautiful flower, the crowning glory of a being vast, infinite, and eternal. It is light in extension. Life does not begin here on earth. In the "physical"universe it begins as solar radiance. Solar radiance is the life power of the Seraphim. That light is the life in man.
May that light be extended upon you.
Jeff

Copperhead on our property,
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July 2011

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"Snake Medicine People are very rare.  Their initiation involves experiencing and living through multiple snake bites, which allows them to transmute all poisons, be they mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional.  The power of snake medicine is the power of creation, for it embodies sexuality, psychic energy, alchemy, reproduction, and ascention (or immortality). Excerpt from: Medicine Cards, Sams and Carson
Snake Symbology 
AlchemyGreek and Roman Mythology
Christian Symbology
Kundalini Yoga
Native American Snake Medicine
General traits of your native snakes 
Transformation/ChangeShedding of new skin
Needing warmth, seeking partnership
Able to digest large amounts of information in short period of time
Activation of the Kundalini energy
Great amount of power/energy
Healing-Caduceus
Gorgon/Medusa of Greek Myth: The Great Mother Goddesses both death and life aspects
Snake Weilding Minoan/Crete Goddess (Knossos)
Earth Mother
Japanese lore: Trickster Susanoo
Aztec: Quetzalcoatl
Celtic: Brigit
Norse Mythology: Midgard Serpent
Serbian Vilas
Hindu: Kaliya, the Serpent King or Kali who wears a crown of serpents
Australian naitive saw the Dream Time as a large rainbow snake
Egyptian: Apep, the Great Serpent of Tuat/Underworld, sun  swallower
Greek Asclepias, the healer god of medicine (Dream incubation)
Rejuvenation
Ourborous in Alchemy: process of finding the Philosopher's Stone

Here is a continuation of Medicine Cards Snake Medicine: The Transmutation of the life-death-rebirth cycle is exemplified by the shedding of Snake's skin.  It is the energy of wholeness, cosmic consciousness, and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance.  It is the knowledge that all things are equal in creation, and that those things which might be experienced as poison can be eaten, ingested, integrated, and transmuted if one has the proper state of mind.  Thoth, the Atlantian who later returned as Hermes and was the father of alchemy, used the symbology of two snakes intertwining around a sword to represent healing.  Complete understanding and acceptance of the male and female within each organism creates a melding of the two into one, thereby producing divine energy.     "This medicine teaches you on a personal level that you are a universal being.  Through accepting all aspects of your life, you can bring about the transmutation of the fire medicine.  This fire energy, when functioning on the material plane, creates passion, desire, procreation, and physical vitality.  On the emotional plane, in becomes ambition, creation, resolution, and dreams.  On the mental plane it becomes intellect, power, charisma, and leadership.  When this Snake energy reaches the spiritual plane, it becomes wisdom, understanding, wholeness, and connection to the Great Spirit.  If you have chosen this symbol, there is a need within you to transmute some thought, action, or desire so that wholeness may be achieved.  This is heavy magic, but remember, magic is no more than a change in consciousness.  Become the magician or the enchantress: transmute the energy and accept the power of the fire.