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Transformational Creatures: The Sacred Snake

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Snakes are very interesting and sacred beings. Snakes can represent healing, transformation, primal energy, and spiritual guidance. They shed their skin and come into the new so they are often seen as symbols of transformation. The snake is a power animal and it can show up at a time when increased energy is manifesting. The snake moves and travels with its body very close to the earth. It is connected with the Earth’s energy and life force. The snake is a symbol of healing so it should be taken into consideration how you are using your energy to heal yourself or others. Your energy should be cultivated through nature and its resources. In ancient tales and traditions, snakes are seen as healers.

In Greek mythology, Asclepius is known as the god of medicine. He is a distinguished healer that is known to be featured with two snakes climbing up a rod. This symbol today is known as Caduceus.It is said that a snake licked the ears of Asclepius to return his kindness and filled him with knowledge of ancient healing wisdom.  It was believed that his snake companions would slither across the bodies of those who were sick and lick them back to good health while they were sleeping. Greek mythology held that people could gain second sight or hearing when licked by the snake.

caduceus_1924-svgWhile snakes can be seen as medicine and healers, they also have the ability to poison. They are similar to fungi in a sense that they contain chemicals that can heal, kill, or expand consciousness, possibly containing the elixir of life. Snakes are seen as the wisest when it comes to herbal knowledge.

Snakes are also seen as a dual expression of good and evil. The Hopi people are known to have a snake dance to ensure that rain will fall on their crops and ensure a good season. It is known to incorporate the Snake Youth (which is the sky spirit) and the Snake Girl (the underworld spirit) to renew fertility in nature. Live snakes were used in the dance and then were thrown into the fields for a good growing season. It is a prayer to the spirits of the sky for rainfall, thunder and lightning. In Hinduism, Kundalini is the power of pure desire and mother energy, it is a coiled serpent.

Just like snakes themselves, there is endless knowledge of the sacred meaning of the snake. If you happen to come across one, think about where you are in your life and what you are putting your energy into. The snake is full of wisdom and we can definitely learn a thing or two from these spiritual creatures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakes_in_mythology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_(symbolism)

Snake Spirit Animal

AMMO

The Dance of the Butterfly: Transformational Creatures

Painting by Ellie Paisley  http://www.ElliePaisley.com 

Nature is a school and the greatest teachers are the animals that live within it. Whether these creatures are seen as spiritual guides, totems, or archetypal symbols, there is no denying their teachings that can be passed on to those willing to learn. Once you start to pay attention to what nature is trying to say, the lessons are endless. A creature I have learned so much from is the butterfly.

Butterflies are beautiful and majestic creatures that symbolize the joy and movement from one phase of life to the next. It is the only living organism that can change its entire genetic structure and DNA by evolving from caterpillar to butterfly.  The butterfly shows the beauty, color and wonder that comes with change. It has taught me that even though I cannot fly, I can choose not to be stuck in a place that is too comfortable or uncomfortable.

Metamorphosis is magical. The butterfly goes through 4 stages of transformation from egg to larvae, cocoon to butterfly.  In order to grow, we must evolve and come into a new form that can only guide us to grow in a bright and colorful way. We can only flourish in our creativity when the time is right and when we are willing to break out of our shell. The butterfly is a symbol that change should be handled lightly and it should not being taken so seriously. The butterfly is attracted to the light naturally, which shows purity.

The myth and folklore associated with the butterfly is deeply rooted. In Mexican culture, butterflies are often associated with the Day of the Dead, which is a celebration of loved ones that have passed on. Butterflies symbolize the spirits of their loved ones returning.

The butterfly was very important to Ancient Mexican culture. They had an entire palace dedicated to these creatures called “The Palace of the Mariposa” at Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan is located just outside of Mexico City and it is considered to be the oldest metropolis in Mexican history.

In ancient Greek culture, Aristotle gave the name psyche for the butterfly meaning “soul”. The Greek God Eros’ human lover was named Psyche. She was seen as a personification of the human soul, much like the butterfly.

The Native American Cherokee tribe refers to it as “Butterfly Medicine”. The butterfly allows the opportunity to look beyond the physical world into the spiritual realm. The butterfly shows up to tell you that it is time to take the next step in your transformation for your greatest good. If the butterfly crosses your path, you are ready to change in a big way.

The butterfly is a beautiful symbol of change and light that will continue to teach us all. Change is beautiful, let’s celebrate it with joy and vivid color.

 

AMMO

SOURCES:

http://pure-spirit.com/more-animal-symbolism/611-butterfly-symbolism

http://www.butterfly-wall-art.com/butterfly-symbolism.html

http://www.drstandley.com/animalmedicine_butterfly.shtml