Aapep, the cosmic serpent spirit of evil, darkness and destruction. Also known as the Encircler of the World and the Serpent of Rebirth - all alluding to its immortality, the undefeatable creature that embodied the evil of the land. Throughout his battles with Ra, there were times when the serpent would successfully hurt the god of sky, and thus an eclipse was the result upon the world.
“In Qabalistic and Tantric traditions, the serpent winds around the central axis, the serpent of wisdom or Kundalini. Often depicted as two opposing serpents, it is necessary to awaken and balance this energy as it winds through the active and passive channels of the spine or the active and passive pillars of the Tree of Life. By activating the central axis, the Crown may be reached, which is timelessness, immortality and union with the Divine.” Illustration to Raymond Lull’s Opera Chemica, 15th century, from The Mystic Spiral, Journey of the Soul by Jill Purce
This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald “a Copernican revolution for the life sciences,” leads the reader through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge.In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.
La gran serpiente habla Dice cosas. Conceptos sabios, que se sienten antiguos como el mundo. Nos trae a una nueva realidad. Reduce el ego a una expresion minuscula. La ansiedad se calma. Es la purificacion.Abrimos los ojos.El cielo esta tachonado de estrellas.
Hay muchos puntos luminosos.Muchos mas de los que acostumbramos observar habitualmente.
Se escuchan sonidos lejanos de ranas y de insectos. El perfume de la noche nos invade hasta lo mas profundo. Luego el sueno. Dormimos profundamente y al otro dia despertamos diferentes. En la noche de ensuenos hemos ganado en humildad y en sabiduria.
When we see this worldwide occurrence of the Goddess and her Serpent, and then recall the ancient African Black Goddess, the Black Witch, imaged with the snake in her belly–we can see the profound power as well as universality of this cosmological symbol, it’s range of endurance in the human mind. And we begin to see why the upstart patriarchal religions based themselves on the utter destruction of the goddess/serpent, pictured by the Babylonians as “primeval chaos”–an image picked up later by the Hebrews and used in biblical Genesis, where Eve linked with her serpent become the symbols of ontological evil. […]
The Hebrew patriarchs tried to destroy the world’s original, most widespread, and enduring religion by branding it as “evil,” and by portraying the Mother Goddess and her magic snake-lover as the source, not of all life, but of “all wickedness”–hated and condemned by their new tribal god Yahweh. To the degree that they were historically successful in this attempt, Western biblicized peoples have lost their original concept, and memory, of what the Goddess and her Serpent really meant–to all people, and all time.
The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of Earth by Barbara Mor and Monica Sjöö
This is why it’s so important that we are reclaiming dragons and the serpent/female narrative. It’s almost as if our ancient memory is starting to return and we are reclaiming what used to be ours.
The serpent is not my captor or tormentor, it is my friend and ally. Together, we created the world.
“Shamanism resembles an academic discipline (such as anthropology or molecular biology); with its practitioners, fundamental researchers, specialists, and schools of thought it is a way of apprehending the world that evolves constantly. One thing is certain: Both indigenous and mestizo shamans consider people like the Shipibo-Conibo, the Tukano, the Kamsá, and the Huitoto as the equivalents to universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and the Sorbonne; they are the highest reference in matters of knowledge. In this sense, ayahuasca-based shamanism is an essentially indigenous phenomenon. It belongs to the indigenous people of Western Amizonia, who hold the keys to a way of knowing that they have practiced without interruption for at least five thousand years. In comparison, the universities of the Western world are less than nine hundred years old.” Jeremy Narby, The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge