Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The symbol of the snake.

Are we still scared of snakes? Are we still afraid of acknowledging this power symbol of the Goddess from ancient times? Did St.Patrick effectively drive out the snakes from our consciousness? We know Ireland didn't have any problem with snakes, but had an impressive culture honoring the Goddess and nature. They're gone, and so is apparently our connection to a time when men, women and nature worked in harmony.

If you go back to prechristian times, the feminine was honored in various cultures around the Mediterranean and in Ireland. The image of the priestess holding a snake in each hand was well known, and revered. People of our time are dreaming of snakes. The Goddess is returning, and it is about time that we welcome her.

The symbol of the snake calls for your own inner power to be expressed. If we want to get in touch with the Goddess within, we have to be willing to deal with our own incredible power surging through our body. This does not express itself in gentle, sweet, velvet interactions. This power functions more like a snowplow in front of a fast moving train. It will clear your system of wimpy indecisive thoughts. It will clear your life of situations and people who do not support the purpose you were born to serve.

This is powerful stuff. It is love at its most impressive. Love for the cause, love for life. Love that protects with a flaming sword. Love that cuts through a lot of mush to get to the essence of its purpose.

The snake is a flaming sword. The sword that can also become the snake slithering on the floor scaring Pharaoh enough to let the Israeli people go. It is the twin snakes of the caduceus, showing us how the Ida and Pingala forces twine around our spine, meeting at each chacra power point, creating places for us to balance, to clean, to clear. To eventually let the power of the snake flow unhindered.

Maybe this is a power to be scared of. Maybe it is too much for our cushy selves to deal with. It is demanding. It is not pretty. It does not come across as gentle and sweet and everything nice.

Nevertheless, whether we like it or not, the Goddess is returning. And she's challenging us to not be afraid. To pick up our snake. And to wield it's incredible power.

Wencke.

2 comments:

nik said...

hi wencke
love the bit about snakes
they do stir emotions in most
no doubt!

Anonymous said...

Well, the symbol of the snake and the worship of the Goddess was not located to just Ireland. All of the Brittish isles were worshipping the Goddess. The main seat for this was the Isle of priestesses, Avalon, todays Glastonbury. The high priestess was called "The lady of the lake". The most famous of these was Viviane, who lived at the same time as King Arthur. The lady of the Lake was Merlins counterpart, so to say. Merlin was not a name, but a title: "The great Merlin of Britain", the Kings wiseman. All the British Kings in those days had to marry the Goddess in a ritual, at the same time the got the snakes tatooed on their underarms.
Christianity conquered the old pagan (goddess) religion around year 500 AD.