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    The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

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    In Egypt, the snake was seen as either a good or evil symbol. Of course, there's the Chaos Snake Apophis, which obviously associates the snake with evil. But, the snake was also revered in Egypt.

    Some saw it as, the snake is the poison, but it is also the cure.

    What do you think?
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    Re: The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

    I think some of the negative image for snakes comes from the Bible thing about Eve,but there is the poison thing,though their are not all that many snakes that are poison.

    I know my own Mother was deathly afraid of snakes,as was my Ex Wife...never asked them why.(Both BTW were/are very religious Christians,mother is dead,ex is still living)
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    Re: The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

    I don't follow any specific religion, I can only say what I personally feel. I have always loved constrictors, poison snakes bother me. But as a symbol, the snake is one of healing and wisdom for me. Whenever I have a snake dream (and that happens from time to time) it is strangely comforting, even in situations that should seem scary...
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    Re: The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

    First, I'm not Kemetic so you can ignore this post if you want.

    But for me, snakes represent transformation and regeneration. They shed their old skin (old way of life) and come into a new way of being, of feeling, they are bigger than they were when they came into their old skin and they are wiser for it because they have survived that era of their lives and have moved onto the next.

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    Re: The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    I think some of the negative image for snakes comes from the Bible thing about Eve,but there is the poison thing,though their are not all that many snakes that are poison.

    I know my own Mother was deathly afraid of snakes,as was my Ex Wife...never asked them why.(Both BTW were/are very religious Christians,mother is dead,ex is still living)
    Well a lot of people are scared of snakes just becuase they are dangerous animals.

    I personally think they're gorgeous and I'm going to adopt one when I get older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ljubezen View Post
    First, I'm not Kemetic so you can ignore this post if you want.

    But for me, snakes represent transformation and regeneration. They shed their old skin (old way of life) and come into a new way of being, of feeling, they are bigger than they were when they came into their old skin and they are wiser for it because they have survived that era of their lives and have moved onto the next.
    Ah, that's interesting! I think that's a very insightful way of looking at it.

    The funny thing is in Kemetism, when Ra rode the sun boat through the Duat as the sun rose every day, Apophis, the chaos snake, would attempt to destroy him, and the gods took turns protecting him. And as the sun boat rose out of the Duat, THAT was the symbol of regeneration.

    Weird how that works, huh?
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    Re: The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalJackal View Post
    Ah, that's interesting! I think that's a very insightful way of looking at it.

    The funny thing is in Kemetism, when Ra rode the sun boat through the Duat as the sun rose every day, Apophis, the chaos snake, would attempt to destroy him, and the gods took turns protecting him. And as the sun boat rose out of the Duat, THAT was the symbol of regeneration.

    Weird how that works, huh?
    Interesting. I think it's interesting how the snake represents regeneration in multiple paths.

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    Re: The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ljubezen View Post
    Interesting. I think it's interesting how the snake represents regeneration in multiple paths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ljubezen View Post
    Interesting. I think it's interesting how the snake represents regeneration in multiple paths.
    As do I
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    Re: The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

    In most cultures, the snake is a teacher. In most of Christianity (though not is certain Gnostic sects where the snake is the savior - the first incarnation of "The Word"), the snake is "The Tempter."

    The reason that the snake is a teacher, the tempter, and the savior is that it has a forked tongue.

    The forked tongue means that it will point out "the other path," or, to put it simply, it teaches that one always has a choice - one does not have to do what one is told, believe what one has been told, do what has one has always done.

    This is the root of all knowledge (teacher), the beginning of all hope (savior), and scary to all gods (tempter).

    Also, the snake represents the "renewal of life" because it sheds its skin. This is deeply related to "choice." When one chooses to change, one sheds the old skin and lives anew.

    The dead can't change their path - choice is only available to the living.
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    Re: The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    In most cultures, the snake is a teacher. In most of Christianity (though not is certain Gnostic sects where the snake is the savior - the first incarnation of "The Word"), the snake is "The Tempter."

    The reason that the snake is a teacher, the tempter, and the savior is that it has a forked tongue.

    The forked tongue means that it will point out "the other path," or, to put it simply, it teaches that one always has a choice - one does not have to do what one is told, believe what one has been told, do what has one has always done.

    This is the root of all knowledge (teacher), the beginning of all hope (savior), and scary to all gods (tempter).

    Also, the snake represents the "renewal of life" because it sheds its skin. This is deeply related to "choice." When one chooses to change, one sheds the old skin and lives anew.

    The dead can't change their path - choice is only available to the living.
    Always the insightful one, aren't you?
    I actually never thought of the snake as a teacher, but it's a good way to think about it
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    Re: The Snake- A symbol of good or of evil? What do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalJackal View Post
    Always the insightful one, aren't you?
    I actually never thought of the snake as a teacher, but it's a good way to think about it
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