Serpents in Divination

Serpents in Divination

If we were to remove Ego from Christianity, Paganism, and Religion, what would these ‘orders’ then be? The world without ego would be Godly, as everything would then be experienced and appreciated with love and respect.

Biblical Aspects

Serpents in Divination
Photographed by Sancheo in Wilderness, South Africa

Man has written and emphasized that the serpent deceived Eve, thus the snake became the ‘devil’. If we turn to the said text, found in Genesis 3 we see that the Lord God himself created the snake. He created the snake more cunning than any beast of the field, yes more cunning. Cunning as an adjective, as is in this case, can also translate to being clever, ingenious, inventive, and resourceful. This would then mean the serpent is creative, and shares the same traits found in man himself, as the Creator created both man and serpent.

Deception in perception

Furthermore, how did the serpent ‘deceive’ Eve? Everything the serpent said was truthful. “You shall surely not die”. That was truthful. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil”. Nowhere in the ‘temptation and fall of man is there any record of the serpent being deceitful, other than the indoctrinated belief into society.

On the contrary, if one is to turn to Numbers 21:8, we can see evidence that God, Himself instructed Moses, “create a ‘fiery serpent’ and set it on a pole, and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” Moreover, it was so. Not only did God instruct Moses to build snakes, but in Exodus 7:8 it reads, “Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron saying, “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying “Show a miracle for yourselves,” then you shall say to Aaron, “Take your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent.’

Serpents in DivinationThe Pharaoh then called his magicians to do the same, they then successfully turned their rods to serpents too, but Verse 12 brings in a difference, “But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.” Matthew 10:16,’Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.’ Having said this we can feel free to look around the world and accept that in various interpretations of the Creator, serpents have been the protectors of wisdom and knowledge.

Representations of Serpents in Divination

Serpents represent the Maternal, the Great Mother. The most popular would be the Egyptian hieroglyph of the Goddess, which is the cobra.

In Germany, Unke, the crowned serpent, often portrayed with keys, represents the protector of infants. Concluding that the snake is not the enemy, but a healer and protector. Furthermore, however you perceive God, that same deity is the creator of the serpent. It is only when man’s ego surpassed his wisdom that serpents became demonic representations of the ‘devil’ or man’s ego.

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To encapsulate, serpents shed their skins, which represents immortality, healing, rebirth, and rejuvenation. It is therefore understandable why the snake remains seen in the medicinal emblems.


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Serpents in Divination

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