1. Serpent – Root Chakra – Base of Spine – Nature’s Archetype
The root chakra is located at the base of our spine, it is associated with the musculoskeletal and elimination systems. This chakra connects and grounds us within our physical body as we learn to live, trust and feel safe.
The archetype of the root chakra is the serpent or ouroboros that sheds its skin. This ongoing process of regeneration has linked serpents with rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing.
The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a serpent swallowing its tail, thus creating a circular and infinite world. By shedding its skin, it releases what is no longer needed yet receives nourishment from what was shed. Carl Jung saw the Ouroboros as the archetype of alchemy and transformation.
The Yogic concept of Kundalini is seen as a coiled serpent wrapped around the base of the spine within the root chakra. This “serpent of light” arises within us as we open our chakras and awaken our life force energy.
Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, is depicted holding a staff with a single serpent coiled around a knotty tree limb. In myth Asclepius was seen as the son of Apollo, god of light and healing. His staff, the Rod of Asclepius, is the primary symbol of healthcare throughout the world today.
The Caduceus, is another ancient symbol of two serpents intertwined around a central pole. Its origins may have begun with Ningishzida, the Sumerian “lord of the good tree,” almost 6000 years ago. The Caduceus became associated with the messenger gods Hermes and Mercury as it evolved to include a pair of wings.
Serpent encourages us to release what holds us so we can move forward on our journey of healing and reconnection.
Message: Just as the serpent sheds its skin, you are being encouraged to shed any limiting beliefs, bad habits or clutter in your life. This will allow you to move forward and receive new insights and wisdom. Feel safe in your own skin as you practice moving through life with more wisdom and trust.
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell