1. Serpent – Root Chakra – Base of Spine – Nature’s Archetype
Serpents and humans have been intertwined since the beginning of time. The Ouroboros, as pictured in this mandala, is an ancient symbol of a serpent swallowing its tail thus creating a circular and infinite world. By shedding its skin, it receives nourishment from the wisdom of what was shed over and over again. Carl Jung saw the Ouroboros as the archetype for inner alchemy and transformation. The Yogic concept of Kundalini (coiled serpent) energy is located at the base of the spine in root chakra representing the beginning point of awakening our life force energy.
The Greek god of medicine, Asclepius, held a staff with a single serpent coiled around a knotty tree limb. The gods Mercury and Hermes held a Caduceus, a wooden rod entwined by two serpents topped with a pair of wings as a symbol for carrying the soul from earth to the sky. The Caduceus is a symbol for modern medicine. The central rod is our spinal column, the intertwining serpents are our DNA, and the wings are the infinite soul. The serpent is the archetype rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. The ouroboros is a symbol of eternity and the renewal of life.
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 transform yourself as you open yourself up to receive new insights and wisdom.
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell –
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is connected to the muscular skeletal/elimination system. This is a place of groundedness, safety and trust within the physical world. It represents the archetype of the serpent or ouroboros that sheds it skin in an ongoing process of releasing knowledge to receive wisdom. This cycle forms the sacred circle or container of life. Its element is earth and its belief is rooted in the indigenous traditions of the world. This is the place where the soul sets its intention to become human. By embracing our humanness, we can begin the journey of reconnection to see the self and the soul as one.