Snake Symbolic Meaning

Published on May 11, 2011 by Amy

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Snake symbolic meaning, overwhelmingly and in various cultures, deals with primordial life force and usually turns our attention to gender supremacy (both male and female).

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Consequently, snakes span the symbolic bridge between lunar and solar associations as well as aspects between water and fire.

Coiled within this polarity, we clearly see symbolism of duality and the search for balance. Other snake symbolic meaning includes:

  • Cycles
  • Rebirth
  • Patience
  • Fertility
  • Eternity
  • Balance
  • Cunning
  • Intuition
  • Awareness
  • Healing
  • Intellect
  • Protection
  • Solemnity
  • Rejuvenation
  • Transformation
  • Occult (hidden) Knowledge
  • Male/Female, Yin-Yang, Duality

As a Native American Indian symbol (depending on the nation/tribe) the snake can be a masculine symbol, associated with the phallus of lightning which is considered a medicine staff of tremendous assertive power. Other tribes lean in the direction of feminine attribution for the snake and pair it with mothering (creation), and lunar (moon) symbolism.

Whether raising itself in masculine authority, or encircling the Earth in a motherly fashion – the snake symbol of the Native American’s was highly regarded; utilized in ritual to invoke an element of pointed focus and weighty influence.

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