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Hedgewitch
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posted July 17, 2005 03:05 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i know there have been some good discussions on animal totems here in LL, but i didn't feel an affinity for them until the other day. i very viscerally 'felt' the power of snake welling up inside. my energy seemed to flow as i explored this connection and seemed to soar. i've kept the spirit of snake with me the last few days and i feel such strength from this.

this is what i discovered about snake totem:

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The Snake

Snakes are fascinating creatures that deserve respect. Throughout history the snake has had many legends associated with it linking them to creation, fertility and transformation.

In Israel the snake was regarded as the earth mother and played a beneficial role in fertility. In Egypt the cobra was known for its ability to expand the upper neck into a disc shape by spreading its ribs which symbolized immortality. In Christian lore the snake is seen rising from the chalice of St. John wound around a cross sometimes portrayed with a woman's head to symbolize lust and temptation. In Eastern cultures a snake rising up through the spine represents the kundalini, or life force being awakened.

One of snakes most noticeable characteristics is the regular shedding of its outer skin as it grows. Once the skin is shed, the old inner layer becomes the new outer layer and a new inner layer of skin begins to develop. Crawling out of its old skin is very significant for those with this medicine. It is a metaphor for how we shed old ways and habits as we grow into higher spiritual energy symbolizing the death and rebirth process. It is also associated with astral travel and out of body experiences.

The eyes of a snake are always open protected by immobile transparent scales. Prior to shedding its skin the snakes markings become obscure and the eyes appear opaque or blue. This gives it a trance like appearance as if it is looking right through you. Learning how to see into the hearts of others is part of what it teaches us. .

Snake has been a symbol of life and sexuality for thousands of years in many cultures. It is a totem of power, renewal and transmutation. Soundless in motion and invisible at rest snakes are unable to produce their own body heat. They are often seen lying in the hot mid day sun. The suns warmth coupled with the snakes behavior regulates their body temperature. Not relying on the energy of food to generate body heat, they can survive on meager diets for extended periods of time. Those with this totem need very little food to energize themselves. They are usually cold and prefer warmer climates. Their body temperatures are often lower than normal.

Snakes lack eardrums and external ear openings but have small bones in the head that conduct sound. They are able to hear low frequency sounds and sense vibrations that travel through the earth. This links them to the underworld where secrets are stored.

The snake symbolizes healing on a cellular level. Because their bodies are lightweight and flexible they have speed and agility. When they enter into your world expect swift changes to sweep through your life. These changes signify a death of the old and a birth into untapped power, creativity and wisdom. Snake is a powerful totem to have. Only those with a high degree of spiritual training, be it past or present, will be awarded this totem. It is the guardian of sacred places and the keeper of hidden knowledge.



http://www.sayahda.com/cyc4.html

every time i've found something metaphysical on snake, and i've looked a little, but have had very little time to search at all, i've felt a profound and inner surge of energy and warmth. it gives me comfort to access this vision and feeling.

does anyone have any additional insight on this phenomena? could snake be my animal totem? or just a messenger or guide? admittedly, i know so little about how animal totems work.....and i just haven't the time to research them fully.

i am excited about this contact...it's a feeling of understanding. i don't know how i'd feel about an actual snake encounter though.

universe is speaking.


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iAmThat
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posted July 17, 2005 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for iAmThat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting indeed. You have covered most that could be said.

In the Gnostic bible, the snake is considered a wise person, who really wants Eve to eat the apple to open our eyes .
May be that is why its Gnostic

Let me balance this by also saying serpents and symbols of scorpions are symbols of enemies for men.

Also you said
>>>>Prior to shedding its skin the snakes markings become obscure and the eyes appear opaque or blue. This gives it a trance like appearance

This gave me such a chill
I have heard of eyes becoming blue from a very wise Indian teacher(Gurus), when he goes into a trance connecting with God.


BTW in hinduism their God Vishnu is depicted as sleeping on a coiled serpent and the serpent is submerged within an Ocean.

Take Care.
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posted July 17, 2005 01:51 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My experience with animal totems is that I have two that I know remain connected to me and have been for a long time: a grey wolf and a golden brown owl. I feel that sometimes a totem will come in for a brief period of time for a specific purpose or one may stay for an extended period of time for a special purpose. The snake may be your main totem that remains with you or it could be with you for a time. I think you can probably discern which it is.

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artlovesdawn
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posted July 18, 2005 12:18 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Sheaa Olein
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posted July 18, 2005 08:46 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool. Makes me feel happy to be born in the Chinese year of the Snake

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SERPENT=PRESENT=REPENTS

I think the Adam and Eve story
is made up. For it was a present, a gift of knowledge
and everlasting LIFE=FILE...

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Earth serpents are pretty cool and chill,
its the cosmic, intelligent serpents that Im not such a fan of.

Partner had a dream of our related animal totem/symbols and hers was a snake and mine a turtle in this particular dream.

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