I am a messenger of the Serpent Goddess…
a shamanka of snake medicine, a priestess of the pythonic.
And I am here to speak of the Serpent Goddess Rising, for lo,
She IS Rising.
She is re-emerging…as a force in both our personal subconscious and as a force in the collective global consciousness of humanity. And this force is one that must be recognized, honored and integrated if we are to survive on Mother Gaia
(of to whom in mythos the snake is most sacred and symbolized).
Snake Medicine, Mystery…Snake Goddess, Woman, Moon, Earth in kinship…
Snake Totem is genderless, however Snake has always been connected with the Goddess and the Moon and the Earth…Gaia, Mother. In our earliest cave paintings we find Snake. Snake is the totem of our consciousness and subconsciousness, dual snakes twining together to create a whole. Serpents have long served as symbolic bridges in several ancient cultures, the connection of our reptilian brains to our evolving higher consciousness…like the Rainbow Serpents of Aztec culture bridge between root (earth) and sky (cosmic).
Again, we see this working of the dual serpents in chakra work, the Kundalini energy in its serpentine form, coiling upwards through the energy channels of our bodies to our sacred crowns, opening our third eyes, pushing us into bliss…the Sacred Cobras of the Ancient Egyptians embodied in the royal and religious crowns, as the Ua Zit, protectress cobra, sits upon the area of the Third Eye, the portal of cosmic consciousness.
Through an activated Shakti Serpent of Kundalini energy, we can transcend into enlightenment. Serpents are the intermediaries that bring into balance our polarities to create a unified whole. The connection again between energy lines, both in our bodies but also of the Earth. Snakes are the teachers of ley line energy, the energy paths of the Earth and Cosmic. Sacred spirals and snakes, snakes spiral as they both regenerate and mate. They coil together like the double helix of our precious DNA, like the symbol of the Healing Arts, the Staff of Asclepius and also the Caduceus. Again the two snakes appear as a totem of the power of medicine in the two streams of blood that sprang from the severed head of the Primordial Goddess Medusa; one stream to cure, one stream to kill. This symbolism is shared in nearly exact form in Aztec culture as the Goddess Coatlicue, She of the Serpent Skirts…also a Primeval Goddess of horrifying aspect, also shown with severed head from which springs forth two streams of blood that become two giant serpents.
The Serpent Goddess is Universal.
When humanity transitioned into a purely patriarchal paradigm, it heralded the beginning of the negation and re-imaging of the Goddess in All Her Forms. As the snake is so closely linked with the Goddess, it became the symbol for the Goddess, of Mother Nature and Her earthly daughters in religious iconography and myth. The Serpent in the Garden tempting the Children of the Christian God with Her fruit of infinite wisdom, St. Patrick in his conversion work, driving the snakes from Ireland, the beheading of Medusa (for stripping Her of Her original gifts and significance wasn’t enough), the killing of Tiamat the Great Mesopotamian Goddess in Sea-Serpent form by her own son, the daughters of Lilith as the serpentine Lamia coming to steal the life and power from dreaming men…
these are all examples of the relentless assault of the Divine Feminine.
Even the Madonna is often shown standing with her foot on a serpent’s head
(but in truth it is She being supported by Her Holy Animal, as Kali is shown with the cobra underfoot, and Jesus is shown astride His donkey). And so the snake is feared, and that fear is deep and primal- because the nature of the snake is primordial. That fear has become subconscious, for the snake represents that which we have been taught is ‘evil’, 'sin', or ‘unnatural’…. our lusty sexuality, our menses, our intuition and desires and dreaming, death and rebirth, the Moon and the black night, the Goddess Herself.
The snake connects us to the reptilian parts of our brain, concerned with our survival on this planet at the most primal level. The snake possesses the complete nature of the organic.
Veritable epochs of religious vilification of the Serpent and the Goddess (for they are archetypically inseparable) have effectively degraded our humanity into a spiritual disease which now affects our future on this planet. Our humanity has become overwhelmingly negatively deviant as a result. Because of the violent negative rejection of the Holy Feminine which occurred with the patriarchal religious and political systems that have been in power for centuries upon centuries, we have poisoned the source of all life. The Lap of Life, the Mother, the Woman-all defiled. In this day and age, woman is still punished, subjugated, vilified, and oppressed. Our Mother Earth, Lap of Life, the rape and poisoning of her resources…the same. In poisoning of these holy sources, we have deeply poisoned ourselves. It will be up to those of us who are able to embrace and integrate the balance and wisdom symbolized by the double serpents into our own consciousness that will be able to serve humanity in surviving the massive changes that are just in their beginning.
To remember the Serpent Goddess is to remember the holy purpose in the cyclical, for all things are cyclical and possess aspects that are all part of a greater whole. The medicine of the snake is the medicine that comes with renewal and re-genesis. As the snake sheds her skin, she completes an ending and re-emerges anew. As a woman menstruates monthly with the lunar body that also connects her to snake, she is doing the same within her holy womb, the lap of life. As nature cycles through the seasons, we witness this process that encompasses the greatest mystery of the cycle of Life, Death and Rebirth.
Snake Medicine is pure potent regenerative transformation.
The wildness and wilderness of the wise womb.
It is most imperative for us now to hear the Serpent Goddess for She is re-Emerging with a vital vengeance, and She is re-emerging on Earth NOW. There is no turning back.
We have a chance to enter into a new evolutionary existence, one in which we will be able to vanquish any foundation that would promote intolerance and bigotry, greed, ignorance and fear, hatred, subjugation and power-over. We are in the midst of a major cosmic shift on our planet, one I see as akin to the serpentine shedding of the skin.
The negated Serpent, the blessed Earth, the vilified Goddess has had enough.
The Moon is moving from that long, long Dark phase to a hopeful New phase.
No longer dormant, She is rising…spiraling into regeneration, She is Rising.
Dance with the spiraling, dance with joy, dance! The Goddess is Returning!
'Shakti Woman' by Vicki Noble,
'Mysteries of the Dark Moon' by Demetra George
and 'Dancing with the Inner Serpent' by Le'ema Kathleen Graham