Updated: Jun 21
The serpent that bites, eats and swallow it’s tail until it eats its head and revive. A symbol of eternity, the eternal circle that gives birth, creates, nourishes and kills itself. The circle of life that continues to recycle.
The oldest images we have from an Ouroboros comes from Asia and Ancient Greece and date back to 4700 B.C. The name Ouroboros comes from the Greek Ourovoros (Ουροβόρος) that means ‘The one who eats its tail’ (Ouro-voros = Tail-eater). It is the everlasting symbol of the creation/destruction duality. Death and Rebirth, everything and nothing.
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If it has wings, it symbolises the duality of Heaven and Earth. If it has two legs it symbolises the duality of its nature, and if it has four legs, then it symbolises the four elements of creation. But there is a big difference between the Ouroboros that bites its tail and the Ouroboros that eats it!
The Ouroboros that bites its tail, is static. It has to do with the stability of the world, the whole, the everything. A perfect whole, a complete circle that represents Perfection. Usually half black and half white to represent the balance between Darkness and Light in the world, the Male and Female, the Creative and Destructive nature.
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The Ouroboros that eats its tail, is dynamic. It has to do with the spiral, the whirl, the coil, the infinite that never stops. Symbolises the whole and the nothing as it keeps eating its tail and body till it eats its head in the end and disappears completely. Represents the nothingness that can give birth to everything, and the everything that can become nothing.
The Ouroboros, or more correctly Ourovoros, is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, nothing and everything.