Shedding the Past to Allow for Growth
If you have a snake sighting, it’s a sign of transformation in your spiritual growth. Prepare to awaken all of your senses, and allow your spiritual knowing to expand.
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Animals as symbols always come to us in times of change, however, it’s up to us to decipher the message that each particular animal carries with it—the type of change on the horizon or change that is already present. The meaning of a snake sighting is about the expansion of the mind and spirit. It’s a transformation or awakening of sorts, however, it’s also a reminder to remain grounded and in touch with the magic held in nature—the earth, the water, the air and even the fire in the Earth’s core. Respect the snake, respect the Earth, and respect the gifts of all spiritual journeys.
Physical Attributes and Spiritual Messages
When the snake outgrows its skin, it sheds it. The process of shedding is a short window of vulnerable time where the snake’s skin experiences exposure to outer elements. Expansion of our spiritual bodies feels just as comfortable and invigorating as a snake living in his new skin. The snake is aware. He relies on sight, smell, and even vibrations in order to navigate his path ahead. As we increase our own awareness, it is important not to lose the basic skills we as humans were born with—including our sixth sense.
The snake strikes at opportunities with precision. When we choose a path to follow, it’s important to choose the precise path that is right for each of us. And when we have an opportunity to further our awareness or expand our path, we should do so with precise intention. Our beliefs are powerful, and it’s important to understand that everything has a positive and negative side. Therefore, we should always focus on the positive while being aware of the negative—giving each a healthy respect.
Spirit of the Snake
If you feel that you identify with the snake or you consider it your totem or spirit animal, it’s very likely that you have dealt with many changes and chapters in your life so far, and you somehow adapt yourself to these changes more easily than others might. Like the snake, you are able to shed your skin and be reborn in a way. It’s also very likely that you have some healing abilities with a particular talent to balance opposing energies.
As a person, you possess a charm and self-confidence that people can find appealing and comforting. As a healer, you will likely spend your life continually expanding and growing your abilities and your levels of awareness.
Two snake symbols are the Staff of Hermes also known as the Caduceus, and the Rod of Asclepius (the Greek god of Healing). Both appear in logos and symbols of the medical and metaphysical healing arts and some have even suggested the snake or snakes symbolize our own DNA.
In the Tarot, the Two of Cups depicts a couple exchanging golden cups, as if to imply a ceremony of marriage. Between them is the Caduceus, a representation of balance, the joining of energies, and a healing connection.
Perhaps you’ve heard the term “awakening your kundalini.” According to elephantjournal.com, “One of the aims of Hatha yoga is to awaken the dormant kundalini energy (which is said to lie curled up sleeping at the base of the spine like a snake) and to raise it up through the chakras. As it goes higher and higher, various abilities are awakened, evolution is accelerated, and finally, enlightenment is achieved when the kundalini goes up through the crown chakra.” Many say that this is also the path to the ultimate orgasm.
As a shamanic culture, the Celts revered the snake. One of the most interesting Celtic beliefs is that when the snake sheds his skin and his eyes begin to form a glaze over them in the process, it is at that moment that the snake has access to all the knowledge of the Universe—past, present, and future.
Native American cultures hold wildly differing beliefs about the snake. Some connect him with birth and fertility, some with thunder and rain, however, others see him as a lethal serpent. Many foreign, ancient cultures associate the snake with the dragon and serpent-like water creatures. In Cherokee legend, snakes are “supernaturals” that require fear, reverence, and respect. That seems to be the overall nature of the snake throughout most cultures, which makes sense since so many ancient cultures point to the snake’s ability to balance energies—both good and bad.
Have you recently had a snake sighting? If so, have you felt an awakening inside of you or the need to connect with your more spiritual side? When faced with choices, do you weigh the good and the bad with equal respect? This is the meaning of a snake sighting, and these are the questions you should consider. A snake sighting is a sign of your spiritual growth and a reminder to stay grounded in the process.
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