SYMBOLIC INK. OUROBOROS
The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.
The Ouroboros has been important in religious, spiritual and mythological symbolism
The Ouroboros (Greek for tail devourer) often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, the cycle of life and death, and harmony of opposites
It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished.
It originated in Egypt as a symbol of the sun, and represented the travels of the sun disk.
In Gnosticism, it was related to the solar God Abraxas, and signified eternity and the soul of the world.
It has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist’s opus.
In alchemy, the ouroboros represents the spirit of Mercury (the substance that permeates all matter), and symbolizes continuous renewal (a snake is often a symbol of resurrection, as it appears to be continually reborn as it sheds its skin
A double ouroboros (two creatures swallowing one another) in alchemy signifies volatility. Spiritually, it signifies the balance of the upper and lower natures.
Sometimes, it is meant to symbolize the joining of opposites, similar to the yin-yang, and is suggestive that opposites not only coexist but are also related in a cyclical manner. In this context, the image is sometimes depicted as half light and half dark
Within my work I have featured an Ouroboros …
- Mayan Ouroboros (20 cm)
- The design features a double ouroboros, with arrow, Quetzal feathers and a pattern based on the Mayan calendar in the centre.