18 September 2005

Ouroboros

image by solios
I've been poring over the readings that Father Jordan Stratford has presented for his Gnostic readings workshop this weekend, and as I read the last piece I have here on the Demiurge I went a'searching for Ouroboros imagery. This whole "religion of the writer" is beginning ot make sense as I take it all out of literal context and apply it wholly, 100% to the personal involvement in the myth of one's own life. Classic Ouroboros imagery presents it as two beasts pursuing one another in circles, or the serpernt eating its own tail. This makes sense in that the serpent, being a representation of Sophia — knowledge — continues to devour itself as it grows.

Ralph Waldo Emerson stated: The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.

I like this solios's modern look at Ouroboros as a representation of myth continuously building up the broader, more esoteric paradigms in the individual. I am going to write more on this to Fr Stratford here tonight, but essentially we start with a basic myth, not unlike the genesis of a character in a RPG video game. From there, we garner the experiences necessary via the journey (as presented by Campbell). As one's story continues to unfold, one continues to grow. Not necessarily "eating" the old self, though that is one way of looking at it, but I believe this makes for a better visual analogy as it shows the serpent of knowledge growing beyond the dimension (2D) of whence it came, continuously engendering more depth, dimension, validity. And in our case, perhaps from the prison of three dimensions, ultimately into that of a fourth, sidereal understanding…

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