Ouroboros – The Infinite Dragon

The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol that dates back to Ancient Egypt. It is heavily featured in the upcoming novel: New Blood, Old Soul, as well as ties into the Arch Angel trilogy.

Francesco Putinati (Italian, 1775 – 1848 ), Ouroboros Encircling the Winged Helmet of Mercury and the Head of Athena [reverse], after 1823, bronze, Gift of Faya Causey in memory of Philip Conisbee

Ouroboros means Tail Devourer, and it is one of the oldest mystical symbols in the world.

What does it depict?

It represents a serpent figure–either a snake or dragon–eating its tail. It symbolizes the infinite cycle of nature: creation and destruction.

In New Blood, Old Soul, one of the characters has this “dragon” tattooed on his upper bicep. There, it symbolizes being reborn: the cycle of life and death. After all, it is consuming its tail to sustain its life.

 History

Several cultures have a version of the Ouroboros, the cannibal serpent. The first depiction of it came from Ancient Egypt from a funerary text in the tomb of Tutankhamun. In this illustration, there is not one but two serpents, consuming their tails as they coil around the form of a god. Many think that this may represent Ra-Osiris.

During Roman Times, this symbol appeared on talismans with other magical elements. Servius, a 4th to the 5th-century grammarian, commented that it represented a year’s cyclical nature.

Fol. 196 of Codex Parisinus graecus 2327, a copy (made by Theodoros Pelecanos (Pelekanos) of Corfu in Khandak, Iraklio, Crete in 1478) of a lost manuscript of an early medieval tract which was attributed to Synosius (Synesius) of Cyrene (d. 412).
The text of the tract is attributed to Stephanus of Alexandria (7th century).

In Norse mythology, the Ouroboros is supposed to represent Jörmungandr, the world serpent that kills Thor during Ragnarok. Jörmungandr was the offspring of Loki and Angrboda. It grew so large that it encircled the world and bit its tail.

In Alchemy, it represented a purifying sigil, uniting all things.

It is believed to have been inspired by the Milky Way.

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