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Illuminati Symbols
Serpent (Snake)

The queen according to David Icke

Snake/serpent/reptile symbology is of particular interest to those seeking the truth because many
will be aware of David Icke's claim that the planet's ruling elite are a species of shape shifting
reptilian aliens from another dimension. http://www.davidicke.com/articles/reptilian-agendamainmenu-43

Although

many

people

believe

the

theory

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/04/12-million-americans-believe-lizard-people-runour-country/63799/ Icke is unable to support his shape shifting alien claims with any credible
evidence and sophisticated truth seekers recognise that Icke is employed by the Illuminati to
discredit

his

followers

by

making

them

public. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1FBsfHO3zU

appear

insane

to

the

general

http://www.the-big-

picture.org.uk/wp/?page_id=2928 One of Icke's tactics is to make his followers distrust all

"mainstream" information sources, but as this article demonstrates mainstream academic


research is often the best source of truth, especially with respect to archeology and ancient
history.
This article explores the history of serpent symbology and explains why it is significant to the
church, the Freemasons and other secret societies which form the Illuminati controlled network
which run the planet from behind the scenes.

Pre-Neolithic Shaman and Snakes

Indonesian shaman

Prior to the rise of the first permanent agricultural settlements in Sumer (Sumeria), people all
over the world lived in tribes as hunter gatherers and the shaman of the tribe was responsible for
supervising the practice of tribe members reaching altered states of consciousness in order to
encounter and interact with the spirit world. University of Chicago Professor Mircea Eliade writes,

"A first definition of this complex phenomenon, and perhaps the least hazardous, will be:
shamanism = 'technique of religious ecstasy'." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism
Representations of snakes occur as early as the European Upper Paleolithic (50,000 to 10,000
years ago), and the zigzag, a design commonly associated with serpentine water, is said to be
man's earliest symbolic motif recorded: Neanderthals used this sign around 40,000 BCE, or
earlier. Bednarik reports that a meandering line together with a cup mark, a typical serpentine
configuration, is believed to be the oldest known rock art, produced in India two or three hundred
thousand years ago. http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/malotki/PDF/Malotki%20Serpent_Rev1.pdf
In 2006 Associate Professor Sheila Coulson, from the University of Oslo discovered what was
reported to be mankind's oldest known ritual http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/200611/trco-wor112906.php While studying the Sanpeople of north-west Botswana Coulson found
what she calls the Python Cave at Tsodilo, which contains a rock resembling the head of a huge
python.
On the six meter long by two meter tall rock, they found three-to-four hundred indentations that
could only have been man-made. Excavations in the cave revealed "Stone age people took

colourful spearheads, brought them to the cave, and finished carving them there. Only the red
spearheads were burned. It was a ritual destruction of artifacts. There was no sign of normal
habitation. No ordinary tools were found at the site. Our find means that humans were more
organised and had the capacity for abstract thinking at a much earlier point in history than we
have previously assumed. All of the indications suggest that Tsodilo has been known to mankind

for almost 100,000 years as a very special place in the pre-historic landscape. says Sheila
Coulson.

The Python Stone

Coulson also noticed a secret chamber behind the python stone: "Some areas of the entrance to

this small chamber were worn smooth, indicating that many people had passed through it over
the years.

The shaman, who is still a very important person in San culture, could have kept

himself hidden in that secret chamber. He would have had a good view of the inside of the cave
while remaining hidden himself. When he spoke from his hiding place, it could have seemed as if
the voice came from the snake itself. The shaman would have been able to control everything.
It was perfect. The shaman could also have disappeared from the chamber by crawling out
onto the hillside through a small shaft."

Snake Venom Inducing Altered States of Consciousness

In his book Travel Within: The 7 Steps to Wisdom and Inner Peace Jamshid 'Jim' Hosseini
describes

an

experience

he

had

while

following

the

Hare

Krishnas

and

monk http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2009/04/drinking_the_cobra_venom.php

Hindu
.

The

monk said when someone reached the level of attainment, he'd be free of what kept him bound
to fear and that if you continue to fear death, you'll never be free. So in order to conquer his
fear, Jim deliberately embarked upon an altered state of consciousness by drinking a concoction
of milk, honey, tea and cobra venom.
Initially Jim felt fear unlike any he'd ever felt in his life. There was a searing pain throughout his
body. He was thinking, "Oh, my God, why did I do this? I'm a fool. This is the stupidest thing I

ever did." And then there was a change. He started to feel no pain. He wasn't aware of his
clothes or the temperature of the air or the ground beneath his feet. He was released. He saw
the light, all those near-death-experience cliches. His mind started replaying scenes of family
dinners from his childhood. He thought, "Am I really dying or is my mind playing tricks on me?"
Jim said he experienced millions of years in a matter of seconds. He believes he experienced the
Big Bang and everything that has happened since. He realized that we are all stardust. The
elements in our bodies are the same that were present at the Big

Bang.

In the Serpent Grail by Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn, the authors claim that many religions
and religious rituals were based upon the shamanic practice of holding up a poisonous snake,
milking its venom into a skull, cutting off its head, letting blood go into the skull with the venom,
wrapping its body around a sacred staff, and stirring the mixture with the staff. Those who drink
the mixture are given a hallucinogenic spiritual experience and benefit from good health as well.
The snake is a giver of life and death (and other polar opposites) but represents in itself peaceful
neutrality.
Although Gardiner and Osborn are on to something, the truth is that shamanic cultures were not
limited to snake venom and used whatever naturally occurring hallucinogens were available in the
locale including lotus flowers, fly agaric and psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca (south America)
and peyote (north America). The evidence points to the earliest state religions in Sumer and
Egypt being based upon suppressing knowledge of the hallucinogenic effects of cobra venom and
lotus flowers in order to maintain a hierarchical, organised society where people obeyed authority
figures as opposed to being free and developing their own morality by experiencing and knowing
divine intelligence first hand. As the rulers saw it they were creating order out of chaos and
making slaves of the people.

Snake Visions During Altered States of Consciousness


Professor emeritus of languages at Northern Arizona University, Ekkehart Malotki, writes "As I

have shown elsewhere (Malotki 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), the vast majority of PASTYLE (ancient
hunter gatherer) rock art bears all the hallmarks of shamanistic visionary imagery produced by

the human nervous system in altered states of consciousness. I believe that this is especially true
for

the

range

of

ophidian

http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/malotki/PDF/Malotki%20Serpent_Rev1.pdf

(snake)

images"

Rock art on drugs. Serpent imagery from three different stages of altered states of consciousness
(ASC).

Malotki goes on to describe the drawing above: "PASTYLE snakes and snakelike elements can be

seen as mental products from all three progressive stages of the shamanistic trance experience.
Thus, during stage I the hallucinatory mind generates a series of endogenous entoptics. Those
resembling zigzags or sinuous lines constitute the many "headless" snakes within the serpentine
component of PASTYLE art. Attempting to make sense of this basic entoptic shape, the shamanartist, by equating it with an object familiar to him from his normal state of consciousness, then
construes actual headed serpents in stage II. Anthropomorphized snakes and other ophidian
monsters, finally, would be hallucinated by the trancing subject in stage III, the deepest stage of
the ASC. Frequently, but not always, this stage is reached after the subject passes through a
tunnel or vortex and begins to identify with the visionary images."

Snakes in Sumerian Religion


Around 8,000 BCE people first began to farm in the Middle East in permanent villages. Before
farming, human population was limited by the natural food productivity of the environment.
Despite periodic crop failures, farmers found that most years they could produce more food than
they needed for their families. They could support more children and, with more hands, they
could cultivate more land and produce even more food. A succession of inventions including the

plough, irrigation, metal tools, and selective breeding of crops and livestock lead to increased
food surpluses and accelerated population growth. Surplus food was the first form of wealth and
it gave power to those who could control it. Surplus food also allowed increasing numbers of
people to be spared from farming to specialize in occupations such as craft production, warfare,
trade or religion.

Female Lizard (snake?) from Sumeria 5000 BCE - 4000 BCE


http://www.newsnfo.co.uk/pages/reptilian%20figurines%20Course%20Website.htm

Until the advent of military kings known as Lugals in c. 2500 BCE, Sumerian city states were
under a virtually-complete theocratic government controlled by independent groups of En, or high
priests http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumerian_religion . Priests were responsible for continuing
the cultural and religious traditions of their city-state, and were viewed as mediators between
humans and the cosmic and terrestrial forces. The priesthood resided full-time in temple
complexes, and administered to matters of state including the large irrigation processes
necessary for the civilizations survival. It seems logical that this new breed of shaman would
prize conscientious hard working subjects over enlightened, fully conscious members of the
community so they hid the ancient shamanic wisdom within the symbols and stories of their new
city state religion.
The Sumerian culture was the first to develop writing; cuneiform text first appeared in Uruk
period c. 3300 BC. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuneiform and was preceded by cylinder seals

which first appeared at the contemporary site of Susa in south-western Iran and at the early site
of Uruk in southern Mesopotamia c. 3,500BC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cylinder_seal
The first written evidence of state religion is found on the earliest Sumerian cylinder seal tablets
c.3,500 BCE; they show that the concept of a human paradise and the Garden of Eden originated
from the Sumerians who were describing a land outside of Sumer. The concept of this home of
the immortals was later handed down to the Semitic Babylonians who conquered Sumer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_the_gods_%28Sumerian_paradise%29 Ninti, the title of
Sumerian Goddess Ninhursag, also means "the mother of all living", and was a title given to the
later Hurrian goddess Kheba. This is also the title given in the Bible to Eve, the Hebrew and
Aramaic awwah (), who was made from the rib of Adam, in a strange reflection of the
Sumerian

myth,

in

which

Adam

not

Enki

walks

in

the

Garden

of

Paradise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enki
The tree, serpent and figures carved on the Sumarian greenstone cylinder seal shown below
suggest that the scene was related , to the temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden.
http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/me/a/adam_and_eve_cylinde
r_seal.aspx In Sumerian culture God was no longer to be experienced directly via sacred natural
hallucinogens, but instead had become the ultimate authority figure (representing the Sumerian
Priesthood) who deamonised the snake and forbid his subjects to eat fruit from the tree of
knowledge (shamanic knowledge). When the priesthood was superseeded by military kings, the
kings themselves claimed to be gods or earthly representations of them.

The tree, serpent and figures carved on this greenstone cylinder seal suggested to George Smith, an
Assyriologist working in the British Museum between 1840 and 1876, that the scene was related to the
Old Testament story of the temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The most troublesome of all serpents in Mesopotamian (Sumerian, Assyrian, Akkadian and
Babylonian) mythology are described in the Babylonian creation epic (the Enuma Elish)those
primeval "monster serpents" that constitute the forces of chaos in the primeval world of the gods.
Described as "sharp toothed, with fang unsparing," possessing bodies filled "with poison for

blood," they gather in council, preparing to wage a war in heaven against the great gods. The
forces of chaos are headed by none other than Tiamat, who is herself a female serpent
(frequently referred to as a dragon). Ultimately, chaos is subdued as Tiamat is killed by Marduk,
the champion deity, and her body is cast out of the presence of the gods, half to form the earth's
seas

and

the

other

half

to

form

the

sky.

http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/publications/jbms/?vol=10&num=2&id=254 This epic is one of

the most important sources for understanding the Babylonian worldview, centered on the
supremacy of Marduk and the creation of humankind for the service of the gods.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En%C3%BBma_Eli%C5%A1 Many people have been mislead by
Zecharia Sitchin to believe that these gods (the Sumerian Annunaki, meaning something to the
effect of "those of royal blood") http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anunnaki were extraterrestrial in
origin. Sitchin has been exposed as a fraud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1JJ9KtWOCs
which suggests that he, like David Icke, may work for those who are deliberately trying to
obscure the truth.

Impresion of cylinder seal in the linear style; a snout-nosed, horned reptile (Tiamat as a cobra?) faces
left. The seal may illustrate a scene from the epic of creation in which the forces of chaos, led by
Tiamat, are defeated by a god representing cosmic order, probably Ninurta.
http://www.bmimages.com/preview.asp?image=00291660001&imagex=1&searchnum=0001

The Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from Mesopotamia, is amongst the earliest surviving works
of literature. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five independent Sumerian poems
about 'Bilgamesh' (Sumerian for Gilgamesh), king of Uruk, dating from 2150-2000 BCE.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_of_Gilgamesh The story tells of Gilgameshs search for the
meaning of life. Gilgamesh was told the plant of eternal life lay at the bottom of a certain lake.
After retrieving the plant Gilgamesh rests. A snake comes and eats the plant. The snake
becomes immortal and Gilgamesh goes home to die. http://inannafilm.wordpress.com/thesnake/ In both the Garden of Eden story and the Gilgamesh epic a snake possesses a great
prize, which is denied to the principle mortal character.

Gilgamesh had the plant in his hand; all he had to do was return home. But half-way across the desert
an oasis lured him to take his rest. As he slept a serpent smelt the magic plant and ate it from his
hand.
Gilgamesh awoke to see the serpent slithering away, leaving its old dry skin discarded on the sand.
The plant was gone but the realisation had come, it is not for man to live forever.
http://www.neildalrymple.com/gilgamesh.html

Myths and Mystery Schools


Sumarian religion is the earliest post shamanic myth and the first to be recorded in writing. In
many shamanic cultures all adults journey and use various techniques to enter altered states and
communicate with the spirit world,

http://www.lastmaskcenter.org/media/articles/spiritual-

adults.htm but post agricultural religious myths are generally designed to be understood quite
differently by the ruling elite and the general public. For the ruling elite myths contain hidden
(esoteric) truths; they are designed to protect secret knowledge by hiding it in plain site. The
general public are expected to take the stories at face (exoteric) value and believe them to be
factual historical accounts. The following pair of paragraphs from The Secret Teachings of All
Ages http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/sta/sta04.htm by 33rd degree Freemason Manly P. Hall
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manly_Palmer_Hall explains the view of the ruling elite:

Masonic snake belt buckle

WHEN confronted with a problem involving the use of the reasoning faculties, individuals of
strong intellect keep their poise, and seek to reach a solution by obtaining facts bearing upon the
question. Those of immature mentality, on the other hand, when similarly confronted, are
overwhelmed. While the former may be qualified to solve the riddle of their own destiny, the
latter must be led like a flock of sheep and taught in simple language. They depend almost
entirely upon the ministrations of the shepherd. The Apostle Paul said that these little ones must
be fed with milk, but that meat is the food of strong men. Thoughtlessness is almost synonymous
with childishness, while thoughtfulness is symbolic of maturity.
There are, however, but few mature minds in the world; and thus it was that the philosophicreligious doctrines of the pagans were divided to meet the needs of these two fundamental
groups of human intellect--one philosophic, the other incapable of appreciating the deeper
mysteries of life. To the discerning few were revealed the esoteric, or spiritual, teachings, while
the unqualified many received only the literal, or exoteric, interpretations. In order to make
simple the great truths of Nature and the abstract principles of natural law, the vital forces of the
universe were personified, becoming the gods and goddesses of the ancient mythologies. While
the ignorant multitudes brought their offerings to the altars of Priapus and Pan (deities
representing the procreative energies), the wise recognized in these marble statues only symbolic
concretions of great abstract truths.

Occult (Kabbalah) imagery. Serpent of wisdom on the tree of life.

This division between esoteric and exoteric is the source of occult (hidden) knowledge protected
by ancient mystery schools (of which Freemasonry and the Rosicrucians are present day
examples) where only the privileged few are secretly initiated into the spiritual mysteries of
shamanism and the secrets of solar, lunar and astronomical cycles, which were vital to the
success of agriculture. These two bodies of knowledge were secretly encoded into religious texts,
which could only be properly understood by the mystery school adepts and were simultaneously
used to create rules (commandments) for managing an orderly society.

Today Wikipedia

continues the tradition of keeping truth from the masses by claiming these roots are unknown
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_esotericism and western governments continue to create

laws which make it illegal for the masses to use naturally occurring hallucinogens. Today secret
astronomy has been superseded by occult scientific knowledge such as the discoveries of Nicola
Tesla and Antoine Berchamp.
Wikipedia, however, works partly by lying and partly by scattering the truth across a huge
number of different entries and you can find out that Kykeon, the beverage consumed by
participants in the ancient Greek cult of Eleusinian Mysteries, might have been based on
hallucinogens from ergot, if you know where to look. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergot .
And from the Encyclopedia Britannica : "Mystery Religion, any of various secret cults of the

Greco-Roman world that offered to individuals religious experiences not provided by the official
public religions. They originated in tribal ceremonies that were performed by primitive peoples in
many parts of the world. Whereas in these tribal communities almost every member of the clan
or the village was initiated, initiation in Greece became a matter of personal choice. The mystery
religions reached their peak of popularity in the first three centuries ad. Their origin, however,
goes

back

to

the

earlier

centuries

of

Greek

history."

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/400805/mystery-religion

Serpents and Chakras


Snakes are often associated with the all seeing eye in religious symbology and the all seeing eye
is the Ajna (the brow chakra) in Hindu metaphysical tradition. Entwined snakes are used as a
symbol for rising kundalini energy by Hindus.

Snakes and the All Seeing Eye


The Sumerian cylinder seal below shows the goddess Inanna with a snake emanating from her
forehead http://mushroom-atlantis.blogspot.co.uk/

Sumerian cylinder seal

Just like the Sumarian military kings the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs assumed the identity of a
God. The pharaohs used a snake representing the goddess Wadjet on their own foreheads called
the Uraeus, which is a stylized, upright form of an Egyptian cobra used as a symbol of deity and
divine authority in ancient Egypt. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uraeus In whatever manner that
the Uraeus was displayed upon the pharaoh's head, it was, in effect, part of the pharaoh's
crown. The pharaoh was recognized only by wearing the Uraeus, which conveyed legitimacy to
the ruler. There is evidence for this tradition even in the Old Kingdom during the third millennium
BCE. Several goddesses associated with or being considered aspects of Wadjet are depicted
wearing the Uraeus also.

Uraeus. Left - Djedefre, Pharaoh 2566 BCE 2558 BCE. Centre - Schepseskaf, Pharaoh 2503 BCE
2498 BCE. Right - Akhenaton, Pharaoh 1353 BCE 1336 BCE.

Why might earth's earliest state religions use a snake on the forehead to indicate divinity? The
third eye (also known as the all seeing eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring to an
invisible eye which provides perception of inner realms and higher consciousness. It is often
associated with religious visions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_eye Third eye symbolism is

used by present day religions world-wide as can be seen below; Buddah is shown accompanied
by 3 'standing' cobras and the Hindu god Sheva combines third eye symbology with a cobra
necklace.

Top left - Buddah's third eye is open; Bottom left - the curtain has been raised so the third eye at the
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City can see. Centre - Islam's Hand of Fatima displays the third eye. Top
right - Shiva's third eye is open. Bottom right - Chinese Folk Religion God Ba Yeh's third eye is open
and a worshipper visits a Chinese snake temple with cobra prominently displayed.

The image below shows Pope Benedict XVI praying under the all seeing eye on the Mural of
Annunciation

at

Nazareth's

Church

of

Annunciation

in

May

http://conspireality.tv/2009/05/29/barry-chamish-vatican-makes-effort-to-end-palestinianconflict/ and http://mysteryoftheiniquity.com/2011/09/10/all-seeing-eye-in-church/

2009.

Pope Benedict XVI under the all seeing eye

The same symbology is used by secret societies who's adepts know the secret of suppressed
shamanism.

The gravestone

below displays the All Seeing Eye in a triangle (Eye of

Providence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Providence ) seen in many Christian churches,


but its unlikely that a Christian would include a snake so prominently on his own grave stone; its
more likely that Dr. Franz Leuffen was a member of a secret society mystery school such as the
Rosicrucians or The Freemasons.

Detail of a grave at the Melaten Cemetery Cologne. Dr. Franz Leuffen is the author of a book
concerning post-mortem examinations, written in the 1860s. Dr. Leuffen died in 1900.

Naga and Kundalini Energy

Naga

Sumerian symbology also includes images of snakes in pairs coiled together in the same way as
snakes appear on the present day caduceus. The oldest known representation of two snakes
entwined around a rod is that of the Sumerian fertility god Ningizzida (see below). Ningizzida
was sometimes depicted as a serpent with a human head, eventually becoming a god of healing
and magic. Nin Giz Zida is another name for the ancient Hindu concept of Kundalini, a Sanskrit
word meaning either coiled up or coiling like a snake. The caduceus is the main symbol of the
Greek god Hermes (with whom Ningizzida has been equated) and it represents the rising of
kundalini energy and opening of the third eye and crown chakra.

Left - Sumerian goddess Ishtar with a wand of two spiral snakes. Centre left - Sumerian cylinder seal
showing a "sun disc" over two snake shapes. Centre right - The Sumerian god Ningizzida, appearing as
two serpents twining around a central pole, as depicted on a vase from Sumer (dated variously 2200
2025 BCE). Right - Greek God Hermes, wearing a winged hat and holding a caduceus.

Snakes will entwine themselves together in the wild, which is likely the original inspiration for
such imagery.

Mating snakes entwined

Hermes was the Greek god of transitions and boundaries; the Romans subsequently took the
characteristics and mythology of Hermes and projected them on to their own god Mercury. Much
like a Shaman he moved freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine, as emissary and
messenger of the gods, intercessor between mortals and the divine. His main symbol was the
caduceus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes

Both Thoth and Hermes were gods of writing

and of magic in their respective cultures. In Hellenistic Egypt (323 BCE - c. 140 BCE), the Greeks
recognised the congruence of their god Hermes with Thoth and subsequently the two gods were
worshiped as one in what had been the Temple of Thoth in Khemnu, which the Greeks called
Hermopolis.

Left - Thoth (with a pair of python wound staffs) offers the ankh for Pharaoh Seti I to kiss in Seti's
temple at Abydos. Right - Thoth wears a crown including a pair of pythons.

Hermes Trismegistus (Greek: thrice-greatest Hermes; Latin: Mercurius ter Maximus) is the
purported author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of
Hermeticism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus (otherwise known as Shamanism,
Paganism,

Western

Esoterism,

the Occult (hidden), Kabbalism,

Gnosticism,

Mysticism,

Enlightenment, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Luciferianism or Alchemy). The illustration below


shows Hermes Trismegistus with book in hand studying a 3D model of the heavens.

His hat

indicates that his third eye is open and he has discarded the caduceus because the process of
enlightenment is complete within him; his former (pre-enlightened) self lies slumped on the floor
- he has been born again. Tools of war lie discarded behind him as he has no motivation to use

them. The figure in the clouds represents the mind of God, contact with which is described in one
of the earliest Hermetic texts: Poimandres, The Vision of Hermes http://www.sacredtexts.com/eso/sta/sta08.htm an extract is included below:

Hermes, while wandering in a rocky and desolate place, gave himself over to meditation and
prayer. Following the secret instructions of the Temple, he gradually freed his higher
consciousness from the bondage of his bodily senses; and, thus released, his divine nature
revealed to him the mysteries of the transcendental spheres. He beheld a figure, terrible and
awe-inspiring. It was the Great Dragon, with wings stretching across the sky and light streaming
in all directions from its body. (The Mysteries taught that the Universal Life was personified as a
dragon.) The Great Dragon called Hermes by name, and asked him why he thus meditated upon
the World Mystery. Terrified by the spectacle, Hermes prostrated himself before the Dragon,
beseeching it to reveal its identity. The great creature answered that it was Poimandres, the Mind
of the Universe, the Creative Intelligence, and the Absolute Emperor of all. (Schure identifies
Poimandres as the god Osiris.) Hermes then besought Poimandres to disclose the nature of the
universe and the constitution of the gods. The Dragon acquiesced, bidding Trismegistus hold its
image in his mind.
Hermes experienced the mind of God as a dragon in the same way Ekkehart Malotki describes
"anthropomorphized snakes and other ophidian monsters, finally, would be hallucinated by the

trancing subject in stage III, the deepest stage of the altered state of consciousness". This
should be regarded as an interesting theme rather than a universal experience because not
everyone who opens up to contact with infinite, divine intelligence experiences it characterised as
a dragon.

Ideal figure of Hermes Trismegistus, copy of illustration from 'De Divinatione et Magicis Praestigiis' by
Jean-Jacques Boissard, 1605, published late 19th Century (engraving). The Stapleton Collection.

Through meditation, and various esoteric practices, such as Kundalini Yoga, Sahaja Yoga, Kriya
Yoga and ingesting hallucinogenic substances the kundalini is awakened, and can rise up from
the muladhara chakra through the central nadi, called sushumna, inside or alongside the spine
and reaches the top of the head. The progress of kundalini through the different chakras leads to
different levels of awakening and mystical experience, until the kundalini finally reaches the top
of the head, Sahasrara or crown chakra, producing an extremely profound mystical experience
(realization of God). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini

Swami Vivekananda in Chicago, September, 1893. On the left Vivekananda wrote in his own
handwriting: "one infinite pure and holy beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee"

Swami Vivekananda http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Vivekananda described kundalini briefly


in London during his lectures on Raja Yoga as follows:

According to the Yogis, there are two nerve currents in the spinal column, called Pingal and Id,
and a hollow canal called Sushumn running through the spinal cord. At the lower end of the
hollow canal is what the Yogis call the "Lotus of the Kundalini". They describe it as triangular in
form in which, in the symbolical language of the Yogis, there is a power called the Kundalini,
coiled up. When that Kundalini awakes, it tries to force a passage through this hollow canal, and
as it rises step by step, as it were, layer after layer of the mind becomes open and all the
different visions and wonderful powers come to the Yogi. When it reaches the brain, the Yogi is
perfectly detached from the body and mind; the soul finds itself free. We know that the spinal
cord is composed in a peculiar manner. If we take the figure eight horizontally () there are two
parts which are connected in the middle. Suppose you add eight after eight, piled one on top of
the other, that will represent the spinal cord. The left is the Ida, the right Pingala, and that hollow
canal which runs through the centre of the spinal cord is the Sushumna. Where the spinal cord
ends in some of the lumbar vertebrae, a fine fibre issues downwards, and the canal runs up even
within that fibre, only much finer. The canal is closed at the lower end, which is situated near
what is called the sacral plexus, which, according to modern physiology, is triangular in form. The
different plexuses that have their centres in the spinal canal can very well stand for the different
"lotuses" of the Yogi.
When kundalini Shakti is conceived as a goddess, then, when it rises to the head, it unites itself
with the Supreme Being (Lord Shiva). Then the aspirant becomes engrossed in deep meditation
and infinite bliss.

Kundalini symbology of the caduceus

The Ancient Egyptians used the Kundalini symbol (below) and the Church of England continues to
use kundalini symbology today as can be seen by the bishops crosier designed by Paolo Guidi
and made by Nicholas Plumber in 1992, for the Right Revd Dr Richard Chartres when he was
consecrated Bishop of Stepney http://www.london.anglican.org/kb/1400th-anniversary

Left - the Egyptian Staff of Osiris, dating back to ca. 1224 BCE in the Egyptian Museum in Turn. Right the Bishop of Londons crosier designed by Paolo Guidi, made by Nicholas Plumber, London 1992.

Another example of caduceus symbology is the winged sun disc. In Ancient Egypt, the symbol is
attested from the Old Kingdom (Sneferu, 26th century BCE), often flanked on either side with a
uraeus. From roughly 2,000 BC, the symbol spread to the Levant and to Mesopotamia (Sumer,
Akkadia, Babylon, and Assyria). In Greece the winged sun is conventionally depicted as the knob
of the Staff of Hermes, which reveals its esoteric identity as a symbol of rising Kundalini and third
eye and crown chakra opening. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winged_sun
In the figure below the red disc between two eyes of Horus represents the third eye (the eye of
Horus on its own also represents the all seeing eye); when the red disc is accompanied by wings
and a pair of cobras it symbolises an open sahasrara (crown) chakra.

Red disc as symbol of: Top - third eye. Middle - open crown or sahasrara chakra.

Isis in her open winged stance emphasizes the link between winged sun disc and kundalini; the
red disc above her head represents an open sahasrara chakra and the "horns" on either side
represent a pair of uraeuses.

Open Winged Isis

The crowns worn by both Ancient Egyptian Gods and Ancient Egyptian royalty are symbols of an
open Sahasrara (crown) Chakra.

Egyptian crowns of royals (left) and gods Ra-Heru-Akhety and Sekhemet (top right) as a symbol of an
open Sahasrara Chakra (bottom right)

Pharoah cobra head dress


Perhaps the most familiar Pharaoh head dress is better understood as serpent symbology rather
than indicating an open crown chakra as it turns the Pharaoh himself into a representation of a
cobra.

Pharaohs serpent head dress

This profile image of Tutankhamun's funerary golden mask further emphasizes the point.

Snake Symbology of the Funerary Golden Mask of Tutankhamun

The lower half of Tutankhamun's coffin displays a pattern very similar to snake scales.

Pharaoh as cobra

Dendera Light
The image below which is depicted in the Hathor temple at the Dendera Temple complex in
Egypt is interpreted by mainstream Egyptologists to represent the ancient Egyptian creation myth
and by ancient astronaut theorists to depict a light bulb. From an esoteric point of view the
image can be seen as a representation of the priesthood keeping the people ignorant of the
enlightening

psychoactive

properties

of

snake

venom

and

the

lotus

flower

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nymphaea_caerulea A priest holds the lotus flower at an angle


which keeps the area influenced by the flower and the snake above the head of the common
man, who is seen kneeling in worship; the priest is aided by a figure sporting the symbol for an
open crown chackra. This explanation is supported by the fact that the images are hidden away
in crypts underneath the temple where their secret message could be kept away from public
view.

Apep
Just as the Bible recognises the snake in the Garden of Eden as a symbol of great wisdom and
simultaneously demonises it, so the Egyptian religion presented Uraeus as a symbol of divinity
and Apep as a demon. Apep was an evil god, the deification of darkness and chaos, and thus
opponent of light and Ma'at (order/truth). In a bid to explain certain natural phenomena it was
said that occasionally Apep got the upper hand. The damage to order caused thunderstorms and
earthquakes. Indeed: it was even thought that sometimes Apep actually managed to swallow the
sun god Ra during the day, causing a solar eclipse, but since Ra's defenders quickly cut him free
of Apep, the eclipse always ended within a few minutes. On the occasions when Apep was said to
have been killed, he was able to return each night (since he lived in the world of the dead
already). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apep

Set pictured on the Sun Barge of Ra fighting the serpent Apep

Ouroboros
The Ouroboros or Uroborus is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own
tail. The first known appearance of the ouroboros motif is in the Enigmatic Book of the
Netherworld, an ancient Egyptian funerary text in KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun, in the 14th
century BC.

Ouroboros in Tutankhamen's tomb

The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something
constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin
anew as soon as they end (compare with phoenix). It can also represent the idea of primordial
unity related to something (God) existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or
qualities it cannot be extinguished.

Ouroboros. 1. Snakes will sometimes mistake their own tail for prey (left) 2. The Freemasonic
ourboros shown features a crown denoting open crown chakra.

Snakes in the Old Testament


Some old testament myths such as the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden and the Great Flood
came

from

earlier

Sumerian

mythology http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-

free/pdf?res=F00E14FC385B17738DDDAC0994D0405B858DF1D3

However,

Hebrew

scholars

added their own serpent mythology consistent with that used in Sumeria and Ancient Egypt,
which should come as no surprise because according to the Bible Abraham, patriarch of the
Jewish people, arrived in Hebron from Sumeria, via Egypt.

Fiery Serpent or Flying Saraph

The Flying Saraph, insignia of the Israeli Paratroopers Brigade

A Fiery serpent (seraph or saraph, plural seraphim) occurs in the Pentateuch, to describe a
species of vicious snakes whose poison burns upon contact. These burning serpents infested the
great and terrible place of the desert wilderness (Num.21:4-9; Deut.8:15). The Hebrew word for
poisonous literally means fiery, flaming or burning, as the burning sensation of a snake bite on
human skin, a metaphor for the fiery anger of God (Numbers 11:1). The Book of Isaiah
expounds on the description of these fiery serpents as flying saraphs, or flying dragons, in the
land of trouble and anguish (Isaiah 30:6). Isaiah indicates that these saraphs are comparable to
vipers, worse than ordinary serpents (Isaiah 14:29). The prophet Isaiah also sees a vision of
seraphim, in the Temple itself: but these are divine agents, with wings and human faces, and are
probably

not

to

be

interpreted

as

serpent-like

so

much

as

flame-like.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_%28Bible%29

Serpent of Bronze

Moses with the bronze serpent on a pole

In the Book of Numbers, while Moses was in the wilderness, he mounted a serpent of bronze on
a pole that functioned as a cure against the bite of the seraphim, the burning ones (Numbers
21:4-9). The phrase in Num.21:9, "a serpent of bronze," is a wordplay as serpent (nehash) and
bronze (nehoshet) are closely related in Hebrew: nehash nehoshet. The plague of serpents
remained an ongoing threat to the community and the raised bronze serpent was an ongoing
reminder to each individual for the need to turn to the healing power of God.
In this myth Moses is the Shaman who uses the snake as a symbol of the way to God but keeps
the secret of altered states of consciousness and divine realization from snake venom to himself.
Ironically he uses this symbol to protect against the reality of the bite from poisonous snakes

which

can

induce

the

very

hallucinations

he

wishes

to

avoid

for

his

followers.

http://www.medtox.org.uk/snakebite.html
In 2 Kings 18:4, a bronze serpent, alleged to be the one Moses made, was kept in Jerusalem's
Templesanctuary. The Israelites began to worship the object as an idol or image of God, by
offering sacrifices and burning incense to it, until Hezekiah was made King. Hezekiah referred to
it as Nehushtan and had tore it down.
This myth tells followers and adepts alike that the people must obey only God (who symbolises
the ruling elite) and must never return to worshiping the serpent (which symbolises shamanism).

The Gorgon
The name Gorgon derives from the ancient Greek word gorgs, which means "dreadful." While
descriptions of Gorgons vary across Greek literature, the term commonly refers to any of three
sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying visage that turned those who
beheld her to stone. Traditionally, while two of the Gorgons were immortal, Stheno and Euryale,
their sister Medusa was not, and she was slain by the mythical demigod and hero Perseus.
Gorgons appeared in the earliest of written records of Ancient Greek religious beliefs such as
those

of

Homer,

which

may

date

to

as

early

as

11941184

BCE.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorgon While the common Greek was taught that Gorgons were to
be feared, the esoteric message is revealed in the statue below by the entwined snakes of the
caduceus on the Gorgon's belly which shows that the Gorgon represents enlightenment.

Gorgon from the temple at Corfu. She has serpents in her hair, wrapped around her waist, and coiling
out form her body

Serpents and Healing

Bronze serpent on a pole without Moses

Today the Rod of Asclepius http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_of_Asclepius is used by those in


charge of global governance on their World Health Organisation logo as a sign of healing, which
they tell us, originated in Ancient Greece no earlier than 800 BCE. There is, of course, no

mention of the esoteric root of snakes in shamanism and how the shaman is the ancestor of both
priests and modern medicine men or doctors http://www.cnsproductions.com/pdf/LaBarre.pdf
Fortunately for the powers that be, they can point to a genuine pedigree of snakes being used for
purely medicinal, rather than spiritual, purposes. According to ancient Greek historians, snakehandling shamans of the Agari and other Scythian tribes of the Black Sea and Caucasus
possessed the secret of milking snake venom to make antidotes and medicines. An astonishing
medical milestone, carried out by Mithradates Scythian doctors, was reported by Appian, a Greek
historian of the Mithradatic Wars. Their secret knowledge of venoms beneficial powers saved
Mithradates life on the battlefield and anticipated modern scientific discoveries by more than
2,000 years when they used steppe viper venom as a coagulant to prevent severe hemorrhaging
from a sword wound http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2011/11/the-uses-of-snake-venom-inantiquity.html
In traditional Chinese medicine (practiced from as early as 1,400 BCE) the cobra is a prime source
of healing for angina problems, blood pressure, strokes and many other illnesses.
http://markbennis.hubpages.com/hub/Hidden-Mysteries-of-the-Snake-Cults-and-the-HealingPower-of-the-Serpent
Today poisonous snakes are the prized research animals for some scientists searching for better
treatments for such disorders as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimers disease
and

cancer.

http://science.education.nih.gov/animalresearch.nsf/Story1/Making+Medicines+from+Poisonous+
Snakes

Some

one

should

tell

those

cancer

researchers

about

cannabinoids

http://www.cannabisnews.org/cannabinoids-and-cancer/2013/03/28

Orphic Egg

Jacob Bryant's Orphic Egg (1774)

The Orphic Egg, an egg with a snake wound around it from bottom to top, is the foremost symbol
of the Orphic Mysteries which were named after Orpheus, a legendary singer in Greek myth. He
was said to be able to charm animals, stones, and trees by his songs. The Greeks borrowed
ancient rituals and named them after Orpheus, who became the figurehead for a mystery religion
promising life after death and the inspiration of divine power.

Orpheus was said to have invented the Mysteries of Dionysus. Poetry containing distinctly Orphic
beliefs has been traced back to the 6th century BCE or at least 5th century BCE, and graffiti of
the

5th

century

BC

apparently

refers

to

"Orphics".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphism_%28religion%29

In the esoteric tradition the Orphic Egg represents the soul of the philosopher and the serpent
symbolises the Mysteries. The egg signifies the Cosmos as encircled by the fiery Creative Spirit.
http://www.examiner.com/article/the-orphic-egg-decoded

Snakes in the New Testament


There are numerous mentions of snakes in the New Testament, which continue the theme Old
Testament symbology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_%28Bible%29

Serpents in the Gospels


The Gospels continue the traditional Old Testament dualistic presentation of serpents being both
bad (sinful and dangerous) and good (wise).

In the Gospel of Matthew, John the Baptist calls

the Pharisees and Saducees, who were visiting him, a "brood of vipers" (Matthew 3:7). Jesus
also uses this imagery, observing: "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the

damnation of Gehenna?" (Matthew 23:33). Alternatively, Jesus presents the snake as a symbol of
wisdom when sending out the Twelve Apostles. Jesus exhorted them, "Behold, I send you forth

as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves"
(Matthew 10:16).
In the Gospel of John, Jesus made mention of the Mosaic serpent when he foretold his crucifixion
to a Jewish teacher. Jesus compared the act of raising up the Mosaic serpent on a pole, with the
raising up of the Son of Man on a cross (John 3:14-15). Comparing Jesus on a cross to a snake
on a pole makes perfect sense when one compares hallucinogenic snake venom as the shamanic
way to realize god with the bible text "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the

life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
Of the Brazen Serpent Monument atop Mount Nebo, Scott Warren writes "I love this symbolism.

We have been infected with the poison of the serpents lies but when we look upon Jesus on the
cross we can be forgiven and live." http://kneelatthecross.com/2010/05/10/the-gospel-of-john221-315/ which demonstrates just how badly Christians have been duped.

According to the final chapter of Deuteronomy, Moses ascended Mount Nebo to view the Land of
Israel: "And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the top of Pisgah, which is

opposite Jericho." (Deuteronomy 34:1). The Brazen Serpent Monument atop Mount Nebo was created
by Italian artist Giovanni Fantoni. It is symbolic of the bronze serpent created by Moses in the
wilderness (Numbers 21:49) and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified (John 3:14).

Temptation of the Christ


In the temptation of Christ, the Devil cites Psalm 91:11-12 with, "for it is written, He shall give his

angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou
dash thy foot against a stone." (Matthew 4:6) Then he cuts off before the prophetic verse 13 of
Psalms 91, "Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon (tanniyn)
shalt thou trample under feet." (Psalm 91:13 KJV)
The Serpent in Psalm 91:13 is identified as Satan by Christians: "super aspidem et basiliscum

calcabis

conculcabis

leonem

et

draconem"

in

the

Latin

Vulgate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulgate , literally "The asp and the basilisk you will trample

under foot; you will tread on the lion and the dragon". This passage is commonly interpreted by

Christians, as a reference to Christ defeating and triumphing over Satan. The passage led to the
Late Antique and Early Medieval iconography of Christ treading on the beasts, in which two
beasts are often shown, usually the lion and snake or dragon, and sometimes four, which are
normally the lion, dragon, asp (snake) and basilisk (which was depicted with varying
characteristics) of the Vulgate. According to Cassiodorus and Bede in their commentaries on
Psalm 91 all represent the devil. The serpent is often shown curled round the foot of the cross in
depictions of the Crucifixion of Jesus from Carolingian art until about the 13th century; often it is
shown as dead. The Crucifixion was regarded as the fulfillment of God's curse on the Serpent in
Genesis 3:15. Sometimes it is pierced by the cross and in one ivory is biting Christ's heel, as in
the curse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_%28Bible%29#New_Testament

Christ is crucified over a dead snake, representing Christianity's victory over shamanism? Crystal
intaglio, c.883-915, from the Augustiner Museum in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Virgin Mary Treading on a Snake


In Christian art the Virgin Mary is often depicted standing on a snake on top of a globe (the
earth). The theme of Christian characters opposing the snake is all too familiar but why the
Virgin Mary in particular? The answer lies in astrology, which is secretly written into bible texts,
just like shamanism. In the early hours of Christmas morning in the Northern Hemisphere the
constellation Virgo (the Virgin) rises above the eastern horizon where she symbolically gives birth
to the sun. Following Virgo over the eastern horizon is the snake's head of the Serpens
constellation, therefore in astrological symbology the virgin rises above the earth and steps on
the

head

of

snake

as

she

prepares

to

give

birth

to

her

son.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpoBXDosk-M

Various Virgin Marys standing on various snakes

Saint Patrick
In the 5th century Saint Patrick is said to have driven the snakes out of Eire when he converted
the country to Christianity. However, all evidence suggests that post-glacial Ireland never had
snakes, as on insular New Zealand, Iceland, Greenland and Antarctica so far, no serpent has
successfully

migrated

across

the

open

ocean

to

new

terrestrial

home

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick#St._Patrick_banishes_all_snakes_from_Ireland

The

snakes in this story are symbols and they represents pre-christian shamanic culture. The
sculpture below (location unknown) demonstrates very clearly the esoteric understanding of
events.

Athena (identified by her olive branch) and Prometheus http://www.the-big-

picture.org.uk/wp/?page_id=31 are both banished along with a pair of snakes. Both Athena and
Prometheus are mystery school symbols of knowledge or wisdom so the sculpture shows
Christianity banishing ancient shamanic wisdom from Eire.

Saint Patrick banishing ancient shamanic wisdom from Eire

Knights Templar
When the Knights Templar went crusading to Jerusalem early in the 12th century, they
discovered that there were no ruins of Solomon's Temple under Temple Mount because the story
of Solomon is an allegory and the Temple is a symbol of wisdom which never existed as a
building

http://www.trans4mind.com/counterpoint/index-esoteric/gardiner2.shtml.

Having

worked out that the temple was a myth they went on to discover the truth about organised
religion and shamanism. After the Knights Templar were dissolved 1312 they formed an
underground secret society in Scotland and England, which emerged as the Freemasons in the
late 16th century http://www.the-big-picture.org.uk/wp/?page_id=3851.

A Knights Templar

commandery is traditionally the final body that a member joins in the York Rite after the chapter
of

Royal

Arch

Masons

and

council

of

Royal

&

Select

Masters http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar_%28Freemasonry%29#Knights_Templar_
as_a_part_of_the_York_Rite . The Freemasonic "jewel" below is a Knights Templar badge
displaying the now familiar snake on a cross.

Knights Templar Jewel

Biscione
The Biscione, also known as the Vipera (viper or in Milanese as the Bissa), is a heraldic charge
showing a crowned serpent with a human; usually a child and sometimes described as a Moor in
its mouth. It has been the emblem of the Italian Visconti family, rulers of Milan, for around a
thousand years. The biscione appears also in the coats of arms of the House of Sforza. It has
been claimed that the image was taken from the coat of arms of a Saracen killed by Ottone
Visconti during the Crusades http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscione Of note is that Ottone Visconti
retired to the Abbey of Clairvaux http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottone_Visconti, which was founded
in 1115 by St. Bernard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_of_Clairvaux who was the patron of
the Knights Templar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar.

The popular belief about

Biscione is that the viper is eating the human, but the viper wears a crown to signify open crown
chakra and the esoteric symbolism is likely to be of the person being disgorged (as was Jason by
the Colchian Dragon http://www.theoi.com/Ther/DrakonKholkikos.html ) signifying that he or
she is being born again after having received gnosis, courtesy of the serpents venom.

Biscione at Milan central station

Nicolas Flamel
Nicolas Flamel (ca 1330 Paris, March 22, 1418) was a successful French scrivener and
manuscript-seller.

After

his

death

Flamel

developed

reputation

as

an

alchemist,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Flamel the second illustration in Flamel's codex showed "a

cross, where a snake was fastened and crucified". The cross is a T-shaped one known as the
Cross

Of

Tau,

which

is

thought

to

have

originated

with

the

Egyptians

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_of_Tau . 33rd Degree Freemason Manly P. Hall writes that


when a king was initiated into the Egyptian mysteries a tau was placed against his lips
http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/sta/sta04.htm. The Flamel codex refers to the mystical and
alchemical symbol depicted as a cross with a snake or serpent draped about it, as well as
detached wings and a crown above it, which demonstrates the alchemical (mystery school)

understanding that the esoteric meaning of a crown is a symbol for an open Sahasrara (crown)
Chakra and that the serpent provides a way to God.

Left - crucified snake, right - The Flamel

Tarot Cards
The first known documented tarot cards were created between 1430 and 1450 in Milan, Ferrara
and Bologna in northern Italy when additional trump cards with allegorical illustrations were
added to the common four-suit pack.

The oldest surviving tarot cards are from fifteen

fragmented decks painted in the mid 15th century for the Visconti-Sforza family, the rulers of
Milan. Special motifs on cards added to regular packs show philosophical, social, poetical,
astronomical,

and

heraldic

ideas

and

Roman/Greek/Babylonian

heroes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot Of course for the ruling families who produced these cards
they had an esoteric meaning.
According to Wkipedia The World tarot card represents an ending to a cycle of life, a pause in life
before the next big cycle beginning with the fool. The figure is at once male and female, above
and below, suspended between the heavens and the earth. It is completeness. It is also said to
represent cosmic consciousness; the potential of perfect union with the One Power of the
universe (God). It tells us full happiness is also to give back to the world, sharing what we have

learned or gained http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_%28Tarot_card%29. In the example


shown below esoteric serpent symbols are shown "sub rosa" (under the rose) an expression
which is used in English to denote secrecy or confidentiality. The rose is also an esoteric symbol
of Rosicrucianism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub_rosa

Tarot World Card

Thalers
The 16th century German thaler (silver coin) below employs the crucifixion on one side and a
snake on a cross on the other, again suggesting that Jesus is a symbol for the snake - the way to
God.

Thaler by Hieronymus Magdeburger, Germany late 16th century.

Elizabeth I
In March 2010 the BBC reported

"A mysterious image of a coiled snake has appeared in a 16th century painting of Queen
Elizabeth I, the National Portrait Gallery has said. The Tudor queen was depicted with the snake
clasped in her fingers in an original version of the work, but it was replaced with a bunch of
roses. The paint has deteriorated over the years to reveal the serpent's outline."
"Dr Tarnya Cooper, of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project, said:... 'The queen certainly owned
jewellery and costume including emblems of serpents, which were probably understood as a
symbol of wisdom.'" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/8550119.stm
Of course two of Elizabeth's courtiers John Dee http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dee and
Francis Bacon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon were famous students of the occult.

Elizabeth 1 snake

Baphomet
Baphomet is a supposed pagan deity (i.e., a product of Christian folklore concerning pre-christian
shamanic culture), revived in the 19th century as a figure of occultism. It first appeared in 11th
and 12th century Latin and Provenal as a corruption of Mahomet, the Latinisation of Muhammad,
but later it appeared as a term for a pagan idol in trial transcripts of the Inquisition of the Knights
Templar in the early 14th century. The name first came into popular English-speaking
consciousness in the 19th century, with debate and speculation on the reasons for the
suppression of the Templars. Since 1855, the name Baphomet has been associated with a
Sabbatic Goat image drawn by Eliphas Lvi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baphomet
Most people would regard Levi's image of Bapomet as a dreadful representation of devil worship.
However just as for the Gorgon of ancient Greece, the esoteric message is revealed by the
presence of the caduceus on Baphomet's belly (and also its wings) which shows that Baphomet
represents enlightenment which the common man must be prevented from achieving. In fact
Baphomet represents a number of esoteric principles including duality signified by the raising of
one arm and the downward gesture of the other.

Baphomet

The Society of Book and Snake


The Society of Book and Snake is the fourth oldest secret society at Yale University. It was
founded at the Sheffield Scientific School in 1863 as a three-year society bearing the Greek letters
Sigma Delta Chi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_and_Snake Outside the society's tomb the
railings are decorated with kundalini snakes and the torch of Prometheus.

The Caduceus Outside The Book And Snake Tomb

Salvation Army
The Army was founded in 1865 in London by one-time Methodist minister William Booth.
Whomever was responsible for designing the organisation's logo knew a bit about astrotheology
and shamanism as demonstrated by the inclusion of a crown, sun symbology and a snake-like "S"
on the cross.

salvation army

Alpha Romeo

In 1910 the Alpha Romeo company combined the Biscione with the flag of the Knights Templar,
thus proclaiming the eosteric knowledge of their owners who almost certainly include members of
the Visconti family.

Alpha Romeo Badge

Narcotic!
In an ironic piece of US government propaganda snakes were used to represent the evil side of
drugs the 1933 film Narcoti! Dwain Esper inserted odd shots for symbolism (such as poisonous
snakes,

skunks

and

such

near

the

http://www.trendx.info/udnmovies3/transform?movieid=tt0121587&title=Narcotic%281933%29-Torrent-Download-dvdrip-brrip-720p-1080p-subs-bluray-3d

end)

Snake scene from Narcotic!

US Senate
In 1949 the architect of the US Capitol began extensive remodeling in the Senate Chamber. As
part of this project, Maryland sculptor Lee Lawrie, one of the premier American artists of his day,
was selected to design relief panels for placement above the three entrance doors in the
Chamber. Above the west entrance in the Senate Chamber is a carved marble relief entitled
Courage, depicting a male warrior locked in battle with a serpent. Sculptor Lee Lawrie, the
designer of the panel, described the imagery in a 1951 letter to Architect of the Capitol David
Lynn: "Courage symbolizes our nation, which unflinchingly battles Evil and vanquishes it. I used

the

biblical

symbol

for

Evil,

the

serpent."

http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/artifact/Sculpture_25_00008.htm#bio

For those with

esoteric knowledge the sculpture symbolises the continued war on spirituality by the nations
rulers.

Courage

Narcotics: Pit of Dispair


In another ironic piece of US government propaganda a cobra was used in the title frame of the
1967 film Narcotics: Pit of Despair, which follows a boy from his introduction to drug usage to his
state of drug dependency. The film frighteningly depicts his addiction and encourages abstinence
from all drugs. According to the film, marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to harder drugs:
chiefly heroin. Drug dependency destroys lives. Abuse leads to medical problems and run-ins
with the police. The main character, Hank, learns this first hand, and is sentenced to rehab. After
his release, Hank visits an old friend who uses drugs, only to learn that there is no end to his
addiction.

http://www.amazon.com/Narcotics-Despair-Abuse-Rehabilitation-

Video/dp/B001DHO7FS

Narcotics Pit of Despair

Lair of the White Worm


Ken Russell used esoteric imagery of Jesus on the cross with a snake in his 1988 film Lair of The
White

Worm

about

vampire

serpent

in

Derbyshire

http://zombievamp.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/50-lair-of-white-worm-ken-russell-1988.html

The

most significant fact about the vampire, that he is able to go on "living" beyond mortal death, and
the myths concerning his origin and the articles connected with him indicated a very strong
connection

between

the

vampire

and

the

serpent.

http://kekrops.tripod.com/Mythology_Vampire.html

Lair of the White Worm

Britney Spears
The Illuminati do like to use the music industry for the purpose of creating in jokes. Britney
Spears' performance of the song I'm A Slave 4 U at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in New
York City was highly criticized by animal rights group PETA for the inclusion of exotic animals (A
tiger and an albino python). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6hZ7MW_bHc

For those in

the know the song was a blatant reference to significance of defeating shamanic culture in order
to enslave the masses. For those who can bear to watch, the video is included below.