Hi Muses and welcome back to a new article of the Symbolism Through Ages Series.

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Today's symbol is the snake.

  • Medusa

Medusa is one of the most famous monsters of the Greek Mythology.
In ancient Greek, this name means "protector" or "guardian".
Medusa was a beautiful woman who could petrify with her eyes, and had living snakes in place of hair.

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Medusa was depicted since 450 B.C. in sculptures, painted on jars and vases. One of my favourites is Medusa by Caravaggio.

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  • Uroboros

Originally it was an ancient Egypt symbol, but then it became affiliated in ancient Greek magic tradition, Uroboros or Ouroboros, is a snake which eats its own tail.

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Uroboros is the symbol of life and rebirth. It symbolizes the circle of life: how things happen and then re-happen again in different lives.

The All is One

In Norse Mythology uroboros could grew so large that it could encircle the world. The power that devours and regenerate itself: the energy of the universe that is consumed and renewed, the cyclical nature of things.

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  • Amphisbaena

Amphisbaena is a mythological serpent with a head at each end.
In ancient Greek it means "that goes in two directions" or "both ways".

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According to the mythology, the Amphisbaena was created by a drop of Medusa's blood, when Perseus flew over the Libyan Desert with her severed head.

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One of Amphisbaena's heads is usually golden or silver, while the other is black. This represents the victory of Good over Evil.

  • Caduceus

Caduceus is a rod with two entwined serpent, that symbolizes witness and knowledge. Property of the Greek god Hermes, he used it to bring peace upon arguments, since it was the physical manifestation of the balance that had to exist in all things.

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Other representations

In Chinese Zodiac

People born in the years of the Snake, are wise, can adapt in every situation and have an inborn sixth sense.

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Acording to Pottermore, Slytherins tend to be "ambitious, shrewd, cunning, strong leaders, and achievement-oriented".
They unfortunately have a tendency towards profound, unrequited love.

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Slytherins are clever, resourcefull, determinated, have leadership skills. They are loyal and weigh all possible outcomes before deciding what to do.

Thanks for reading!

This article was written by @Silver_Blackheart_ for the Tenth Muse Writers Team.