The Virgin and her Snakes
Unearthing the divine feminine, one archetype at a time...
A few years ago, I traveled to a remote Greek island in search of snakes and miracles and wrote about it here.
I had heard that snakes mysteriously emerged from the earth on August 15 every year in a small town on the island of Kefalonia.
Not only that - according to the locals, the snakes were believed to have healing powers.
More intriguing was the fact that the snakes appeared on one of the most holy dates in the Orthodox calendar - the Assumption of the Virgin Mary - and the churches of this region incorporated the two events.
The combination of snakes and the Virgin Mary is enticing indeed.
|Snake Goddess, Crete, ca. 1600 B.C.|
|The Pythia, Paul Christian, late 19th century|
The snake is not only an ancient feminine symbol, is also represents our unconscious side, our shadow, a side of ourselves we wish away and do not want to look at.
But the lesson of the snake is to remind us: what gold, what treasure does this shadow self of ours hold?