In 2015 I posted an article about Dreaming into Wholeness with the Serpent Bearer, also known as Ophiuchus, the constellation that is often mistaken as the 13th sign due to the assumption that Signs and Constellations are the same. They are not the same.
Signs are Seasonal, Constellations are the Backdrop the Seasons (Signs) move Through
Signs relate to the seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and the Constellations are the stars that create a backdrop for the seasons to move through 1 degree every 72 years taking nearly 26,000 years to make one entire circuit. You can find out more about the Serpent Bearer constellation and its powerful connections to dreaming and healing HERE.
I AM the Serpent Bearer! The Title of My Magical Dream
Ophuichus the Serpent Bearer has been seen as a Masculine image. I have been feeling perhaps the original serpent bearer was feminine as the Snake Priestesses of Ancient Greece have been around far longer and they also often served as the Oracles of Delphi. There is also the Cretan Snake Goddess in various depictions here.
On October 14, 2016, I awoke from a transformative dream in the Aries Full Moon Window, when the Moon was with Uranus and the Sun was with Spica opposite Uranus. These energies were potent and timely for an unexpected healing dream that also fit my own personal initiation cycles.
In the dream I picked up a wooden staff about 4 feet long. It was in the shape of a large, very thick bodied rattlesnake. The snake staff however, was light and easy to hold up over my head. I began chanting some words in another language that I didn’t even know I knew and yet they flowed from me naturally and easily. As I chanted a shaft of bright light filled the staff.
I was conjuring the snake that lived within the staff and in the dream I knew I had done this many times before. As the snake came alive in my hands I felt empowered and alive. Part of me was nervous, after all I was holding a live poisonous snake. Another part of me was calm, cool, collected and masterful. I had a growing sense that I was activating high magic.
I somehow knew, from another life perhaps, this snake had given me and many others a drop of healing snake venom by gently piercing the skin. This dream was so real I felt the snake moving in my hands as it brought its head around next to my left cheek giving me only one drop of venom – just the right amount for powerful alchemical healing.
When I woke up my entire physical body felt an intense, very alive, electric type energy with a strong sense of growing aliveness. I woke hearing these words repeating I am the Serpent Bearer! The feeling and imagery of the dream lingered powerfully with me all that day and into the days that followed. I knew this dream was a healing gift beyond the beyond of my ordinary reality.
Feeling of the Dream
I felt immense gratitude and awe at the timing. I haven’t remembered very many dreams in recent months so I was surprised to have such a crystal clear experience that fit so perfectly with my personal and collective Timing.
At the Time of the Dream My Initiation Cycles were so aligned
Chiron was squaring my Sagittarius Moon almost precisely at the time of the dream. Chiron is often associated with turning poisons into medicine. When Pluto began a transit to my Mars in 2010 I stepped up my conscious commitment of creating radiant health and healing by doing a Candida Cleanse and eliminating foods that cause inflammation. In the process I released 20 pounds of menopause related weight gain.
In November 2011 I added colonics and liver flushes to my healing journey. By October of 2016 I had completed 36 Liver Flushes and had added ionic trace minerals to further nourish my body after reading how we are all so mineral deficient even when we eat a healthy plant based diet due to mineral deficiencies in our soil.
Even with all these practices, there are times I feel discouraged about my progress, especially when after months of gut cleansing I can have a set back by accidentally eating something (usually hidden soy) that activates a round of digestive stress. At those times I can feel that all I have done hasn’t worked at all. Yes I can be dramatic in moments – I am guessing I am not alone. 🙂
So just before having this powerful dream I had been asking for signs in the world form to help me know I am on the right track, that I am making worthy progress and it is worth my time and energy to continue this journey.
When I had this dream I knew it was a message that I am continuing to transmute toxic poisons within me including those of my DNA and ancestral lineage. The healing venom tells me that I do have the strength to take any remaining poison within me and turn it ALL into my medicine. This is the intent of the Shamanic Chironic Healing Journey – to transform the poisons into a homeopathic remedy, a healing potion, a magical elixir.
Additional Initiation Cycles Related to this Dream
Saturn (at that the time of the dream was with Antares) traveling through the Scorpion and passing below the Serpent Bearer also known as Ophiuchus (see article about the Serpent Bearer).
My Natal North Node (representing personal destiny) is within two degrees of Antares, the royal star known as the Golden Gate or key to the ascension portal at the center of our Galaxy is located in this part of the sky. My Sagittarius Moon is zodiacally aligned with the fixed star known as Rasalhague the Crown Chakra of Ophiuchus.
I have long been aware of dream diagnosis used in Ancient Greece. In the Healing Temples of Aesculapius (a.k.a Ophiuchus) built near healing springs throughout Greece – patients were placed in special dream incubation chambers. The patient’s dream was then used to determine the most supportive and individualized healing protocols.
The Crown Chakra of the Serpent Bearer
The head of the Serpent-Bearer in the Sky, where the star Ras Alhague is located, is said to be filled with powerful, ageless healing wisdom that has the potential to restore and revitalize. The Sun passes through this part of the sky each December. In 2017 Saturn spent most of its time with this star staying within 6 degrees until December 08.
This suggests a time when it is extra beneficial to pay attention to your dreams and to ask for dream messages that will guide you toward your next steps.
Transiting Chiron square my natal Sagittarius Moon aligned with the Rasalhague, the timing of my Serpent Bearer dream was a clear affirmation of my own healing journey. Plus, Venus at the time of this dream was at the Solar Plexus Chakra gate on her ascent from the Underworld.
In the Venus Third Chakra Teleclass for the Leo MetaGoddess that took place around the time of this dream we looked at Dragon Energy, and Dragon Lines representing the Ley Lines of the Earth where the energy meridians are most potent. Serpents (Dragons) and Snakes represent fertility and creative life force. A snake shedding its skin represents rebirth, transformation, renewal and healing.
Here are a couple of sentences of what was shared in that ceremonial third chakra class.
As we claim our power at the Solar Plexus Chakra we are invited to engage Dragon Medicine within our bodies as Dragon energy is now re-awakening on Earth. Many feel Shakti is Dragon energy and the re-emergence of the Divine Feminine corresponds to the awakening of the Dragon remembrance or awareness of this essential life force energy. Dragon medicine, Dragon Energy anchors our light bodies to the Earth so that we are fully sourced in life force through our connection to the “Dragon Lines, or Ley Lines,” that are the meridians and chakras found on the body of Gaia.
As I woke up from this dream and began working with it, I remembered the unusual sitings of two western diamondback rattlesnakes we saw at Faywood Hot Springs, New Mexico during our September 2016 Equinox Event (less than a month prior to the dream). After our ceremony, in the Standing Stone Circle up on the Hill the first night, we went to soak in the healing waters.
I had the key to a large private pool, so I unlocked the gate and walked in, passing within inches of a large diamondback rattlesnake. I didn’t see the snake at first but the other women with me saw it as I walked by and were amazed at how still the snake remained.
Two women decided to walk past the snake as well. Another woman was more cautious. She decided to go to the office and get someone to remove the snake. The owner came and chopped off the snake’s head and the rattles – nine rattles in all. It was definitely an older snake probably about 4 feet long.
Having had several occasions where I got to rescue snakes, I felt bad that the snake was killed. (I have lots of Great Snake Rescuing Stories for another time). Yet, I also know this snake had offered it’s self in alignment with a Cosmic Divine Timing.
I once was afraid of snakes – especially rattlesnakes, but now I know them as animal allies. I remain respectful and cautious, while also not wanting them to be harmed. Of all the species of rattlesnakes the western diamondback is the most gentle, the least aggressive. They’re large and thick bodied just like the snake in my dream.
Interestingly, the next night at Faywood we encountered another western diamondback rattlesnake on our way to pools. This one was stretched across the road just about 20 feet from where we saw what looked like the exact same snake the night before. Similar to the picture above.
I am happy that the second snake disappeared before it could be killed. It might have been the mate (or twin?) to the other snake because it was only about 5 feet from where the other snake was killed the previous night.
My fantasy is that it was the same snake mysteriously come back to life much like the story of Asclepius who learned how to bring the dead back to life by watching a snake bring her mate back to life. Read more about this story here and scroll to the heading Asclepius Learns to Revive the Dead From a Snake
Snake (especially rattlesnake) is a symbol of transformation and wisdom expressed through healing. She is a protector and guardian along with her sister totems, the Dragon and the Serpent.
Snakes symbolize awakening creative forces and increased intuition. They also represent wholeness, cosmic consciousness, and the ability to experience anything willingly with acceptance. Snakes remind us that all things are equal in creation and when we encounter them it is time to grow and embrace new opportunities and/or changes.
Kundalini Life Force
Snake is connected to fire medicine, or the medicine of transmutation and alchemy. Physically snakes represent vitality, life force, kundalini. Emotionally they represent our dreams. Mentally they represent intellect and power, and spiritually they represent wisdom, understanding and wholeness.
Snake magic is connected to the Magician, transmuting energy and embracing the alchemy of fire. The kundalini life force within each of us connects to serpent or snake medicine. So questions to ponder, might be:
Are you afraid of your own life force and power? If so are you holding yourself back from experiencing the power and strength of who you really are?
Are you embracing your life force energy and expressing it in ways that are healing for you and those around you?
What would it take to express your own kundalini energy at the next higher octave for you?