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When Moses and Aaron went before Pharaoh, they did exactly as the Lord had commanded. Their staff became a snake, which in the Hebrew text is denoted by two different terms, one of which is the very same word used earlier in Genesis to describe Eve's tempter, nahash (see Exodus 7:9, 10, 15). Either through sleight of hand or by demonic power, Pharaoh's magicians were able to duplicate the action and turn their staffs into serpents as well. In what might be viewed as a quintessential showdown between God and the devil, the serpent of Jehovah swallowed up the serpents of Pharaoh as the God of Israel demonstrated his omnipotent supremacy (see Exodus 7:10–13).
Originally posted by CallMeMaury
When you look at a rainbow, it looks most like a snake than any other creature. And primitive peoples would not be able to explain it. If you put yourself in their mindset it would probably be a pretty awe inspiring sight. This could explain why so many mythologies feature a rainbow serpent.
However, ithe info presented here is tantalizing. I'm just giving another guess as to why all the rainbow serpent business.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by interestedalways
i mentioned this earlier in this thread, i think...but at Nexusmagazine.com there is a .pdf file that has a story called "The Dragon Snake". They talk about a colorful dragon that comes and does horrible things to their people. The mythos started around the turn of the last century, so it is just a little over 100 years old...fresh myths, basically.
The story can be found here.
The parallels in concept are striking. I believe the location was Guadal Canal. Distant, but not too distant.
Also consider the kachina's of Hopi lore (that may have been mentioned earlier, as well).
Originally posted by seagrass
Thanks Destiny-Fate. I had a snake dream last night.
I am blaming you anyway. lol
I don't know much religious history, (thank goodness) but the rod thing reminded me of the rod and circle that those Sumerians had in their hands and then the Egyptians. I still want to know what that is.
Myth tells of the power of my blood
Rainbow snake, so tempted, so drawn…
You say the snake was angry, but I question you, 
Was it angry, or did it like my sisters’ blood?
Mimetic rivalry has made you spite me and my kind because we can bleed,
and not die.  When you bleed, it is a sign of your mortality. When we bleed it is a sign of our ability to create life. We create and continue life, you are born and you die.
You have a single life.
We have many lives through our children. 
You have turned the myth into your own rite and ritual. You say that our blood is impure, but look at you-
cutting yourself, your arms, your penis—to make yourself bleed.
You flail your body to spread your blood on your thighs and the body of your brothers.  You think this is like my blood.
You have no idea.
My blood is not just any blood; it is not the blood of the heart.
It is the blood of creation.
It is thick and rich.
You say, when you make yourself bleed that you are menstruating with your brothers. You want the power of synchronicity. You create it out of falsity. You cut yourself.
Inherent is the unity my sisters and I share—
We bleed together, with each other, together with the moon: like the tides of the ocean, we fall into the cycle of the earth.
This is power.
Like the Rainbow snake, vital is our blood.
Like the Rainbow snake, we are paradoxical, we are both of this life and of the next generations,
like the Rainbow snake is of both the heavens and the depths. 
The myth tells the truth, of fertility. Blood pours from the Wawilak sister’s vaginas into the life-giving waterhole. Rains come and the land is made fertile,
fertile land depends on water;
fertile life depends on my blood.
My blood possesses a fertility that your blood will never have, no matter how many times you cut yourself and spread your blood over your skin and that of your brothers.
Mimetic rivalry has caused you to shun me in my times of blood. You are jealous. I have a power that you can never have and so you tell me that I am dirty, impure, profane. When really, you know that I am sacred, that above all, my blood is sacred. My blood created you, and your father and your brothers and your grandfather and your chief.
You cut your penis to create solidarity between you and your brothers. Simultaneously, you separate yourselves from the defilement of women’s blood; you see our blood as dangerous.  You are admitting the power and sacrality of our reproductive power by marking our blood dangerous. You make our blood a sacred object of community worship by expressing its contagious nature. 
The power of my blood can take away the powers of those for whom blood means death. In my time of blood, I threaten your virility, your hunting precision.  I may threaten you, but my sisters are not affected. I am a threat to you, because I have a power that you want and can never have.
When I bleed, it means I can create life. When you bleed, you die. No life can be built without blood. 
Originally posted by destiny-fate
the serpent of Jehovah swallowed up the serpents of Pharaoh as the God of Israel demonstrated his omnipotent supremacy (see Exodus 7:10–13).
This scene dramatically illustrates the duality of serpent imagery in the scriptures.
Why did St Patrick replace the snake symbol ( Serpent worship ) with a cross ( Christianity ) using a Serpent Staff ????
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if i tell you of heavenly things?
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3: 9-16
Originally posted by seagrass
They came out of a bowl of eggs. One was white and weird looking. like an alien. It came out first from a very large egg that was called a tuning egg. WTF? and it chased me, but it was small like a worm. I chased it out the door of my kitchen and a bird swooped down and ate it. Ahh. relief. Then a beautiful green snake, your typical snake, came out of the normal eggs. I was more afraid of it. It went out the kitchen door too after chasing me. then I woke up.
The 'Druid's egg' or 'serpent's egg' or 'snake stone', was an object which had magic properties. The tales about it resemble those of the Philosopher's Stone sought by the alchemists; and the Grail sought by the Chivalric knights. It may also remind Greek scholars of the Zeus egg (a meteoritic stone) which was kept at Delphi. The possessor of the druid's egg was said to gain immense magical power, and the powers named were those of the high bard or chief druid or high wizard. The druid's egg could be found on St Johns Eve (an important night on the goddess lunar calendar), when snakes were supposed to gather in a ball and create a 'glain', another name for this magic egg.
The term subconscious is defined as existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond conscious awareness. The word was coined by the psychologist Pierre Janet, who credited it with a hidden level of awareness and automatism.
The serpents eggs were an oval ball of crystal said to be produced from the foam of a number of snakes in congress. As the snakes twined together in mass they threw off these globes, that were formed from vicious slime. By their hissing the ball was thrown into the air and if a druid could catch it in a cloth before it fell he could run off with it. This act of snakes was only performed one season of the year - in summer - and on the occasion of a given moon.
Since ancient society, the Earth has been identified with the womb of motherhood. The cave and the hole of the earth shown in the myth symbolize a women's vagina and birth canal, respectively. The ocean and the primary sea shown in the myth symbolize the fetal amniotic fluid. The snake (especially two, entwined snakes) repeated in myth and in ancient art stands as a metaphor for the umbilical cord. The hero that slays the snake reflects the cutting of the umbilical cord when a woman gives birth. There are many myths of snakes in the world, especially in China: Fuxi(sun god) and Nuwa(moon goddess)'s lower halves of bodies were entwined like copulating snakes. Fuxi and Nuwa's figure of entwined snakes symbolizes the umbilical cord and perhaps inspired our Korean term for an entwined straw rope as 'Gumjul(sacred rope)', which is hung on a gate to indicate that a new baby was just born in that house. This ritual also spread to Japan and called 'Shimenawa' in that country. 'Sam-Sin' is a god of birth who plays a role of midwife in Korean myth.