Seven has been a key number throughout our history due to the fact that we have seven key energy centers starting at the base of our spine with which our vital energy called “prana” moves. These energy centers are historically documented throughout Ancient India and are a staple to Hindu cosmology. These seven whirling energy centers are called “Chakras” in Sanskrit meaning “wheels.”
The Vedas are the oldest written tradition in India dating roughly to 1,500–500 B.C. The original meaning of the word chakra as wheel refers to the rulers of the chariot wheels in the Vedas called cakravartins. The word was also a well known metaphor for the sun because it traverses the world like a triumphant chariot of cakravartin, denoting the eternal wheel of time called the kalacakra, representing celestial balance and order.
It is believed that once all seven chakras are fully activated this energy rises up the spine, symbolized by the rising of the serpent upon a staff, pole, cross, and world tree.
We can see by looking at the coins in the images below that the serpent is depicted crucified along with that of the Messiah, both of which must be raised. What’s interesting is that in the Jewish tradition the “Haggadah” actually mentions that both Adam and Eves bodies were overlaid with a thorny, thick, scaly skin and that they were enveloped with the cloud of glory, symbolic of the Tibetan rainbow body.
The moment they disobeyed the command and ate of the tree of knowledge, the skin shed from them and they stood there naked and ashamed and because their appearance differed from before, Yahweh knew what they had done.
So, if man was created in “his” image, is this story telling us that his image is of a thick, thorny, and scaly skin..? Could this be referencing our ancient ancestors who worshiped and venerated serpents gods and goddesses?
The image on the left reveals comparative religion and mythology, and begs the question.. are both Moses and Jesus personifications of the very ancient snake/serpent deities? Are there other syncretized attributes connecting them to anthropomorphization of serpent cosmology..?
In antiquity, snakes were the source of great awe and fear, considered to be sent by the gods for the purpose of punishment. Many venomous snakes can kill with one strike, sometimes quite quickly, and they were perceived as inflicting almost instant death, comparative to that of a lightning bolt.
In Numbers 21:6-9, Yahweh sends a plague of serpents upon the helpless Israelites, demonstrating his attribute as a serpent-controlling god. Meanwhile, Moses does likewise when he raises the brazen serpent magical talisman in order to protect his chosen from the bites of snake sent by Yahweh. Could it be that the divine role of controlling the serpent was split into two, as to give the impression of a literal and historical prophet?
This mythical motif of a serpent upon a pole or staff can be found in pre-biblical times, long before Moses purportedly raised it up. Hence, it is a pre-biblical, pre-Israelite and pre-Christian mythical motif, not copied by pagans from the Bible but vice versa.
The serpent has been an ubiquitous symbol throughout all world religions and mythologies since the beginning of time. We have the Biblical serpent of Eden; the Bronze Serpent of Moses; the Greek serpent of the Hesperides; the dreaded Python; the Buddhist Naga serpent that protected the Buddha; the Egyptian serpent Apep; the Mayan plumed featherd serpent Kukulkan; the Raibow serpent of the Aboriginals, West Africans Ashanti, Ophioneus from archaic Greek, Hindus Sarpa Seva, Ningishzida of Mesopotamia, and many many more.
It is said that if one ascended this fiery serpent energy called Kundalini in Sanskrit (meaning coiled one) upon their spine/staff they were able to unite, commune, and become living attributes of the gods. However, if one manifested that life force to be negatively polarizing then the fiery serpent would descend into the fiery pits of hell, causing the serpent to become a Kundabuffer. The Kundabuffer is the negative development of this kundalini fire and this is thought to be the true origins of Shaitan or Satan’s tail.
“Mysticism and snakes cannot be separated. Wherever there was an exploration or experience of mysticism in the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Crete, Egypt, Cambodia, Vietnam, and of course India, snakes were always there. There is no Indian temple without a snake. One aspect of it is symbolism, because in yoga, a coiled-up snake symbolizes kundalini but the reason for this symbolic status is because when celestial beings, those who are in consciousness and capability superior to human nature entered this dimension of existence, they always took the form of a snake. This finds mention in every mythology on the planet.”
“These two forces, one positive and ascending, and one negative and descending, are symbolized in the Bibles Book of Numbers (the story of the Serpent of Brass). The Kundalini is “The power of life.”
- Theosophical Glossary
“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.”
- John Chapter 3:14-15
“Jesus said: “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
“And Iod-Havah said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live and Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”
– Numbers 21:8, 9
“You are guardian of a treasure. Oh, just like a sleeping serpent and you shall see, I shall make you spin around like that sleepy snake, listen to me.”