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July 15, 2021 1 min read
This Friday, the 16th of July, is World Snake Day! The day was originally created to celebrate and raise conservation for snakes, especially when many of the 3500+ species of snakes are becoming increasingly endangered. Due to the negative connotation of the snake, snakes are not usually seen as the harmless serpent it is but as evil, venomous, and deathly creatures who would kill you.
However, this is as far from the truth as possible. Only about 17% of all snakes are venomous and only 7% are deathly. Snakes often make good pets and are extremely friendly. As they can be found anywhere in the world, snakes are also largely present in mythologies.
The serpent, or snake is one of the oldest and most widespread symbols. The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known humankind and represent dual expression of good and evil. The ouroboros, which is the snake eating it's own tail, is known as the oldest allegorical symbol in alchemy, the ouroboros represented the concept of eternity and endless return
Serpent and the Swan was created on the basis of the dichotomy between the Serpent and the Swan, since snakes are often perceived as evil but symbolise healing, whereas swans are seen as graceful but are actually destructive and violent. The day also happens to be my birthday!
Celebrate World Snake Day by learning more about snakes and understanding them.
Hayley x Serpent & the Swan x
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