This intriguing pendant is perfect for anyone with a fascination for the mystical. The pagan ouroboros symbolizes infinity and completeness, making it the perfect accessory for any outfit. The glass cabochon is set in an antique brass zinc alloy tray, giving it a touch of vintage glamour. And with its matching 24-inch chain, this necklace is sure to make a statement. Made in the United States of America
Care: Wipe pendant clean with a damp cloth.
Myth and Lore of the Ouroboros in Pagan Culture
In pagan mythology, the ouroboros symbolized infinity and completeness. In alchemy, it represented the cyclical nature of the metals as they were purified.
The pagan ouroboros is the great round snake that eats its tail, and so completes itself. This is also a symbol of eternity. It is represented in some cultures as a dragon biting its tail, though it may have many other forms.
Other symbols of eternity in pagan cultures include the Sun or an egg.
The ouroboros was popularized in cultures through the image of the Milky Way, which was seen as the great snake in pagan cultures.
The ouroboros can be found in works of art, mythology, and alchemical texts.
The ouroboros is often associated with pagan creation myths. The snake was linked to the World Egg, which cultures believed created the Universe.
The ouroboros often symbolized the great cycles of death and rebirth. Many cultures religions have a creation myth involving a snake or dragon in some form. The ouroboros is often associated with these pagan creation stories.
The ouroboros was also a symbol of the sun, especially in pagan myths involving rebirth. It was thought that the ouroboros encircled the earth, just as the sun appears to do.
The ouroboros was also thought to have healing abilities, especially in pagan alchemy. One alchemical text urges readers to "keep the ouroboros on hand at all times."
In alchemy, the ouroboros was thought to contain all of the metals, and the pagan alchemist would spend a lifetime in an effort to purify them. This alchemist would even try to create the ouroboros itself, so that it could make more ouroboros.
The alchemist was also thought to be able to draw the ouroboros down into a pagan alchemist's laboratory. These ouroboros then became a guide for alchemical experiments.