Hmm. . . Which card in the Tarot represents the symbolic meaning of the ouroburos?
From my perspective many cards in many ways represent the ouroburos. For now I will go with The World as a verge point of the “that which eats its tail.” I see the eating of the tail as a “so to speak” gesture present in real-time, change as ongoing as breath, like a tadpole absorbing its tail, leading vestigial qualities to continually be and refresh inherent structural, personal components. Primitive and instinctual features?, and then the cycle of The World card presents a larger, new world being entered. Similar for the great white shark of the insect world, the dragonfly. It goes from being an underwater swimming and voraciously carnivorous larva in a chthonic underworld (so to speak) TO numinous flight above. Brings in “as above, so below” to be symmetrical as to placement but not relative to its form. I call it educated symmetry. . . things of different identities placed identically or similarly across an axis though they are different identities, different forms. similarly placed across an axis. Focusing on the ouroburos (uroburos)’ head-tail connection would be related to this “axis of educated symmetry”. On either side is the same body, but of different form. . .body behind head, body in front of head. The point where they touch is that cascading-throughout milestone/landmark place where transformation occurs. The cracking of the once-caterpillar’s-now-butterfly’s chrysalis is as well this point/place. And, back to the dragonfly. It’s whole world began under water. It, then, moves above water, to fly! “Dragonfly. Break illusions. Make change.” is an great totem statement. It also expresses phases and cycles. How would one express these on a day to day basis without making an overly-intrusive learning curve? “Breath is prayer” might work. I believe Alan Watts expressed that a great deal. Thx, Alan.
So, all that said, I’ll stick with The World as the card I feel for the Uroburos for now, yet any two cards in sequence can as well can represent the place of the connection of the tail being eaten when seen in light of them both being The Fool becoming the next Fool experience. Every place, every scale you experience . . . there is a whole world there. Shifting focus, and redirecting scale . . . Card one the mouth, Card 2 the tail. How do they continually interact on a deep and presently actionable and ongoing level. Level. Singular. All those roads as components of one. Mitochondia comes to mind. Mitochondraical sounds like memory sickness, existential, cellular biology alzheimers in the making. So, I will stick with mitochondria as a non-sequitur that popped up to squiggly-looking structure express connections. Like . . . think cell nucleus. The center is rarely in the middle.
Hmmm, so now I say The World as one card is representative of the ouroburos, and also the space or place between two cards is a whole world as well . . .hmmm, any two cards in a reading to be representative of the transformation. That sounds a bit nebulous, huh? Think of a stairway. Think of the stairs AS a place. Stairs are themselves a place like the space between. Stairs are the space between spaces, the place between places. Stairs themselves, when you are on them, are your place.
And, thinking of that I just thought my way through this to see the little squiggly thing I draw when indicating card relationships to switch up and cascade forth and become the ouroburos. Heck, I’ve used the Leo-looking squiggly since I was 14. Squiggling a stroke in, and lasso-ing around back to connect places. Visualize this. Nice to refresh it. My diagramming just transformed a little. Looking forward to that cascading throughout. What new world will come of this detail? . . . this place where the snake bites its tail? What new world comes into play when you transform a crucial detail behind/within your head to become a nourishing place before you? The ouroburos is in a the-present-is-perpetual state continually taking in a new perspective of itself, its tail end, the ouroburos as a metaphor for bringing the tail-end, the horizon between, seen and unseen, right up for close view. The snake not seeing its tail, curls to tail-touch-bite. The snake, tail-biting . . . its shedded skin not missed.
What new world comes into play when a time similar to after The Tower happens for you where “You, only new” occurs?. . . occurs for you when skins are shedded naturally and not missed, you still you are there, only new?! Is the shedded skin the nourishment of reinvigoration? Is the newly discovered and experienced world the nourishment of refreshed places? Both? Neither? Both and more? The Fool can be the whole ouroburos, and as well the micro-place where the mouth meets the tail. Foot on the Ma? Not so much. The World is your oyster when shedding skins. The next first touch can be just that grain of sand . . . that irritates . . . OR . . . over time you form a pearl with it. I would say the choice is yours. I would rather say that you probably deal with things your way. Are you an irritation hound, or a pearl maker?
So, where is your center on the move? How does memory influence and fuel your decisions. Is not the Uroburos a symbolic reflection on how connections are continually made? And, further, how they are continually made in real time, at speed, on an ongoing basis?
Which card or experience in your life resonates with the connection of the snake biting/grasping/connecting with the tail of its instinct?
Whichever card or whatever experience, best to your best being present in your way. Simply said. What drives you? Not, what is your foundation, but what drives you? What is the foundational placement that is always refreshed and refreshing when you connect with it. Personally, I like chocolate with things like rasberries and chocolate in it. Break it, and see the colorful constellations of a whole universe that you can taste . . . like your tail . . . only useful for YEAH! kinda continuing with breathe as prayer.
Which card in the Tarot represents the ouroburos to you? Or, which experiential gig plays this part?
Joy in the Mystery continually solved to You . . . for further breaths. None of us are getting out alive, so isn’t your play expressive of the higher octave expertise of your everything? Be your expert. Play as you do. Maybe there is a tail awareness there. Maybe. Maybe I am simply having a hard time cadence-melodying the language of this blog to finale. C’est finis. How’s that?
What is your place of a whole world in a single connection? What is the World really small? I’d say the 2 of Pentacles, the most crucial connective tissue, the kernel-shell nucleus of integrated opposites that births the onset of antinomy.
What distinguishes your World from a really small and detail perspective? What is your place of a whole world in a single connection?
Enjoy connecting the two dots!