Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience. – Emerson
Snakes can remind us of shedding our past like they shed their skin.
The snake meaning of transformation came from the shedding of its skin and made the snake a powerful symbol of rebirth and renewal. The snake can represent many aspects of ourself and our life as it grows and changes. The snake can be a symbol of wisdom, healing and initiation.
As a snake grows, its skin becomes stretched and worn. A point is reached when it cannot accommodate further growth, so a new skin grows underneath. When this is complete, the old skin will be discarded and the new skin retains the same patterns and colors as the old.
Along our journey, there are times when we realise we need to grow and can longer keep doing what we have always done. The shedding can be of old emotions and beliefs and there are many layers of change that can happen overtime, transforming us into a deeper understanding of life and of who we are.
In ancient and christian traditions as well as modern times, snakes are symbols of healing powers and opportunities. In the Greek mythology, Asclepius, the god of medicine, is featured with two snakes climbing up a rod, the symbol of what is known today as the Caduceus, which symbolizes balance, equanimity, union and regeneration.
Interestingly, snakes will not normally eat in the days leading up to shedding and will tend to hide, as they are vulnerable at this time. This is also true during change and healing for us, as we can feel vulnerable and need time alone when we are letting go and moving forward out of our pain.
Change can feel uncomfortable during these stages and yet, it is necessary if we want renewal and expansion in the way we see and understand our journey. Sometimes old patterns and the way we react in life no longer serve us and this gives us an opportunity to allow change, and allow transformation and healing.