I always find it ironic that people who fear snakes come in contact with snake symbology daily. One of the most prominent of images are on ambulances, hospitals and lab coats.
One image is the cadceus; the traditional symbol of Hermes Trismegistus and features two snakes winding around an often winged staff. Hermes was not only considered a great healer, but also a great magician. The myths speak of Hermes breaking up a fight between two snakes, who then entwined themselves around his wand and stayed there- keeping balance of energies.
The second image is a rod with a single snake which is the rod of Asclepius- the Greek God of healing. In this myth, Asclepius adopted the power of the snake after watching a serpent bring another back to life.
In the Bible, Moses carried a golden rod with a snake entwined around it. If anyone was bitten by a snake, they only needed to look at the rod to be healed.
When most people think of snakes---the last thing they think of is healing. But there are many myths from ancient time in which snakes worked as healers. Today, snake venom is collected and used to create anti-venom to help those heal from snake bites!
Channeling snake energy for healing if also found in the yoga practice of Kundalini. Kindalini, which is essentially the essence and energy of life, is depicted as a white serpent coiled at the base of our tailbones. Our chakras awaken as the serpent slithers his way up our spine.
Here is a little spell I have created using SHED snake skin to assist in healing.
You will need a muslin bag with strings
Herbs: peppermint, rosemary, lavender and chamomile
1-2 pieces of shed snake skin
This should be done on the night of the full moon.
Place all the items into the muslin bag and draw yourself a nice warm (or hot) bath. Drop the bag into the bath water and let it sit there for a few minutes before you enter. Once you are in the bath-- relax and imagine all illness being removed from your body (or someone elses if you are doing this work on behalf of someone else).
After the bath, take the muslin bag and wipe your body downward saying:
"All illness is gone. All sickness will travel. I heal with the dawn. All evil unravels."
After this is done, take some of the bath water and the muslin bag and go outside. Throw the water over your left shoulder (do not look back!) and bury the muslin bag.
As someone who has worked with snakes for almost 20 years now, I can safely say that I have accumulated a lot of shed skin over the years. I never thrown away a shed. I have used in my art work and of course, my spell work.
In this blog series I will be covering all the magickal workings you can do with shed snake skin!!
This week, I am doing to discuss Binding magick using shed skin. A binding spell can be either positive or negative. Its a way of symbolically binding a target by restricting actions..
A positive binding brings things together. A negative bindingis something that takes something a way, typically someone power. You can also use binding spells on yourself to break a habit. You can use binding for love. You can use it to stop someone from harrassing/harming you.
As most of my readers and clients know, I am a K.I.S.S. person - Keep It Simple & Sweet-- I like spells that are powerful and strong but do not require days up on days of workings. Most of the magick I do is short and simple-- but very strong!
I typically use binding magick to stop people from gossip or to bind a negative situation (although I also do binding magick for clients on all things-especially love!).
As with all types of magick, remember like attracts like. For binding magick I use shed skin from non-venomous snakes; primarily boas and pythons. Boas and pythons kill their prey by suffocation. To me this represents a clear representation of a binding!
To bind a person or person from gossip and harm, I will take the snake skin and lightly coat it in binding oil. While I am waiting for it to dry, I will take a small peice of paper (shed skin can be fragile so you want to keep things small!) and write down the person(s) or situation that I want to bind. I will roll it up into a little tube shape and slowly slide it into the shed skin. For extra binding, I will tie the skin up with a small string making several knots will reciting who or what I am binding. Since the skin can be fragile, I usually place it in a small container in which I can take it outside.
After that is complete, I will take the shed skin and find a small stream flowing AWAY from me and toss the skin over my left shoulder. Since I live in the desert- sometimes finding a stream can be scarce. In that case, I will bury it outside (usually near a cactus-- I always think of the cactus as a sharp cage holding something in).
Again, binding can be used for love, to bind an enemy, to stop bad habits....its limitless!
Next Sunday I will blog about how to use shed skin in healing magick!