The Serpent is a most ancient and primordial symbol of human consciousness . Mythologies and religions around the world have stories about snakes and their relationship to humans, the most well known being Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden and their eviction from paradise after Eve was tempted by the snake of knowledge.
Interestingly the Gnostic Christians had a very different view of the snake and never considered it to be a source of evil. Gnostic's believed in direct contact with the divine without need for an intercessory, (Priest), so they were not very popular with the church of Rome.
The symbol of the serpent has been connected to the masters and adepts of many of the worlds spiritual traditions. Every place the serpent was worshiped had its own name for this sacred symbol: In India they were known as the 'Nagus' (snakes), in Mexico they named them 'Quetzlcoatls' (plumed serpents). In Egypt, 'Djedhi', (the snakes), 'Adders' (snakes) in Britain and in China they called them the 'Lung' (dragons). Collectively they are known as "The Serpents of Wisdom".
The path of Kundalini initiation has (mostly) always started the same way when the aspirant slowly begins the journey of raising his/her life force up the spine. This is often accompanied by what can seem like a mental psychosis, where the aspirant will see snakes and everywhere. In dreams, symbology, jewelry and art etc. They will phsically feel a snake crawling up their spine, moving towards the head, often experiencing a painful barrier on its way. Thse seven barriers are the Chakras which must be cleared, cleansed and purified as the serpent asscends.
From a mythological standpoint we have now entered an exciting and remarkable stage in the worlds spiritual history. Ancient civilisations from Africa to India and China to Europe, have all predicted this awsome time when the serpent of consciousness raises her head works through our bodies and brings us all to the state of Sacred Marriage with the Divine.
The 'Holy Grail' for which we have all been searching.
Mystical Awakening of Scorpio and Kundalini
Ritual no. 9
ORACLE OF THE GODDESS KUNDALINI
Priestess: (Invocation) Divine Kundalini, the World's Mother, Hidden Fire, Mystic Life Force, Devi, Shakti, arise within us and bring us eternal life! For without Thee we are as lifeless shadows astray in this land of delusions, entangled in dead thoughts, stale emotions, sucked of energies by debilitating forces which we cannot control. Aid us, helpless wanderers lost in this dream of existence, fearing that when the nightmare ends we shall be no more.
Oracle: Seek Me throughout all the realms of being with selfishness, and you shall never find Me! You acknowledge that from Me proceed the vital flames of the Cosmic Life Force. But why do you seek My Power? Do you love Me, your Mother? Do you desire to bring to birth, to care for others, as I do? Or rather do you seek My energy that you may increase your importance without regard for your fellows? A planet savaged by power-hungry humans is left a waste land, devoid of all living things, pock-marked with craters. And as with a planet, so with My children, both human and beast. For My Fire either creates or it destroys. It will never for long lie inactive. It is not the Fire Goddesses who destroy planets in their anger: it is Their children who lay waste through war and greed.
My occult Power may be still more misused both by the foolish and the wicked. But know that a severe penalty is paid by the ill-doer for each act that misuses My Force, whether in this world or the next. For though permission to use or misuse My Gift is granted, in order that free choice may bring wisdom through experience, part of that experience is gained through paying the penalty for wrongdoing.
If you truly seek My creative energy with good intention, find Me in the Heart of Love. Feel Me through parenthood, through caring for all existences. Then your noble ideals, your great projects, will come easily into manifestation with ever-increasing effectiveness. Take heed to balance force with gentleness. For know that My Power comes through the harmony of two energies of the Sun and of the Moon: of Fire and of Water: of Gold and Silver. These are symbols: they who truly know Me feel Me within themselves.
On a crimson and blue draped altar let there be a red candle floating in an earthenware bowl of water, 8 candles, burning incense and a star map of Scorpio. 2 Priestesses wear gold open crowns, 2 Priests wear gold headdresses, all 4 wear purple robes. Companions wear gold uraeus circlets, women crimson robes, men, blue. Priesthood at Northeast to Southwest of altar. 4 Companions at cardinal points of temple.
1st Priest: Companions on the path of the awakening of Soul through Spirit, we are here assembled to contemplate the mystical reality bestowed by the Goddess Kundalini through the constellation of Scorpio.
1st Priestess: Know that this is the Stellar House of Initiation. Our instructors on the Path, the Alchemists, taught that only when the Sun is in Scorpio may Iron be transmuted into Gold. For as the sun declines after the autumnal Equinox, so does the individual soul face the apparent extinction of her dream of separate existence, when faced by death. So does a candle fancy itself extinguished when the sun rises! Scorpio rises in the cold hours of the dawn. So be watchful and fall not into inertia, for who can tell when the Scorpion stings.
2nd Priest: Ponder on the fate of the giant Orion, stung by the Scorpion and so sinks into apparent death in the red Western sky. Was not even the Child God of Initiation, Son to Isis, Harporcrates, killed by a scorpion? He was revived by
2nd Priestess: Know that the Path of Scorpio provides a sudden shock! The cunning scorpion strikes at the foot, yet its poison courses throughout the body. Like the serpent it is called the One Who Lurks. It is most potent through water and through the blood. Know that this very cruel sting, which seems to torture and to slay, is in verity the Awakener! Only through the sting may the stigmata of Initiation be gained. Yet this awakening may not be bargained for, nor induced, for only when the soul is ready may the Coming Forth by Day be achieved! Scorpio is also the sign of the Eagle and of the Winged Serpent. May we, with the Wings of the Goddess Selket, the Scorpion Goddess, rise above the Path and so learn to know its serpentine deviations, its pitfalls, its goal. Thus may we, with the aid of the presiding Deities, receive the onrush of the Fire Goddess, Kundalini, without loss of integrity or peace.
1st Priestess: (Northwest) I invoke the Goddess Kundalini. Devi, Consort of Siva, the Serpent Fire, Universal Life-Principle, the World's Mother, Divine Power, Mystic Fire Force, reveal to us the Path to Thee, that we may join Thee in Thy Creative Manifestation! Thus art Thou spoken of in the Shatchakra Nirupana: "The Devi shines in the fullness of Her lustre. Thereafter, in Her subtle state, lustrous like lightning and fine like lotus fibre, She ascendeth, the beautiful Kundalini." Also it is written: "She is curled three-and-a-half times round Herself at the base of the spine. Then She uncoils Herself, and raises Her Head, and enters the
1st Priest: (Southeast) I invoke the God Siva. Wielder of the Trident, Rudra, the Fiery One of the Five Faces, the Three Eyes and the Four arms, bring us Power controlled by meditation! For when Thy Consort Durga brought devastation to the earth through Her Fire, Thou didst swallow the poison of Her Sting - so art Thou the blue-throated One. Thy Right Hand holds the fires of destruction. Thy lower Right Hand is raised in Blessing, and Thy lower left Hand points to Thy upraised Left Foot, worship of which bringeth salvation. Thy Right Foot standeth upon the dwarf of ignorance. A serpent is coiled three-and-a-half times around Thy hair, its hood raised above it. Thy second serpent is upon Thy shoulder and Thy third forms Thy sacred thread. The lovely Goddess Ganga sitteth within Thy matted hair and poureth forth the holy waters of the
2nd Priestess: (Southwest) I invoke the Goddess Selket. "Beautiful Goddess Selket, we invoke Thee! Thou doth herald the sunrise through Thy Temples oriented to Thee. It is spoken of Thee and Thy Divine Mother in the Book of the Dead: "Get Thee back, O Crocodile that dwellest in the North, for the Goddess Selket is within my body and I have not yet brought Her forth. I am Watch-Maati. The things which are created are in the hollow of My Hand, and those which have not yet come into being are in My Body. I am clothed and wholly provided with Thy magical words, O Ra, they which are heaven above Me and in the earth beneath Me. My face is open, My heart is upon its seat, and the Crown with the serpent is upon Me day by day." Consort of the Sun God Ra, Guardian of the souls of the dead, Protectress of Matrimony, help us face the ordeal of Initiation with serenity. For it is spoken of Thee: "The Scorpion Goddess Selket hath cast fetters upon Thee. The sting is in the Scorpion Goddess, and mightily hath She, Whose course is everlasting, worked it upon thee." Awaken us to greater life!
2nd Priest: (Northeast) I invoke the God Ra. "O Thou beautiful Being, Thou dost renew Thyself in Thy season in the form of the Disk within Thy Mother Hathor, therefore in every place every heart welleth with joy at Thy rising forever. Thou comest forth from the water, Thou illuminest the two lands with rays of turquoise light, Thou art made strong each day by Thy Mother Nuit. Ra liveth by Maat the Beautiful. Isis and Nephthys seeketh Thee, They sing unto Thee songs of joy at Thy rising in the boat, They protect Thee with their hands. Thou doth travel through untold spaces requiring millions and hundreds of thousands of years to pass over. Thou passest through them in peace, and Thou steerest Thy way across the watery abyss to the place which Thou lovest ; this Thou doest in one little moment of time and then Thou dost sink down and dost make an end of hours. Divine Ra Temu that sinketh below the horizon into the underworld, aid us to know the secret of Thy Hidden Fire glowing within the watery abyss!"
1st Priest: Let us invoke the Guardians of Scorpio!
1st Companion: (South) I salute the Regent of the twofold star Antares, fiery heart of the Scorpion and of the Azure Dragon! This is the Lurking One, Jyestha Nakshatra and is the ruddy ear-jewel of Ronini, the rosy Goddess. The noble temples of Apollo at Delphi, of Zeus at Aegina, the Heraeum at
2nd Companion: (North) I salute the Regent of the three-fold Star Graffias, the Claws. This star with four-horsed chariot was worshipped in ancient times by all horsemen. It forms the white and violet Crown of the Forehead of the Scorpion, and is The Friend, the Star of Success. May the Regent of Graffias grant us success in our work for good!
3rd Companion: (West) I salute the Regent of the twofold star Shaula, the Sting. The ancients saw these twain as a little maiden Pin-ere-ua, the inseparable, who with her smaller brother, flees from home to the sky because of the ill-treatment of their parents, who pursue them.
"And now in ocean deepe
Orion flying fast from hissing snake,
His flaming head did hasten for to steepe."
When She strikes us, may the sting of the scorpion be assuaged in the starry sea!
4th Companion: (East) I salute the Regent of the Star Al Niyat, Protector of the heart of the scorpion:
"Whilst Scorpio, dreading Sagittarius' dart,
Whose bow press'd bent in flight,
The string has slipped,
Down slid into the ocean flood apart."
May our hearts be protected from the passions in the deep sea of meditation.
Music. Egyptian music is suitable.
1st Priestess: Companions, harken to the story of
2nd Priestess: Now
1st Priestess hands round candle in bowl to company who in turn hold their hands over the flame.
1st Priest: (to each) May the Fire of the Goddess awaken within thee!
Glowing power may be felt within.
2nd Priestess: There is a star within Scorpio called Gis-gan-gu-sur, the Tree of the
2nd Priestess carries bowl with candles to Companions, placing water on each head.
2nd Priest: (to each) May the Water of the Starry sea bring thee serenity.
Silvery cool power may be felt.
1st Priest: In celebration of the sacred Marriage of the Opposites, the Initiation of Fire and Water which takes place in the House of Scorpio, let us perform the Dance of the Azure Dragon! For the Chinese sages depicted this dragon as blue as water, flying in the sky, and breathing fiery flames!
Music. Stravinsky’s "Firebird Suite" or an Indian raga are suitable. The Dragon Dance is performed by ‘threading the needle’ through upheld arms, men and women alternating. Strong fiery power may be felt and red and green colours seen. The experience is of elation tempered with tranquillity.
1st Priestess: Let us contemplate the night sky of Scorpio!
2nd Priest holds out star map of Scorpio.
2nd Priest: Behold the constellation of the Scorpion lurking between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn. See its claws and the fiery Antares, its Eye! Its sting is in its tail and it emerges from the sea of heaven, in pursuit of Orion who flees far across the sky. Hot in pursuit is Sagittarius with his bow, and above him is Hercules, who when he was a child strangled two serpents in his cradle. Below him is the giant Ophiuchus, holding the twisting constellation of Serpens the snake. Ophiuchus was revered by the Greeks as representing their deified healer Aesculapius, whose emblem was a staff entwined with a snake. Some saw Ophiuchus as Chiron the centaur, wise in knowledge of healing herbs. Observe that the right foot of the giant rests upon the serpent's head. That which poisons may also cure.
2nd Priestess: First with a hissing, then with a sting does the Goddess Kundalini bring us to life! The child cries out when it is born.
1st Priestess: Yet in silence comes wisdom. Let us meditate upon the mystical awakening bestowed on us by Kundalini Devi through. the constellation of Scorpio.
Reports. Healing is sent forth.
1st Priest: Let us give thanks to the Goddess Kundalini and to the God Siva, and to the Goddess Selket and to the God Ra Temu.
Sources: "The Book of the Dead", E. A. Wallis Budge, Kegan Paul. "The Gods of the Egyptians", E. A. Wallis Budge,
Note: "Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning," Richard Hinckley Allen, Dover Publications,