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  1. ouroboros(Noun)

    A serpent, dragon or worm who eats its own tail, a representation of the continuous cycle of life and death.

    Etymology: From οὐροβόρος.

  2. ouroboros(Noun)

    A picture or symbol representing this.

    Etymology: From οὐροβόρος.


  1. Ouroboros

    The Ouroboros or Uroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The Ouroboros often symbolize self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. While first emerging in Ancient Egypt, the Ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist's opus. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism. Carl Jung interpreted the Ouroboros as having an archetypal significance to the human psyche. The Jungian psychologist Erich Neumann writes of it as a representation of the pre-ego "dawn state", depicting the undifferentiated infancy experience of both mankind and the individual child.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ouroboros in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ouroboros in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    a symptom of reduced quality or strength
    • A. troop
    • B. deterioration
    • C. permutation
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