The Serpents of Wisdom

The Sun Gate at Tiahuanako, Bolivia

In the early 2000’s I found myself in possession of a book called ‘The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom’ by Mark Amaru Pinkham (Pinkham, 1997). The ideas the author presented rang lots of bells and coincided with many of my own experiences and understanding of dragons, serpents and worms as symbols of the chi or life force of the planet. The book gave new insights into the history of world dragon cultures, which I found fascinating; and additional clues and background to the energy pumping stations I hadn’t yet found, let alone visited. 

According to ancient records, the patriarchs and founders of the early civilizations in Egypt, India, China, Peru, Mesopotamia, Europe and the Americas were colonising ‘Serpents of Wisdom’, or spiritual masters who embodied the essence of the life-force or serpent energy of the planet (Pinkham, 1997). These spiritual masters arrived in the lands of these early civilizations after abandoning their homelands of Atlantis or Lemuria (Mu) and crossing great seas. Bearing names denoting a snake or dragon e.g. Naga (India), Lung (China), Djedhi (Egypt), Amaru (Peru), Quetzlcoatl (Mexico), Adder (Europe), etc., they oversaw the construction of magnificent civilizations within which they and their descendants served as priest kings. Later, as the enlightened heads of mystery school traditions, they used the serpent or dragon as a prominent symbol. Indeed, as already mentioned, images of the dragon or serpent can still be found in numerous cultures around the world. 

Overtime, as these early civilizations faded, the knowledge and wisdom of these spiritual masters became distorted, even misused; leaving the physical remains of their once flourishing empires, for both archaeologists and historians to pore over and propose various theories about what must have been. Eventually, only vestiges of this ancient wisdom remained, providing a spiritual framework for how later cultures and peoples perceived the Earth and everything which happened around them. 

However, if you know where to look and follow the clues, evidence still exists in many forms around the world. One identifying ‘trademark’, which has already been mentioned, is the sound of ‘Ka’, ‘Ko’ and the presence of the letter ‘K’ in tribal names and place names. These sounds are said to be synonymous with wisdom and the serpent energy; and on many occasions in my travels and explorations for sacred places, the presence of these place names provided valuable clues. E.g. Karakorum in Mongolia, Tiahuanaco in Bolivia and Kata Tjuta in Australia. Other clues include snake and dragon tattoos and carvings on ancient monuments; or emblazoned on the shafts and handles of swords and daggers; or dragon-headed sailing vessels, like those used by seafaring Norsemen and the Phoenicians.

There are also symbols, which can still be found around the world. The female aspect of the serpent energy is said to represent ego and matter, whilst the male aspect represents spirit and often includes wings, feathers and hues of gold and blue. The union of these male and female aspects produces androgynous winged snakes, feathered serpents, azure dragons and golden cobras. For example, the symbol of the Djedhi in Egypt is an androgynous golden asp; the symbol of the Lung in China is an androgynous azure or golden dragon; the Quezlcoatls in Mesoamerica an androgynous plumed/feathered serpent; and the Nagas in India the royal hooded cobra. 

In addition, references to numerous serpent and dragon myths and legends can be found in the records of many of the Earth’s ancient civilizations (Pinkham, 1997). Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • The Gobi Desert is said to be the location of a ‘City of Serpents’ with a shimmering golden palace and magical fortress surrounded and protected by a ring of etheric serpents – I found the ruins of this location during my travels in Mongolia, in a stunning location that made my spirit soar.
  • The sacred cities of the ancient Uigher Empire are said to be located in the Kun Lun and Pamir mountains of China and Central Asia; where there is an azure, sacred ‘Lake of the Serpents’
  • In ancient records, the American land mass was known as Amaraka, or the land of wise serpents; and in the Andean Quechua language Amaru ≡ serpent. Lemurian Legend says that Amaru Muru, the Serpent Muru of the ancient land of Mu headed to South America with a cargo of sacred relics and a huge golden sun disk and landed near the sacred Lake Titicaca, where he built a secluded monastery with secret vaults and caverns beneath it. After completing the monastery, he travelled to the shores of the lake with his Kapac Cuna, or serpent entourage and built the city of Tiahuanako, the City of Serpent Wisdom. He then went on to found the first Incan Empire, headed by the priest king Manco Kapac.
  • In North America, the legends of the Lakota and Sioux Indians talk of the Chief Shooting Star ancestors who were known as the ‘Turtle’ branch of the Atlantean Serpents. Ancient records show they travelled in ships to the Caribbean Islands, before arriving in the Mississippi Delta region. They were met by ancient brothers, the Iroquois Serpents (Iroquois ≡ serpent), who followed them north, up river, in snake skin boats. The turtles became the Lakota and Sioux (a name also meaning snake) tribes and their long journey north is commemorated at the Serpent Mound in Ohio, which is said to depict a turtle leading a snake.
  • In Mexico, or Meso America, colonizing Serpents became teachers and priest kings, e.g. Pacal Votan, Itzamna and Quetzcoatl. Legend says that Pacal Votan sailed down the Usumacinta River, which marks the border between present day Mexico and Guatemala on the Yucatan Peninsula. There he constructed the holy city of Palenque and became priest king of a new empire. Quetzlcoatl, ‘The Plumed Serpent’, also known as Kukulkan, built many megalithic cities and pyramids e.g. Cholua; and, it is believed the Tamoanchan (meaning land of the Plumed Serpent) Quetzlcoatls were the kings and spiritual masters of the later Olmec, Toltec, Mayan and Aztec civilizations.
  • In Egypt, the builders of the Great Pyramid were said to have used the creative power of the Vortex/dragon’s lair over which it was built + sophisticated anti-gravity technology to move and manoeuvre the 2.5-ton blocks into place. Granite blocks were used, because they contained high concentrations of quartz which amplified the pyramid’s serpent life force. This practice is still in use today, all over the world, where modern-day transmitters and TV masts are always preferably sited on granite or sandstone rocks, because of the levels of quartz in them; and because the quartz is known to amplify the TV, radio, phone signals they transmit. Obelisks, a name meaning ‘frozen snake’, were said to mark many dragon lairs. The first example of an obelisk being built over a dragon’s lair is said to have been at Anu/Heliopolis across the Nile from the Great Pyramid; where a ‘Ben Ben’ stone was used, named after the phoenix/dragon which lived in the vortex.
  • Other legends, too numerous to mention here, occur across the Mediterranean, from megalithic temple compounds on Malta with their carved serpent spirals; to the meandering Cretan labyrinth that was home to the mysteries of the Serpent Goddess/Bull Cult and said to be built in a spiraling shape over a dragon’s lair; and the grids and megaliths of Italy, Greece, Asia Minor, the Atlantic coast of Europe and the British Isles.
Works Cited

Pinkham, M. (1997). The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom. Illinois, USA: Adventures Unlimited Press.

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