“…What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. 3 …he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it…” Exodus 4:6
We have looked at the serpent as the healer and the giver of knowledge. Now we will look at the serpent as the essence of the priesthood. Without evidence of the serpent one would not be deemed qualified to be either a priest or king.
In the story of the burning bush Moses has a life altering, fiery encounter with his God. Here he is commissioned to be Israel’s priest. His mission – to lead the people out of the bondage to their flesh and into the land of their promise. He is to guide them into their place of rest and the exaltation of their spirit. Egypt is symbolic of all that is fleshly and earthly – the physical realm.
However, in-spite of this Divine encounter Moses is not convinced that the Israelites would accept him as their priest. He needed evidence to prove to them that he was in fact the one called to do this work of deliverance.
So God orders him to take the staff in his hand and throw it to the ground, whereupon it becomes a serpent. The question is: Why would the rod turning into a serpent, be evidence of Moses’ suitability to shepherd his people? His priestly identification, so to speak.
In the burning bush experience Moses is called to a place of consecration. He is commanded to take off his shoes. Why? Because he has entered sacred grounds. Like all initiates, he must be led into the Most Holy place, the Holy of Holies. Upon entering through the secret door of the great Spinx, he is led to a place where few will ever enter. There he encounters first hand ‘The Holy One of Israel’ who reveals to him the sacred mysteries.
During this Divine encounter his Pineal Gland is illuminated. Here, the initiate ascends celestial heights. He experiences the awakening of the Third Eye – The Serpent Rising. The rod turning into the serpent is symbolic of this Pineal Gland activation. It is the evidence that Moses is now qualified to be the priest of Israel. The Levite priesthood, of whom Moses was the forerunner, were known as the serpent priests.
The Serpent Staff
In many ancient, and even modern, religious and spiritual practices, a person CANNOT be a priest/shaman without proof of a deep connection to the serpent. It was, and still is, the evidence of one’s calling to serve either as a king/queen or priest.
In ancient times this was so among the Chinese. Also among the Dogon, the Nyoro tribe and the Ancient Egyptians, the serpent was the primary requirement for those aspiring to the office of either king or priest.
It can be seen represented on the serpentine headdress of the Pharaoh. His connection with the serpent giving him the authority and knowledge to lead. The staff of the priests of Egypt was also symbolic of them being imbued with the serpent’s power. It is from this, that the writer of the burning bush narrative would have gotten his example.
The serpent priests are still with us today.
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