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O for Ouroboros by tohdaryl O for Ouroboros by tohdaryl
O for Ouroboros

The Ouroboros or Uroborus is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.

The Ouroboros often represents 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 (compare with phoenix). 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. 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 archetypalsignificance to the human psyche.
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Locaris Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that the running guy is going to have some trouble running when the dragon's spikes get stuck in the ground...
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xSamiamrg7x Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I always thought that the uroboros represented something that foolishly hurts itself by existing, like how zombies eventually die out by running out of humans.
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supperherowannabe Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it ... :spidey:
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Bullmann Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it :D
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Nerohn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent view on this! FMA brought me here xD makes since. Sweet picture btw!
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IAMANOTHERYOU Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe, itīs funny :3
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CelestialDrake Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Om nom nom
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Toen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The most cute Uroboros I've ever seen!
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Charlie-Lang Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The ancient version of a loading symbol. Just imagine it spinning
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Malesx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
very nice XD
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