Dating back to Ancient Egypt, the Ouroboros is a symbol common to many people and times in history. The word, coming from the Greek οὐροβόρος ὄφις ("οὐρά" meaning tail, "-βορος" devouring, and "ὄφις" snake), perfectly describes the symbol itself: a serpent eating its own tail and forming a circle without neither beginning nor end. This represents the nature of the Universe and Time, an infinite and eternal circle of renewal, where death generates new life and destruction can bring a new creation. Originating in Egypt, where it initially symbolized the circle of the Sun, the Ouroboros was brought to Europe and into western tradition by the Greek, hence its name. The symbol was then widely adopted by Hermetism, Gnosticism, and Alchemy as a whole.
The very nature of the Ouroboros thus makes it the perfect symbol to represent the new year. Folia Magazine wishes a happy "new beginning" to all of our followers!
"Ouroboros", illuminated initial "C" from the manuscript "De proprietatibus rerum", ms. 1029, f. 120v, ca. 1350, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris.