The OROBOROS (/ˌjʊərəˈbɒrəs/) is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The symbol entered Western traditions via ancient Egyptian iconography and the Greek magical tradition. It was adopted as a symbol in Gnosticism and Hermeticism and most notably in alchemy.

The term derives from Ancient Greek οὐροβόρος, from οὐρά oura 'tail' plus -βορός -boros '-eating'. The symbol is often interpreted as a symbol for eternal cyclic renewal or a cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The skin-sloughing process of snakes symbolizes the transmigration of souls, the snake biting its own tail is a fertility symbol in some religions, and the tail of the snake is a phallic symbol, while still the mouth is a yonic or womb-like symbol.

In the Tantric tradition, incredible heat is born through the practice, with the intention of, essentially, incubating the soul to transform... and from a dormant state, at once, penetrate the shell within which it is enclosed, and commit the primordial folly, of beginning LIFE anew.

"...there are none so hopelessly enslaved, than those who falsely believe that they're free."