At the end of 2019, in December, a friend asked me “what do you think 2020 is all about?” Immediately, and without thinking, I answered, “the serpent goddess, she will be re-joined”. As is often the case when someone asks me a question, I have answers I didn’t even know I had.
Back in May 2018 Uranus (the great awakener) entered the sign of Taurus—a transit lasting approximately 7 years. This was the beginning of a transition or re-emergence. My feeling at the time was that finally the universal feminine would be re-membered, the two aspects of the serpent goddess, separated long ago, would be re-integrated.
The sign of Taurus in ancient times was worshiped as the sacred cow, known by man names, especially during the “Age of Taurus” (4468-2308 BC). Taurus was (and remains) a feminine force representing abundance and fertility. In ancient Egypt she was Hat-Hor. The image of the sacred cow can be found in many mythologies around the world. It was later, in the Age of Aries (2308-148BC), when patriarchy took root that the sacred cow as well as the moon, took on more masculine aspects. It was then that the sacred cow became taurus (bull in Latin).
Uranus is often associated with the caduceus. Especially during our Uranus opposition when the kundalini begins to spontaneously rise. The caduceus is a pictorial image of the integration of the two serpents (waves). As Uranus transits Taurus the fertile soil is created for us to re-integrate these opposing energy wave.
The year 2020 creates the perfect opening, a place and time for that transformation to occur. It laser focuses that energy to a shorter more intense time period adding another layer, extra nutrients, to the mix. 2020 started with a very important Pluto-Saturn conjunction, which added extra fuel to the fire of transformation (more about that later).
How is the number 20 related to the goddess?
In numerology whenever we add zero to a number it moves it to a higher vibration. The number 1 represents unity. The number 2 represents duality. When we add a 0, to the number 1 it becomes 10—the “god” number, unity or completion. When we add a 0 to the number 2 it becomes 20—the “goddess” number, which is more cyclical, a spiral (DNA with it’s two strand).
The number 20 being born from the number 2 reflects the dual nature of the goddess. The serpent goddess is actually a dyad, one entity with dual characteristics. Each of the strands of the dyad exists alone but when they come together they are complete, integrated, and more potent.
Who is the serpent goddess?
The serpent goddess is a very ancient goddess. She is composed of two opposing energies such as dark and light or sacred and profane. She was sometimes called the double goddess. In her totality she is the sacred or universal feminine. The serpent goddess is a dyad—each aspect is a neter (ancient Egyptian archetype or aspect of nature) on its own but together they compose the richness of the serpent goddess.
If we take her back to the beginning of time she is the primordial wave—depicted in cave drawings since time immemorial. She is still with us today. Often she is encountered through sacred plants such as in ayahuasca ceremonies or through ecstatic experiences—bringing us knowledge and wisdom.
In ancient Egypt the dyad was expressed as Hat-Hor/Sekhmet. All ancient culture had a serpent goddess in their mythology (teaching stories). Such characters as Inanna and Ereshkigal, Isis and Nephthys, Demeter and Persephone have all represented the duality of the feminine.
Alison Roberts and her beautiful book Hathor Rising: the Power of the Goddess in Ancient Egypt calls the serpent goddess the attractive/aggressive goddess. Hat-Hor being the goddess of love, dance, music and fertility gives us the more attractive (pulling), yin aspect of the feminine. Sekhmet the devour, destroyer and healer is the assertive (pushing), yang aspect of the feminine.
The dual nature of the serpent goddess is reflected in the caduceus (a symbol use to show the integration of opposites). In the macrocosm we would describe this union as the yang or masculine energy integrating with the yin or feminine energy. But in the microcosm, within ourselves as women, have two opposing aspects of the feminine—when those forces join they become the serpent goddess.
The feminine dyad
I remember a conversation I had with an alchemist many years ago. He said to me “there are always two aspects of the feminine”. I heard it just like that as if it was written in bold type. When that happens I know it is the universe telling me “this is important, listen!”—no matter who it is coming from. I never forgot that sentence. I don’t remember what we were talking about. I don’t remember the man’s name. But almost 20 years later I have never forgotten that statement. It set me on an amazing journey of discovery to understand fully what that really means.
The feminine is about integration, inclusivity. Where the masculine is either/or the feminine is both/and. It is possible to have two things that are actually one, such as the serpent goddess or light which is both a particle and a wave. This new way of thinking about states of being is one that is greatly needed at this time. Our minds have been programed to think more in black and white. And if we truly want to understand the universe we need to add the dimension or integration of opposites to our thinking. The ancients understood this, hence the caduceus.
In the mythology it was Isis and Nephthys together who re-member Osiris. It took the two aspects of the feminine coming together to bring him to wholeness. The healing journey to wholeness seems to be a journey that many of us are taking at this point in time. As the mythology teaches us, to complete that journey we need both aspects of the feminine, dark and light in order to be re-membered.
Is 2020 really the reemergence of the serpent goddess?
The January 2020 Pluto-Saturn conjunction was a long awaited transit. It signaled a redistribution of power. There was much speculation as to what that would look like. Would it mean the fall of power systems such as governments, banks or the stock market?
Funnily enough it seemed to come and go without much drama, but underneath the surface seeds had been planted and were about to emerge. Now, in April 2020, we can see that the seedling has emerged and grows, strongly. The redistribution of power was not between groups of people, as the ego might have lead us to believe, but between humans and nature. Mother Nature is taking back her planet. And we are somewhat powerless to do anything about it—a humbling experience. She has let us know us who is boss. She has shown us how one tiny unseen predator can cause a global upheaval. Perhaps we should treat her with more respect.?
Even before the pandemic struck Egypt we had taken shelter in our homes. This year was the rainiest year I have ever experiences in the 34 years I have lived in Egypt. It finally came to a head on the 13th of March. Massive flooding forced everyone inside—long before corona kept us in lockdown. Nature has many ways of putting us in place.
As we scramble to learn new ways to cope, nature is thriving. Showing us how much better she is without our interference. Animals have reclaimed spaces that humans had driven them out of. The air is clean. The sky in Cairo is blue! The nights are quite. Nature has had the chance to reboot and we as humans have realized the limitations of our control.
What can we learn from this time?
The serpent goddess can be a hard teacher but I believe in the end she works for the highest good. She has forced us to return to inner space, the domain of the feminine. It is time to re-member what we lost before we got distracted thinking that what is outside is more interesting or important than what is inside.
We have had to refocus on the home our personal, sacred, space. I think now we better understand the importance of creating sacred space and we are forced to reconsider the boundaries of that space, who or what gets in and what doesn’t. Technology has reduced our boundaries and given us a false sense of security and engagement.
Presently I see individuals doing things for themselves, such as much needed self-care. Some are taking online courses, expanding their knowledge, engaging in things they never had time to do before. We are now allowed to ask and have the time to answer the question “what would I do with my time, if I had time for myself?”
Where pre-corona most people were in their own worlds, we now have to share our physical spaces without the option to escape. Families/clans/communities are doing things together. People are cooking, eating, drawing and playing together. Even if only out of boredom it is a good exercise because there are generations of people born in the technological age who have never had that experience of a home-centered life.
Many people have been forced to use the home/person spaces for work as well as homeschooling. And although this might not be something that they would want to continue to do if they were not forced to, it’s good to have the experience. Many parents have a whole new appreciation for teachers! And others have realized that they can teach themselves, which is a huge opening!
Where to we go from here?
The most asked question I get now is “do you think we will go back to living the way we did before the pandemic?” My answer is “no, you can never go back”. We have glimpsed behind the curtain. If we go back, or are forced to go back, we do so “knowing” what we will lose.
A friend posted this quotation on Instagram. I don’t know its original source but I think it is very profound and expresses what many of us feel:
We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.
Conclusion: Let’s stitch a new garment
On this dark moon in Taurus I am compelled to write about her—the serpent goddess. I want to celebrate her, to share my feelings about this perfect opportunity we have been given revisit the sacred feminine and bring her back into our lives, consciously. Let us learn, grow, honor her, show her our appreciation and gratitude and stitch that new garment. And to remind ourselves that as with most things, we wouldn’t have had this amazing experience to learn unless she kicked us in the butt! Thank you for the “nudge”.
This article is dedicated to my dear, departed, friend Dan Furst.
It’s a conversation we never had time to have.
May you rest in peace.
Furst, Dan. Surfing Aquarius: How to Ace the Wave of Change. San Francisco, CA: Red Wheel Weiser Books, 2011.
Furst, Dan. Dance of the Moon: Celebrating the Sacred Cycles of the Earth. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2009.
Roberts, Alison. Hathor Rising: the Power of the Goddess in Ancient Egypt. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International, 1997.