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Ouroboros Slide 9-12: Serpent feeding on its own tail. Michael Maier, 1618. p. 101 Wasserman, James. Art and Symbols of the Occult. Vermont: Destiny, 1993. The circle is the symbol for infinity , because the circle is endless, and may be considered a polygon with an infinite number of sides. The snake or dragon with its tail in its mouth continually devouring itself and being reborn from itself is a symbol of eternity and of the cyclic nature of the universe. It expresses the unity of all things, which never disappear but change form in a cycle of destruction and re-creation. It is also the alchemical symbol for chemical change. A dream about this serpent gave
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Unformatted text preview: the chemist von Stradonitz the notion of the benzene ring, in the 19th century. Catherine Wheel Slide 9-17: Bartolomeo Barini (1450-91), Polyptych with St. James, Virgin, Child, & Saints, detail. The circle is the symbol of mobility , in the form of a wheel. It also appears as an instrument of torment. Catherine of Alexandria (d. 310 AD) refused to marry the emperor, and was imprisoned. Christ appeared and she wed him, a scene depicted in art as The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine. Enraged, the emperor had a special spiked wheel designed for her torture, but the wheel broke and she was unharmed....
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