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The OUROBOROS Collection

The collection has been created around the very ancient symbol of the Ouroboros which depicts a serpent or dragon swallowing its tail.

The circular movement of the snake or dragon represents the cyclical nature of life - the eternal return as a sign of continuous and renewed life. It is the wheel of life, which gives the illusion of linear time, enabling the soul to feel emotions.

The origins of the Ouroboros appear as early as Antiquity and can be traced back to Ancient Egypt circa 1600 BC. After that, the Ouroboros is found amongst the Phoenicians and then amongst the Greeks who gave it its name «Ouroboros» , meaning "the tail-devourer".

In Hindu Mythology, the Ouroboros is represented by a dragon circling a tortoise which supports four elephants carrying the world. Ouroboros snakes and dragons also appear in Aztec, Chinese and Native American Mythologies.

The Ouroboros was often used in alchemy as a purifying glyph. In this instance, it is found bearing the name of the Great Snake of the World which encircles the Earth. The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung described it as the archetype and basic mandala of alchemy:
"The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This 'feed-back' process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself. He symbolizes the One, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the prima materia which [...] unquestionably stems from man's unconscious." (Carl Jung. Collected Works, Vol. 14)

In some descriptions, the snake is half black, half white, recalling symbols of Yin and Yang. Black symbolises night, Earth and the destructive force of Nature - Yin. White represents day, Paradise and the creative power of generations - Yang. These opposites do not enter into conflict, on the other hand they balance each other.

Hence, the Ouroboros circles the Universe as a whole. Opposites are assimilated and resorbed in the equilibrium of the Earth. The Ouroboros injects life into death and incites death to create life. In the spirit of the returning seasons, of the fluctuations of stars in the sky, of self-conception, or even of primitive waters, the Ouroboros lets the universe find its perfect form - its primordial unity is established once again.

La collection OUROBOROS

La collection se décline autour du symbole très ancien de l'Ouroboros qui illustre un serpent ou un dragon mordant sa propre queue.

Ce mouvement circulaire représente la nature cyclique des choses, l'éternel retour, signe de la vie continuellement renouvelée. C'est la roue du temps qui donne l'illusion du temps linéaire, ce qui autorise l'âme à expérimenter les émotions.

Le psychologue suisse Carl Jung l'a décrit comme étant l'archétype et le mandala de l'alchimie.
«The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This 'feed-back' process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself. He symbolizes the One, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the prima materia which [...] unquestionably stems from man's unconscious.» (Carl Jung. Collected Works, Vol. 14)

Dans certaines représentations, le serpent est à moitié noir et à moitié blanc, ce qui rappelle les symboles du Ying et du Yang. Le noir symbolise la nuit, la Terre, et la force destructrice de la nature, le Yin. Le blanc représente le jour, le Paradis, la force créatrice de chaque génération, le Yang. Ce qui est important, c'est que ces deux opposés n'entrent pas en conflit.
L'Ouroboros encercle donc l'univers dans sa totalité. Les contraires sont englobés et se résolvent dans l'équilibre de la Terre. L'Ouroboros injecte la vie dans la mort et incite la mort à créer la vie. A l'image du retour cyclique des saisons, des oscillations du ciel étoilé, de l'autofécondation ou encore des eaux primitives, l'Ouroboros donne à l'univers sa forme parfaite en le faisant tendre vers l'unité primordiale retrouvée.

Ouroboros

  • La collection se décline autour du symbole très ancien de l’Ouroboros qui illustre un serpent ou un dragon mordant sa propre queue. Ce mouvement circulaire représente la nature cyclique des choses, l’éternel retour, signe de la vie continuellement renouvelée. C’est la roue du temps qui donne l’illusion du temps linéaire, ce qui autorise l’âme à expérimenter les émotions.

    The collection has been created around the very ancient symbol of the Ouroboros which depicts a serpent or dragon swallowing its tail. The circular movement of the snake or dragon represents the cyclical nature of life — the eternal return as a sign of continuous and renewed life. It is the wheel of life, which gives the illusion of linear time, enabling the soul to feel emotions.