594712 Gail Grabow artist. Bronze wall sculpture.

The Orobouros as Pensamiento, or Mind 

The  Orobouros, or  dragon biting its tail,  represents  the soul of the world within a closed cycle of development. It is analogous to the HIndu ‘Saṃsāra’ or endless round of existence to which all things are bound, and well as to the the Taoist yin yang symbol. It is mercury.  It represents motion, the fusion of opposites, self fertilization, rebirth and renewal.  It may also be interpreted to represent the journey of individuation towards wholeness. Jung sums up  “the Orobouros...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…”

My thought was to interpret Orobouros as Mind. One's consciousness, or sense of self or mind  may also  be perceived as a closed structure. Closed yet fluid  -  constantly transforming, and characterized by motion, the fusion of opposites, self fertilization, and renewal.  Within it dwells individuation, and the riddle of our psyche.  The insect represents the mind’s intrinsic nature, its myriad forms, unrestrained movement,  endless shifting and proliferation,  and to  it's  mercurial, or  what one might feel, at times,  to be its ungovernable nature. Like the proliferation of insects, or like a blob of mercury,  it can not be nailed down and is compelled by its very nature to perpetual motion by what it seeks. Like Saṃsāra, the endless round of existence. Mind is the ultimate shapeshifter, as thoughts rise and fall and  give birth to new levels of understanding. Orobouros is mind.

Patinated silicon bronze with convex mirror eye

wall relief 35"high  x 37” wide, 90 pounds

Patinated silicon bronze with convex mirror eyes 

35"high  x 37”wide,  50 pounds


the subtle processes, reflection and thought,  intuition, the unconscious, the psyche, the quality of yin, the feminine

The Geography of the Soul

ceramic with rayon accoutrement  20"W x 17"H

intricate reproductions of natural beauty

art jewelry and sculpture inspired by nature

Minnesota made

from  the heart of the northeast minneapolis

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