The prehistoric earthwork known as The Great Serpent Mound, located near the Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio, is reportedly more than 3,000 years old. At 1,348 feet long and three feet high, it is the largest serpent effigy in the world. Although archeologists think that it was built by one of three possible Native American tribes to symbolically record cosmological knowledge, no one really knows who built it or why. Because the mound reflects various lunar and solar alignments, as well as the pattern of the Draco constellation, it seems definite that there is some truth in that conclusion.
Did the Serpent Mound hold some even greater significance for its builders? We think so. It is PluribusOne™’s contention that the symbolism embedded in this sophisticated set of constructions is more information-rich than has been suspected.
As those of us who have visited ancient sites in the USA and Central and South America, the common explanation given by guides for nearly every enigmatic earthwork or stonework is that its purpose was to track the seasons, record periodic astronomical events, and/or pay homage to legendary star people. Large flat stones are sacrificial altars, buildings are temples, and walls are battlements—all constructed between 500 and 3,000 years ago. Yet many of these structures have obviously older foundations and served purposes beyond the ones experts consider attributable to primitive minds.
Many times we have heard the assertion that the first book of learning for the ancients was the sky. We disagree. The first book was the human body and its immediate environment. Through interaction with the environment practical knowledge developed, including recognition of repetitive patterns and processes. Useful correspondences were discovered between objects having similar shapes and/or movements. Such survival-related discoveries led people to eventually recognize similar meaningful patterns made by weather, by the sun and moon, and by lesser lights of the firmament.
The similarity between a snake and animal intestine would be noticed before making the more intellectual connection to a set of lights in the night sky that vaguely suggest a serpentine configuration. So it is our thinking that by the time a connection was perceived between a snake and the constellation we now call Draco, people having the intelligence to build the Serpent Mound were already well familiar with patterns present in their bodies that found correspondences in the environment. Based on our studies of Native American spirituality we can say with certainty that this is so. The “Indian” had a better holistic grasp of self, Earth, and cosmos than did the invading European.
All of which brings us to our contribution to decoding the symbolism of this Mound:
What we see is a design that synchronizes the builders’ grasp of all levels of the reality they perceived, including an understanding of their personal role in the perpetual Creation process. Because the Mound’s design expresses not only elaborate systematic connections between the Earth and surrounding heavenly bodies but also reflects equally complex knowledge of that cosmological connection as reflected in the purposeful design and functioning of their own bodies. The Mound expresses an essential holistic grasp of the natural magic and existential meaning of Omniverse.
Here’s how: The Great Serpent Mound’s design is not only a stylistic rendering of Draco but also an excellent abstract of a uterus, an ovum, and a spermatozoon. (See Image File #47.)