The Serpent has left a five fingered creative message in the heavens above the House of the Serpents.
by Heather Blakey
The earliest depictions of Rainbow Serpents, thought to be 4000-6000 years old, most closely resemble seadragons and pipefishes. This example from western Arnhem Land is one of the best preserved.
The Rainbow Serpent (Snake) is an important part of the beliefs and culture of the people of western Arnhem Land. Today the Rainbow Serpent is associated with ceremonies about fertility and abundance, as well as the organisation of the community and the keeping of peace. The Rainbow Serpent is also part of the beliefs of Aboriginal people in other parts of Australia, but is best known from Arnhem Land.
The Rainbow Serpent has been described by George Chaloupka, the foremost expert on the rock art of Arnhem Land, as follows:
"The belief in the Rainbow Snake, a personification of fertility, increase (richness in propoagation of plants and animals) and rain, is common throughout Australia. It is a creator of human beings, having life-giving powers that send conception spirits to all the waterholes. It is responsible for regenerating rains, and also for storms and floods when it acts as an agent of punishment against those who transgress the law or upset it in any way. It swallows people in great floods and regurgitates their bones, which turn into stone, thus documenting such events. Rainbow snakes can also enter a man and endow him with magical powers, or leave 'little rainbows', their progeny, within his body which will make him ail and die. As the regenerative and reproductive power in nature and human beings, it is the main character in the region's major rituals." (from page 47, "Journey in Time", Reed 1993).
from Aboriginal Art Online
Enchanteur dances for the Gorgons
by Heather Blakey
with lizard scales
by Megan Warren
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The Rainbow Priestess is the protector of the House of the Serpents. She holds the key to the gates and will only provide entry to those who have mapped their heart and lightened their load by unburdening at the Gatehouse. There will be a banquet to celebrate our arrival and travelling trevere will be asked to amuse the Gorgons with a light hearted, comic presentation.
by Heather Blakey
Well it is good to see that you have all mananged to find your way to the House of the Serpents and that you have done all that is required to gained entrance to the house.
The Mistress of this house has many faces and she will reveal those in due course. We will be here for at least a week so please make yourself comfortable and be sure to avail yourself of the postcard stand and send word back to Soul Food that you have arrived safely.
Fate is smiling upon you all. It so happens that we have arrived here at the House of the Serpent in time for special New Year festivities, beginning with the Day of the Serpents.
The Day of the Serpents is the day when serpents come from the forest to the house. On this day the people who live here shake the apple trees in the orchard so that they will be bear more fruit and wake the bees from their winter sleep.
The awakening of the snakes corresponds with the awakening of nature, the beginning of life, the awakening of creativity and general creative regeneration.
Honored as deities the snakes are invited to eat with us. Crawling out from their slumber they lie on the banquet table and make themselves comfortable. After tasting a little from every dish they return to their holes.
This year you are invited to participate. You watch fascinated as the snakes emerge to join us at the filled banquet table, sample the food and then slither back to their holes. Once the snakes leave you sit down and enjoy the banquet, chatting with everyone, meeting the local resident seated beside you.
The resident tells you how it is now predestined that everyone who eats from the table will enjoy creative fertility and you marvel at the concept. Custom demands that in return for this gift, in return for being blessed by the snakes, you must perform for the veiled Gorgon who sits on a throne made of red coral. The residents points to the Pandora's dressing room which is full to overflowing with wigs, hats, costumes, masks and props and tells you that performers whose voice is authentic not only witness the Gorgon remove one of her masks but are given a piece of wisdom. Be wary faucon! No man has ever lifted the veil that covers her 'real' self
The mahogany reception desk is as massive as I remember. The Griffin looks up elegantly without blinking and says, “Yes, The Shinjo. Your room is ready.”
I bow my head, “Thank you.”
She remembers me, the Griffin who asked me to prove who I am. Did I make an impression? Or does she just have a really good memory?
A young girl leads me down the hall. The wide corridors are open like the Greek style with a courtyard full of plants and fountains. Birds sing and flit around happily.
My room is really a suite with a balcony overlooking the wide world. A private suite is the ultimate luxury and I draw a bubble bath and light some candles.
Before going to bed I pull out some parchment to send a letter. Her ravens appear without even asking. They will find her.
Dear Lady Enchantress,
I have arrived safely at The House of Serpents. My room is lovely and the view of the sunset is inspiring. I hope all is well with you. I look forward to chatting with you at the banquet.
Your dear ravens showed up just as I pulled out the parchment. What magic they possess.
Presentation to the Gorgon by Traveller
Crawling on My Belly by Barbara Banta
Perfomance for the Gorgon by Lois Daley
For the Gorgon by Karen Roberts
I Come Before You Gorgon by Leonie Bryant
A Late Presentation to the Gorgon by Alex Chua
My Performance for the Gorgon by Gail Kavanagh
A Dance for the Gorgons by Heather Blakey
Stone Hearts by Anita Marie Moscoso
Performing for the Gorgon Simone
Interview with the Gorgons by Heather Blakey
The Hall by Vi Jones
The Wand in the Wall by Vi Jones
Performance by Ashley Shea
A Confession of Terror by Lori Gloyd
Gift for the Gorgon by Lori Gloyd
Snake Woman by Imogen Crest
1. Prepare a presentation for the Gorgon
2. Write a news report that can be included in the Duwamish Courier
3. Prepare a Fertility Ritual for the Serpent Festival.
During 2006 another group clambered up the Faraway Tree and after a Gala performance at the Hermitage travellers left things in the Surrender Box by the Enchanted Doorway, followed the Serpentine Road and reached the House of the Serpents. When they arrived they had the opportunity to meet the Gorgons and face their mythical mirror. This mirror has a habit of revealing all.
Enchanteur faces the Gorgon's Mirror
by Heather Blakey
If I but believed
that you cherished me
and cleaved for eternity –
instead of knowing
as I do and am;
then I might seek a wall hung glass
not too cracked or smudged;
with missing gilt and filigree,
to find a reflection of love
in distorted hope and need;
but instead I see the dimpled glow
birthed by clouded eyes
that see spirit in everything,
and blindly accept song and calling,
and I need not reflect
but humbly share
by faucon of Sakin'el
Facing the Mirror by Verity
An Encounter at the Mirror by Lori Gloyd
The Law of Reflection by Charlotte Greene
Talking Mirrors Images on Water by Imogen Crest
Not Happy Jan by Heather Blakey
The Gorgon's Mirror by Luna Eternally
Jan Not Happy by Chameleon
The Ending by Lois Daley
A Befuddled Mirror by faucon of Sakin'el
Mirror Mirror by Melody Adams
Smoke and Mirrors by Gail Kavanagh
How brave are you feeling? Visit the mirror room and learn more about your creative self?
Make a hiss-tory snake by drawing a serpent and filling it's scales with small scales that record your life. Mark things such as your first kiss, the day a precious pet died, the time you fell off your bike an grazed your knees. You may even use tiles to project the future.