I got very excited to see this symbol on my way to old town Stockholm. I decided to write a quick description of the symbol over my phone.
While first emerging in Ancient Egypt, the Ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist’s opus. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism.
The Ouroboros often symbolizes self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things such as the phoenix which operate in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end.
As you can see everything goes back to the ancient Egypt again and more interestingly to our favorite bird – Phoenix.
To find out more about Phoenix please read my article called: The Symbol of the Two Headed Eagle – St. Petersburg, Russia