method, search for knowledge, guide, experiential and intellectual practice
After exploring intuition, mind and the unconscious, Hope is in need of a clear method to advance on its journey. The Path to knowledge that leads through the experienced, the experimental and the intellect opens up by stepping onto the hanging bridge and entering the mouth of the snake. The snake appears in the Tarot of Hope as the ancient creature that reminds us of a sacred and sensuous wisdom that cannot so much be written down as danced out to the trance of her hypnotic stare. The snake is an age-old symbol for the pharmakon: the medicine that simultaneously heals and poisons, the one that gives life and takes it away. But she is also the figure that embraces the world, biting her own tail: the snake is the beginning and ending of all that is.