“When he was on the point of death… he said, ‘Try to bring back the god in us to the divine in the All!’ and, as a snake crept under the bed on which he was lying and disappeared into a hole in the wall, he breathed his last.”
– The Life of Plotinus by Porphyry
The idea of a snake creeping under our bed during our moment of death may not strike us as something particularly attractive, but on the contrary, it is a beautiful omen. It symbolizes the shedding of one’s exterior self -as in removing the snake’s skin- so as to participate more fully in the inner, spiritual domain.
Click on the image above for a video commentary on the final tractate of the first Ennead of Plotinus.