While many assumptions may be made about the symbolism of the Swankety Snakes, please be assured that they were created from intentional high vibration alchemy for all that is
sweet and pure and good.
My sister, Laura Parsons, did all of the amazing art detail work. The concept came from me.
Snakes are an important spiritual totem in my life and can be traced back to the dreams of my childhood- nightmares actually where I would wake myself up from a dream scream while wading through a sea of serpents at my Grandmother’s house where I spent as much time as possible as a child playing “dress up” with my cousin. (This is where I learned to sew from my Aunt, who also lived there and had a beauty salon in her basement.) The snake dreams continued throughout my life and helped me to awaken to a greater spiritual reality than the narrowly focused religion that I was taught in childhood. The dreams led to research. I gradually saw the snake as another spirit guide to show me how deeply embedded patriarchal rule had framed everything I knew. The dreams became interesting and helpful, rather than scary.
For me, the symbol had to be a visual representation of the two S’s of Swankety Swank. I also liked the idea of the two sides that came from the same being. With intentions of designing and presenting as much gender fluidity as possible, the symbol embodied that. Allison Bechdel’s writing stands out to me when she says “The serpent is a vexingly ambiguous archetype. It’s obviously a phallus, yet a more ancient and universal symbol of the feminine principle would be hard to come by… perhaps this undifferentiation is the point.”
Snakes represent many ideas, plenty of which I align with personally. Forgive me for resorting to bullet points, but each of these can be an entire essay:
- A balanced masculine and feminine energy within one being.
- A yin and yang balance of dark and light within one being.
- The healing ancient symbol of Caduceus, which was originally a symbol for commerce and is now the medical profession healing symbol.
- The Ouroboros and concepts of perpetual cyclic renewal of life and infinity, birth and rebirth.
- The Kundalini snake and all of the internal healing of chakra power with a mind. body, and spirit connectivity.
- The Eve and serpent story which Hebrew Bible scholars recognize was anti-Canaanite in narrative and can be traced back to divorcing the Isrealites from the Canaanite goddess Asherah, the original goddess. (See The Mythology of Eden by Arthur George)
- The Hebrew noun for serpent is “Nahas” and indicates divination, while the same word as verb means to practice divination and observe omens.
One of the best symbolic physical traits from snakes is the shedding of skin. The idea of leaving the past behind us and rebirthing a new glorious way added to the grand vision for the rebranding of Swankety Swank.
May hemp fields and goddess energy once again thrive on this planet as we balance our divine feminine power with the masculine, and continue to improve ourselves and our environment.
-by Yabette Swank, founder
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