Sss! Snake Symbolism

The only snakes you should hope to meet in a cemetery is the symbolic snake, representing sin and Satan, hence the fall of Man.


This serpent sits on the grave of a member of the Order of FreeMasons.

The ancient image of a snake eating its tail is called ouroboros, a constant re-creation of itself. Thought to cheat death and gain vigor by shedding their skins they were also recognized as a symbol of everlasting life.

snake tail

 An intertwined snake forming an infinite number 8 also represents eternity.


A snake wrapped around a cross is a Masonic symbol, representing Christ’s crucifixion.

snake cross

A snake on the rod of Asclepius (the Greek God of Medicine) represents a person who was in the medical profession.


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