The ouroboros or uroboro (represented as a snake or dragon that eats its tail) is a very ancient symbolism present in many traditions throughout the world.
Its common meaning is the cyclical nature of things and the totality of the whole.
One of his oldest representations is found in an Egyptian funerary text, another one was reproduced by Theodoros Pelecanos on the basis of Synosius a lost manuscript, a representation related to alchemy is found instead in an ancient collection of Greek writings , in Islamic alchemy is present in the ancient text Kitab al-Aqalim by Abu 'l-Qāsim al-Irāqī, in hermetic circles, in Gnosticism, also present in an ancient map of Japan and in many other representations in different parts of the world and in various cultures also as artistic works.
In the alchemical tradition, the Ouroboros is a very emblematic and important symbol at the same time, it represents the great alchemical process, the image of a process, in itself concluded, that takes place continuously and that takes place through the increase of temperature, evaporation, cooling and condensation, a cycle that serves to refine substances, great work and quintessence.
"Everything is transformed, nothing is created and nothing is destroyed"
This phrase, this concept embodies the great meaning of this symbol, the cyclical nature of the principles of material and spiritual life, in an eternal cyclical movement of regeneration, represents unity, universal energy and therefore perfection.