Each magic journal or book of shadow I make features a different symbol or a combination of them on its cover. I have quite a collection of symbols that I use and I wanted to talk about their symbolism and presence in my magic journals, grimoires or spell books. This is important because the choice of such journal is made in accordance with the personal beliefs of its owner.
The Ouroboros symbol comes from the Greek magical tradition and was used in Gnosticism, Hermeticism and mostly in alchemy. In Egypt the image of a snake biting its tail was given the meaning of the cyclical nature of the year. For alchemists it was thought to bring release and liberation due to its focus on the eternal unity of all things and its mmeaning of a cycle of birth and death. In Gnosticism it symbolized eternity and the soul of the world.