Jabberwocky Appreciation Day is a time set aside to celebrate the myriad lesser, or pseudo dragons around the world. Tree skimmers and diggers, water dragons and house dragons, large and small, strange and beautiful, this is their day.
Mythically, from India to the Sahara, from Egypt to Scandinavia, Gnostics to Jungians, with tail between his teeth, the ouroboros has made order out of chaos, held the world together and even helped tear it apart.
In recent millennia, the ouroboros have taken on more symbolic roles. Plato saw them as representative of the universe as an eternal, cyclical entity. Alchemists took them as their emblem of immortality, slayer and life-giver all in one. They’re also seen as hermaphroditic – both fertilizer and egg-layer in one. Today, they are most often seen as the symbol of eternity, the cycle of life, reminding us that what goes around definitely comes around. And mght just bite us in the ass.
Sadly, sightings of full-grown ouroboros are few and far between these days. Some cryptoherpetologists believe the armadillo lizard of southern Africa is their modern descendant, but, marvelous as these creatures are, there is little evidence they carry any draconic DNA.