The Rainbow Serpent

Photo courtesy Ryan Means

By Ghost Dancer

In the lore of all the Southeastern Peoples Rainbow Serpents are powerful beings that live in the waters, be they springs, creeks, rivers, lakes, and even the oceans. These beings have a world which exists beneath the waters. Usually when you see a whirlpool or such in the waters it means one or more rainbow serpents are swimming in a circle energizing their power.

These beings have two sides. They help, protect, heal, and save those who deserve or in need of help, protection, healing or saving. They also have the ability to attack and destroy those that are bad, evil and are doing something wrong.

These beings sing, and even enchant two legged ones to come to the water and join them, especially the young ones they feel have beautiful hearts. These beings truly live on love and they need to have beauty all around them. They can change themselves and walk on the ground as you and me, or they can crawl as a serpent upon the ground as well.

Usually a person doesn’t see more than a glimpse of the Rainbow Serpents unless they are alone or in the water. Their shapes and colorations are like those of rainbows, hence their name. The Rainbow Serpent’s beauty, gifts of knowledge, and singing makes them a powerful force that draws people to them. There are females, males, old and young. They rule the waters and all life in the water loves them and will help them.

In the old times, children were brought to the waters to learn or to be given a loving home and family if a child’s family has been killed or if a child has been left alone or abandoned. Here comes the Rainbow Serpents then, for they are drawn by the hurt and sadness of the child just as when a child or baby is lost or abandoned in the forest, the tree spirit, animal spirit, bird spirit, or the winged serpent, will come to take the child and love it as a family and protect it. Many of these children will transform and become as one of their new family. Or they may become a spiritual person and return to help their people and bring new teachings or bring ancient teachings back to their people.

As in all cultures, many times upheavals happen, and the wise teachers are lost. Over long periods of time, people forget or get away from the true teachings they were given and taught in the past. When the true teachers are no longer present, others will twist the wise teaching, or short cut it or use it for their own personal gain. So, someone or something must come forth to get the people back on the right track or back to the spiritual path. When these special gifted children are taught by the Rainbow Serpents, they are asked if they will take the task and responsibility to go back and help the ones that need it or even the ones that abandoned them.

I hope this gives you a better understanding of the Rainbow Serpent.

Ghost Dancer, 20 January 2018

Published by E.P.Dixon

I am an elder and a seeker. Many years ago I was given the honorary name, Sings Many Songs by a lifelong friend and leader of Creek, Shawnee, Cherokee, Métis descent. The name was a gift to honor my interest and prayers for his people and my work to help him restore and keep alive the rightful place of the Creek Peoples in the history and cultural fabric of the Southeastern homeland. I’m an outsider by nature, always looking through cracks in the fences of life, just trying to make sense of the world. Being an outsider can be lonely sometimes, but oh, what treasures can be found in most unexpected places. The name “Sings” began to take on a its purest meaning as I reached out for understanding and came to know some remarkable Native warriors hidden in a world of their own. As a writer and editor of sorts, my goal with Journeys of the Spirit is to give voice to two who have so enriched my life and my journey. My hope is more and more people will come to know, love, and understand these two kind and generous Native elders through their own stories, art, wisdom, knowledge, humor and insights into worlds few of us can even imagine as we follow their personal “Journeys of the Spirit.” I may also have a few worthwhile things to say from time to time, and I might even invite some other writers to share stories about their spiritual journeys.

3 thoughts on “The Rainbow Serpent

    1. I haven’t either. That’s why I included the link to read about the natural history of the very reclusive rainbow snake. They are said to be the most beautiful snake in North America. Entirely harmless. But me, I think all snakes are beautiful gifts of nature even the few that can put a hurt on you.


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