The poisonous snake, carrying deadly venom, crawls sinuously across the path. The market, a deadly predator, moves in a serpentine course across the screen. Both show no mercy. One can take your money; the other can take your life. One can take your body; the other can take your soul.
The Crafty Serpent
The serpent in Genesis is a paradoxical creature. On one hand he is portrayed as crafty—perhaps, even deceitful—and on the other hand, he is the bringer of consciousness.
3 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:1-5, ESV).
Decisions . . . Decisions
In order to possess free will and make moral decisions, you must know the difference between good and evil. Paradoxically, the serpent is the bringer of this necessary consciousness.
In dreams, being bitten by a snake means becoming more conscious. In trading, being bitten by a snake means realizing that trading is part of a multi-dimensional reality similar to the matrix, and you need greater consciousness to navigate this reality. Jesus said, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16, KJV).
And Peter Falk yelled “Serpentine!”—when Alan Arkin ran safely through a field of gunfire in a straight line (The In-Laws, 1979). Arkin realizing his running error, ran back through the gunfire to his original spot turned around and ran through the field of gunfire again in a serpentine manner. Sounds like trading.