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Live is an Neverending Circle

On the book cover you see the Auryn. The AURYN is an uroboros, which is a fancy way of describing a snake that’s biting its own tail, only with the AURYN there are two snakes, each swallowing the other’s tail. There are several layers to this symbolism. First, the snake represents rejuvenation and rebirth since the reptile routinely sloughs off its skin because nature is awesome. Next, there is an element of duality to this uroboros that is further highlighted by the two metals. The snakes appear to be made of gold and silver. Gold is often associated with the sun and silver with the moon, two major celestial bodies that are opposites, but share the same sky and move in predictable cycles. Lastly, the snakes are in an endless knot, representing an unending cycle that cannot be untied.

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As in the book “The Neverending Story” from writer Michael Ende,a troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of the mysterious book “The Neverending Story”.

Now it is a mysterious E-Book “Superintelligence2525/Supi2525” from
Writer Friedel Jonker, where you could dive into a new Digital World through the pages and Hypermedia of “Superintelligence2525/Supi2525”.

It is perhaps fitting that the ancient ouroboros marks the beginning – and end – of Never Ending Stories, a major exhibition currently showing at Germany’s Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Spanning multiple mediums, time periods, and fields, the exhibition explores the concept of the loop on a hitherto unseen scale. “The loop is very telling for our times,” says curator Ralf Beil, “and the concept of the loop has never been presented in a larger consideration of time and space.” Organised into 14 thematic sections, Never Ending Stories looks at loops in not only religion and philosophy, but also modern and contemporary art, film, music and literature.

The oldest-known ouroboros appeared on a golden shrine in the tomb of Tutankhamen – ‘King Tut’ – in Egypt in the 13th Century BC, after a brief lull in traditional religion brought about by his predecessor, Akhenaten. According to leading Egyptologist Jan Assmann, the symbol “refers to the mystery of cyclical time, which flows back into itself”. The ancient Egyptians understood time as a series of repetitive cycles, instead of something linear and constantly evolving; and central to this idea was the flooding of the Nile and the journey of the sun.

Known as the oldest allegorical symbol in alchemy, the ouroboros in this context represented the concept of eternity and endless return, as well as the unity of time’s beginning and end, rather than the Egypt-specific journeys of the sun and the Nile. Elsewhere on the papyrus, in a double ring, appears the complete maxim, of which ‘One is All’ is only a part: ‘One is All, and by it All, and for it All’, it reads, ‘and if it does not contain All, then All is Nothing’.

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