Legend of the Green Snake

I was inspired by my recent visit to Rwanda, in June 2023, to create a pathworking, or guided meditation, about the connection to nature, the forest, to the hills and lakes there. It turned out to be a story… a legend of the Green Snake, loved and feared by Rwandans.

(Spotted Bush Snake)

Imagine a vibrant green snake with scales that shimmer like emeralds in the sunlight. Its eyes are a piercing yellow, reflecting intelligence and a hint of mystery. This serpent gracefully weaves through the lush foliage of a tropical jungle, its sinuous movements almost hypnotic.

Legend tells of an ancient forest where the spirits of nature gathered to create a guardian for the heart of the jungle. As moonlight bathed the sacred grove, leaves and vines wove together, and the essence of the vibrant flora converged to form the green snake. Infused with the wisdom of the forest and the serenity of the moon, this mystical serpent emerged as a protector of the delicate balance within the enchanted realm.

The green snake of the forest was known as Sylvanith, a name derived from the whispers of the wind through the ancient trees. Sylvanith’s role was to safeguard the secrets of the woodland, ensuring the harmony between creatures and the natural world. Legends spoke of those fortunate enough to encounter Sylvanith feeling a deep connection to the magic woven into the heart of the lush, mystical groves.

Sylvanith, often described as an androgynous being, embodies both the nurturing aspects of the forest’s feminine energy and the protective strength associated with masculine attributes. The creature’s gender, however, remains a mystery, adding to the enigmatic nature of this guardian serpent.

Sylvanith’s multiplication was a magical process too, rooted in the essence of the forest itself. During special celestial alignments, the spirit of Sylvanith would commune with the heart of the jungle. In these moments, the energy of the forest would give rise to new serpentine guardians. Small, ethereal serpents would emerge from the roots of ancient trees, carrying within them the essence and wisdom of Sylvanith. These offspring would then grow and mature, continuing the legacy of protecting the mystical woodlands.

How can we honour Sylvanith?

To honour Sylvanith, consider embracing a connection with nature and promoting its well-being. Here are a few ways that you can help, even in small ways:

  1. Nature Conservation: Contribute to the preservation of forests and natural habitats. Support or participate in local conservation efforts.
  2. Planting Trees: Participate in tree-planting initiatives or create a small garden. This symbolizes your commitment to nurturing the environment.
  3. Educate Others: Share knowledge about the importance of nature and ecosystems. Encourage others to appreciate and protect the beauty of the natural world.
  4. Mindful Practices: Adopt eco-friendly habits in your daily life, such as reducing waste, recycling, and minimizing your ecological footprint.
  5. Artistic Expressions: Create art or stories inspired by Sylvanith to spread awareness about the magical and essential role of nature.
  6. Celebrate and follow ‘The Wheel of the Year’, giving special attention to the lunar cycle and celebrating the Full Moon.

By embodying these practices, you contribute to the well-being of the environment and, in spirit, honour the Guardian Serpent Sylvanith and the many hosts of ‘Spirits of the Land’.


(Rwandan Tree Snake)














The SC moon calendar, actual: https://silvercircle.org/calendar/





Over Morgana

"Morgana is Anglo/Dutch and lives in the Netherlands. She is a practising Gardnerian HPS. Over the years, she has facilitated a variety of Wiccan groups. She is co-editor of the international and bilingual "Wiccan Rede" magazine, which was launched in 1980 and is coordinator of Silver Circle, a Wiccan network in the Netherlands. As International Coordinator for PFI she travels extensively giving talks and workshops about Wicca and Paganism."
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