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Symbolic Meaning - The snake knot is an omen of good fortune and health, and symbolizes wisdom and strength. Unlike in Western cultures where anything associated with snakes was regarded as evil, in Eastern and ancient Egyptian cultures, snakes used to be consired guardians of treasure and riches, protectors of kings. They could even prolong life and imbue eternity, help with fertility and to bring in a good crop.
About the Snake Knot - Also known as the Chinese Snake Knot, occasionally as Spanish Knot, although according to my knotting books, a Spanish Knot, it is not. The only knot similar to the snake knot I found in my nautical knotting books is called a Japanese Single Carrick (Encyclopedia of Knots and Fancy Rope Work by Raoul Graumont and John Hensel).
About Interlocking Snake Knot Sennits - Interlocking is an addition I made to the name as some snake knot sennits are made with separate snake knots and others by connected ones. Rattlesnake knots is another name I run into when doing research online but it did not depict the same sennit on all mentions.
About the Tibetan Method - The traditional method to tie snake knots, I learned many years ago, is awkward and time consuming. It is not until this year researching this project, that I came up with the idea which is probably a rediscovery, that instead of tightening the snake knot, one loop could be left open at all time, and then it all fell into place. This method, I assume must be an ancient Tibetan method known and coveted by its practitioners. It is easier, and faster than the Traditional method. And it becomes a meditation. I am glad to share it with you as well as all the professional tips to make these Tibetan knotted bracelets look awesome.
Personal Note - I was looking for a project highlighting Tibetan Buddhist 5 Color Cord and found bracelets made with snake knots. The tutorial for these bracelet was added to my to do list, however in the process I had to learn how to do a video. Doing video has also been on my to do list for many years... I have already several other videos planned, so keep tuned in.