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Black Books

Serpent:  Atmaviktu is a kobold, a conjuror of serpents, and is himself a serpent. Do I know who I am?

Soul:  You should know, you blind worm.

Serpent:  My name is my essence. I have been called Atmaviktu since my birth, if it has ever taken place. Perhaps I always was and always will be. How should I know who I am? ~The Black Books, Vol. VI, Page 290

Serpent: Atmaviktu? I am the kernel of the self The self is no man.

That was Atmaviktu’s error.

That was my banishment and my darkness for many thousands of years.

Soul:  So that is Atmaviktu!

Jung: But what is the green robe?

Serpent: That’s Atmaviktu’s cloak, which he took off as a man when he died and became an animal.

Soul:  Yet what is the robe?

Serpent: His humanity. ~The Black Books, Vol. VI, Page 291

Soul: Tell me, why did Atmaviktu become a man?

Serpent:  It was unavoidable.

He became sick from longing for man.

His head hurt, because he could not think what he did.

Therefore he became a man for the sake of healing.

He remained in this state, and that was his error, since no one can become their own mantle.

He realized this and died, in that he went into the forest and became a bear.

Through this men became more human and began to build castles and left the forests to the bears.

As they spread and increased their power, they cleared out the woods.

Then Atmaviktu died for the third time and drew himself back as an otter into the water.

Once more men spread themselves and built ships and headed to new shores.

Then Atmaviktu died for the fourth time and became a black newt and drew himself back into the waters under the earth.

But men conquered the whole earth and flooded everything with their might.

However in the darkness Atmaviktu found his own self again, namely, myself, the white, self-illuminating serpent, which feeds on fire and has also swallowed the last error of Atmaviktu. ~Serpent, The Black Books, Vol. VI, Page 291-292