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Cracking Into Symbolic Egg Meaning

symbolic egg meaning
Egg meaning is a lot more profound that what we find in our Easter baskets or Sunday skillets

Not-So-Simple Symbolic Egg Meaning





Such a simple, benign looking thing.  So unassuming.  Sure, it’s the ‘incredible edible egg’, but the egg is also incredibly symbolic. Consider: All life comes from some kind of egg, whether in the form of seed underground, or a vessel within the womb.

As Easter is fast approaching, I thought it might be cool to talk about symbolic egg meaning on a broader scale.

This being the month of April, it’s noteworthy that the full moon of this month is called the Egg Moon.  This is according to Native American Iroquois tradition.  This full moon prompts us to celebrate the explosion of bright beauty surging forth by the prompting of the Egg Moon. This Native American moon signifies the birth and creation of new life across the land.  Furthermore, the Native belief is this moon actually lures the life out of the ground, encouraging sprouts to spring to life.  Learn more about meaning of Native American Moon Names here.

Also this time of year, the egg is used in Christianity as a symbol of the resurrection of Christ.  In essence, the egg is a metaphor for Christ breaking the for from the tomb of death just as new life cracks out of the casing of an egg.  This comparison is featured during springtime festivals like Easter which deals with Christ’s spiritual ascendance and resurgence, as well as the celebrating the return of spring.

On the whole, egg meaning deals with fertility and creation. Countless creation myths begin with a grandiose, cosmic egg. Upon breaking open, the contents ooze out and begin forming the universe as it is known in whatever culture telling the story.

symbolic egg meaning
Alchemists belief the entire universe was hatched from an egg

In Alchemy, the yellow yolk is symbolic of gold, and the sun.  This yolk stands for vibrant goodies like: Life, Vitality, Light and Truth. The albumen (that white slimy stuff) signifies silver and the moon. The albumen is symbolic of neat things like: Support, Purification, Clarification, Nourishment.


Alchemists have fascinating beliefs about the egg as the origin of all life.  This is shown in intricate illustrations of a serpent wrapped around the cosmic egg. This serpent is often called a uroboros…it is the serpent that eats its own tail.  This is symbolic of always coming back full circle. The uroboros hugging the egg of the universe is symbolic of the ever recycling nature of life.  There is no end or beginning, always a return to the source.  That’s pretty heavy, I know, but there isn’t much in Alchemy that’s sweet and simple. In short, the serpent wrapped around the cosmic egg is symbolic of: Beginnings, Renewal, Infinite Potenential.

The egg is also a universal symbol of promise and potential. Within any egg, at any given time, there rests dormant the possibility of life Within that possibility of life infinite diversity. What I mean is, the egg prompts questions of potential like: How will this life manifest? Green eyes or blue? Prince or pauper? Rooster or hen? Fuzzy or silky? Genius or diabolic?  In this sense, egg meaning also reminds us of the delicate balance of duality.  In a way, the egg is a yin yang symbol.  There is no such thing as all good or all bad.  There is always a mix.  But there is always a higher probability for certain traits.

Symbolic Meaning of Uroboros

Meaning of Alchemy Symbols

Symbolic Meaning of Gold

Tags: Alchemy | Natural Symbolism

Symbolism of Gold
Symbolism of Gold

Technically (and alchemically) speaking, gold is a soft, shiny, yellow, heavy, malleable, ductile metal.  It is also a trivalent and a univalent which means it’s a transitional metal.

As a transitional metal, gold is symbolic of flexibility on our spiritual path while life experience galvanizes our faith.

One of the more valued elements, gold represents perfection in all matter, on any level. It also symbolizes humankind’s quest to perfect, illuminate and refine his/herself.

Because of its resistance to heat and acid, gold is a symbol of immutability, eternity and perfection.

Because of its golden color, it is almost universally associated with solar symbolism.  This gives gold such attributes as:

  • Vitality
  • Life
  • Health
  • Radiance
  • Wisdom
  • Clarity
  • Unification
  • Virtue
  • Light

In Christian symbolism, gold is considered an attribute of virtue and golden hues are used quite often in Christian art to convey divine love.

The infamous legend of alchemists turning common metals into gold is actually a parable for the human quest to change base vulgarities like greed, hate and selfishness into qualities like love, virtue and compassion through the process of self-purification.  Ergo, gold is symbolic of this transition of the soul.

Other symbolic fodder:

Symbolism in Alchemical Elements

Symbolism of Silver

Symbolism of Copper and Finding Pennies

Symbolism of the Diamond in Alchemy