An emblem of Satan and sin. The tempter appeared in that form to our first parents in Eden. In Christian art it is associated with

  • Blessed Virgin Mary where it is often placed beneath her feet: “the seed of the woman shall crush his head.”
  • Saint Benedict of Nursia
  • Saint Christina of Bolsena
  • Saint Hilary
  • Saint Hilda of Whitby
  • Saint Honorat
  • Saint James of the Marches
  • Saint John the Evangelist
  • Saint Julius of Novara
  • Saint Luis Beltran
  • Saint Patrick

On the other hand, a serpent twined around a cross is an emblem of Our Lord, recalling the brazen serpent which Moses erected to cure the Israelites in the desert.

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