The story of the ouroboros (see the previous posts by selecting the Category: Ouroboros) has led to a significant message: Does it have a message for us and if so, what is it? I believe it does.
This message is contained in a part of the Ouroboros symbol that is unique to it – the space in which the tail is dissolved in its mouth and at the same time the space immediately behind its head extends or grows to allow the tail to be continuously destroyed as energy for the creation of the body. Continuous destruction leading to continuous renewal is one way to think of this special space. To do so, however, one has to see the Ouroboros in motion rather than as a static image. Think of the symbol as a photographic snapshot of a process, something that could not be depicted directly in a two dimensional etching, drawing or carving. Now, imagine the figure animated and at once it is apparent that for the this motion to be sustained continuously as the body must be replaced as the tail is devoured to continue the cycle of destruction and creation. To make this in motion image more viable and vibrant think of the Greek words describing the image – “tail devourer.” The Ouroboros is not biting its tail off in an act of self destruction but rather is consuming it to create the energy for resurrection – a continuous cycle of life and death.
This, I submit for your consideration, is the secret of the Ouroboros revered especially by alchemists who saw it in this way as the supreme image of cycle of destruction and creation in which they desired to participate. This idea was expressed in an ancient alchemy text:
“Nature rejoices in nature; nature charms nature; nature triumphs over nature; and nature masters nature; and this is not from one nature opposing another, but through the one and same nature, through the alchemical process, with great care and great effort.” 
Dennis Hauck identified a way to look at this paradox that lies at the center of alchemy and the Ouroboros:
“It is not generally known, but Godel proved that ultimately, logical thinking can never know truth. Without going into a lot of detail, he developed an introspective form of mathematics that used self-referencing propositions to expose fundamental problems in the foundations of mathematics. His Incompleteness Theorem demonstrated that no matter what “axiomatic system” or logical approach you take — no matter how complicated — you will never be able to explain the complexity of the universe. In other words, provability is a weaker notion that truth. I can show that right now, in fact. Just reflect on the following sentence: “This statement is false.” At first you think it is a false statement, but you realize if the statement is really false, then it must be a true statement; yet if it is a true statement, it cannot be a false statement. Try it! You get caught in what Godel called a Strange Loop. So, there is something fundamentally flawed in our idea of yes/no, true/untrue, and that means there is something fundamentally wrong with binary logic itself, which is the heart of computers.”
Hauck goes on to say that alchemists understood the concept of a “Strange Loop” and used it to grasp and important element of the mystery behind the Ouroboros. For them, it could be understood as Socrates’ expression: “Know thyself” because all is one. 
Looking back on the images of the Ouroboros we have seen and the different interpretations of its meaning we have explored, is there an interpretation of its message that includes most of versions that have come down to us? Perhaps there are none and we will go on wondering just what it is telling us. Yet, I would like to lightly hold a concept for us to consider. It is the continuous cycle of change. The Ouroboros is in motion consuming part of itself to feed the purpose of its life and that of all life – creation, not a creation limited to the expression of one idea or thing for one time but a willing, conscious participation in the eternal process of recreating what exists in new ways and in new forms by seeing the One expressed in the all. From an alchemical perspective, the moment of creation could be seen as the moment when two seemingly contradictory things form simultaneously. One is yet unformed by living water of life that has many names given to it by alchemists and the other a solid and dead thing that when brought fully to life is the Stone. The act of creation does not make a distinction between things and life – One is All and All is One.
This concept is not an answer to the mystery of the Ouroboros or the reason for its thousands of years long, global wide existence as a symbol of our view of the Universe in which we live. It is a clue. And if we are to understand this mystery, we must begin with this clue, bring it fully into our consciousness and remain fully aware that we are the creator of our lives, that the fullness of our being lies in our hands and that we are all alchemists.