The following is a beautiful excerpt from a book by Ray Grasse, The Waking Dream: Unlocking the Symbolic Language of Our Lives.
In mythological terms, the process of which the myriad forms of meaning unfold from their source in Spirit is poetically evoked through the image of the dismembered God who, like the Egyptian god Osiris is torn to pieces. Like light dividing into colors as it passes through a prism or notes synthesized from shapeless white noise, so within the realm of time and space, Spirit fractures into many parts. Each embodies facet of the divine nature, much like a particular color represents a single frequency of the entire spectrum. In a sense, the archetypes can be regarded as fragmented aspects of our own being.
All symbols stand in relationship to the ground of Spirit, or Self-conscious awareness. We might say that any archetype expresses a particular trajectory relative to the Divine… Hence, while the entire range of archetypes could be called “spiritual” because they are rooted in the divine Source, the central archetype represents spirit at its purest or most concentrated. Spirit in the mystical sense can be thought of as awareness in undiluted form, in a state of complete and absolute attention upon an object or action or, in its undifferentiated state, on itself.
In religious terms, thus, the fountain from which all meaning flows is the fundamental I AM THAT I AM residing eternally radiant beneath all surface modifications of mind. With its roots deep in this luminous Source, consciousness is at its center eternally Self-aware, giving meaning to the world by forever reflecting upon itself. … In several esoteric traditions, the paradox of the Self reflecting upon its own nature was symbolized by the image of the serpent eating its own tail, called the ouroboros. The Self must forever eat of – meditate upon – the Self in order to sustain the Self. Through this act of Self-reflection, the Self not only regenerates its own existence, but all the existences of which it is aware.