Snakes are a much-maligned totem within magic and it’s practice. They’re often associated with liars and cheats and venemous tongues, but never for their practicality, their ability to heal, and their talent for understanding. In all my years working with serpentine spirits like Leviathan, Vasudeva, and Snake Mother, I’ve come to understand that they are often rather maternal in their presence, but calculatedly so. They seem to readily reflect the status quo as a means of coming to master it and its subtleties. As such, they are very water & earth-based, with a focus on reading the waters’ flow and how it connects ports and poets alike.
If you seek to work with serpents, you seek to work within the cosmic flow. In so doing, they will mandate that you rectify what is wrong within your life. This is not a moral attachment, but rather a judgement of levelness according to the cosmic balance. This is where Karma is made manifest, but also the means of appropriate action by way of which such causes and effects occurs harmoniously.
The more harmoniously situations can unfold, the less pain and frustration there is to be had overall. Learning to work in this way has its frustrations, to be sure, but it’s also about learning your limitations and steadily, consistently pushing out beyond them as a means of achieving growth.
It’s a kind of weight training for the soul. The spirits who engage in such things are demanding, but they’re demanding because they know what’s what. Working with those rigors can be immensely beneficial and instructive if you're willing to fully engage with these beings and their teachers.
Food for thought.