(Hebrew - serpent) In Hebrew this word is associated with magic and enchantment. It is related to and pronounced almost the same as the Sanskrit word naga. Most authorities agree that, as it is used in the first of Genesis, this word cannot mean simply a snake. It is the ego which indeed winds about the heart of a man and envelops it in its coils, having nothing to do with a serpent except as a metaphor. In various usages one may read it as ego or as kundalini or as something not quite one nor the other.