The symbol of a snake biting its own tail is prominent in Norse mythology. Many associate Jormungand with Ragnarok and the end of the worlds, but this is not the whole story.
Snakes in general represent renewal as they shed their skin. They were also ancient symbols of fertility, and could represent both male and female power, depending on the culture.
In biting its own tail the ouroboros is the ever-turning wheel of the cosmos. It is the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Just as the world keeps turning and the seasons keep changing, our lives keep shifting, following an ever-moving cycle. Sometimes we have ups, sometimes downs, but our lives always keep moving, even if we ourselves feel stuck or static.
Time itself is one great cycle, always moving, yet in itself is not linear. It contains beginnings and endings, but has no beginning and no end. Just like the ouroboros.
So when you make your plans or vows for 2016, bear in mind Jormungand. While to some (s)he may represent destruction, this is just one aspect. Think on the symbolism of the ouroboros and look deeper to the messages hidden beneath. If you seek renewal, a fresh start, a ‘new you’, or the end of old habits, behaviours and ways of being, then call on Jormungand. The Midgard Serpent may just listen; serpents are, after all, very good at sensing things.