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The Great Serpent ring is an item of organizational regalia worn by the Aes Sedai, as well as their upper initiates, the Accepted. It is a golden ring fashioned into the shape of a serpent biting its own tail, a symbol of the Wheel of Time itself.


The Great Serpent ring is given to women training at the White Tower after she is raised from novice to Accepted.[1]

When a woman is raised from Accepted to Aes Sedai, the ring is set with a gemstone matching the color of an Aes Sedai's Ajah. Some rings will have no stones, meaning that a woman is either still an Accepted, or was put out of the Tower before she could reach the rank of Aes Sedai.[2]

After an Aes Sedai dies, her ring may be melted back down into gold, joining the gold of other melted rings, and from which new rings are forged.[3] If the Aes Sedai has a surviving Warder, it is considered a responsibility for him to bring her ring back to the White Tower for this purpose.[4]



Great Serpent rings appear often, in nearly every episode that features an Aes Sedai. Some notable appearances:



Behind the scenes[]

Changes from the book series[]

The Great Serpent ring is an adaptation of the item of the same name Booklink.svg (book spoilers!) from the book series.


  1. The Wheel of Time Origins, episode 5: The White Tower.
  2. Rosamund Pike. Live Q&A with Rosamund Pike. November 19, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Research consultant Sarah Nakamura confirmed on Twitter that a ring is brought "back to the Tower, so that it could be melted in the Flame and reunited with the gold of the rings of all Aes Sedai from the past." When asked if "new [rings are] made from it", Nakamura responded: "That's the idea!"(Screenshots.
  4. As indicated by Moiraine, and later shown in ritual, in: The Wheel of Time, season 1 episode 5: Blood Calls Blood.