"Eve was not talking to a snake. She was speaking to a bright, shining, upright being who was serpentine in appearance, and who was trying to bewitch her with lies." - Sound Doctrine Ministries
I've known for years it wasn't a snake or serpent in the story of the Garden of Eden. It was a nachash, which means "shining one" and to "hiss or whisper" like a snake (and as in the whispering of soothsayers - those who claim they can tell the future). For that matter, "Lucifer," which appears only once in the Bible, also means "shining one." (Not surprisingly one of the negative aspects of the word "Lucifer" means "to boast.")
A "shining one" would appear to be good but in reality is bad. Isn't that the way it always is? And who does the nachash first target? The woman.
Women oftentimes look at the surface of things. Being run by their feelings and lacking analytical ability (not all but a lot) of course they'll fall for something that looks good on the surface.
The nachash is also described as "subtle," as in "crafty and cunning."
So then, all you have to do to con most woman is to shine, to boast, to be crafty and cunning and deceive them. To tell them, like a soothsayer, that things will get better for them if they listen to liars. After all, women are the daughters of Eve, just as men are the sons of Adam.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?