I’ve been running across this symbol a lot lately – in seemingly unrelated places. What do you know about the Caduceus?
It’s frequently associated with medecine, messengers, and the Greek god Hermes. Does anyone have any other background history on it? For instance, if it is a mythical staff, what powers would this staff confer? Who made the first caduceus? What do the snakes represent?
@manimal, I feel like you would have some interesting stuff to say.
Many people often mean the Rod of Asclepius when they think about medicine…
From what I have learned about the Rod of Asclepius:
“Asclepius derived his name from healing soothingly and from deferring the withering that comes with death. For this reason, therefore, they give him a serpent as an attribute, indicating that those who avail themselves of medical science undergo a process similar to the serpent in that they, as it were, grow young again after illnesses and slough off old age;”
Or, in other words, those who are afflicted by death (illness) and yet can shed it (through medecine).
The staff, some theorize, refers to the ancient tradition of itinerant healers. Those who, having medical knowledge, would travel around and heal people.
@dalniente, I’m really glad you pointed me towards the Rod of Asclepius; I was looking for information on it without even realizing it.
@birdflyinghigh, i was a little bit drunk the first time i decided to try dmt… wasnt necessarily a bad decision but a caduceus constructed itself in my hallucination and overtook my whole trip and left a lasting impression with me wondering what the fuck was going on. didnt remember much. just a big ass caduceus with snakes and shit. later to find out im a virgo with a birthday on the first day of virgo august 24th, and my ruling planet = mercury = hermes
@birdflyinghigh, The “staff” is the spine, AKA the staff of Jacob. The slithering snakes represent both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems (AKA tree of life and wisdom) and what the chinese call Kan & Li (-kundalini-fire and water.) The dual energy flow of your body.
The wings are the symbol of ascenscion, which can mean a plethora of different things.
The symbol has been used in many different contexts, and I have no idea which one is the original or correct one.
The caduceus is not some object, it’s something that you have within. Whatever powers it grants, you already have them and always have had them.
@birdflyinghigh, Hermes is supposed to be in possession of the Caduceus, and one of his roles is the guider of the dead. The Caduceus is recognized as a symbol of medicine by many people in the United States, despite the historical mix up with the Rod of Asclepius.