identification jewelry is features the Caduceus symbol. This symbol is
internationally recognized as the designation for medical
information. Medical ID bracelets and pendants employ this mark
to suggest medical personal that person, who wear medical ID
tags has some special health condition, which is marked on the
tag. We thought it would be interesting for our customers to
learn about roots of the commonly recognized Caduceus
A Caduceus (kerykeion
in Greek) is a staff with two snakes wrapped around it. It was
originally an ancient astrological symbol of commerce and is
associated with the Greek god Hermes,
the messenger for the gods, an astrologer, healer, and creator of
magical incantations, protector of merchants and thieves. It was
originally a herald's staff, sometimes with wings, with two
white ribbons attached. The ribbons eventually evolved into
snakes in the figure-eight shape. The number eight is important
to the practitioners of judicial astrology.
This symbol is nearly universal, found in Egypt, Mesopotamia,
and India, where it is always a symbol of harmony and balance.
In the seventh century, the
Caduceus came to be associated with a precursor of medicine,
based on the Hermetic astrological principles of using the
planets and stars to heal the sick. The Caduceus is used
interchangeably with the Rod of Asclepius, especially in the
United States. Historically, the two astrological symbols had
distinct meanings in alchemical and astrological principles.
Occasionally the Caduceus may be combined with a DNA
double-helix, which the intertwined snakes coincidentally
The symbol's origins are
thought to date to as early as 2600 BC in Mesopotamia, and there
are several references to a caduceus-like symbol in the Bible,
namely in Numbers 21:4-9, and 2 Kings 18:4. During the Exodus,
Moses was instructed by God to fashion a pole upon which he was
to position a serpent made of brass; when looked upon, this
Nehushtan, as it was called in Hebrew, would spare the lives of
the Israelites stricken by venomous snake bites. This symbol was
apparently worshiped by the Hebrew people until the reign of
Hezekiah as described in 2 Kings 18:4.
It was used by the astrologer
priests in the Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece, and has
been associated with the Gnostic Corpus Hermeticum and Kundalini
Yoga, where it is thought to be a symbolic representation of the
"subtle" nerve channels the "ida", "pingala", and "sushumna"
described in yogic kundalini physiology.
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