What does the symbol with 2 snakes wrapped around a pole with wings mean. The medical society uses and dental?
Caduceus Caduceus, symbolic staff surmounted by two wings and entwined with two
snakes. Among the ancient Greeks the caduceus was carried by heralds and
ambassadors as a badge of office and a mark of personal inviolability,
because it was the symbol of Hermes, the messenger of the gods. According
to Book IV of Virgil's Aeneid, the Greek god Apollo gave the staff to
Hermes in return for the lyre. In Roman mythology the symbol is associated
with the god Mercury. The staff of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing,
which was entwined by a single snake, was also called a caduceus. The
caduceus has been adopted as a symbol by the medical profession; it is
also the emblem of the medical branches of the United States Army and
A staff or rod with a snake curled around it is the staff (the rod) of Aesculapius (also called Asklepios), the ancient mythical god of medicine. His Greek name was Asklepios and his Roman name was Aesculapius. In reality, Asklepios may have once lived and been renowned for his gentle, humane remedies and his humane treatment of the mentally ill. His followers established temples called asclepions, temples of Asklepios, temples of healing. The greatest asklepion was in a grove of trees south of Corinth, Greece where the sick had to spend a night while the proper remedies were revealed during a dream to the priests of the temple and the cured had to make a suitable sacrifice (usually a rooster) to the god.
According to mythology, Asculapius had a number of children including Hygieia, the goddess of health (from whose name comes the word "hygiene") and Panaceia, the goddess of healing (from whose name comes por word "panacea" for a universal remedy).
Today, the staff of Aesculapius is a commonly used symbol of medicine. It is the symbol of the American Medical Association (AMA) and many other medical societies.
It's the Rod of Asclepius, an ancient Greek symbol associated with astrology and healing the sick with medicine. It consists of a serpent entwined around a staff. Asclepius, the son of Apollo, was practitioner of medicine in ancient Greek mythology. He was instructed in medicine by the centaur Chiron also connected to the constellation Ophiuchus.
The caduceus is often (incorrectly) used as a symbol for medicine or doctors, in place of the rod of Asclepius which is the usual symbol of the medical profession. A 1992 survey of American health organisations found that 62% of professional associations used the staff of Asclepius, whereas in commerical organisations, 76% used the caduceus.
The main reason for the modern confusion over the symbols occured when the caduceus was adopted by the Medical Department of the United States Army in 1902.
Apparently, the caduceus on the left, with two serpents coiling around a pole is mistakenly used by the medical profession even though the official symbol of the medical profession is supposed to be the staff of the miraculous healer-god Asclepius, a single serpent entwined around a cypress branch.
The caduceus is associated with Hermes (Mercury), the messenger of the gods, also known as the god of trickery, wealth and death! Whoops.
Winged Pole and Snakes?
You got already some good answers here, recalling the interesting history of the caduceus, which is by definition (The American Heritage Dictionary),
"ca·du·ce·us (k…-d›“s¶-…s, -sh…s, -dy›“-) n., pl. ca·du·ce·i (-s¶-º”).
1.a. A herald's wand or staff, especially in ancient times.
b. Greek Mythology. A winged staff with two serpents twined around it, carried by Hermes.
2. An insignia modeled on Hermes' staff and used as the symbol of the medical profession."
The history before history of this staff goes far back into the stone age, where it was commonly seen (Professor Dr. Herman Wirth Roeper Bosch).
World-wide, the staff originally symbolized Kundalini, our life energy, going up the spine (Dr. Bara H. Loveland). This is a Sanskrit word, since the West has forgotten the Western name for it.
Later the symbol of the staff was reinforced with another Kundalini symbol, the snake.
Combined, two snakes and the staff symbolized the three channels of Kundalini, which are winding up the spine, Sushumna, the main channel (staff); Ida, the left and cool channel (snake); and Pingala, the right and warm channel (snake) (Kundalini symolism from Dr. Bara H. Loveland, original research).
The two channels intertwine and are, prehistorically correct, shown as crossing three times, with open root and top endings.
The wings have another spiritual meaning; as a symbol they signify that Kundalini, the life energy, can carry us far up into the spirtual realms, once Kundalini has been awakened and has ascended along the spine (it can be felt). Then we experience peace and unconditional love; we want to do good and God's will; we have overcome the ego. A staff with snakes that intertwine more often than three times is not authentic concerning our life energy.
Using the reinforced staff with snakes or serpents as healing symbol demands great ethics, for unconsciously, it signals to people that they can trust.
There had been a study by a bank as to what logo to use for the bank. It turned out that people responded most favorably to ancient holy symbols, obviously still unconsciously knowing their true and spiritual meaning and being drawn to these symbols. It seems, we know the ancient messages, we only have to remember.
Kundalini on its way up opens our Chakras, energy fields which emerge from the spine like flowers on a stalk, giving us quality energy.
In many modern people, Kundalini rests at the base of the spine, and without proper training may never fully ascend.
Kundalini may not be forced as its power can be tremendous, comparable to high frequency electricity.
To awaken Kundalini gently, it may be best to take classes with trained instructors (e.g. Sunyata Saraswati).
Thanks for your interesting question.
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