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Asclepius and Caduceus Explained | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Asclepius and Caduceus Explained

Randy over at his Spin Technologies blog has broken down the difference between the two commonly used medical symbols Asclepius and Caduceus. In his post Asclepius vs Caduceus we find out that the more appropriate symbol is Asclepius. “According to greek mythology, Asclepius was the demigod of medicine and healing. Caduceus is considered the symbol of commerce.”

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    As also stated on Wikipedia, as well as in the works of many esoteric philosophers, such as Julius Evola, the caduceus dates back even further to the Gnostic Corpus Hermeticum and the practise of Kundalini Yoga, and even further back to Mesopotamia c. 2200 B.C.

    From an esoteric point of view, it is representative of points of energy within the body and the two interlinking energies one must master through such a practise as yoga, often referred to as male or female, electric and magnetic, or more commonly in the East as yin and yang. It’s use dates back aeons and only came to be used in more mundane interpretations later throgh Greece, but it boggles the mind how it went from its initial representation to that of commerce.