Caduceus – Decrypting Alchemy
To understand Allegorical writing requires certain rare qualities, I profess to be too impatient, but it is this subtle abstraction in looking at your own life, that alchemical writings, indeed all magical works, can bring, that may provide exact and definite answers to any of your questions. Below is a typical Mystical text, nothing famous, but entirely contemporary. Read it and try to penetrate. Koans serve much the same purpose, but consistence is crucial:
A prime example of veiled allegory to those with ears within ears. as an aid, some parts are underlined, these have an exact equivalent in modern English and aren’t at all magical or mystical, they just require substitution.
Mystic gurus, when instructing disciples, sometimes adopt teaching devices to train their chelas. The Caduceus is one such device. It represents the major nadis, or subtle nervous system to be found in man’s occult anatomy.
The Caduceus, or staff of Mercury, is composed of a rod with two snakes intertwined around the rod. The rod represents sushumna, an etheric [read – Analogical] counterpart of the spinal cord. Within the sushumna there are other subtle nerves, channels of refine energy; they are called by yogis “Vajrini,” “Chitrini,” and “Brahman.” The sushumna extends upwards and outwards into the Overself as the “Sutratma.” Pingala and Ida are the two nadis depicted by the snakes. The junctions where the snakes and rod meet are symbolic of the major chakras [catagories of thought/experience]. Vagabond yogis sometimes carry bamboo staffs with seven knots on it to represent sushumna and the chakras.
Atop of the caduceus rod is a knob; a vine creeper is sometimes attached to this knot ending somewhere midway at the staff. The protuberance represents the medulla oblongata [occult anatomy]with the vagus nerve, the creeper, connected to it. The vagus nerve ends in the thoracic region. Each of these components plays an important role in man’s mystic development. They serve various spiritual functions.
Occasionally, a pair of wings are to be found appended to each side of the knob or rod. This indicates that the kundalini energy at the base of the sushumna had been raised and resurrected. Angelic wings symbolize a superior degree of consciousness and mind.
As a whole, the caduceus symbolizes regeneration and enlightenment. It further depicts the attunement of the mind of man with the Cosmic Mind.
In bygone days, in the Mystery Schools, only the adepts and those of a higher standing were worthy enough to hold such a symbolic staff in their hands. Sometimes the caduceus, or versions of it, were magnetized with odic energy and Atmic force. The Thyrsus held in the hands of hierophants of the Eleusian Mystery School was one rod with such a divine quality impregnated [conceived- ie conceptual] into it. It was primarily designed to stimulate the kundalini fire of the disciples and initiates when their gurus deemed it necessary and appropriate at certain stages of their spiritual growth[occult anatomy]. The act of impregnating a mystical or religious object with divine influences is called “consecration,” or “magnetization.”
Some occultists interpret the caduceus as representing the Universal Magickal Agent (Mercury). This magickal force is used abundantly in theurgic and thaumaturgic operations. Egyptian hierophants were adepts in the application of this force. The laws and principles involved in controlling the agent were transmitted under oath of secrecy to seekers of Light. Appolonius, Pythagoras[an allegorical figure, related to ‘Pithy’- profound], and Moses are names that come to mind when considering the display of so-called miracles. These eminent individuals were all initiates of the Mystery schools in the Land of Khem.
Nowadays, the Caduceus is an emblem employed by the medical profession[the Aesculapius rod in the UK]. Only in recent years is this branch of science discovering the subtle energies with which this emblem is silently pointing.