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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Caduceus

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    Weekly Theme for Contemplation:  The Caduceus

    “The magic of theurgy and the art of healing are alike based upon the principle of establishing an equilibrium of forces.”

    — Aquarian Almanac

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Caduceus

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    November 25, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Caduceus

    Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    To be able to stand is to have confidence. — Light on the Path

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    November 26, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Caduceus

    All the wonders of Magic are performed by Imagination and Faith. — Paracelsus

    The guru bestows Divine Knowledge and unveils the mysteries of the three worlds. — Guru Nanak

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    Would anyone care to spell out the symbolism of the Caduceus to us?

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    Why was the Caduceus chosen to represent the field of medicine?

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    November 27, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Caduceus

    The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The Path that leadeth on, is lighted by one fire —the light of daring, burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. — The Voice of the Silence

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    November 28, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Caduceus

    What is true of the macrocosm (brahmanda) is also true of the microcosm (pindanda) . — Bhavani Shankar

    The whole of life is symbolic because the whole of it has meaning. — Boris Pasternak

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    This might be of help:

    Caduceus (Gr.). The Greek poets and mythologists took the idea of the Caduceus of Mercury from the Egyptians. The Caduceus is found as two serpents twisted round a rod, on Egyptian monuments built before Osiris. The Greeks altered this. We find it again in the hands of Æsculapius assuming a different form to the wand of Mercurius or Hermes. It is a cosmic, sidereal or astronomical, as well as a spiritual and even physiological symbol, its significance changing with its application. Metaphysically, the Caduceus represents the fall of primeval and primordial matter into gross terrestrial matter, the one Reality becoming Illusion. (See Sect.Doct. I. 550.) Astronomically, the head and tail represent the points of the ecliptic where the planets and even the sun and moon meet in close embrace. Physiologically, it is the symbol of the restoration of the equilibrium lost between Life, as a unit, and the currents of life performing various functions in the human body.

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    See Sect.Doct. I. 550.

    Every one knows what the caduceus is, already modified by the Greeks.
    The original symbol—with the triple head of the serpent—became altered
    into a rod with a knob, and the two lower heads were separated, thus dis-
    figuring somewhat the original meaning. Yet it is as good an illustration as
    can be for our purpose, this laya rod entwined by two serpents. Verily the
    wonderful powers of the magic caduceus were sung by all the ancient poets,
    with a very good reason for those who understood the secret meaning.

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    November 28, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Caduceus

    What is true of the macrocosm (brahmanda) is also true of the microcosm (pindanda) . — Bhavani Shankar

    The whole of life is symbolic because the whole of it has meaning. — Boris Pasternak

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    November 29, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Caduceus

    Hermes awakens us as it were from our heavy slumber, through our searching turns us back upon ourselves, through our birthpangs perfects us. — Proclus

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    December 1, 2017 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Caduceus

    On what wings dare he aspire?

    What the hand dare seize the fire? — William Blake

    Seek knowledge for pure love, and self-knowledge eventually crowns the effort. — H.P. Blavatsky

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