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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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    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      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


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      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


    • Gerry Kiffe
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      Gerry Kiffe

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


      • Garo Ketchian
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        Garo Ketchian

        In HPB’s article Psychic and Noetic Action Lucifer, October, November, 1890 there is a quote from Eliphas Lévi in regards to the Astral Light. The same quote also appears in Isis Unveiled, I:138.

        “We have said that to acquire magical power, two things are necessary: to disengage the will from all servitude, and to exercise it in control.

        “The sovereign will [of the adept] is represented in our symbols by the woman who crushes the serpent’s head, and by the resplendent angel who represses the dragon, and holds him under his foot and spear; the great magical agent, the dual current of light, the living and astral fire of the earth, has been represented in the ancient theogonies by the serpent with the head of a bull, a ram, or a dog. It is the double serpent of the caduceus, it is the Old Serpent of Genesis, but it is also the brazen serpent of Moses entwined around the tau, that is to say, the generative lingha. It is also the goat of the witch-sabbath, and the Baphomet of the Templars; it is the Hylé of the Gnostics; it is the double-tailed serpent which forms the legs of the solar cock of die Abraxas; finally, it is the Devil of M. Eudes de Mirville. But in very fact it is the blind force which souls [i.e., the lower Manas or Nephesh] have to conquer to liberate themselves from the bonds of the earth; for if their will does not free ‘them from this fatal attraction, they will be absorbed in the current by the force which has produced them, and will return to the central and eternal fire.”16

        Modern day technology provides many challenges to those on the Theosophical journey. Everywhere we look there are distractions and the completion is keen to get our attention. The media constantly plays with our emotions. We need to say in control.


    • Grace Cunningham
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      Grace Cunningham

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


      • Garo Ketchian
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        Garo Ketchian

        The Caduceus seems to be a fitting symbol for healing. The Egyptians were skilled in the healing arts and magic. The true physician has knowledge of subtle energies and uses that knowledge to free the patient from illness. Illness itself is an imbalance of the elemental kingdoms in the body.

        The elemental kingdoms may have their birth in the Astral Light. The patient has lost control of the elemental forces and seeks the physician to bring them into balance once again.

        In many ways the patient is the student seeking knowledge and the physician is the wise teacher.


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      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


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      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


    • Alex Papandakis
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      Alex Papandakis

      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.

      Theosophical Glossary


    • Alex Papandakis
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      Alex Papandakis

      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.


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      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


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      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


    • ModeratorTN
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      ModeratorTN

      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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