Let's take another moment to trace these symbols through history. Along the way we will learn more about the Rod of Asklepios and Caduceus... and those will lead us to interesting places...
More examples of the Rod of Asklepios found.
Adam and Eve
Relates to the Serpent in the Garden on the Tree of Knowldge?
Note the serpent coiled around the tree... look like the Rod of Asklepios, yes?
"The Brazen Serpent ” by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld
Roman mystery religion centered on the god Mithras.
1st to the 4th century AD
Much about the cult of Mithras is only known from reliefs and sculptures. There have been many attempts to interpret this material.
Mithras-worship in the Roman Empire was characterized by images of the god slaughtering a bull.
Other images of Mithras are found in the Roman temples, for instance Mithras banqueting with Sol, and depictions of the birth of Mithras from a rock
no Mithraic scripture or first-hand account of its highly secret rituals survives
the Mithras Liturgy, from 4th century Egypt, questionable
The cult of Mithras appears suddenly in the 2nd century CE: hundreds of inscriptions begin appearing after 136. It then died out with the rest of Greco-Roman paganism after the conversion of Constantine in the 4th century.
Tertullian, On the Soldier's Crown, Chp 15 - says that the Mithraic practices are the "devices of the devil"
More examples of the Caduceus found.
Egyptian Winged Sun, w Snakes
King Ningishidda, Mesopotamia
"Hermes Thrice Great"
The Caduceus is the Staff of the Greek god Hermes.
Hermes Trismegistus may be associated with the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth.
Cicero (106 bc to 43 bc)
Cicero enumerates several deities referred to as "Hermes"
"fourth Mercury (Hermes) was the son of the Nile, whose name may not be spoken by the Egyptians"
"the fifth, who is worshiped by the people of Pheneus [in Arcadia], is said to have killed Argus Panoptes, and for this reason to have fled to Egypt, and to have given the Egyptians their laws and alphabet: he it is whom the Egyptians call Theyt"
two variants on the same syncretism of Greek Hermes and Egyptian Thoth
Tertullian 3rd Century, On Spectacles, says that the idols in many cases represented the dead, other times demons.
Hermes Trismegistus was credited with tens of thousands of highly esteemed writings, which were reputed to be of immense antiquity.
The Hermetica is a category of papyri containing spells and initiatory induction procedures.
The Asclepius and the Corpus Hermeticum are the most important of the Hermetica, the surviving writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus.
(In 1945, Hermetic texts were found near the Egyptian town Nag Hammadi. One of these texts had the form of a conversation between Hermes and Asclepius.)
The dialogue called the Asclepius (after the Greek god of healing) describes the art of imprisoning the souls of demons or of angels in statues with the help of herbs, gems, and odors, so that the statue could speak and engage in prophecy.
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance the Hermetica enjoyed great prestige and were popular among alchemists.
During the Renaissance, it was accepted that Hermes Trismegistus was a contemporary of Moses.
After Casaubon's (1614) dating of the Hermetic writings as being no earlier than the second or third century AD, the whole of Renaissance Hermeticism collapsed.
Much of the importance of Hermeticism arises from its connection with the development of science during the time from 1300 to 1600 AD.
Sir Isaac Newton was an alchemist.
Hermetism emerged in parallel with early Christianity, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, the Chaldaean Oracles, and late Orphic and Pythagorean literature.
Alchemy (the operation of the Sun): Alchemy is not merely the changing of lead into gold. It is an investigation into the spiritual constitution, or life, of matter and material existence through an application of the mysteries of birth, death, and resurrection.
The caduceus as a Medical symbol: The link between Hermes and his caduceus and medicine seems to have arisen by Hermes links with alchemy. Alchemists were referred to as the sons of Hermes, as Hermetists or Hermeticists and as "practitioners of the hermetic arts".
The Caduceus is placed in the crotch of the Baphomet, and is seen as his phallus, the wand of Hermes Trismegistus.
A symbol of the power in commerce, magic, and trickery of Satan.
The Knights Templar were accused of worshipping Baphomet by the Inquisition, but the evidence of this is almost non-existent.
1098 letter by crusader Anselm of Ribemont
“As the next day dawned they called loudly upon Baphometh while we prayed silently in our hearts to God; then we attacked and forced all of them outside the city walls.”
Many have said that Baphomet is a mistranslation of Mohammet... since this letter is referring to the Muslims that had overtaken Jerusalem.
Eliphas Levi 1810-1875, “Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie“, created the first image of Baphomet, which includes the Caduceus. Though images of goat-gods, including those of Satan and Pan, had been prominent since before Christ.
“The goat on the frontispiece carries the sign of the pentagram on the forehead, with one point at the top, a symbol of light, his two hands forming the sign of Hermeticism, the one pointing up to the white moon of Chesed, the other pointing down to the black one of Geburah. This sign expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. His one arm is female, the other male like the ones of the androgyn of Khunrath, the attributes of which we had to unite with those of our goat because he is one and the same symbol. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the magic light of the universal balance, the image of the soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The ugly beast’s head expresses the horror of the sinner, whose materially acting, solely responsible part has to bear the punishment exclusively; because the soul is insensitive according to its nature and can only suffer when it materializes. The rod standing instead of genitals symbolizes eternal life, the body covered with scales the water, the semi-circle above it the atmosphere, the feathers following above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyn arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.” [3. Eliphas Levi, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie]
Shortly after Levi's work was published, in the late 1800's, many authors began to publish works about the Freemasons and their connection to Satanism and Baphomet worship.
Aleister Crowley connected Baphomet with Satan, and linked this icon with the idea of suppressed knowledge and secret worship.
Crowley argued that Satan was not the enemy of mankind, but its ally.
Crowley was known throughout the Ordo Templi Orientis by his moniker, "Baphomet".
Satanists use the sigil of Baphomet for magic ritual. This same sigil also contains the name "Leviathan".
Source of 2 snakes intertwined...
The mythical origin of his magic twin serpent caduceus is described in the story of Tiresias. Poulenc, in "Les Mamelles de Tiresias" (The Breasts of Tiresias) tells how Tiresias--the seer who was so unhelpful to Oepidus and Family- found two snakes copulating, and to separate them stuck his staff between them. Immediately he was turned into a woman, and remained so for seven years, until he was able to repeat his action, and change back to male. The transformative power in this story, strong enough to completely reverse even physical polarities of male and female, comes from the union of the two serpents, passed on by the wand. Tiresias' staff, complete with serpents, was later passed on to Hermes...
Same Androgenus nature as BAPHOMET.
Vatican, Catholic Church
Statue - struggle with the serpents
Pope Francis with serpent staff
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Papal Private Meeting - Francis SJ & Bartholomew http://continuingcounterreformation.blogspot.com/2014/12/papal-private-meeting-francis-sj.html
Catholic Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky
Eastern-style crosier of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch with serpents representing the staff of Moses
Crosier of the Syriac Orthodox Bishop.jpg
There's much more in the video...
Inverted pentagram metropolis
Beyoncé live performance at the 2017 Grammys (Love Drought + Sandcastles)
Prince & Beyoncé Purple Rain Live Grammy Awards
Prince's guitar is the eye of horus
It's his symbol
Umbrella, live ..pyramid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKDZNP8tAk4
Umbrella, music video, triangle
Madonna on GRAMMYs 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmJLgjbDLMs
Madonna plays "Lucifer" at Eurovision (R$E)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnsNNJHGf-Q
Living for love https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2mxllc
Billboard 2016 Music Awards: Madonna's Satanic... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKyYE5LXfpU
Madonna, Quavo - Eurovision Song Contest 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG3WkiL0d_U
Madonna London Hyde Park satanic performance 7/19/2012 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2tj632
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