This Sacred Charm is a beautiful sterling silver plated Caduceus pendant, 4.5cm long on a black waxed cotton necklace with adjustable knots to lengthen as desired.
The Caduceus has deep spiritual meanings attributed to Hermes, Greek messenger of the Gods. Without the wings and one snake, is the Rod of Asclepius, the symbol for the Greek God of medicine and healing.
The caduceus is also an ancient alchemical symbol representing the conjugation of sulphur (male) and quicksilver (female). This symbol infers the synthesis of opposites with the goal of unification and transformation.
Within the Caduceus symbol, the teachings of Kundalini Yoga can also be seen. The staff represents Sushumna Nadi (spiritual nerve channel ), the head of the staff represents Sahasrara/Crown Chakra, and the wings represent Freedom/Liberation. The sushumna is the stabilizing and grounding core, connecting the base with the crown chakras. Each of the chakras are situated along the column of the sushumna and kundalini energy moves upward through this pathway. The Ida and Pingala nadis work together in polarity and duality, Yin and Yang. Ida, the left channel, represents feminine and lunar energy as is connected to emotions. Pingala on the right is associated with masculine and solar energy as well as mental and physical endeavours. Kundalini energy has the potential to activate when both of these nadis are in balance.
Kundalini yoga teaches about this powerful Shakti force that lays dormant at the base of the spine, awaiting activation through awareness, practice and meditation. Therefore, the snakes winding up the staff represent healing Kundalini energy rising.
The concept of Kundalini as Shakti (the Healer) in Hindu culture is much older than the time of Asclepius or Caduceus. There was an exchange of knowledge between Hindu and Greece at some period of time. The caduceus can be found later in the writings of Kabbalists, alchemists and hermetic writers exploring mysticism and magic.
Modern medical institutions have adopted both the staff of Hermes and the Rod of Asclepius for their logos
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