Ancient Medicine

"Heal the soul first; then healing of the mind and body will follow" ~ Zhi Gang Sha

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The Caduceus and the Elixir of Life!

A site dedicated to the awareness of alternative medicine and alchemical meaning behind healing techniques.                                                                                                                                                                            "If you want to know the end, look at the beginning."  (African Proverb)

My personal thoughts when looking at the Caduceus symbol, is the mirror image of the body as the universe. The seven or more chakra points are like the rungs of a ladder, towards the many initiatory Gods of death, within many tribes, that overtake the mind during the soul's ascension from the body. They are represented as one or two coiled snakes, imitating our bodily functions, designed to help cleanse the soul before the body gives it up. Wings to me, represent the flight of ascension and the rebirth of existence (like the symbol of the Phoenix bird), towards another dimension. This drawing shows a person sitting in a pyramid shape, which is the everlasting, all empowering, representaion of eternity to the ancients, hence the pyramids of the world.

Where the 'Secret Knowledge' of Asclepius and Hermes intertwine from Apollo and the teachings of Cheiron

Both The Rod of Asclepius and The Caduceus are used on this website due to the meaning behind both symbols. Both are important due to their connection with the divine God Apollo (The God of healing, truth and prophecy), who was also the father of Asclepius. In Egypt, the equivalent to Asclepius was Imhotep, the priest-architect and 'chief of the observers', of King Zoser's famous step-pyramid in Saqqara, (built in the third dynastic period). Apollo made sure Asclepius was educated by the wisest and most knowledgeable of Centaurs called Cheiron. Asclepius learnt the 'secret knowledge of Healing' and can be seen holding a rod with a snake wrapped around it which represents the power of healing and rebirth. Apollo is responsible for Hermes possession of the Caduceus. This rod was Hermes magic protector and with a pair of wings at the top of the rod and two snakes coiled around the body of the rod, this represented diligence and prudence which in turn created a sense of peace. Here you can see (in the spiritual sense), the obelisk that runs straight through our body, like a rod, where the Apex IS the point of regeneration and awakening. Like the wings of the scarab beetle, where the Egyptians tell us the structure that is the 2 hemispheres of the brain, the third eye that sees beyond the material and recognises the setting of the sun, not as the dying soul, but as 'Westing', from this life to the next.


Both symbols have deep meaning for the ancients. They are a representation of the body but more importantly, they focus on the spirit within, and without the body completely. They are also a representation of an etherial mind, unlike the mind of a person. This mind is divine and it is the universal truth that does not 'need', the way the mind and body in a person, has 'need.' The visions of Hermes are the deeper insights of the birth of a mind of matter, where fear and illusion exists.

In conclusion, the caduceus was a great trading tool for Hermes which also has meaning to those that like to travel and wish for peace in their daily lives. Both symbols represent a source of great healing in the journey of life, as well as the journey to the afterlife as the Caduceus also had mystical powers to sooth the pain and suffering of those who are dying, whilst the Rod of Asclepius had the power to heal and bring those who had already passed, back to life again.

The link below is to a site that explains the Caduceus in great detail and offers an insight into its use world wide. Many say that this hermetic symbol has been wrongly used as the symbol of Medicine in Hospitals and various medical fascilities. To me, it is not really about where the use of the symbol exists but more about knowing what the Rod of Asclepius and the Caduceus actually represent.

Etymology and the Egyptian, Greek and Roman Archetypes

Al-Khemet means "From Egypt" in Arabic and 'Chemy', (as in chemistry), may have derived from the coptic word 'Kheme' which means "black" and 'Khemet' meaning "The Black Land", due to the colour of the fertile soil or silt along the River Nile. Alchemy was therefore the origin of the term 'Black Art', though this meaning has become distorted over time and loses its original significance, in the modern era. There was also a strong Greek influence in Egypt during the Ptolemaic Dynasty, where the Greek words like 'Cheo', were associated with alchemy , according to; Kathryn Harkup, in her book, 'Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelly's Frankenstein'. 'Cheo' means "to melt or to fuse', with particular reference to metals and 'chuma', a word also commonly used, refers to a certain block of metal, according to; Lawrence Principe in his book, 'The Secrets of Alchemy'. All these meanings are most likely true, considering both the Egyptians and the Greeks, not only shared ideas, but also adoped various terms which were then merged into both languages. An open mind is needed, when researching the history of alchemy, due to the numerous books and online articles that tend to focus on the Greek translations about alchemy. Although there is evidence that alchemy existed even before the Egyptian era, the well known figure that represents; Writing, science, religion, maths, geometry, philosophy, medicine and magic and of course alchemy, was the Egyptian God Thoth. Thoth represented the masculine aspect that was 'matter', whilst his feminine counterparts Seshat or Ma'at, represented the 'spirit' that was the force maintaining the Universe. This was the great harmony at play with 'matter' and 'spirit' being a crucial part of the alchemist's belief system. To the Greeks, Thoth became known as the God Hermes and much later as Mercury to the Romans. Hermes was one of the 12 Olympian Gods, who was associated with the God of trade, thieves, travelers, sports, athletes, and border crossings. He was also a guide to the Underworld. Being the second youngest Olympian God, he had more of an influence over the times when he existed in mythology, than most of the older Gods of Olympus. He was the son of Zeus and Maia, one of the seven Pleiades and daughter of the Titan Atlas. Hermes existed in various other religious sects and over time, became known as Hermes Trismegistus - "Hermes The Thrice-Greatest". It is still questioned, as to whether Hermes Trismegistus was the great influence of a real person who was perhaps a saint or a prophet named after the Olympian God Hermes. Many stories have been written, depicting a hero not unlike Hermes and this would have accounted for the theories that speak about a real person that existed with the same name, due to how popular it was to name children after Gods and Saints. Hermes could have been numerous people with a great influence compiled into one or many people, that focused on one epic story. 


The Alchemical Influence

This brief introduction on alchemy and hermeticism, is included to allow the reader to see the true meaning behind a subject, that has been grossly misunderstood and misinterpreted in the modern era. In essence, all healing stemmed from alchemy, within every ancient culture.

Please Note; Hermes represents only one perspective of alchemical genius, within the Helonistic era and must not be thought of as the true birth of spiritual awareness that the deep thinkers within Egypt, Rome and Greece, had instilled in their secret teachings. The realm of spirit and matter just found its way under the label of alchemy when the secrets became well known in Egypt. There are many ancient tribes that existed even before the Egyptians, that were aware of this sacred union. (I will go into that later on). These tribes (some that were hermetic thinkers of Eastern philosophy), were said to have schooled the Egyptians in certain healing techniques and various other skills that the Egyptians are known for inventing. For this reason, I have started with the most popular and commonly studied form of alchemy; The alchemical operations within 'The Emerald Tablets of Thoth'. Then, as we travel back in time, and learn about the various lost tribes of healers, the bigger picture of alchemy will reveal itself to you, like the roots of a tree, weaving through many tribes of people, those being our ancient ancestors that spread throughout the world.

The spirit of alchemy is creation, the merging of no substance into substance and substances. No matter the reaction, if they influence one another, it is alchemy. When we eat it is alchemy, when we cook it is alchemy, when we interact with one another it is alchemy, as energies are shared. More importantly, what we think of ourselves is alchemy, hence the beautiful Buddhist quote; 'What you think, you become.' You are incharge of your brain, what you tell yourself, your brain will believe, the body will respond by releasing the relevent chemicals and you will either become still and peaceful or tormented and overwhelmed. There is never a quick fix but the more you practice observing yourself, with patience and without judging yourself, the more you will find peace even amongst the great noise that can accumulate all around you. It is not about pressuring yourself to feel happy all the time, but rather, to stand outside of yourself by accepting the emotions that are running through you. 


Profound words!.....

'On Earth As It Is In Heaven', Thank you to Mr. Graham Hancock!!!


I have gone into more detail about the Hermetic symbolism and spiritual influences that make up the basic principles for healing and transformation. I have tried to link this to other universal laws within various ancient cultures that followed a similar vein of thought.