The symbol's origins are thought to date to as early as 2600 BC in Mesopotamia, and there are several references to a caduceus-like symbol in the Bible, namely in Numbers 21:4-9, and 2 Kings 18:4. During the Exodus, Moses was instructed by God to fashion a pole entwined by copper or brass serpents; when looked upon, this Nehushtan, as it was called in Hebrew, would spare the lives of the Israelites stricken by venomous snake bites
This symbol has come to signify modern medicinal practice. As the Wiki quote demonstrates, the symbol appears to predate even that of the xtian cross. Has anyone ever noticed it appears to be a stylized representation of the DNA chain? If so, where would the ancient Mesopotamians get that from? There also seems to be a similarity to the whole serpent-tree-knowledge thing at the beginning of the bible. Kundalini anyone?
The Rosicrucians seem to have a different idea of the symbology:
Of course, those wacky Rosicrucians, eh? ... http://www.rosicrucian.com/differ.htm
- this is really disjointed and pointless. Do I get points for posting a flow of consciousness thing?