Serpents on a rod - the different symbols and the meanings
I realise that some of these symbols have deep roots in mythology, but for now I will concentrate on the biblical nature of these symbols.
In the middle we have the caduceus which is a rod with serpents and wings and represents Hermes, in freemasonry it represents the apostle Paul who is the all seeing eye in freemasonry.
Acts 14:12 NIV
"Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker."
On the right we have the asclepius which is associated with Moses who in medieval and masonic beliefs is believed to be the heavenly father, saint Peter.
Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah (saint Peter), for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven."
"Then the LORD said to Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet."
"Throw it down on the ground," the LORD told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back."
On the left we have serpents in a bowl which are a symbol for the three marys in the bible:
"Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."
The dove is a symbol of Mary, who is believe to be the holy spirit.
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