The caduceus, also known as the symbol of Hermes, is composed of a staff with two intertwined serpents and two wings on top. Each element of this composition has an important meaning:

Snakes: represent opposing forces or polarities, which can associate, forming the vertical infinity symbol. The serpent on the right is called Od, representing freely directed life; the one on the left is called Ob, representing fatal life;

  • Globe: light and balance;
  • Wings: promptness, zeal, speed;
  • Stick: capacity, axis of the universe.

According to ancient mythology, in the beginning of the universe, the Greek god Hermes (considered the messenger of the gods), in an attempt to stop a fight between two snakes in the midst of chaos, threw a stick at them, symbolizing peace and balance in the universe.

In esotericism, the symbol is associated with moral balance and good conductpath of initiation and path of ascension of energy. Alchemists divided its elements into air (wings), water (movement of the serpents), fire (serpents), and earth (staff).


Meaning of Caduceus Tattoo:

  • Peace
  • Balance
  • Dualism
  • Unification
  • Emotional Harmony
  • Start
  • Ascent
  • Healing
  • Renaissance
  • Power
  • Wisdom
  • Diligence
  • Elevated Thoughts
  • Fertility
  • Protection
  • Authority


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