This is also the astrologicalsymbol for the sun and the alchemical symbol for gold (Au).
This is also the astrologicalsymbol for Jupiter (in French, "JEUdi" is pretty close to "Jove-day", and Jove is another name for the Roman god Jupiter -- as in the exclamation, "By Jove!"), and the alchemical symbol for tin (Sn).
This is also the astrologicalsymbol for Venus (French: VENdredi), the alchemical symbol for copper (Cu), and is used in biology to denote 'female'.
It was an ancient astrologicalsymbol of commerce and is associated with the Greek god Hermes, the messenger for the gods, astrologer, healer, and creator of magical incantations, conductor of the dead and protector of merchants and thieves.
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.
It was used by the astrologer priests in the Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece, and has been associated with the Gnostic Corpus Hermeticum and Kundalini Yoga, where it is thought to be a symbolic representation of the "subtle" nerve channels the "ida", "pingala", and "sushumna" described in yogic kundalini physiology.
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