There is plenty to be said for occult symbolism in daily encounters. The thing is, that most people either don’t recognize them or they are changed enough that they become seemingly unrelated to the original symbols. Now I am using the word “Occult” as its meaning “of, involving, or relating to supernatural, mystical, or magical powers or phenomena.” (Google Definition) The symbols I will write about today are all related in some way to the occult. However this is just basic top layer information and if you are interested in more information there is plenty online and I will share some links as well.
I got off on this whole tangent because I picked up a book from the library, The Secrets of High Magic by Francis Melville, and one of the things that I encountered first was the staff with two snakes and wings at the top. Of course my mind was like “why is the hospital symbol in a book about magic?” Well I started reading and while this book is more about practicing high magic it did leave me questions. So I started doing a little research on the Caduceus staff and that led me to a lot of other things.
The Caduceus and the Rod of Asclepius
The Caduceus is said to have been the Greek God Hermes’ wand and is often used in Magic and Alchemical text and symbolism.The two snakes on the staff got there because he found them fighting and bound them to it to force them to live in harmony. That imagery is a great way to represent the balance between life and death and the constant battle between the two. That however is not the reason it is so often mistaken for the more correct symbol of the rod of Asclepius. The widely thought reason is that in 1902 the U.S Army Medical Corp. started using it as their symbol. Since the rod of Asclepius is similar, only missing two elements of the Caduceus, most people will often associate both with the medical field because it is sometimes used as a medical symbol. The Caduceus is often used more in commercial health care facilities rather than professional health care facilities. The Rod of Asclepius is also based on a Greek God. Asclepius was the Greek God of medicine and the symbol of the staff and single snake wrapped around it was used as a representative of renewal and healing. This is why most professional health care facilities tend to use it. About sixty-two percent of professional health care facilities surveyed used it as their symbol. These two symbols however are not the only occult inspired emblems that we encounter every day.
Some other symbols, based on occult emblems, we see everyday can be found in logos, advertisement, and societies.
The Vesica Piscis
The Vesica Piscis is what most people call a Venn Diagram. It is two circles overlapping and creating and almond shaped center. This symbol has been traced back to the 1800s and is more likely much older than that. It is the almond shape center that has the most meaning, often representing the Divine Female and the ability to give birth, because the almond shape looks like a vulva. In the Vesica Piscis the divine female is surrounded with the waxing and waning moon, a common symbol of the stages of the female in occult practices. Some logos that we normally see with this symbol are Channel, Gucci, and Master Card just to name a few. For the most part, the fashion industry tends to use this symbol most likely because of the representation of women in the symbolism.
There are many other symbols used for advertisement such and the automotive industry using the Winged Sun found in Egypt’s Symbols. As well as the Mercedes-benz’s use of the triquetra in its logo or pretty much anything with a star can be a rift on the pentagram. Perhaps these companies know where the underlying symbolism of their logos come from and maybe it is simply unintentional association, but for whatever reason they chose their image, it can not be denied that clearly these tycoons have some pull on the population, mystical ties or no.