And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived…Numbers 21:9
Growing up, there was a certain fear of snakes I had. My mother is deathly afraid of snakes and worms, so that fear was passed on to me. Now, I didn’t have that deathly fear of snakes as my mother, but of course there is some dread should one appear in my vicinity. The Christian’s imagery of the snake that of old serpent Satan, who was sent here to lie and deceive us certainly plays a major role in people’s fear of snakes. The time is coming eventually that we will gain the understanding that the story of the serpent that deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden was actually used as an allegory to express the change from matriarchal society to patriarchal society. Though, the snake in nature is thought to be sneaky and cunning, however is also the wise one as well.
For one reason or another, people maintain this fear of the snake, but should they become ill the serpent is what they will seek. No matter where one travels in the world this universal symbol is recognizable. For instance if you’re traveling in a country where you don’t know the language, you become sick and need medical attention there is a great chance you will seek out a building, a person wearing a uniform, or a vehicle that may have the symbol of two serpents intertwined upon a staff, because the mind recognizes this symbol as a symbol of the practice of medicine. Yet, we fear the snake. But, maybe there is something to this fear of these particular serpents.
Greek physicians utilized the Staff of Asclepius as their symbol for the art of medicine, which was the staff dedicated to the God of medicine, Asclepius. This God came to the Greeks by way of Ethiopia known in Egypt as Im-Hotep, One who comes in peace. However, today we seek out the Caduceus, the staff above with the two snakes wrapped around a staff. The Caduceus in fact is the Greek symbol for commerce and merchants, and not a symbol of the healing arts. So, today, in this country of the good U.S. of A where the people are embroiled in and overwhelmed by conversation about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, them true point is rearly spoken of and is shot right over the head (or should I say behind the back) of the general population is the fact that the merchants of MediSin, the insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations will net the greatest financial gain through it all. There is no mistake as to why the Caduceus was selected to represent healthcare.