The Caduceus and the Central Channel

Central Channel is this week’s theme. It is represented by the rod encircled by serpents in the image above, which is the symbol of the caduceus. This symbol has quite a bit to report on our energy architecture, which we’ll take into meditation this week.

The caduceus goes back to Roman mythos as the Caduceus of Mercury – the staff of the messenger of the gods. Mercury has astrological associations with the mind; and the mind is known, esoterically, as the gateway to the soul. The caduceus draws us upward, indeed.

Greek mythology uses this symbol as the Karykeion of Hermes. Similarly, Hermes is the messenger of the gods. The word Karykeion means “herald’s staff” and it is formed from the root word “eruko” meaning “restrain” or “control.” It is the restrained personality (“restrained” could be substituted with “aligned”) that allows for the soul’s wisdom to pour through.

Similar to caduceus is the word caducous. In botany, this refers to the dropping of leaves. In zoology, it refers to shedding. So we think of the snake’s molting, or shedding of its skin, as a dropping away of the old to become new. As we evolve, we often see a dropping away of old habits and thought forms. New thoughts and approaches create new experiences and thus a new reality.

In the image of the caduceus above, we see two snakes spiraling up a rod with two wings and a capped top. This is a symbolic representation of your energy architecture. The serpents represent the ida and the pingala, which spiral along the central channel, also known as the sushumna.

As the serpents criss-cross, they create the 5 chakras along the spine. The wings represent the ajna chakra (the 6th) and the cap represents the crown chakra (the 7th) at the top of the spine. In many ancient images of the caduceus, a pineapple is featured on top. This is symbolic of the highest degree of spiritual illumination possible. The pineapple is central to the Staff of Osiris (Egyptian), the papal staff (Catholic), and imagery from many other ancient cultures and traditions. It is also associated with the pineal gland, which Hippocrates called “the seat of the soul.” The pineal gland lies deep in the brain and is affected by light; its cells resemble the photo receptor cells of the retina in the eye. Could it be receptive to the light of the soul?

This week’s meditations court the esoteric, along with serpents, pineapples, and winged gods!

Happy meditating!

Central Channel Meditation – Day 1

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