The Caduceus is an ancient emblem of commerce and trade that is associated with eloquence and bargaining. It is linked to Hermes, a swift and crafty Greek god who serves as an emissary of the gods, a conductor of souls to the hereafter, and a defender of travelers, merchants, and herders. In the Hermetic tradition, the Caduceus also represents wisdom and spiritual awakening.

A winged staff with two serpents coiled around it is the Caduceus. It has been wrongly employed as a medical symbol in place of the Rod of Asclepius, which has just one snake and no wings.

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