Signifies the fourfold mystery of the cross.
His vehicle is the swan or goose, the symbol of knowledge.
This staff was first borne by Iris, the messenger of Hera. It was also called the wand of Hermes when he superseded Iris in much later myths. In Roman iconography was often depicted being carried in the left hand of Mercury, the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves. The mace of Mercury, with wings attached, and entwined with two snakes; denotes balance and the union of opposing forces. It is a symbol of peace and healing.
This image symbolizes thedivine activities of God.
The caduceus is sometimes used as a symbol for medicine, especially in North America, due to confusion with the traditional medical symbol, the rod of Asclepius, which has only a single snake and no wings. Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, symbolizes renewal of youth as the serpent casts off its skin. The single serpent staff also appears on a Sumerian vase of c. 2000 B.C. representing the healing god Ningishita, the prototype of the Greek Asklepios.
Meaning of Numbers - Number Symbolism
A Mythological monster variously described over the centuries. Most renderings show it with the body of a lioness, a tail that terminated in a snake's head, the head of a goat rising from the back at the center of her spine, and often shown vomiting flames. The Chimera was an offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus. It is said the Chimera was defeated by Bellerophon, hero of Greek mythology, with the help of Pegasus. Pegasus was a winged horse sired by Poseidon, and known as the Horse god. The Chimera challenged the hero to use bravery, strength and cunning in order to achieve victory. This fabulous beast represents triumph of good over evil and in medieval Christian art the Chimera appears as a symbol of the devil.
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SEVEN DEADLY SINS: Wrath, Envy, Lust, Gluttony, Avarice, Pride, and Sloth were commonly considered the primary temptations afflicting humanity in medieval sermons and iconography, with Pride being the worst. These seven often functioned as allegorical characters in medieval morality plays, but they also appear in many Renaissance plays such as Marlowe's Faustus. Some models of the sins saw them as contrasts to the seven holy virtues (i.e., the and the three spiritual virtues). for more detailed discussion.