Part one explained the importance of having medical identification and that there are three symbols recognized by emergency and medical services.
Star of Life (red or blue)
Rod Staff of Asclepius
There is more information about the Star of Life and the Rod/Staff of Asclepius in part one.
Image of a Caduceus: Orb and wing topped staff entwined by snakes. This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Rama
The caduceus kə-DEW-see-əs, is the staff used by Hermes herald for the Greek God Zeus and the herald Iris for Zeus’ wife the Goddess Hera. In Rome, it represented Mercury, messenger of the gods, so in astrology it also represents the planet Mercury.
The Goddess Iris is often depicted as a cup- bearer, serving nectar to the gods, and she is a goddess of the rainbow. Her name can mean messenger, eiris, or rainbow, iris. The rainbow represented her sending messages from the gods to humanity. Little is known about Iris. She was the daughter of a marine god, Thaumas, and a cloud-nymph, Elektra.
The caduceus wasn’t always a medical symbol. Because Mercury and Hermes were also gods of commerce, the symbol was commonly used in antiquity by merchants. The Oxford Illustrated Companion To Medicine explains that “Though the caduceus has long been accepted as a device to represent medicine, it is the staff and serpent of Asklepios which have the more ancient and authentic claim to be the emblem of medicine”
Part 2 will explore magickal uses for each symbol, choosing the right symbol for a medical alert ID, and how to enchant the jewelry.