Daily Draw March 2nd, 2012
6 OF SWORDS
This is the angel Raphael gently guiding, healing and teaching.
Marie mentions the caduceus in this card and says it is associated with Hermes Trismagistus (sic).
Hmmm…beg to differ…the Staff of Asclepius is associated with healing and has one snake like the staff in this painting, and the caduceus with two snakes is associated with the god Hermes who is not Hermes Trismegistus. People get mixed up. Early societies differentiated between Hermes and Hermes Trismegistus. Our modern society uses the caduceus as a medical symbol but it should more properly be a rod of Asclepius.
Sue me for noticing. I did in this post too.
Hermes Trismegistus (the proper spelling) is however a psychopomp (or sometimes is when tied-in to Thoth, another skewy new-Age amalgamation) which ties in nicely to Raphael leading people about and is not mentioned in the book for this deck unfortunately.
I like that idea on this card. Guidance and healing and a hint of divine protection.
Raphael apparently likes dogs too.