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Caduceus

A familiar caduceus.Caduceus (kedyoo' sees)The caduceus is a symbol of two snakes entwined in a double helix around a winged rod or staff.  The symbol appeared in early Babylonian art and is now associated with medicine.

The Caduceus has represented various sun Gods, especially the Greek messenger of the gods, Hermes. Hermes carries a gold caduceus, wears winged sandals, and a winged hat.  The caduceus came to be associated with Hermes from various legends.

One legend tells of Hermes encountering two fighting snakes. He threw his wand at them, and they became entwined around it, ending the fight. Another legend tells of Apollo giving Hermes the caduceus.

Charm

A charm can be an incantation, an amulet or a talisman (see entries for each here in the Reference Shelf).  Usually, a charm is like a spell or incantation but often sung or chanted . . .

Conjure

To call forth or summon, often by sacred name in a solemn manner.  To bring forth into the mind and often into the material world.  To implore earnestly . . .

Cowrie Shells

This genus of shells can be used for divination, protection and fertility magic.Sea shells in the Trivia genus.  In most of the UK these are called "cowrie" shells.  They are closely related to true cowry shells but are a bit smaller, and are used in a similar fashion.  Sea shells of the trivia genus and small cowrie shells used in magic charms for protection (usually of women and children), fertility and divination.  Click on the image to the right to enlarge.

Cross Stone
Staurolite is often referred to as the \cross stone\" however this phrase is sometimes used for andalusite. More information regarding each of these may be found by using the PaganPath search."

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