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Caduceus Tattoos And Caduceus History-Caduceus Tattoo Ideas And Meanings

Updated on August 15, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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Caduceus History And Associations

The caduceus is a Greek symbol, often thought to be the symbol of medicine, but it actually is a staff that's carried by Hermes. The staff is entwined by two serpents or snakes, sometimes containing wings. The caduceus has been a known symbol since the 5th century BCE, today, it is one of the more unique tattoo designs available. The caduceus is associated to Hermes and Mercury, in return, it symbolizes balance, negotiation, and commerce.

Many people believe the caduceus is the original symbol of medicine, but that is actually the rod of Asclepius. The rod of Asclepius is the symbol for medicine, containing only one serpent entwined on a staff. Today, the caduceus has become a national symbol of practiced medicine and has many associations in medicine.

One myth associates the caduceus with "peace." Greek myths suggest that Hermes came across two fighting snakes and brought peace to them with his caduceus. According to Greek mythology, another myth explains how Hermes stole cattle from his half brother Apollo. Hermes offered Apollo a lyre fashioned from a tortoise shell as payment for the stolen cattle. In return, Apollo gave Hermes a caduceus for his honesty. The caduceus can also be found in the Greek story Tiresias.

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Caduceus Tattoo Designs

Caduceus tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different ways. Caduceus tattoos usually portray two serpents around a staff, in most cases, with wings. The caduceus is considered to be a medical tattoo. In fact, some people get medical tattoos to aware others that they have a medical condition. We'll actually be posting an article soon on medical tattoos, so make sure you come back and follow the link.

Over the past century, tattoo artist have put their own creative twist on caduceus tattoos and medical tattoos. Nothing is out of the question when it comes to caduceus tattoo variations. Although many caduceus tattoos have serpents or snakes around the staff, some tattoo designs may portray dragons, daggers, Celtic art, or tribal art. Most caduceus tattoo designs always portrays two elements of symbols, snakes or not.

Some altered caduceus tattoos only include portions of the caduceus. These tattoos may portray the staff, wings, or only have one snake. I've seen them with stars, hearts, jokers, clocks, and much more. As I said earlier, you can really make the caduceus tattoo your own. Since the caduceus tattoo represents balance, you may even see a balance scale within the tattoo design.

The caduceus tattoo is very fun to work with for tattoo artist. You can put your own creative twist on this type of tattoo. Personally, just like any other tattoo, shading, detail, and line work is crucial. If you're looking for a tattoo that can reflect yourself, the caduceus is a perfect fit. I wish I had a picture, just to throw an idea out, I saw a cancer caduceus tattoo before. The tattoo was done in pink and silver. The staff was in the middle and pink ribbons entwined the staff. Big beautifully detailed wings with pink shading completed this beautiful tattoo. This is one example how you can make the caduceus tattoo your own, use your imagination.

Some people choose to add a background to their caduceus tattoo while others may not. Take the time to view all the different caduceus tattoo pictures in this article. Each tattoo has a different style, color, size, or features. This will give you a general idea of what to expect when you start searching for caduceus tattoos. Hopefully, you gain ideas and inspiration as well.

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Caduceus Tattoo Meanings

The caduceus tattoo can represent a variety of different things to those who wear such a tattoo. Nearly all tattoos hold symbolic value, the caduceus tattoo is no different. Remember though, in the end, your caduceus tattoo symbolizes what you want it too. Nobody can tell you different. Now that you feel proud, below, you'll find the meanings behind the creative caduceus tattoo.

  • Balance
  • Equality
  • Healing
  • Power
  • Harm
  • Transformation
  • Change
  • Magic
  • Medicine

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The caduceus tattoo is a great tattoo design to choose, symbolic reasons or personal. The caduceus is deprived from Greek mythology, symbolizing the staff of the herald. As you've leaned, there has been many myths behind the caduceus. Personally, I love the design of the caduceus tattoo. I like the fact that it can be altered and still hold strong symbolic value. Always choose a tattoo that you hold dear to your heart, a tattoo that is symbolic of yourself. When you do, you'll never regret it.

If you're choosing the caduceus tattoo or not, make sure you take the time to research your tattoo. Just as you are now, take the time to learn what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo design symbolizes something different from what you first thought. Make sure you're fully aware of all meanings.

Don't get in a hurry to get inked! I know your excited, you just saw an awesome tattoo design and you want it now. I understand, but even so, you don't want to jump the gun. Make sure this tattoo is really what you want. If it is, go for it, get it tattooed. If your 5% unsure, wait it out. Take your time and make sure this tattoo design is what you want.

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Hello Teaches. Thanks for your visit and comment. The caduceus tattoo would be great for medical students, a good medical tattoo. I also like the fact that this medical tattoo design can help others know that you have a medical issue of some type. Thanks again for the comment and your time Teaches, best wishes.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I didn't know this symbol as called caduceus. Very interesting background on this topic. I don't think that I would wear one of these tattoos, but know some medical students that probably would enjoy it.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Rosemay, thanks for your comment and kind words. Yes, very few knew what a caduceus tattoo was. Probably those in the medical field. Caduceus tattoo designs are a great tattoo to work with, love them for that reason. Best to you and enjoy your weekend!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I too had to pop in as I had no idea what this was. Fascinating history and you have roused my curiosity now to read up on more.

      The idea of a tat to signify a medical condition is a great idea and looking forward to reading that one.

      Enjoy your weekend

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia





      Thank you all for everything. I've always like the caduceus tattoo design. I love the creative twist that tattoo artist have put on this tattoo design over the years, interesting to say the least. Bless you all and thanks!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very interesting and beautiful tattoos, loved all the photos !

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The history surrounding the caduceus is really interesting and the tattoos are beautiful...Thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      Yeah thelyricwriter.. I too had to pop in when ..wait I always check in on your tats what am I saying and as always top-notch ...:)

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Hi lyric,

      I saw your title pop in and I knew I had to check this out, as I had no clue has to what that word meant, being I have never worked in the medical field. : ) Now, I understand, and how interesting indeed!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper


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