Flying on the wings of Hermes, Emily Kell’s new design includes the intertwining snakes, more formally known as the Caduceus. The symbol is seen anywhere from esoteric studies to a renowned symbol used in the medical world. The Illustration is a message that calls for transformation and transcendence through the harmony of opposites, and antithetical forces colliding to promote change and creation through chaos and as a result- evolution.
The snakes are crowned by the Hermetic Seal, a popular and prominent insignia of Alchemy. For those who aren’t familiar, the Hermetic Seal of Light is a symbol of Quintessence; this is the perfect combination of chemicals resulting in the ultimate transcendence. In other words, being one with the Aether, the source of all things known and unknown “to infinity, and beyond!”
At the very top of the design, geometrically, the seal is comprised of a circle, encased in a square, encased in a triangle, encased in another circle. However, the meaning of the symbol is much more than basic shapes. These shapes represent the material body, the soul, and the spirit. In elemental terms the physical realm is delineated by mercury, salt and sulfur. All of these elements are required for the ultimate achievement of quintessence in the world of Alchemy. It is fitting, because Kell’s entire illustration is covered with other hermetic symbols and their own stories.
“The Caduceus”, as we’ve mentioned, is an ancient symbol depicting two snakes climbing a staff, as they intertwine in front of the wings of Hermes. Kell eloquently illustrates her own perspective of the Caduceus and it’s call for the perfect harmony of opposites, drawing from the story of Hermes. The DNA Helix is also depicted here as a reminder of the relationship between the masculine and feminine; the ultimate creation.
Reform and transformation for positive change can only be achieved by first enduring chaos, its opposite. The illustration represents the cycle of life, revolution, and the consistency of change. It reminds us that endings bring hope for better beginnings. Kell’s beautifully hermetic design is an advocate for positive change, a message to ignite the flame of social change, and opposites uniting to create balance.
It will be available on our website next week!