More about Serpents and Rods of Power Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein (Click on pictures to see larger images.) Serpents are associated with trees in many pieces of ancient literature including “Inanna and the Huluppu Tree,” Gilgamesh’s search for immortality, and the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Serpents are associated with rods of power in the staff of the god Hermes, now the symbol modern medicine, and in the story of Moses throwing down his rod in Pharaoh’s court. Indian yogis say that at the base of the spine lies coiled the White Serpent of the Kundalini, which rises during meditation, stimulating the chakra centers until it opens like a cobra over the head and opens the third eye, allowing the meditator to see in other dimensions. (Kundalini yoga is about raising energy in the body.) Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily Figure a:  Sumerian art associated with healing Figure b:  A column associated with the Egyptian god Osiris Figure c:  The Egyptian god Thoth with two serpents Figure d:  The modern Caduceus, symbol for medicine, taken from the staff of the Greek god Hermes