OH SHIT

I looked at other peoples’ UU posts, and did some more research, because I keep forgetting there are 13 zodiac things now.

So. Ophiuchus, the 13th zodiac. Makes buckets of sense. Because while I’m sure some of you have seen the symbol of Ophiuchus as the U with a squiggly through it, he has another one too. See, the constellation itself is a man holding a snake. In Greek mythology, Ophiuchus, the snake wrestler, was equated with Asclepius, the God of Medicine and Healing, who used snakes in his medical practices.

Okay. So. Asclepius’s symbol is basically a cadeceus with just one snake encircling it, which, then, is another symbol for the constellation Ophiuchus.

And the traditional sign for Asclepius’s field of practice, medicine and healing, is a full cadeceus.

Very interesting, no?

Detail, John W. McCormack U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Boston, Massachusetts
from Library of Congress

Close-up of a cadeceus, one of several set into the facade.

Here’s a context pic I took myself, along with some research I did to explain why the cadeceus is on a building that’s not medical.

I was puzzled at the repeated use of the cadeceus, usually associated with medicine, until I read this explanation on Wikipedia (key words in bold):

The caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology. The same staff was also borne by heralds in general, for example by Iris, the messenger of Hera. It is a short staff entwined by two serpents, sometimes surmounted by wings. In Roman iconography it was often depicted being carried in the left hand of Mercury, the messenger of the gods… As a symbolic object it represents Hermes (or the Roman Mercury), and by extension trades, occupations or undertakings associated with the god

About the Building

Built in 1932-1934, the building (formerly the McCormack U.S. Post Office and Courthouse) is at Post Office Square and is mostly glad in granite. It was entered in the National Register in 1987. See more photos and info on the Boston Art Deco Society’s web site. View it via Google Street View.

From LoC:

Built in 1931-1933. Architect: Cram & Ferguson. Building consists of three towers rising above a five story base. It is 16 stories tall. The exterior is an excellent example of Art Deco institutional design.

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"We will stay with you hunter, we can’t simply leave you alone after all you have done for our village, we are supporting you on every way we can."

This battle of all the thousand of hunts i been trough my career as a Monster Hunter is one battle that was full of emotions, you have been giving this task of protecting a tiny village in a shoreline first from what was supposed to be the “King Of The Sea” The Lagiacrus, a lighting powered sea faring wyvern and once you finally manage to best the beast trough the support and guidance of most of the town villagers it just so happen that the tremors who have been putting the town on danger don’t stop after some trials and tribulations your companion a tiny humanoid from the village of the Shakalakas manages to find the source of the tremors the Elder Dragon, Cadeceus, The Leaviathan, The God of The Sea itself.

The hunter guild sends notice of evacuation and tries to remove you from the village and the townsfolk too but you don’t desist and won’t give up on the place which now has become your 2nd home, you decide to stay and try to fend the beast off, you decide to go hand to hand against what many consider to be a God just to protect the lifestyle of 15 or so people, this is what being a Hunter leaded up to, this was the epitome of the selfless service that is being a Monster Hunter.

The villagers do not evacuate, they stay by your side helping you on their own ways, getting you supplies, setting up a forward base, preparing gear and a special helmet for your companion and even when you battle the best and the tremors shake the very foundation of their homes, they don’t falter.

At this point you are face to face with creature in the deepest part of the ocean, in a cave which by the looks of it used to inhabit the ancestors of the villagers you can see around Ballistas, a giant triple pronged Dragonator and you smirk while feeling not only the support of your friends of the surface but by also this perfect battleground left behind by those who were before, you have been expected, a champion to release them from the terror that this “God” has brought upon them, with your Shakalaka partner at your side supplying oxygen here in the deepest part of the ocean your final showdown starts a clash between Hunter and God.

This drawing isn’t fandom related. It’s just something I drew during my pre-med class this summer while our instructor was explaining the origin of the caduceus. 

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