Saturday, February 2, 2013

In Sickness and In Health: the Return of the Saturday Symbol Fairy

The mule deer that visit our pond appear unconcerned by the curse of Cthulhu (statue on far left)
The craziness of life (and my sweetie being home) sent the symbol fairy into hibernation during the holidays but, at long last, the Saturday Symbol Fairy is back...sort of. I feel more dead than alive. I am miserably sick. Have been all week. With strep throat no less. Ugh. Yet thanks to lots of rest, and tea, and doggy love along with some much-needed antibiotics, I am on the mend. So to go with the theme, this week's post is on health. Only I am doing things backwards. Instead of explaining the multiple meanings of a single symbol, I am listing some, but not all, of the items that symbolize good health.
The most obvious symbol of health is the Rod of Asclepius, the serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius, a deity associated with healing and medicine. Relatedly, snakes are a symbol of healing but in a dual expression of both helping and harming. Other symbols of good health from around the world are apples, peaches, deer, the color pink, the Elder tree (Celtic), the crane (Japanese), and the tortoise (Chinese). And on the subject of good health, here's to yours!


  1. May many snakes head your way soon so you can heal well! ;)

    1. LOL! That would likely get any person off the couch and moving quick!