Very similar to the design used by the Order in 1220. This design also illustrates a circle enclosing three serpents (which themselves form a triangle), illustrating loyalty and a nod to Hermes Trismegistus. Although no longer bearing the symbols on their heads, the serpents still guard the same three symbols: the apple at the 12 o'clock position, the ankh at 4 o'clock, and the fasces at 8 o'clock. This is a horizontal reflection of their previous orientation, but this probably means nothing.
A second triangle has been added to the first formed by the serpents, forming a Seal of Solomon. In the center of the seal is the astrological symbol of Mercury, the Roman name of Hermes.
The serpents themselves have changed, as well. They are less snake-like and more dragon-like. Clockwise from the top, they have one normal tongue, no visible tongue, and a forked tongue, respectively. Likewise, the first has a very Egyptian-looking eye surrounded by kohl markings, the second has a slitted pupil, and the third has an entirely white eye. The meaning of these differences is unknown, except perhaps to underscore the various origins of Hermes Trismegistus (Thoth, Hermes, etc.), or perhaps the origins of the different Houses of Hermes.
Surrounding the seal are various Sphere symbols: at 1 o'clock: Entropy. A 3 o'clock: Mind. At 5 o'clock: Time. At 7 o'clock: Matter. At 9 o'clock: Forces. At 11 o'clock: Correspondence. The missing symbols of the common nine are Life, Prime and Spirit. Interestingly enough, this version of the Hermetic symbol predates the usage of the Sphere system: the Order of Hermes used four Pillars and a Foundation at this time.
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