Pelosi’s Cauduceus

Cauduceus: it is not a medical symbol as incorrectly interpreted in the US – it is a Hermetic symbol of equal balance, exchange, reciprocity. I am inquisitive of her presentation of the symbol. In this modern interpretation, “…the pin actually represents the Mace of the United States House of Representatives: the long, blunt battle staff that has embodied the legislative branch’s authority since 1789.” (Friedman 2019).

Pelosi's pin

Nancy Pelosi wore a somber suit on Wednesday for the House debate on the votes to officially impeach President Donald Trump on two charges.Credit…Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA, via Shutterstock. Image from New York Times 2019

“The original artifact, created in 1841, sits in the House chamber and serves as a symbol of the sergeant at arms’ authority as well as his or her role in maintaining decorum. The historic mace is composed of an eagle atop a silver globe on which the world’s continents are etched. The central shaft is actually 13 bundled rods representing the original colonies, along with the idea that we are stronger together than we are individually. …It has long been there, and presumably it always will be. It’s represented the role of Congress, and it’s been a call for comity. But it has also become a symbol of endurance.” (Givhan, R. 2019).


Friedman, V. 2019. Nancy Pelosi Went Dark for the House Debates. Her Pin Shined. New York Times. Retrieved from

Givhan, R. 2019. Nancy Pelosi’s pin at the impeachment debate was a declaration: The republic will survive this. Washington Post. Retrieved from

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