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What Does the word 'Vatican' mean?


Does 'Vatican' mean 'divining serpent"? Indeed it does and it also means A LOT more!

'Vatican' comes from a combination of two words - (1) Vatic {vatis, vates} and (2) Can {canis, canus depending on which form you use}


VATIC (vatis, vates) means: seer, prophet, soothsayer, diviner, divination

Soothsayer means: to act covertly, to use hidden arts ie. magic, to practice sorceries, mysteries

Diviner means: witchcraft, tell fortunes (fortuneteller), bewitch, to consult a spirit of the dead, to practice magic

Mysteries means: to practice the Mystery religion, Mithraism (worship of the god Mithras - A pagan religion consisting mainly of the cult of the ancient Indo-Iranian Sun-god Mithra)

Scriptures regarding words listed above- 'soothsayers, diviners, those that practice divination, sorcery, witchcraft and magic -

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 "do not learn to follow the abominable ways of those nations. Let there not be found among you one who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, casts spells. Anyone who practices these is abominable to Yahweh"

Micahyah 5:12 "I will cut off witchcrafts from your hand, and you will have no more soothsayers"

Regarding "mysteries' and the mystery religion-

Revelation 17:5,9 "And upon her head was a name written: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.

VATIC has other meanings which we feel compelled to tell you of: mad, madness, raging, senseless, furious, possessed

Mad/Madness means: disordered in mind, insane, utterly foolish, mentally deranged, crazy, marked by chaotic activity

Possessed means: a demon, have a demon, god, devil, supernatural spirit


CAN (canis) means: a dog, any of various carnivorous mammals of the Canidae family. This family includes: foxes, wolves, jackal(s)

Jackal means: female jackal, crocodile, a monster, wild dog, wolf, dragon, snake venom, a great serpent, serpent

Note: Jackal definitions are from the Hebrew words 'Tanniyn, Tannah, Tanah, Tan' (see 'sources' at bottom of page for all article references)

Both 'dragon' and 'serpent' have always been used in the scriptures to represent Satan.

Dragon - Revelation 20:2 "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, who is the Devil, and Satan"

Revelation 13:4 "And they worshiped the dragon which gave power to the beast"

Serpent - Genesis 3:1 "Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any beast of the field"

Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world"

Dog - Revelation 22:15 ' For outside are dogs, ('Can', 'Tanniyn, Tannah, Tanah, Tan') and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and worshipers of gods (elohim) and everyone who professes to love, yet practices breaking the Law."

We have said on our "About Us" page that we don't do commentaries - just present the proofs and facts, info and supporting scriptures. You come up with your own deductions. We just wanted to prove and give evidence that 'Vatican" does indeed mean "divining serpent"... and a whole lot more...

photo credit: Joaquim Alves Gaspar, Lisboa, Portugal

sources: The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament by Koehler and Baumgartner Vol 1, Vol 4

Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament by H.W.F Gesenius

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance by James H. Strong

Webster's 3rd New International Dictionary Unabridged 1971

Merriam Webster Online Dictionary

American Heritage Online Dictionary

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

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