Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with throwing open the cabinet of curiosities and wondrous things I call my brain and leading you on a tour of what actually resides in there – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words.
N is for…
nuncius – a messenger; the information communicated by a messenger; a message
Given my great love of Mercury/Hermes any thought of messenger or messages immediately brings this fleet-footed being to mind.
Seriously, winged cap, winged shoes! Who wouldn’t want those?! Because Mercury/Hermes is known as a messenger, I thought for the longest time that my affinity had to do with my devotion to mailart, and my loving invocation of the patron of communiqué delivery. And I do believe that’s how I first allowed myself to welcome in those energies and start my relationship. Just like any true friendship, things have evolved over the years as I have come to understand and experience the deeper layers of connection. Mercury/Hermes has indeed become a beloved ally.
Hermes (the Greek iteration)/Mercury (the Roman iteration), messenger of the gods, fact-gatherer and disseminator of information, was the son of Zeus and the goddess Maia, who is a springtime goddess associated with the act of blossoming. But there’s another aspect of Mercuy/Hermes that is less widely known. As a psychopomp, able to move between worlds above and below, he escorted and rescued. Crosser of boundaries, he rescued Persephone from the underworld; he released Ares from a jar; he freed Dionysius from his father’s thigh.
His winged shoes (talaria) symbolize his function as a go-between from the world of human affairs and the realm of the gods. He delivered messages from the gods to mortals, and that act characterized his function as a bridge from the mundane to the sacred.
He was clever and quick, an inventor, creator of musical instruments, a powerful conduit, bringer of sleep and dreams, and yes, sometimes a trickster.
It took me a while to recognize how active Mercury/Hermes is in my life, but once I made the conscious connection it was truly like recognizing an old friend. I call myself a Messenger and Illuminary in my work; my work in the Akashic Records is certainly messenger work as is my channeling. And let’s not diminish the importance that actually sending messages through the post has held for me. I’m pretty sure Mercury/Hermes steered me into mailart. And my life-long devotion to dreamwork – I think we can guess the inspirer.
Here’s a favorite object of mine – my Mercury/Hermes ring.
I had to take it off to get a decent picture of it, but its sized so I can wear it on my pinky finger which happens to be the finger of Mercury per palmistry conventions. I love having this double reminder. But I’m particularly delighting in the idea of having this ring as a touchstone as I begin some major writing projects. I’m hoping Mercury/Hermes bestows some of his great communication skills.
I’m on a not-so-secret mission to spread love into the world widely and encourage everyone else to as well. Something that has me firmly in its grip is my continuing dedication to a steady outflow of love letters. I truly believe the world is a better place when we make a point of telling each other we love them, and I like doing my part keeping the post office busily engaged in the task of transporting love across the globe via actual snail mail. Just think of all those love vibrations mixing it up with the stream of junk mail and bills. Think of love letters energetically lightening up the conveyor belts in post offices across the world sending little sparks of love into machinery. Do you suppose the mail carrier’s bag is a little happier when it has a stack of love letters nestled amidst its load? Well, perhaps you can’t imagine that, but you can certain imagine the delight of receiving a note.
I absolutely believe we could do a far better job in our world living as heart-centered beings devoted to loving-kindness. Can you imagine how different everything might look under the pervasive expression of love and appreciation?
What if we all sent love letters to one another? What would it be like to be more generous with our love? Doesn’t everyone deserve a little reminder they are seen and recognized, loved and appreciated? And have you ever written a love letter to yourself? Do it! You deserve it.
Claim your position as nuncius send your messages widely into the world.
So tell me, do you have a special relationship with Mercury/Hermes? Write love letters? Want a pair of winged shoes? Do tell – you know I love to hear.