Yesterday as I was consolidating some piles of scraps I came across an image of Hermes/Mercury. I don’t remember where it came from. That for me is a big part of the delight of having collected images for years – you have time to forget things and then get to rediscover them with delight all over again.
I have a great love for Hermes/Mercury. Seriously, winged cap, winged shoes! Who wouldn’t want those?! Because Mercury 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 with Mercury. Just like any true friendship, things have evolved over the years as I have come to understand and experience the deeper layers of connection. Hermes has indeed become a beloved ally.
Hermes, 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 Hermes that is less widely known. He is a 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.
I like to think I embody some of these archetypal divine energies in my work. Certainly my work as a channel qualifies as a messenger; and my work in the Akashic Records is crossing a boundary. There can be playful trickster energy about Hermes as well. If you sign up for my snail mail list, which requires a bit of a perusing of my website, I send out periodic surprise love letters. I know Hermes would approve.
Yesterday I also discovered my summer reading project. It seems every year I stumble upon a book series that captures my attention and makes for fun summer reading. One year it was the Charles de Lint Newford books series (can you say YES – Crow Girls!!!); last year it was the Zodiac Series by Vicki Petterson. And this year I discovered Anne Zouroudi. I just finished her book The Messenger of Athens which is the first of her series of Greek Island mysteries starring detective Hermes Diaktores. Coincidence? I think not. And yes, Hermes is not your average gumshoe.
You’ve probably guessed today’s journal page is my Artysville Glue It Tuesday homage to Hermes.
So tell me, do you have a special relationship with Hermes/Mercury? Some other archetypal energy? If winged shoes aren’t your thing, what kind of footwear is? Have any must-read recommendations? Please share – you know I love to hear!