Hermes is the witty messager of the gods, who favors cunning over strength.
Hermes values wit and daring, dependability and promptness. He despises tediousness and idleness, and when he sees this setting in, will shake things up, just to see what happens. He aids thieves, magicians, messengers, gamblers, and public speakers.
Primary Cult Centers
- Agonios – Lord of the Games
- Agreiphontes – Argus-Slaying
- Diaktoros – Guide. Messenger.
- Enodios – of the Road
- Eriounios – Luck-bringer
- Kerykes – Herald
- Khthonios – of the Earth
- Kourotrophos – Protector of Youth
- Kranaios – ?
- Kriophoros – Ram-bearer
- Logios – of Speech
- Nomios – Protector of Flocks
- Polutropos – The Many Turning One. The Well Traveled
- Propulaios – Before the Gates
- Psychopompos – Guide of the Dead. Conductor of Souls
- Trismegestos – Thrice-Greatest
Caduceus, winged boots, a cap, 4
Frankincense, storax, mastic, white sandal, mace, moly, nettles, asafoetida, ginger, opal, mercury, marjolane
- Fourth (4th each month) Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros’ sacred day
- Hermaia (various dates) .
- Khutroi (13 Anthesterion (February – March)) .
Ways to honor
Be cunning and daring. Work smarter, not harder. Study divination and magic – both of the sacred and the stage variety. Gamble. Travel, especially if you find yourself in a rut. If you drop change, leave it. If you find some, pick it up and thank Hermes for the gift. Always deliver messages entrusted to you, especially those to and from the dying. Sit with a dying friend or relative. Be their guide to the next world.
- Hermes: an Introduction to Worshipping the Messenger of the Olympians by Dorothy L. Wood
- Reflection on Some Epithets of Hermes by Unknown
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- Aeschylus’ Eumenides, and Prometheus Bound
- Apollodorus’ Library 1.6.2-3, 2.1.3, 2.4.2-3, 3.2.1, 3.4.3, 3.10.2
- Dio Chrysostom’s Orations 78.19
- Euripides’ Ion
- Herodotus’ The Histories 2.51, 2.67, 2.138
- Hesiod’s Theogony 440, 938
- Hesiod’s Works and Days 65
- Homer’s Iliad 24.330, 24.334-469, 24.679-694, 182, 437-439, 461
- Homer’s Odyssey 5.145, 5.28-148, 8.320, 10.275-308, 24.1-10
- Homeric Hymn to Demeter 2.334-384, 407
- Homeric Hymn to Hermes 4
- Homeric Hymn to Hestia 29
- Hyginus’ Fabulae 195
- Hyginus’ Poetica Astronomica 2.7, 2.16, 2.42
- Ovid’s Metamorphoses 2.685-835, 8.618-724, 11.303-317, 4.288-293
- Ovid’s Fasti 5.667
- Pausanias’ Description of Greece 1.24.3, 2.19.7, 2.3.4, 4.33.3, 5.19.5, 5.7.10, 7.20.3, 8.16.1, 8.17.5, 8.36.10 9.5.8, 9.30.1
- Papyri Graeci Magicae 5.172-212, 5.403-407, 7.672-676, 7.919-924, 17b.5,
- Pindar’s Olympian Odes 6.79-80
- Pindar’s Pythian Odes 2.10, 12
- Plato’s Cratylus 407e-408a
- Plato’s Phaedrus 264c
- Sophocles’ Searching Satyrs
- Hermes: Guide of Souls by Carl Kerenyi