30 Days of Hermes: Gender and Sexuality

Day 18: How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG) 18. Powerfully quick, focused in pursuits, and long in distance…Hermes is the epidemy of masculinity. Pillared, phallic Hermai littered the countryside of ancient Hellenic realms. The four-sided Herm was more than a block of wood or stone…a head on top and penis placed just …

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30 Days of Hermes: Public Relations

Day 17: How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons? 17. As a trickster, Hermes tends to change with the ‘flavor’ of pantheon He chooses to manifest in. He traveled around the ancient world, a lot…and in each incarnation of Him, Hermes maintains this undercurrent of what Karl Kerényi explains as the ‘Hermes’ Idea’. From his classic, “Hermes: …

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30 Days of Hermes: Representing Cultural Values

Day 16: How do you think this deity represents the values of their pantheon and cultural origins? Whilst Hermes is so adaptable, He is originally from a time when Gods ruled the Multiverse. They were fallible with human qualities we could relate to, frightening and we were often victim to their whims. Of course Hermes can be all of these things: …

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30 Days of Hermes: Mundane Practice

Day 15: Any mundane practices that are associated with this deity? As a longtime household deity, Hermes is happy to help in many mundane ways. Far from ordinary, and not quite over the top, Hermes is accessible to all classes and castes, however I have a feeling He prefers the “under dogs”. Gambling, writing, driving, traveling in any way, selling …

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30 Days of Hermes: Modern Worship

Day 14: Has worship of this deity changed in modern times? “Hermes, Hermes The great sea foamed, Gnashed its teeth about me; But you have waited, Where sea-grass tangles with Shore-grass.” (“Hermes of the Ways”, by Hilda (Doolittle) Aldington ) Aside from the occasional sacrificed sheep and BBQ, Hermes is pretty much worshiped in the same context as He was …

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30 Days of Hermes: Modern Issues

  Day 13: What modern cultural issues are closest to this deity’s heart? As THE premiere messenger of the Gods, Hermes cares very much about communication issues. What better time than the Information Age for Hermes to make a comeback? If He does not rule it, I bet He at least inspired the guys who invented the world wide web. …

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30 Days of Hermes: Locations of Worship

Day 12: Places associated with this deity and their worship “The highest mountain in Arkadia is Kyllene, on the top of which is a dilapidated temple of Hermes Kyllenios (of Mt Kyllene). It is clear that Kyllenos, the son of Elatos, gave the mountain its name and the god his surname. In days of old, men made wooden images, so far …

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30 Days of Hermes: Holy Days and Feasts

Day 11: Festivals, days, and times sacred to this deity “Whichever of the youths is judged to be the most handsome goes round the walls at the feast of Hermes, carrying a lamb on his shoulders. Hermes Promakhos (Champion) is said, on the occasion when an Eretrian fleet put into Tanagra from Euboia, to have led out the youths to the battle; …

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30 Days of Hermes: Offerings

Day 10: Offerings; Historical and UPG “Histia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk on earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honor; glorious is your portion and your right. For without you mortals hold no banquet—where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Histia both first and last. And …

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30 Days of Hermes: Aspects, Regional Forms, and Misconceptions

Day 8: Variations on this Deity “Hermes, while wandering in a rocky and desolate place, gave himself over to meditation and prayer. Following the secret instructions of the Temple, he gradually freed his higher consciousness from the bondage of his bodily senses; and, thus released, his divine nature revealed to him the mysteries of the transcendental spheres. He beheld a …

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