30 Days of Devotion: Why Hermes?

Day 2: How did you become first aware of this deity; or more importantly WHY?

“Hermes, draw near, and to my pray’r incline, angel of Jove [Zeus], and Maia’s son divine;
Studious of contests, ruler of mankind, with heart almighty, and a prudent mind.
Celestial messenger, of various skill, whose pow’rful arts could watchful Argus kill:
With winged feet, ’tis thine thro’ air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse:
Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine, in arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine:
With pow’r endu’d all language to explain, of care the loos’ner, and the source of gain.
Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod, Corucian, blessed, profitable God;
Of various speech, whose aid in works we find, and in necessities to mortals kind:
Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere, be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear;
Assist my works, conclude my life with peace, give graceful speech, and me memory’s increase. “ (Orphic Hymn to Hermes, XXVII)

2. Anyone who knows me, or reads the blog, can without doubt say I belong to Hekate, first and foremost. This surrender did not come easy and there is a trust there I would never place in any other Deity, or human for that matter. My henotheistic relationship has been at Her calling, and I complied without much hesitation which was neither naïve or willed. Through a series of dreams, Hekate led me to my teacher and priest. Already Hellenic in my pagan ways, honor was always given to the one of winged-foot, messenger of the Gods, traveler to high Olympus and the great depths of Hades…and I gave such offerings as due a psychopomp. In my Druidry I often invoked Hermes for the role of Gatekeeper: the good God who helped and aided in connecting between portals, where our Kindred come through to receive honor. Before this, Hermes and I had nothing short of a ‘working relationship’ really.

Thou art Herm.

Thou art Herm.

As the months went by, I attended the public deipna mainly for offerings to my Lady, but with the huge Herm looking down from above my pious head, He was hard not to notice. I prayed to Him for help with school. I was attempting a capstone project; bridging together the competencies I learned over the years in the Library Information Science program, with a website designed from scratch. This was too much to take on, I realized 2 weeks into it…and I called out for Hermes. I brought gifts and in full Druid fashion, called on the laws of reciprocity. “Hermes, if you get my through this semester and help me finish the project, I will attend deipna for an entire year and make gifts for you especially.” Every month attended I brought Him a gift, to lay at the foot of Herm. I missed once for lack of childcare and another for being at Disneyland; but even then I still made offerings at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, the most liminal place where I also met the Evil Queen immediately following. And so, Hermes fulfilled my wish, but I did not PASS. You see, when making deals with the Gods it is very important you be very specific. I knew I had done this project at the bare minimum…and like a father He knows I am capable of so much more.
The Herm is inspiring me to see another face of a masculine God, already adding to the Siva/Cernunnos/Lucifer combination from past experiences. His ways are mercurial and tricky…why I love these psychopompic Gods and spirits! They keep me on my toes, hyper-aware and constantly questioning my Self and others’ motivations. As the way of magick opens to me, Hermes is the perfect guide! With laughter, hijinks and hopefully some wisdom at the end, may Hermes keep me always honest with Self.

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