In Greek mythology, he is one of the twelve Olympian gods. In mythology, we learn of his inventiveness, remarkable ingenuity, and extraordinary creativity. His great agility and nimbleness are coupled with a mischievous, likeable, and cheerful disposition.
The diversity of his domains is a result of his vast array of talents. With his winged sandals and helmet, the god Hermes travels faster than the speed of light.
As a messenger of the gods, he carries their decrees (especially Zeus) to mortals and translates for them. He is, in a sense, the ancestor of the Heralds. As a messenger of the gods, he is the ultimate legislator and holds great authority.
As a guide of souls, he navigates and protects the souls of the deceased on their journey to the underworld, to the judgment of Hades.
Mercury is thus a mediator between worlds, between the upper and lower worlds, traversing between realms. He is a mediator between gods and mortals, and the realm of the living and of the dead.
As the god of science, he is closely associated with chemistry, especially alchemy. In alchemy, Mercury is a mediating principle between opposing poles.
Hermes is also the patron of merchants and art dealers. He is the god of travelers and the guardian of transportation.
Hermes is not only the god of magic, but also the god of jugglers and thieves. He is also the master of deception and confusion.
Other symbols of Hermes include the scroll and his shepherd’s staff. He is also the mediator of language, eloquence, and a god of shepherds.
Hermes is the namesake of the Hermetic Academy. The Hermetic Academy preserves hermetic instructions that help individuals achieve purpose, self-realization and self-knowledge.