Hermes & Morals, Good Night & Good Luck

I’ve learned from Hermes a set of morals. They are not good ethical practices. They are things to do and to avoid to become more akin to Hermes. Interestingly, this is what religio, the origin of our word religion, originally meant, much like taboo in Fiji. The Kosher abstinence from pork is example. It keeps the observant Jew in such a fit state as to approach his God. In cultures world over, it is common for devotees of a Deity... Read more

Hermes, Ethics, and a dash of Thelema

Ethics are a contemporary question. How to build a system of ethics suitable for a polytheist Pagan? For me, the ethical center of my life is Thelema. But as a free-range thelemite, so to speak, I interpret Thelema in an idiosyncratic manner. First, I’m only interested in the ‘Class A’ documents and generally leave Crowley out of the picture. I have read much of Crowley and have a warm spot in my heart for him, but I don’t trust his... Read more

Working Polytheism Part 2: Means

Polytheism is not a mere belief. To be real, it must be practiced, and then we meet the Gods face to face… Developing a ‘way’ for polytheism in contemporary society is part of the purpose of Paganism today. We need a spiritual and embodied form of pluralistic values to establish a harmonious cosmopolitan world and polytheism does so in a way no other theological framework can. Yet creating this world will require work. As we discussed last post there are... Read more

Working Polytheism

Polytheism is what happens when you know more than one God, or at least that’s how it happened to me. Coming across the Kali image in Ram Dass’s Be Here Now broadened my horizons and sent me looking for more. Of course, I had known of the Greek and Roman gods of the myths, but here was a Goddess, a deity that was not the Yahweh of my parents, that people took seriously. Lifting my head from my cultural furrows,... Read more

Hermes and the Spirits

Is the world alive? For most of the ancient world, the world itself was alive and everything in it was alive too, having a spirit with personality and agency. Hermes, as Herald, Guide of Souls, and consummate magic wielder is a friend to the spirits. But in the Pagan/Polytheist community there seems to be something of an argument about the nature, place, and character of Spirits… One of the odder debates going on in our Pagan community has to do... Read more

Hermes in Service

As our community matures, we are inevitably producing priesthoods and with that, laity. This happens because commitment and investment are not the same for all individuals. Some can, even must, pour their lives into their dedication to the Gods or to a particular Deity or set of Deities. Others, even finding a divine relationship congenial or compelling, may not be called into deeper engagement for temperament, path, or resources. There is no shame in this. Not everyone is called to... Read more

Hermes at War

Conflict is inevitable. How we deal with it is one of the greatest measures of our character and integrity. Hermes in myth, and experience, is often in the center of conflict and challenge yet is not known for battle. But the Guide of Souls is a sure hand in times of struggle… In training people for Hermes’ priesthood aspirants are bound with an oath to not lie, cheat, or steal, except at war. In part this is because anyone steeped... Read more

Hermes in Action: Professional Life

A God is as a God does, and Hermes is no exception. How this applies to the Deity’s priest-folk can be subtle or evident, intimate or public. For those deeply dedicated to a Deity, this is likely to manifest in their professional life; it certainly did in mine… Hermes the messenger and lord of discourse naturally appeals to the scholar and scribe. As master of codes and cleverness, His range extends into all manner of computer-work. Evident in this blog,... Read more

The Mind of the God: the Power of the Question

To know Hermes is a lifelong task. Bounded approaches provide entry points and structures with which to grasp the fundamentally ineffable. One such we can learn from the Buddhist Tantric community in the way they analyze the Deities they invoke. They postulate that basic constitution of any being is threefold: body, speech, and mind. These find expression in activity, emanations of compassion, power, and wisdom. Thus far I’ve laid before you some of how Hermes presents Himself, particularly, but not... Read more

The Speech of the God and The Value of Deliberation

Today our commentarial tradition is fast and furious. If a weakness can be seen in any statement, it is instantly pounced upon and used to flog the knowledge, the intelligence, or even the character, of the author. What a long way we have come… The Tantric tradition summarizes the entitative state as being constituted by body, speech, and mind. We have touched upon the ‘bodily’ presence of Hermes in His Pantos Apolytos, or All-Liberating, form. Likewise His speech possesses a... Read more