“…a bringer of dreams, a watcher by night, a thief at the gates, one who was soon to show forth wonderful deeds among the deathless gods.”

God of boundaries and the travelers who cross them

God of Orators and wit, of literature and poets

Liminal Points

Messenger from the Gods

An interpreter who bridges the boundaries with strangers

Hermeneutics is the art of interpreting esoteric meaning

The escort to the Underworld – The only God other than Hades and Persephone who could enter and leave the Underworld without hindrance

Son of Zeus and Maia – the Eldest Pleiade

Loyal to Zeus

Rooster and Tortoise are his symbols


Mercury, Roman equiv.

Charidotes, giver of charm

Diaktoros, the messenger

Eriounios, luck bringer

Psychopompos, conveyor of souls

He is seen to be manifest in any kind of interchange, transfer, transcendence, transition.

Herma – wayside marker pile of stones, each traveler added a stone to the pile.