Hermes / Mercury

God of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, language, thieves and writing. Hermes was also responsible for protecting livestock and presided over the spheres associated with fertility, music, luck, and deception. The son of Zeus and Maia, Hermes is the messenger of the gods, and a psychopomp (guide of soul) who leads the souls of the dead into the afterlife. He was depicted mostly as a handsome and athletic beardless youth. His attributes include the herald’s wand or caduceus, winged sandals, and a traveler’s cap.

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