Part I .

This follow up article is long overdue, but it has occurred to me more than once that writing a blog on Mercury retrograde was never going to be without interruptions. Anyway, better occasionally than never.


In the last post on the myth, I noted that Hermes, the Greek counterpart to Mercury, seemed to have been made responsible for a range of human activities, due to his quick wit and dexterity. These activities are:

  • Communication — including speech and lies
  • Music
  • Commerce — including trade and property ownership
  • Contracts
  • Transport and Travel
  • Divination — including astrology
  • Herald — of the dying
  • Invention — of the lyre, divination tools, of the Alphabet, astronomy, the musical scale, the arts of boxing and gymnastics, weights and measures
  • Cultivation — in particular, of the olive-tree (the olive branch is, of course, a symbol of peace and reconciliation, in more ways than one)

In other words… much of what we consider ‘culture’ that makes up what we understand as human ‘civilisation’, how we live, and also how we die. It seems that there’s more to the cosmic trickster than commonly meets the eye, and perhaps more to think about during Mercury transits and retrogrades than as no more than pesky nuisances in our personal lives.

Image: Olives. Source: stock.xchng

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