The god of commerce, invention, cunning, and theft, who also served as messenger, scribe, and herald for the other gods.
Hermes Trismegistus (hûr´mêz
trîs´me-jîs´tes, trîz´-) noun
The Egyptian god Thoth, the legendary author of works on alchemy, astrology, and magic.
Hermes, in Greek mythology, messenger of the gods, son of the god Zeus and of Maia, the daughter of the Titan Atlas. As Zeus's servant, Hermes had winged sandals and carried a caduceus. He brought the souls of the dead to the underworld and was also the god of commerce, the protector of traders and herds, and the deity of athletes. He was believed to be responsible for both good luck and wealth. Hermes was also a dangerous foe, a trickster, and a thief.
hermetic (her-mèt´îk) also hermetical
1.Completely sealed, especially against the escape or entry of air.
2.Impervious to outside interference or influence: the hermetic confines of an isolated life.
3.Often Hermetic Mythology. a. Of or relating to Hermes Trismegistus or the works ascribed to him. b. Having to do with the occult sciences, especially alchemy; magical.
[New Latin hermêticus, alchemical, from Medieval
Latin Hermês Trismegistus.]
- hermet´ically adverb
It is Hermes who bridges the gap between the metalinguistic and the sublinguistic in the form of the message, language itself, the medium; he is the trickster who leads in misleading, the tremendum that echoes through the broken word. Hermes is therefore political, or rather ambassadorial—patron of intelligence and cryptography as well as an alchemy that seeks only the embodiment of the real. Hermes is between text and image, master of the hieroglyphs that are simultaneously both—Hermes is their significance, their translatability. As one who goes "up and down" between spirits and humans, Hermes Psychopomp is the shamanic consciousness, the medium of direct experience, and the interface between these other forms and the political. "Hermetic" can also mean "unseen".
- Hakim Bey - _The Obelisk_
'Do you not know, Asclepius, that Egypt is an of heaven? Or so to speak more exactly, in Egypt all the operations of the powers which rule and work in heaven have been transferred down to earth below?'
(from Thoth/'Hermetic Texts')
Already in Homer, Hermes is a multitasking character.
The figure who flits through the _Iliad_ as a messenger and thief becomes in
a guide of souls and a shamanic
healer, curing Odysseus from Circe's witchy poison. But the god really
doesn't find himself at center stage until the pseudo-Homeric _Hymn to Hermes_,
written around the sixth century b.c.e. The poem begins with the nymph Maya,
lately loved by Zeus, giving birth to a boisterous child. Leaping instantly
out of his crib, the babe Hermes dashes into the outside world, where he happens
upon a turtle. He kills the creature, takies up its shell, and invents
the lyre, becoming the "first to manufacture songs."
- Erik Davis - _Techgnosis: Myth, Magic & Mysticism In The Age Of Information_
Hermes, for to you beyond all other gods it is dearest to be man's companion... - _The Iliad_
avant garde experimental release _Songs From The Hermetic Theatre_ by John Zorn on Tzadik (2001)