The last month and a half has been marked by the coming and settling of Mercury in my most personal religious life. There was this brief moment of curiosity from my part, after a comment on Hermes by a friend of mine, after which He came in like a sudden gush of wind, pulled a chair, and quickly made Himself known. I became aware of how much interests we share: writing, hermeneutics, communication (in my case, in a teaching/academic context), languages, travelling, and sports; I have two dogs me and my parents picked up from the street and He has a connection with both dogs and strayed people or animals; there’s also sex and humour, even if sometimes He’s a particular kind of comedian very much in tune with Monty Python’s Always look in the bright side of life, and then there’s my habit of touring friends and lost tourists around Lisbon or my home town. So I decided to give it a try and bought a caduceus pendant online, which arrived on the same week I found a 5 Euros bill on the floor, used it to buy a lottery ticket and got 25 Euros out of it. Thank you, Mercury! I replied by wearing my caduceus for the first time during Lisbon’s half-marathon and I’ll be taking part in another athletic event on June 5th, dedicating my physical effort and a prize to Him.
This is having an effect on my religious life. There are many gods I worship on a daily basis, even if just with a simple offering of a kiss on the tip of my fingers and touch on Their altars, and even most of Them receive monthly offerings (in some cases several times a month) and have at least one major yearly festival on my calendar. And there are those Who, while not getting as much attention (and They seem to be fine with that), are nonetheless dear to me and I would not part from Them. But at the top of the scale, Freyr has ruled supreme for the past several years, like something similar to having a husband at the centre of a life full of dear friends and relatives. This is changing, however, not in the sense that Freyr is coming down the scale, but that the top of it will have Mercury as a second occupant. There may even be a personal triad in the making, with Minerva as a likely third element, but She’s been quiet.
The hardest thing may be to reshape my devotional practices. A change in focus from one to two or three gods means there’s a new balance to be found and that implies learning the dos and donts, likes and dislikes, and make sure no one feels cast aside.