With every ritual, there should be an accompanying hymn and a prayer. The hymn gets the attention of the god, and the prayer, though of a private nature and entirely up to the worshipper, may contain statements, offerings, and requests. The Orphic Hymns in particular are a good group to work with, though there are others that have survived the ravages of history. I am sharing a prayer I wrote for Mercury, based on some research I did on ancient ritual and the guidance of astrological magic practitioners. The characteristics of Hermes in the prayer reflect Graeco- Egyptian attributes. Namely, they are a combination of the traditional astrological archetype, Thoth, Hermes, and Mercury. I have included various names of Hermes that were used at his temples.
Prayer to Hermes
To Divine Hermes of the golden wand I speak. You are the messenger of the gods and the immortal guide. All forms of communication are under your sway, including letters, books, poems, songs, speeches, emails, texts, signs, gestures, and language.
Hermes, you are the sacred master of techniques and methods. Every tradition looks to you. Thus, ways, schools of knowledge, and disciplines are taught and learned at your grace. Holy way-finder and path-breaker hear my call.
Hermes Trismegistus, you are the Tongue of Ra. The golden light of existence is reflected and permeated throughout the solar system after touching upon your hallowed sphere. You excel at identifying, sorting, and organizing knowledge. Your rulership includes the branches of learning, the categorization of phenomena, and the distinguishing of sensory data and its organization.
Hermes, as psycho-pomp, the dead continue their journey with your guidance. You are the guardian of thresholds and the master of barriers, including those between the world of the living and the realm of the dead.
Hermes, you are the upholder of balance and duality. The opposing manifestations of the cosmos are under your dominion. You oversee the division of the singular into the dual.
Mercury, you are the pen, the computer, and the oral tradition. Hear me, splendid Hermes!
Dotor Eaon, make my mind sharp and my words witty.
Chrysorrhapis, give me clear oratory powers, and help me discover my talents when writing.
Hermeneutes, grant speed to my communications.
Cyllenius, at those times the nuts and bolts inside my head are not tightly screwed, make it so that my words are structured and organized.
Angelus Macaron, allow me to make beneficial business transactions.
Hermes Dolius, give me the understanding of difficult methods and techniques.
Diactorus, when others hear or read my communications, make it clear and direct.
Criophorus, grant clarity and peace of mind so I can understand others.
Archus Pheleteon, make it so I am not tricked, deceived, or robbed.
Promachus, bring mastery to my understanding of sports and exercise.
Finally, help me to find my way Masterius. Lead me to my divine path. Praise be to Hermes Pompaeus. Praise Mercury, most divine!
Accept my offerings of incense, flame, light, candle wax, essential oil, and water.
Do with it what you please.
Praise Mercury, most divine!
David has studied traditional astrology since 2014. The Bay Area native completed Chris Brennan’s Introduction to Hellenistic Astrology course, and attended courses taught by Austin Coppock, Nina Gryphon, and other astrologers. He is interested in exploring the less well known aspects of astrology, divination, and spirituality.