“Mercury” by Evelyn De Morgan. 1873.
(Roman name: Mercury) was the messenger of the Gods.
It was Hermes´duty to guide the souls of the dead down to the underworld, which is known as a psycho pomp.
He says: “From the earliest times, Hermes was the psycho pomp of the alchemists, their friend and counselor, who leads them to the goal of their work. He is like a teacher mediating between the stone and the disciple… To others the friend appears in the shape of Christ or Khidr or a visible or invisible guru, or some other personal guide or leader figure”. (Carl Jung, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. 1934–1954. Vol.9 Part 1. CW 9I, para. 283).
One of his most famous regular roles was as as God of Crossroads, leader of souls to the river…
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