The subject of Mercury keeps you guessing the more you look into it. It is the archetypal Trickster as well as our own minds. It is our words and thoughts as well as all of the information that we take in from our surroundings.
He is Hermes (Greek) and Thoth (Egypt). Both of these Gods are connected with communication, perception, writing, learning and zipping around as messengers to the other Gods. Hermes wears a winged helmet, whereas Thoth’s head is that of an ibis, a bird.
Why the concept of flight associated with the head? Does it point towards looking into the speed of thought? Could it point to the feeling of flight as being free and light, as in soaring in the clouds? The mind, speed, flight, freedom… what is the sacredness that is being preserved in these archetypal images?
Let’s take a look at some other familiar Tricksters. We already have this concept of flight associated with the mind in Hermes and Thoth. What do we see in the others?
One common similarity here is that each of these animals have pointy ears. Looks a bit like a winged helmet doesn’t it? If we search onward it becomes evident that pointy ears are found on many a Trickster.
What’s amazing about Mercury is how one association continues to lead to another and quickly. For instance, the fact that Bug’s says “what’s up doc?” is curious because of the caduceus association with medicine. Go into any doctor’s office today and you are likely to find this symbol hanging on a wall or on the cover of a pamphlet. Let’s look at the symbol again.
I wrote another post a while back entitled “The close relationship between the heart and mind (Sun and Mercury)” in which I talked about the way the lungs and the heart (Mercury and Sun) are so closely connected in the body. Mercury is never far off from the Sun. These are themes that I find very significant when further exploring the true role of Mercury in our psyches. We know that is always close to the heart and we know that it is by nature a trickster. It often gives us the “switcheroo” just look at what happens with our eyes! The perception of the eyes are ruled by Mercury.
So if the nature of Mercury is to flip things upside down AND it is always associated with the Sun (life, love, the heart) we might hypothesize that we should strive to “think with our hearts and love with our minds” as Alice O. Howell says. For anyone who doesn’t know, Alice O. Howell is my favorite astrologer and I encourage everyone to buy her books! Think with our hearts.. very Yoda!
How do we do that? I don’t know! But I do know that something feels good about this notion, at least to me. So often our minds are slaves to things we DON’T love. We put our attention to things that feel bad and get stressed and upset. So often our hearts are screaming at us and we don’t listen. We just keep doing what we’ve always done and rationalize it with our minds! A little balance is in order here. And a little humor (Mercury!)
Just a little thought to keep in your heart, or a little feeling to keep in your mind. Until next time!