Messenger to the Gods, God of Trade, Thieves, Travelers, Sports, Athletes, Border Crossings and Guide to the Underworld
He was the son of Zeus (God of Thunder & Sky) and Pleiad Maia (a nymph). He had numerous siblings (including Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Dionysus, Hephaestus and the Muses), consorts and children.
By every account Hermes was the rogue of the gods. Cunning and quick, mischievous and good natured was our Hermes. The original survivor his goal was to outwit, outlast and outplay the other gods, for his own enjoyment or for the sake of mankind. He could move between worlds, being a messenger to all gods on Olympus, a voice for mortals on earth and would escort the dead to one of the rivers in the Underworld.
Hermes was a poet, things that amused and interest him were extremely varied. His sexual prowess could rival Aphrodite and he was associated with fertility and good fortune.
Hermes was conceived and born in a cave in one day. One famous tale was on the day of his birth he became enamored with some of Apollo’s cattle and stole them. Apollo lost his mind with rage and went to Zeus to complain. Upon hearing this Hermes collected a tortoise and use the shell and inners of both the tortoise and some cattle to create the first lyre. Upon hearing the music come forth from it, Apollo became besotted and made it his most prized possession.
His festivals are always lively, fun and riotous.
He was the second youngest Olympian
He was a poet
Presented as a graceful, athletic youth, wearing a winged helmet, made by Hephaestus, and winged sandals
His planet is Mercury and his symbols are the winged helmet and shoes, tortoise, lyre and rooster