Hermes Monthly Ritual

Hermes Monthly Ritual
Light the hearth fire
Hestia, you who tend the holy house of the lord Apollo, the Far-shooter at goodly Pytho, with soft oil dripping ever from your locks, come now into this house, come, having one mind with Zeus the all-wise — draw near, and withal bestow grace upon my song.
Purification: Next is the ritual purification. State aloud:
“Hekas, hekas, este bebeloi! Let the profane ones depart!”
Scatter Barley on the altar.
Libation to Hestia: After the purification, prepare what you intend to libate for the ritual. Things such as wine, water, olive oil, and honey are often used for this.
First, pour a libation of your offering to Hestia while saying:
“For Hestia! Yours is always first and last!”
Libations to Hermes:
Recite/read first hymn:
“Sing, O Muse, of the son of Zeus and Maia,
Lord of Arcadia and Cyllene rich in flocks,
Messenger of gods and bringer of luck,
Borne by Maia of the beautiful hair
Who brought forth to the light a remarkable child,
Devious, winning in his cleverness,
A robber, a driver of cattle,
A guide of dreams, a wind of opportunity,
A spy in the night, a watcher at the door,
Born at dawn, inventing the lyre by midday,
Stealing by evening the flocks of far-shooting Apollo.
Thrice-magical Trismegistus, watcher of magicians
And bearer of the serpents who heal,
Father of Hermaphroditos, both woman and man,
Embracer of both woman and man,
Lover of Aphrodite,
Lord of Speed in all its forms,
I feel your passing like a breath of wind!
Bring me skill and luck, O God of the Stone Herm,
And may all our roads be marked first with your winged feet.”
[Pour first libation to Hermes]
Recite/read next hymn:
“Hear me, Hermes Lógios, of speech, Hermes Khthónio, [khthonic,, Hermes Enódios, of the road, or by whichever name you wish to be called. The son of Zeus and Maia, you were born at the dawn, at mid-day played the lyre, and in the evening you stole the cattle of far-shooting Apollon on the fourth day of the month. You are the lord over all birds of omen and grim-eyed lions, and boars with gleaming tusks, and over dogs and all flocks that the wide earth nourishes, and over all sheep. Hail, Hermes, giver of grace, guide, and giver of good things! Be present, Hermes, assist my works, grant me eloquence and flawless memories, and conclude my lives with peace.”
[Pour second libation to Hermes]
Recite/read next hymn:
“Hear me, Hermes, messenger of Zeus, son of Maia;
almighty is your heart, O lord of the deceased and judge of contests;
gentle and clever, O Argeiphontes, you are a guide
whose sandals fly, and a man-loving prophet to mortals.
You are vigorous and you delight in exercise and in deceit;
interpreter of all, you are a profiteer who frees us of cares
and who holds in his hands the blameless tool of peace.
Lord of Koykos, blessed, helpful and skilled in words,
you assist in work, you are a friend of mortals in need,
and you wield the dreaded and respected weapon of speech.
Hear my prayer and grant a good end to a life
of industry, gracious talk, and mindfulness.”
[Pour third libation to Hermes]
Recite/read next hymn:
“Hermes, eternal messenger.
Guardian of the invisible door.
I invoke you!
Hermes bearer of the secret flame.
The true light of the mind.
I invoke you!
Hermes, patron of scribes.
Dispeller of ignorance.
I invoke you!
Make open the revelations in the eternal book.
Arouse the serpents within us.
Exalt the winged globe of the spirit.
Awaken the sleeping children of the earth.
And raise them unto the stars.”
“Slayer of Argus, Son of Zeus and Maia, messenger of the blessed gods, bearer of the golden rod, giver of good, be favourable and help me, along with Hestia, the worshipful and dear. Come and dwell in this glorious house in friendship together; for you two, well knowing the noble actions of men, aid on their wisdom and their strength.”
[Pour final libation to Hermes]
Other offerings/hymns: At this time, feel free to add any other personal poetry, hymns, songs, etc. that you would like to add. Make the ritual personal! I also find that this is a good time to just sit in the presence of Hermes and perhaps even communicate with her (prayers, requests, praises, etc.).
Ritual closing: Once all offerings are complete, to end the ritual, a final offering is poured to Hestia and the following words are spoken:
“As long as hearth fires burn, the blessing of Hestia is upon us. Praise Hestia, for you always come first and last!”
[Pour libation to Hestia]


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