V is for Vigilance (and its God, Hermês)

Hermes likes to play. And if you’re not paying attention, he will play with you. One of his games goes like this:

It will start with a small object, something insignificant. A pencil, a pen, a piece of paper, a trinket or doohickey. You might carelessly misplace it or have it suddenly vanish from your bag. You’ll think, “Oh, that’s okay, I’ll get another”. The next object will be something slightly more valuable, a semi-important document, some money or laptop wiring. And you’ll think, “Geez, I’m so silly for forgetting these”. If you still haven’t taken these warnings seriously, be prepared to lose something valuable. And you’ll think, “NO! What have I done! I should have done this and that”! And you’ll be more attentive. But your attention will fade over time, and the cycle starts again.

Pay attention, or suffer. Take notice when your attention is slipping. Do not let attention slowly slip or you will face the consequences. But don’t worry, Hermes is fair: he gives warnings. 😉

A Mad Light, January 2012

Art by A-gnosis (a-gnosis.deviantart.com)

Art by A-gnosis (a-gnosis.deviantart.com)


2 thoughts on “V is for Vigilance (and its God, Hermês)

  1. An important aspect of Hermes’ iconography. His first deeds are those that overcome or evade the vigilance of others, the theft of Apollo’s cattle, the manner in which he deceives the giant Argus and puts the “hundred-eyed” one to sleep. At every property line, at every crossroads, in every merchant’s deal, in every word a herald utters, vigilance is presumed.


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