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Hermes, alchemy

Less commonly known is Hermes' connection to alchemy.

Apollo's gift of the golden caduceus is an important symbol of Mercury's potential for transformation. Hermes is associated with the element mercury, or quicksilver, and its alchemical transmutation from liquid metal into gold is a metaphor of the soul's journey toward psychological and spiritual transformation and wholeness.

 

(Judith Enovich Zweiman)

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Uploaded on November 28, 2005