Author Archives: DeoMercurio

About DeoMercurio

I’m a Gaulish polytheist, now back living in lands ceded by the Council of Three Fires after several years’ sojourn in Anatolia and in the land of the Senecas, with frequent travels to Gaul along the way. My grandfather’s family came from the area around Trier, and I identify closely with the Treveri in my religious practice.

A hymn to Hibernia

The fumigation from turf. I speak to thee, Hibernia, irrepressible and unbowed, goddess eternal, invincible guardian: nought but thy sacred vigil could preserve thy people through centuries of turmoil, hunger, and loss. Thy fingers pluck the strings of thy sacred … Continue reading

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A hymn to Epona

Following up on my theme from yesterday of experimenting with different metres for hymns for particular deities, below is a hymn to Epona. Hear me, majestic Epona my queen, you who delight in the flying of hoofs pounding the earth … Continue reading

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A hymn to Mercury

So I’ve been playing around with metres lately, and it occurred to me that it might be fitting to fashion the metre of a particular hymn so that its cadence would be particularly evocative of the genius of the deity … Continue reading

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An Hibernian excursus

As attentive readers of this blog may be aware, I travelled to Ireland last May for a variety of causes. The immediate impulse for the trip was last year’s Brexit vote, which made me think that it might not be … Continue reading

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Ode to Maia

Seven are the daughters of Pleione, whose stars bedazzle the winter sky—       most beautiful of all the seven       is Maia, daughter of Atlas. She it is who rejoices in May flowers’ bloom, the lengthening days, and the growing … Continue reading

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Novena prayer to Mercury

While doing my annual Festivus shopping this year,* I noticed that Galina Krasskova’s novena book In Praise of Hermes had hit the shelves, so naturally I swallowed it up greedily. I was delighted to find myself among the people in … Continue reading

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Taurobolium lugudunense

Today, the 9th of December, commemorates an interesting foray into Phrygian religion on Gaulish soil. On this day in the year 160 CE, under the ægis of the divine Antoninus Pius, a public taurobolium was celebrated for the first time … Continue reading

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