The Greek Herm

Evolution of the Statue From a Pile of Stones to the Herm

Hermeticism is the art and science of symbolism and ritual symbolized by the Greek herm. The herm evolved from a pile of stones marking the path and pointing the way and eventually evolved into the statue.  In the earliest days of ancient Greece divinities were first worshiped in the form of a pile of stones or a formless column of stone.   In certain parts of Greece there were piles of rocks by the sides of the roads usually at crossings and at the boundaries of property. The religious rituals paid at such piles of stones is shown by the custom of passers-by throwing a stone on to the pile or anointing it with oil.  These markers of piles of stones evolved into the herm, a stone column with head and phallus from which Hermes gets his name.


The Worm Has Turned

The worm has turned and the herm has inspired me to start writing about something new and different instead of kundalini yoga.  Hermeticism is the art and science of symbolism.  That should give me something to write about for a while.  Symbols can point the way in many directions.  Freemasonry is rooted in hermeticism.

In later years there was the addition of a head and phallus to the phallic shaped column, which became quadrangular  (the number four was sacred to Hermes).  These road and boundary markers came to be known as herma in Greek and herm in English.  Unfortunately the phallus has been vandalized on many of the herms surviving from antiquity. 


Hermes is the God of athletes, merchants, commerce, roads, travelers and the underworld.  Hermes Trismegistus or “thrice-great-Hermes” wrote the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism.  Hermes Trismegistus is the God father of the Freem

From Wikipedia: 
Hermes was the emissary and messenger of the gods,[1]  “the divine trickster”[2] and “the god of boundaries and the transgression of boundaries, … the patron of herdsmen, thieves, graves, and heralds.”[3] He is described as moving freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine, and was the conductor of souls into the afterlife.[4] He was also viewed as the protector and patron of roads and travelers.[5]

In some myths, he is a trickster and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or for the sake of humankind. 

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