Words from Hermes: Ordinary is OK

You guys. Look.

There is nothing wrong with being ordinary.

Ordinary is most people. If you think about it, greatness is really a measure of “being better than everyone else.” If everyone was just as good at painting as Rembrandt, that level of skill wouldn’t mean much. If having an exceptional skill was common, there would be nothing exceptional about it.

Some people have this idea that the gods only want exceptional people. That’s not true.

In some traditions, the point is that you have this small group of secret, elite folk who do special stuff for special, secret deities. Hellenismos is mostly an exoteric faith. It’s meant to be followed by normal people. It’s a city religion. It’s a religion meant to be followed by thousands, or millions, not dozens. We’re not looking for perfect people, or even exceptional people, we’re just looking for people who love us.

We don’t need people to be super learned. We don’t need people to be super anything.

I, personally, do not care if your interpretation of me is primarily founded on Hesiod and Homer, or if your vision of me comes from a Percy Jackson novel. Elitism and snobbery are pretty much not in my nature. I love that children who are playing in the streets are shouting my name and the names of my siblings in play.

Whoseover connects to this pantheon in the spirit of joy and love will be accepted.

Stop trying to inflate your own importance by claiming otherwise.

12 comments

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  2. moonfire2012

    This is exactly what Ive been ranting and insecure about for a long time now. And some have implied verbally and non verbally because Im not as smart, witty or educated as they are. That one of the preferences Loki seeks out in would be intimate relationships is cleverness and high intelligence in His followers, and that the ones who have this are preferred over us sorry saps who only have horse sense and work boring jobs. I know this is not true but still run into this criticism sometimes. Compared to the others, my life is very ordinary and my mental capibilities unimpressive. Some have called me just short of stupid. I love to read and learn, and will never stop. But my powers of verbage are pitiful compared to the ones who are eloquent in their speech. They seem to always have the right words at the top of their heads while I grope about on untidy shelves. I am glad Hermes dosent count this skill as being a prerequisite for courting His attention and respect. It would seem this goes for Loki too, despite some high pressure upg Ive heard.

    • Thenea

      Hermes is a rustic deity. He’s not only a deity of shepherds (read: country bumpkins), but also, basically of everyone who shows up to the marketplace (IE, anyone who ever buys or sells anything. Which is everyone.)

      His point, though, is valid for all deities who were deities of major cultures.

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  4. circlelady9

    Reblogged this on Friends On The Other Side and commented:
    I literally JUST SAID THIS in my last post. Y’all laypeople are just as important as the heavy hitters and priests. The Gods need you too, regardless of who you are or how you find Them.

  5. Penelope Rose

    I hope this doesn’t sound too off topic because I will contribute, but Hermes is my dad 🙂 I found out when I was 14 I think? I’m 20 now. He came to me in my dreams and told me. I know it sounds kinda corny, but the first time I hugged him, I cried… I don’t think I’ve ever felt such a strong feeling of love from anyone in my life than I did in that dream alone. I can still kind of feel it. I don’t know if its something that just leaves you. I’d only had a handful of dreams of him and the gods, and I’ve never even been able to communicate with them through any other method besides dreaming, but when I think about them that’s the memory that comes to mind. And if all they want from me is my love, they have it. I’ve loved them ever since and I’ll love them for the rest of my life no matter who tries to convince me otherwise.
    Something about this post really resonates with me, as well.
    “Whosoever connects to this pantheon in the spirit of joy and love will be accepted.”
    Honestly this makes me smile to read. You don’t need to be any more special than you already are for you to love or be loved. I wish I could let that message sink in once and a while. Its easier to tell others than yourself.

    I love your blog btw 😀 This is my first comment but I’ve went through a lot of it and I’ve really enjoyed it!

    • Thenea

      That is awesome. Hermes is great. Generally, when I meet Hermes-people, I like them.

      I had a similar experience with Ares when I was younger. It’s really tough because I want to do more for him, but every time I mention, “Hey let’s do something for Ares!” the room clears out. 😦

      When Hellenic deities approach us, it is totally normal for them to assume some sort of familial role: spouse, parent, weird uncle, grandparent, etc. They are very loving, very passionate deities.

      You don’t need to be any more special than you already are to love or be loved is right. And love, in my mind, is at the root of both devotion and piety.

      Glad you enjoyed my blog, and thanks for commenting!

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