Hermetic Sleep Induction Audio


Hermetic Sleep Induction Audio

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Hermes, among many other cool things, is also the god of sleep and dreams.    

Homer, Iliad 24. 339 ff (trans. Lattimore) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) : "He [Hermes] caught up the staff (rhabdos), with which he mazes the eyes of those mortals whose eyes he would maze, or wakes again the sleepers. Holding this in his hands, strong (kratus) Argeiphontes winged his way onward."

Homer, Iliad 24. 443 ff : "There were sentries . . . but about these the courier Argeiphontes drifted sleep, on all [with his wand]."

Homer, Odyssey 5. 4 ff (trans. Shewring) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) : "And he [Hermes] took the rod that lulls men's eyes for him, at his pleasure, or awakens others when they slumber."

Homer, Odyssey 24. 1 & 99 ff : "[Hermes] held in his hand the golden rod that he uses to lull men's eyes asleep when he so wills, or again to wake others from their slumber."

Homer, Odyssey 7. 137 ff : "Odysseus stepped quickly over the threshold into the palace [of King Alkinous of the Phaiakians]. He found the Phaiakian lords and rulers pouring libations from their cups to the keen-sighted (euskopos) Argeiphontes (Radiant One) [Hermes] to whom by custom they poured libation last when they turned their thoughts to the night's rest."

Aeschylus, Libation Bearers 811 ff (trans. Smyth) (Greek tragedy C5th B.C.) : "May Maia's son [Hermes], as he rightfully should, lend his aid . . . by his mysterious utterance he brings darkness over men's eyes by night, and by day he is no more clear at all."

Ovid, Metamorphoses 1. 583 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) : "[Hermes] grasped in his fist the wand that charms to sleep, put on his magic cap, and thus arrayed . . . sprang from his father's citadel down to earth [to slay the monster Argos Panoptes]. There he removed his cap, laid by his wings; only his wand he kept . . . Cyllenius [Hermes] saw all Argus' eyelids closed [after soothing him with the music of a shepherd's-pipe] and every eye vanquished in sleep. He stopped and with his wand, his magic wand, soothed the tired resting eyes and sealed their slumber."

Ovid, Metamorphoses 2. 730 ff : "[Hermes] saw that his wand, the wand he wields to bring and banish sleep, shone with a polish."

Ovid, Metamorphoses 11. 301 ff : "Mercurius [Hermes] with his wand that soothes to slumber touched her [Khione] on the lips; touch-tranced she lay and suffered his assault [he lay with her]."