|Mercury has a surface similar to our moon|
|Parian Marble statue of Hermes, 1st Century BC, found in the Antikithira Shipwreck excavation, National Museum of Archaeology, Athens. Only the part of the statue buried in the sediment escaped the erosion of time.|
|Mercury is the small dark spot in the lower center. The others are sun spots.|
The Roman God Mercury was the messenger, perhaps best known in modern times as the logo for FTD Florists. In Greek mythology he was the God Hermes. He is often depicted with wings on his golden sandals which were made by the God of Craftsmen, Hephastus. On his head he wore a winged hat called a Petasos. This was derived from floppy sun hats usually made of felt worn by farmers whose form gave the impression of wings. These two implements helped to give Mercury the ability to fly at great speeds.
He carries a Caduceus, a staff entwined by two serpents given to him by his half brother, the God Apollo. It became the symbol of commerce, negotiation, and balanced trade (an irony in today's corporate world). He is also the patron deity of communication, divination, eloquence and poetry, boundaries, luck, and my favorite- travel. In Roman mythology he was also the guide of souls to the underworld. And he deliveres flowers!
|A classic Mercury adorns the prow of a gondola in Venice, Italy|
|Rainbow colors in the Mercury circuit|
|A breathtaking rainbow over Puget Sound a week before I made this mosaic|
Later two women came to visit. Bonny lives on the island and Naira is from Armenia. Naira works for Habitat for Humanity and Bonny worked on a project with her in Sri Lanka. We had the sweetest visit and I made them each a flower after they went to ring the Prayer Wheel. Doing good work is the best message of all and it was a pleasure to meet these generous souls.
|Bonny and Naira|
|A Odyssey pulling out of Blakely Harbor|
|The Mercury circuit finished|
|Special delivery of a special little stone that will go in to the sun at the center of the Labyrinth|
|The last of the circuits is complete|