Close up of my Hermes shrine

My friend Carlton was visiting recently (we go to school together) and, not being a polytheist, he was fascinated by my various shrines. Since he’s teaching a theology class this semester, he asked if he could take photos to use in his class (and i’m ok with that). This is the photo he took of my Hermes shrine. I love the angle of the close up, and the drama of the black and white,  so I got his ok to share it here. 

Hermes shrine aug. 31 Carlton

(Photo by C. Chase. Used with permission).

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Posted on August 31, 2017, in Bacchic Things, hellenic things, Lived Polytheism, photos, Roman Things, shrines, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Simply Breathtaking!

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  2. Very beautiful shrine, Galina! What foods are on the shrine? Looks like a slice of pie, a beer, and a biscuit of some sort.

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    • I made a cake a couple days ago…just a simple bundt cake with dried …cherries i think this one was. and then last night I made vinegar pie. Hermes got a piece of both (i like to bake from scratch). then there’s beer. i’m too lazy to look at the brand. I”d have to get up lol.

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  3. thetinfoilhatsociety

    I know your altars are all over the place. Do you screen who can come to your home more carefully than you might otherwise do because of the shrines and altars?

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    • I screen who comes into my home as a matter of course. and i’m not above immediately throwing someone out if they disrespect the shrines (i do point out what is a shrine and what isn’t if it’s someone new. and if it’s a polytheist, I might even introduce that person to the shrines individually). But…i don’t screen especially for shrines and altars. I screen because I don’t like pollution and impiety in my home.

      the funniest thing happened when a lawyer was dropping off some papers. My husband got the door and they’re standing there chatting and the lawyer keeps stealing and eating candy off Hermes’ shrine. Who does that? (i mean, even if you don’t know it’s a shrine, who does that?). Because it was a lawyer and Hermes is sort of the God of lawyers we let it go and also curiosity (let’s see how that works out for you, dude) but normally i’d have corrected him immediately. Hermes didn’t seem to mind.

      COnversely, i’ve had people, even after knowing they were shrines, put keys and cups and shit on them. They get told once. then they get shown the door and i don’t care who that person happens to be. fortunately that hasn’t happened often, or even in the past few years I can remember.

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      • thetinfoilhatsociety

        Thank you. I was asking because I got tired of “hiding” our altar in the bedroom. I bought a new book case and moved it into the main room right by the front door. I do a cleansing of the area with sage before we make offerings because of its location but I like it better where I see it coming and going. I remember to give thanks more. Now my conundrum is explaining it to people who don’t understand, but I guess if they’re going to be guests they can honor the guest/host thing. Or don’t come over. And screening for impiety is an excellent idea that I hadn’t even begun to think of.

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  4. I had neglected, because I didn’t think it was so obvious to remark about a shrine to someone. I was doing a consultation for her friend and after I had finished she very proudly pointed out that as a thank you she had picked up some of my house. Including the offering to Lucero.

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  5. Beautiful. Hail Hermes!

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