Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Mercury: An Official Organ of the Societas Rosicruciana in America [also], by editor-in-chief George Winslow Plummer & al. “Rosicrucianism is a definite wave of human mentalism that, in its forward activity, has carried the human intellect higher with each progressive impulse, not for the purpose of intellectual development as […]

Mercury Dimes

Bkwyrm, of the Occult Book Reviews site at the library, has a special offer on Mercury dimes, including a special on a combo of dime and ritual oil that seems like a pretty good deal. These are special order, so check out the Mercury Dimes page for details.

“The Mercury dime is a ten-cent coin struck by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1945. Designed by Adolph Weinman and sometimes referred to as the Winged Liberty dime, it gained the term “Mercury dime” because the depiction of Liberty, in her winged cap, was often confused with the Roman god Mercury. The reverse of the coin shows a a bundle of wooden sticks with an axe blade emerging from the center, called a fasces, symbolizing unity and strength, and an olive branch, signifying peace.

In hoodoo and some forms of American folk magic, a Mercury dime is considered an extremely lucky talisman. Traditionally, it is pierced, anointed with oils, and worn on a cotton string around the ankle. It is said to turn black if the wearer is being attacked with negative magic. Other practitioners wear a Mercury dime as a pendant around the neck for the same reason, but also as a charm for luck. The Mercury dime is also a common item found in “mojo bags” or “mojo hands” created for various purposes, usually related to luck or money. Due to the god Mercury’s position as patron of games of chance and sleight of hand, the Mercury dime is considered a powerful talisman for gambling purposes.

We recently discovered a local coin dealer who had something of a stash of circulated Mercury dimes. This means the coins are somewhat worn and tarnished, as they were actually used. A coin dealer would find that this makes the coin worth less to them, but for magical purposes, a circulated coin may well be more effective than an uncirculated one – the theory is that the coin has been in contact with other money and has been “in the flow” of circulation, and will work more effectively for attracting wealth. Because the Mercury dimes are 90% silver, they have become slightly more difficult to find, as the cost of silver has increased.

QUADRIVIUM SUPPLIES has a limited number of Mercury dimes, which we are offering to our customers in the following ways:

  • The coin alone ($10).
  • The coin as a pendant, set in a nickel-plated bezel on a sterling silver chain ($15).
  • Special Holiday Offer – The coin in conjunction with a vial of oil, regular or electional ($20).

For leap year coins, please add $5 to the price.

Because of the limited number of coins, these are available by special order only.” [via]



mercury, sulphur, salt

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An Historical Summary of Angelic Hierarchies from Part VII: The “Seven” Thrones in In Operibus Sigillo Dei Aemeth by David Richard Jones.

“Consequently it is reasonable to believe that the movers of the heaven of the Moon belong to the order of Angels, and those of Mercury to that of the Archangels, and those of Venus to that of the Thrones; all of whom, receiving their nature from the love of the Holy Spirit, perform their operation, which is innate in them, namely, the movement of that heaven, filled with love, from which the form of the said heaven derives a potent ardor by which the souls here below are kindled to love, according to their disposition.” [via]


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Part III: The Circumference and the Hieroglyphic Monad in In Operibus Sigillo Dei Aemeth by David Richard Jones.

“This 4T is, by the system of the Circumference, but and indicator of another name. Counting 4 to the right we find 22h (note 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet), 22 to the right we find 11A, 11 to the right a5, 5 to the left o10, 10 the left t11 and 11 to the left h alone, ending the name and spelling ThAaoth. The reduplicated ‘a’ is eliminated according to the angels, leaving Thaoth.

This name is clearly a rendering of Thoth, Thauth, Theuth, etc., the Tahuti of the Egyptians, the Mercury of the Romans and Hermes of the Greeks, and identified in the Renaissance, after the discovery of the Corpus Hermetica with Hermes Trismegistus, the Thrice Great Hermes.” [via]

Alchemical Works

Hermetic Library Fellow Mark Stavish reviews Alchemical Works: Eirenaeus Philalethes Compiled edited by S Merrow Broddle in the archive of Caduceus: The Hermetic Quarterly. Looking for a little late night alchemical reading? Well, then, you’ve come to the right place. How about enough reading for, say, the next 40 nights? Better still. Alchemical Works: Eirenaeus […]