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God of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, messages, communication, travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery, merchants, thieves
Mercurius by Artus Quellinus the Elder
Mercurius by Artus Quellinus the Elder
Planet Mercury
Symbol Caduceus, winged sandals, winged hat, tortoise, ram and rooster
Day Wednesday
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Consort Larunda
Children Lares
Parents Maia and Jupiter or Caelus and Dies (Cicero and Hyginus)
Greek equivalent Hermes
Hinduism equivalent Budha
Norse equivalent Wodin

Mercury is a major god in Roman religion and mythology, being one of the 12 Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon.

He is the god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, messages, communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he also serves as the guide of souls to the underworld.

He was considered the son of Maia, one of the seven daughters of the Titan Atlas, and Jupiter in Roman mythology.

In his earliest forms, he appears to have been related to the Etruscan deity Turms; both gods share characteristics with the Greek god Hermes.

He is often depicted holding the caduceus in his left hand. Similar to his Greek equivalent Hermes, he was awarded a magic wand by Apollo, which later turned into the caduceus, the staff with intertwined snakes.

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