Planetary Sign: ☿
Planetary Name: In English: Mercury | In Greek: Hermes| In Hebrew: Kokab
Planetary Profile: Intelligent, communicative, discursive, and divisive; un-resting, dual or even multiple in aspect, but expressive of truth. Travel, calculation, analysis, learning, and teaching are among the expressions of the nature of this Sphere. The invisible and changeful force of the wind is an apt symbol. Gifts of Mercury are freakish or “chance” happenings.
Title of Sephirah: In Hebrew: Hod | In Greek: Lamprotesis | In English: Splendor
Text from the 32 Paths of Wisdom: The Eight Path is called the Absolute or Perfect Intelligence because it is the instrument of the Primordial, which has no root by which it can hold fast or abide save in the hidden regions of Gedulah. Magnificence, which emanates from its own nature.
Elemental Affinity of Planet: Water
Symbols and Magical Implements: Specific to sphere: The Winged Staff. The Hermetic Scroll. The Stylus. Suitable, but having other magical use: The Hood. Sacred Tomes. Sandals. The countercharged vestment. Lustral vessel. Bell.
Number and Geometric Form: Qabalistic number: 8 | Medieval number: 5 | Plane figure: octagon | star: octagram
Colors: In Atiziluth: yellow, ochre | In Briah: orange| In Yetzirah: light apricot | In Assiah: yellowish-white merging into greenish-white| Ptolemaic color: shimmering opalescence (as mother of pearl)
Music for Planetary Moods: Well-ordered, graceful. intellectual
Suitable Instruments and sound effects: xylophone, vibraphone, electric guitar, tabla, pan pipes, glockenspiel, bell, human voices, recorded sounds of rushing wind.
Animals and Mythological Beings: Fox, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, gazelle, baboon, jackal, platypus, mule, ostrich, carrier pigeons, magpie, swift, butterfly, Greek Sphynx
Trees and Other Vegetation: Birch, aspen, almond, mulberry, Lombardy poplar, pistachio, magnolia
HERBS: marjoram, lavender, ferns, castor palm, angelica, mandrake, parsley, stillengia
Incenses, Perfumes, etc: mace, star anise, mastic, gum arabic, yellow sandalwood, spkenard, orange, bergamot, styrax, lemongrass, walnut, fennel oil, clove oil
Metals: quicksilver, aluminum, lanthanum Gemstones: fire opal, carnelian, banded agate
Minerals: chance-found coins or other artifacts. Variegated pebbles.
Health: physiological functions: governance of cerebrospinal nervous system and to some extent the sympathetic systems the organs or respiration and speech, the ears as regards to hearing, nervous and muscular coordination, hands and arms, the tactile sense, gesture as communication, thyroid gland, memory
Pathological effects: SMaladies associated with the nerves, asthma, anemia, speech disorders, bronchitis, laryngitis, abnormal thyroid, shingles Pathological effects (psychic): talking in sleep, periods of intense study that may cause increased problems relating to digestion and respiration
Olympic Planetary Spirit: Ophiel
Etruscan: Turms, Cilans
Egyptian: Tahuti (Thoth)