Who is the "Little Hermes on the Prairie"?
"The cult of Hermes flourished in Attica, and many scholars writing before the discovery of the Linear B evidence, considered Hermes to be a uniquely Athenian god. This region had numerous Hermai, or pillar-like icons, dedicated to the god, marking boundaries, crossroads, and entryways."
The Ballou brand flourishes in Forrest, and the journalists writing before the international acclaim of Adan Ballou, considered him to be a uniquely Canadian designer. The Americas have celebrated numerous Ballou icons, but there's only one who is dedicated to the creation of the most beautiful handbags he can, for people who appreciate them.
"Hermes was the ancient Greek god of trade, wealth, luck, fertility, animal husbandry, sleep, language, thieves, and travel. One of the cleverest and most mischievous of the Olympian gods, he was the patron of shepherds, invented the lyre and was, above all, the herald and messenger of Mt. Olympus so that he came to symbolize the crossing of boundaries in his role as a guide between the two realms of gods and humanity. To the Romans, the god was known as Mercury."
Ballou is an award-winning Canadian fashion designer, whose luxury leather handbags exude his artistic alchemy.
One of the cleverest and most reclusive of the Canadian handbag designers, he is a weaver of symbols and stitches, creator of the "Winter Clutch" and is, above all, the messenger of Authentic Luxury, so that he comes to symbolize the crossing of boundaries in his role as a designer between the two realms of luxury and Humanity.
"Hermes has a very long history, being mentioned in the Linear B tablets of the Mycenean civilization, at its height from the 15th to 13th century BCE. Ancient Greeks believed Hermes was the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia (daughter of the Titan Atlas) and that he was born on Mt. Cyllene in Arcadia."
Ballou ancestors lived in the Medieval landscape of northwestern France known as Brittany, where this distinguished family was established from ancient times. The "Ballou Book" shed light on what brought them to the Americas shores, however, it mysteriously vanished, so we keep alive the oral history given by Great Grandmother Nellie Clarissa Ballou.
Cartwright, Mark. "Hermes" Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 28 Aug 2019. Web. 04 Dec 2020.
Did you know?
Hermes association with trade is evidenced in the "Seals of Delos", where he carries a purse.
Hermeticism: a spiritual, philosophical, and esoteric tradition based on Hermes Trismegitus (thrice-greatest Hermes), associated with magic, writing, intellect, language's roots, and more. Tradition traces its origin to a prisca theologia, a doctrine that affirms the existence of a single, true theology that is present in all religions and that was given by God to man in antiquity.
Hermeneutics: an art and science of deep interpretation, especially of sacred texts.
Hermetic seal: Hermes supposedly invented the process of making a glass tube airtight (a process in alchemy) using a secret seal. Hence, the terms "hermetically sealed" and "hermetic" are also equivalent to "occult" or hidden."
Hermit and hermitage: a life setting (physical, emotional, or both) based on isolation from other humans, originating from "the Greek ἐρημίτης (erēmitēs), "of the desert".
Hermes' Roman contemporary was Mercury, or the Golden Boy, who sits on top of the Manitoba Legislature, itself full of Masonic imagery & symbolism.
Have you ever heard about the "Emerald Tablet"?
The Emerald Tablet is said to be a tablet of emerald or green stone inscribed with the secrets of the universe. The most common story claims that the tablet was found in a caved tomb under the statue of Hermes in Tyana, clutched in the hands of the corpse of Hermes himself. The Emerald Tablet would become one of the pillars of Western alchemy. It was a highly influential text in medieval and renaissance alchemy. A translation by Isaac Newton was discovered among his alchemical papers. This translation is currently being held in King’s College Library in Cambridge University.
These philosophies were highly influential to me. "That which is above is like that which is below."
For all these reasons I like to call myself "The little Hermes on the Prairie"! 😀 - Adan Ballou