Mercury was often regarded as a magician or trickster, and served as royal messenger to his father, Jupiter. According to classical mythology, he is said to have had several mythical conflicts with Apollo.

He was well known as the “Conductor of Souls” and was qualified to control the souls of the dead and guide them to the underworld. He is often depicted in mythological art wearing a broad-beamed hat and the sandals of a traveler, with wings attached to both, and his magic wand in his hand.

He is associated with the Greek God Hermes.