First off, let’s wish a great and grand Happy 450th birthday to Shakespeare! Hooray!
Now, on to bibliomancy with Our Kit. Today’s offering is from Hero & Leander:
“They granted what he craved, and once again
Saturn and Ops began their golden reign.”
(Hero & Leander, 1.455-456)
The “they” are the Destinies/Fates, and the “he” is Mercury, who is in his guise as thief, trickster, and all-around pain in the ass. He’s trying to get the Destinies to get Jove out of heaven (they boot him into Hell) and replace him with Saturn, which they do because Cupid has made them fall madly in love with Mercury and they’ll do anything he wants. Of course he’s not in love with them, and he couldn’t care less about making them happy. He’s only interested in getting what he wants. What we don’t see here is what happens next: the Destinies realize that Mercury’s been using them, so they not only reverse their actions and bring Jove back, but they curse him with eternal poverty. This, Marlowe explains, is why scholars (whose patron deity is Mercury) are always poor. But back to the main advice for the day: be very careful about the deals you make with the gods. Keep your vows, and do what you say you’re going to do or they will think up the single most creative and painful (and potentially eternal) ways to make you very VERY sorry.