A very, very kind reader from the US West sent me a real $5 gold coin from the US mint as a gift. Aside from the wonderful generosity of this gift, it is a good springboard for talking about gold and money which are intertwined like the winged staff of Mercury. Understanding money and gold means understanding old religions and belief systems that come from the dawn of minting coins and even earlier when gold was used nearly only for religious purposes. This is a fascinating topic and one that goes deep into that dark, dank cave we call 'the Human Psyche'. Why have humans chosen gold as a mirror for wealth? Why does it retain this even today to some degree? Why does money hark back to its darker roots? Why can't the magicians control the paper representation for wealth? Dark, dark parts of the brain are at work here. We must always end up talking to the Gods, living and dead.