Nyx - Greek Goddess of the Night

Nyx

Greek Goddess of the Night

 

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   In Greek mythology, Nyx is the Goddess of the Night. She is usually seen riding in a chariot, trailing stars and painting the night sky accompanied with her two sons, Hypnos and Thanatos.

 Nyx is one of the ancient Protogeno, the basic components of the universe, the first  born elemental gods and goddesses.  She was actually not born on this Earth.  She was born before the Earth, Gaia, was created. Nyx's parent is Chaos, and her sister is Gaia, while her brother is Erebus.  Together they were the universe to the ancient Greeks.  Nyx is the the only goddess that Zeus feared because she was more powerful and older than him.

As a Protogeno, Nyx is mother of many deities.  With Erebus she  conceived Moirae, the three fates; Aither, the light; Hemera, the day; Hypnos, the sleep, and Thanatos the death.  Some stories say she conceived Khaos the air with Hesiod.  Others say she was a daughter of Khaos. 

Nyx's home is a gloomy house located in Tartarus in the depths of Hades' underworld. During the day, Nyx stays home take care of her many spirited children. In the evening every day she leave her home to start her nightly journey. He travels cover the day with darkness to allow the world to rest.

Nyx is very different from most goddesses. She can either be helpful or harmful to mankind. Nyx can bring you either sleep or death depending on the situation. Agate represents Nyx because it's great for keeping bad dreams away.  Also it can protect against stress.

Moonstone is also used to honor Nyx.  It should be used during a full moon. It's said that moonstone is a reflection of the person who owns it.  It's a good stone for young women and teenagers because it aligns them with the universe and helps them find their rightful place.

 

 

- article and art by Jessica Sitarik, age 13.

 

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