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Nyx Goddess

Nyx was the primordial goddess of the night in Greek mythology. She was the consort of Erebus, the primordial darkness. Most versions of the Greek creation myth claim that Nyx was one of the first children of Chaos, born at about the same time as Gaia and Tartarus.

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Nyx Goddess
Nyx Goddess

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Nov 23, 2022, 9:00 PM

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Nyx has mastery over light and showcases other powers like giving life, illuminating darkness and bringing fertility. The goddess' powers are feared by many, including Zeus, the god of lightning.

She was married to Erebus and had a number of children, including Nemesis (retribution), Hypnos (sleep), Thanatos (death), Geras (old age), Eris (strife) and Charon (the boatman who brought the souls of the dead to the gates of the underworld).

In Greek Mythology Nyx is one of the most powerful goddesses to be talked about. Nyx could harm or help mankind, bringing death or sleep. Also, unlike most gods and goddesses, she had no known weakness

Nyx's greatest gift for her children is free will, as she often says herself. Nyx has a consort named Kalona. Nyx is the Greek Goddess of the night, and the daughter of Chaos. She was told to be very beautiful. Her birthplace was not on Earth but in Gaia. She is Primordial God.

In most of her depictions, she is seen as a winged goddess with a crown of dark mists to represent the night. She's also depicted as being very beautiful

Like the rest of the primordial gods, this meant that she had no form and little characterization beyond this element. While she was sometimes depicted as a woman en-robed in dark mists, she was understood to be the night itself.

Often, the mists of the night were represented by a black cloak that arched above her, particularly in sculpture. She was occasionally shown with wings to fly across the dark sky, but more often was pulled by a chariot.

As the goddess of night, Nyx was often paired with Erebus, the embodiment of darkness. Both had emerged from Chaos and were closely related.

Erebus was the god of all darkness, from the murky realms of the edge of the world to the underground places sunlight could not reach. He accompanied his sister and consort, Nyx, as she moved across the sky.

The chariot moving across the sky was a common element of ancient cosmology, and one she shared with the sun god Helios and his lunar sister Selene. Nyx, however, had a chariot of black that was pulled by either a team of black horses or a pair of black bulls

The sky, Uranus, was a great dome of brass that arched over the earth. He would not have a blue color until the Titaness Theia took her place.

He also would not be touched by daylight. In the beginning only Erebus and Nyx drove a dark chariot across Uranus. Their children, Hemera (Day) and Aether (Brightness) would be the first to illuminate both Uranus and the surface of Gaia.

Her children became her opposites, balancing the powers of their mother and father. While Nyx moved across the sky at night, Hemera ruled it by day. According to Hesiod, the two shared a home at the edges of the world. They greeted each other at the door in the morning and at twilight, but never shared the house at the same time.

She could also be a calm and kind goddess, though. While many specific actions were only possible at night, people as a whole had reason to thank her for providing a time of rest at the end of a long day of toil. In the play Agamemnon, the Greek troops thank Nyx for helping them win the Trojan War. The darkness and stillness of night allowed them to sneak into the city, ending a ten-year siege.

Common people, according to one Roman source, welcomed Nox, as she was called in Latin. The coming of night meant an end to a long day of toil and well-deserved rest at home.

Nyx was occasionally helpful to the gods, as well. When Eos, the goddess of the dawn, lost her human son in battle Nyx prematurely came over the earth so his body could be safely retrieved in darkness.

The Orphic hymns, which held her in high regard as the source of all life, thanked Nyx for bringing calm and rest to the word. While the night could be feared, it could also be welcomed for its stillness and the arrival of prophetic and beautiful dreams.

Nyx was the primordial goddess of the night in Greek mythology. She was the consort of Erebus, the primordial darkness.

Most versions of the Greek creation myth claim that Nyx was one of the first children of Chaos, born at about the same time as Gaia and Tartarus. The Orphic mystery cults, however, believed that she had been the original being in the universe and all other creation had begun with Nyx.

Nyx and Erebus gave rise to their opposites, Hemera and Aether, creating one of the first pairings of opposites that created balance and order in the cosmos.

She was also the mother of many other divine children. While a few, like the god of sleep Hypnos, were benevolent, many more represented the evils and miseries that plagued mankind.

Nyx was a powerful being. She could be so fearsome that even Zeus did not dare to upset her when she took one of her children under her protection.

The goddess of night and consort of darkness was, therefore, of great interest to those who followed the Orphic rites.

Those initiated into the Orphic mysteries learned that Nyx, rather than Chaos, was the primordial form from which all other life and matter was born. All things began in the night.

Unlike the more traditional view that Eros, the personification of love, was the son of Aphrodite, the Orphic mysteries believed that he had been one of the first children of Nyx. Love, specifically romantic and sexual love, had existed before even Gaia came into being.

Enemies:Neferet Darkness

Interests:Protecting the Otherworld and Earth from Darkness

Symbols:Dark Mist, Wings

Kalona (Lover/Protector), Erebus (Friend and Playmate


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