Sleep & Dreams
In the Heaven & Earth Series, dreams play a very important role. It’s how the Greek gods can communicate with their modern-day descendants. The reason for this is the prophecy was created in the dreams of the Moirai as they wore the prophecy masks, in book one, The Sea Archer. As you will learn in book two, The Warrior’s Progeny, the Greek gods were the personification or concepts of what they reigned over. For example, Aphrodite wasn’t the goddess of love, beauty, and desire, she was Love, Beauty, and Desire. They were her and she was they.
As you learn about Greek mythology, it’s easy to think of them merely as people, but they weren’t. And so the story of sleep and dreams…
First, Chaos, who was the Deep Void, created the beginning and gave birth to Tartarus (the Abyss), Gaia (Mother Earth), Eros (Desire), Erebus (Darkness) and Nyx (Night).
Nyx (Night), took Erebus (Darkness) as her lover and the siblings created, Moros (Doom), Momus (Blame), Nemesis (Retribution), Philotes (Affection), Geras (Aging), Oizys (Distress), Apate (Deceit), Eris (Strife), Thanatos (Death), Oneiroi (Dreams) and Hypnos (Sleep).
Hypnos (Sleep), lived next to his twin brother, Thanatos (Death), in a large cave near the River Lethe (Forgetfulness), and where Hemera (Day) and Nyx (Night) would meet.
Hypnos (Sleep), was a gentle god who loved to help humans escape from their lives and because he is the god of sleep, possesses half your life.
The Oneiroi or Dreams, are comprised of three black-winged brothers or daimons.
The leader, Morpheus, had the ability to take the shape of human forms within dreams. As his name implies, he can take on the form, gait, voice, and features of anyone. Phobeter or Nightmares, played against the dreamer’s greatest fears. And frequently appeared as a monster or animal. And the last brother, Phantasos, was the Fantasy god. He would create the deepest desires of those in slumber.
As with all the Greek god and Roman tales, these stories have variations depending on who tells them. There are frequent overlaps and small changes.