MORPHEUS (Μορφέας) is the god of dreams and the son of Hypnos and Pasithea. In some myths he is the son of Hades. Iris is his suspected wife. He is also known as "The Shaper". His symbols are a closed eye and a dark crown. Mortals call him the Sandman. Morpheus is described as a man in a long black coat, he does not cast a shadow (even at midday) and shimmered as he moved like a mirage. His face cannot be made out, as it would keep shifting.
He is a messenger of the Gods who appeared in the dreams of Kings.
Morpheus is the oldest of The Oneiroi.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
History and Myths
Morpheus was the God responsible for the dreams of people. When in the arms of Morpheus, people would enjoy a sound sleep, but would also see dream about their future or even coming events. Morpheus was the dream messenger of Gods, communicating the divine messages through images and stories, created as dreams.
In Classical literature, Morpheus makes an appearance in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In the story of Alcyone and Ceyx, Ovid mentions that Ceyx undertook a journey across the sea to consult an oracle. During his voyage, however, a tempest broke out, sinking his ship and resulting in his death.
Zeus’ wife Hera then sent Iris, the messenger of the gods, to the hall of Somnus (Hypnos) in the Underworld, as she wanted to send a dream to Alcyone about the death of her husband, Ceyx. It is in this part of the Metamorphoses that Morpheus is described as being one of the one thousand sons of Somnus.
Being the master of dreams, Morpheus had the ability to send images to the visions of people, to shape these images and give a form to the creatures that lived in dreams. Morpheus himself had a talent in mimicking any human in the dreams, and was able to take any form he wanted.