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Primordial Goddess of the Night

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Nyx, Primordial Goddess of the Night.

NYX (Νυξ) is the primordial goddess of the Night. She is one of the Protogenoi, the ancient gods and goddesses born to Chaos, the void. Nyx was born directly from the void of Chaos, and was the one of the first Protogenoi. She was married to Erebus (Primordial God of Depth) who is also her brother and had many children with him. She is an incredibly powerful divine being, as she was a Protogenoi, and has four siblings: Gaia, Phusis, Erebus, and Tartarus.

Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking, loving, and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning.

–Elie Wiesel

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History and Myths

In Greek mythology, Nyx is the personification of darkness. In particular night. Nyx was born directly from the void of Chaos, and was the one of the first Protogenoi. She was married to Erebus (Primordial God of Depth) who is also her brother and had many children with him. She is an incredibly powerful divine being, as she was a Protogenoi.

A myth that supports her power is when Hypnos, the minor god of sleep and her son, fled Zeus because he put him to sleep on Hera's orders, so she could give great misfortune onto Hercules. Zeus found out about his involvement and chased him. Hypnos fled to his mother Nyx whom Zeus obviously feared as he held his anger at bay, not wishing to offend Nyx. Another myth is that Nyx's daughter, Hemera (day) left Tartarus when Nyx entered it, creating night and day.

According to some Greek articles Chaos did not exist and Nyx, in fact, was the first divine Entity, promoting her power and importance even more. Her son Moros (Doom) is mysterious as well, and is believed to be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, as he drives all things to their ends. One example is that Zeus cannot defeat her, another being that the Moirae (Fates) serve him.

Nyx is the Greek word for night. This goddess had many cults around Ancient Greece and Rome but she had more cults than Temples. Nyx had many priests who worshiped in her name, all her followers worshiped at night in complete darkness. The Night Mother had two major cults in Antient Greece; these were Megara located in Megaris (Southern Greece) and one in Rome the Capital City of the Roman Empire.

Evey day, Nyx was residing in her home all day long, taking care of her fifteen dark spirited children, among them Hypnos (the sleep) and Thanatos (the death). By the evening, Nyx was leaving her home to set off for her nightly jouney. On her way she met Hemera, the Day, who was returning home from her daily trip and they were greeting each other peacefully. When she flew across the sky bringing darkness she would leave a trail of glitterling stars that would disappear once she would return to her Mansion of Night.

She was depicted as riding in a chariot, trailing stars and bringing the night, and accompanied by Her sons Hypnos and Thanatos. She could be helpful or harmful to mankind, bringing either sleep or death. Nyx had prophetic powers, and gave oracles from a cave. She was older and more powerful than Zeus, who deferred to Her wishes.

In Roman mythology Nox is the goddess of night and darkness and sometimes associated with witchcraft.

Vital Statistics

Titles

Mother Night
Queen of the Night
Protogenos of the Night
Primordial Goddess of the Night

Gender

Female

Status

Immortal

Species

Protogenos

Affiliation

Herself

Weapon

Darkness

Home

Nyx's Palace, Tartarus

Roman Form

Nox

Appearance

Varies

Family

Father

Chaos

Mother

N/A

Spouse(s)

Erebus

Siblings

Gaia & Ahklys [ sisters ]
Erebus, Ouranos & Tartarus [ brothers ]

Demigod Children

Immortal Children

Hemera, Elpis Sophrosyne, Eleos, Oizys, Apate, Styx, Nemesis, Lyssa, Philotes, The Furies, The Keres, & the Arai [ daughters ]
Momus, Aether, Hypnos, Thanatos, Geras, Charon, Epiphiron, Dolos, Moros & Ponos [ sons ]

Lover(s)

N/A

Other

N/A

Scope/Powers

Patron Of

Night / Darkness

Symbols

Star in a Crescent Moon / Stars / Moon / Eclipse / Darkness / Nyx's Palace

Sacred Animals

Crow / Owl / Bat

Sacred Plants

Night Blooming Lilies / Moon Flowers / Gladiolus

Assumed Powers

She is an extremely powerful goddess, being one of the Protogenoi. She is so powerful and terrifying, that many Giants and Titans fear her.

  • Umbrakinesis: As the protogenos of night, she has divine authority and absolute control over shadows and darkness.
    • She can surround enemies into lightless space.
    • She can use darkness to create portals to travel from one place to the next (Shadow Travel).
    • She can use shadows to cover oneself in darkness to become invisible.
    • She can possibly see through darkness while her enemies cannot.
  • Shadow Mimicry: She can morph into (living) darkness/shadow.
  • Night Empowerment: She's stronger at night or in dark places (e.g. Tartarus).
  • Circadian manipulation: Capable of controlling the movement and rotation of planets thus enabling her to change the flow of night and day.
  • She can control nocturnal animals.
  • She also carries the Mantle of Night.

Trivia

Trivia

  • Her horses were called Shade and Shadow.
  • The first ruler of the cosmos was Phanes who gave the 'royal scepter' to Erebos and Nyx and together they ruled everything in creation. Later it was given to Gaea and Ouranos (who in this version of the myths is seen as the son of Nyx), after which it went to Kronos and Rhea and eventually ended up with Zeus and Hera.
  • The symbol of Nyx is a star in a crescent moon which is quite similar to the symbol of modern Islam and the flag of modern Pakistan and Turkey.
  • In the Illiad there is a reference to Nyx having power over men and gods alike, and Hypnos seeking refuge with her for he had angered Zeus, even though still angry Zeus let him be for fear of angering Nyx instead.
  • Her Roman form, Nox, is also the name of a spell in the Harry Potter series that creates darkness. This probably more due to the fact that nox is the Latin for "night," rather than named after the goddess.

God/Goddess of the Month Awards
Nyx won the God/Goddess of the Month Poll competition for May 2011.
Nyx won the God/Goddess of the Month Poll competition for August 2020.

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