ZEPHYRUS (Ζεφυρος) is the god of the west wind, one of the four directional Anemoi (Wind-Gods). He was also the god of spring, husband of Khloris (Greenery), and father of Karpos (Fruit).
Why do you weep, Asterie, for the man whom the bright west winds will restore to you at the beginning of spring?
History and Myths
In Greek mythology, Zephyrus is one of the four gods of the wind. In particular he's the god of the west wind. Zephyrus was born from Astraois and Eos, and was the first wind god. He was married to Iris (Goddess of Rainbows) and had many children with her. He is an incredibly powerful divine being, as she was a Wind.
Zephyros' most famous myth told the story of his rivalry with the god Apollon for the love of Hyakinthos. One day he spied the pair playing a game of quoits in a meadow, and in a jealous rage, struck the disc with a gust of wind, causing it to veer off course and strike the boy in the head, killing him instantly. Apollon in his grief, then transformed the dying boy into a larkspur flower.
Zephyrus is the Greek word for west wind. This god had many cults around Ancient Greece and Rome. The West Wind's largest temple was in Rhhodes, Greece; but had a large statue and alter in Lakiadai.
In Roman mythology Favonius is the god that held dominion over plants and flowers. The name Favonius, meaning "favorable", was also a common Roman name.
The god of the West Wind also played a role in mythology as the father of the immortal horses Xanthus and Balius. This magnificent pair of horses belonged to the Greek hero Achilles. The legend of their birth follows: in one version of the story, the Harpy Podarge was grazing in a meadow in the guise of a horse. Zephyrus, also in the form of a horse, mated with the lovely mare and their offspring were born in this equine shape.
He is an extremely powerful god. He is also highly respected as a god by mortals and others of his kind.
It is presumed that he has the standard powers of a god.
Aerokinesis: As the God of the West Wind, he has divine authority of the air.
He can ride the air currents, making him fly
He can generate and control wind
He is able to move at incredible speeds, even faster than the gods teleportation.
He has power over most flying creatures.
He can turn into a horse along with other animals.
The west wind was said to be the most favorable of the four.
Zephyrus was said to be the bringer of the Spring Winds.
He has close ties with his brother, Boreas as both lived together in the time of Greece.
He was also called Zephyr.
The creek that runs through the forest in Camp Half-Blood is named after him.
He is the wind god that appears in left-hand side of Botticelli's painting, "The Birth of Venus".
Zephyrus was said by Annabeth Chase to have sent her down in a golden cradle to her father when she was baby, by her mother Athena.
The spelling of Zephyros's name differs between the two series. In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, his name is spelled Zephyr. In The Heroes of Olympus, his name is spelled Zephyros. It is unknown whether Rick Riordan purposefully decided to change the spelling of the god's name or not.