Oh so windy!


rainAs long as my bad weather lasts, or longer if this topic is interesting enough, I’ll be discussing the ancient gods and goddesses of many cultures who were said to influence the weather. I’ve started my series with the Theoi Meteoroi — the weather gods of Ancient Greece.

Today I’m introducing the Tempest-Winds — the Anemoi Thyellai 

The four brother winds: Boreas, Zephryos, Euros, and Notos, saw to the four cardinal directions on the compass. Apparently each never left their set place in the sky, because they weren’t alone in directing winds and breezes. I’ll begin today’s post with the four wind gods who saw to the winds directionally between the aforementioned Anemi. I’ve whipped up a little graphic.  :D
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Often confused with other winged deities who wreak havoc, these minor winds Kiakias, Apeliotes, Lips, and Skiron have their own personalities and dispositions. I can’t find much on their origins, but I’ll venture a guess — they too were born of the Titans. I find it interesting that the more menacing of these four come from the north. While the two happy go lucky winds are in the south.

simage002Kiakias the North East Wind was often depicted as an old long-bearded man who sported a shield full of hailstones. Because he could drop his hail on a whim and ruin crops and kill livestock, Kiakias was considered a “dark wind”.

simage003Apeliotes the South East Wind blew in refreshing rains for the croplands.  Often depicted as a youth carrying fruit, flowers, and grain in a draping cloth, he was the farmer-friendly wind.

simage006Lips the South West Wind was a friend to sailors. With a breath he could quickly clear the skies. He’s often depicted holding the stern of a ship. He too was a good wind.


simage008Skiron the North West Wind
is the wind that blows winter in. Like his brother Kiakias, he too is depicted as an old bearded man, but instead of hailstorms, he tilts his cauldron to dump the harsh winter he’s been brewing all summer and fall.

* Interesting to note: Skiron’s Roman counterpart Corus (also Latin for crow) is one of the oldest gods in the Roman pantheon. While Rome absorbed and reassigned many Greek gods and gods from other cultures as well, this one was theirs from the very beginning.

Tomorrow ~ more winds!

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Here’s a cliché for today:

Second wind


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Rose is multi-published award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and discovering interesting things to weave into stories. She lives with her family and small menagerie amid oak groves and prairie in the rolling glacial hills of the upper Midwest.
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2 Responses to Oh so windy!

  1. Ray G says:

    Rose,
    That is a great Compass Rose.

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