Blow ye winds…


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.

Here’s another~

Anemi ~

I’ve mentioned Boreas the North Wind twice now. Today’s post is about his extended family –the Anemi. The Anemi were the winged gods who controlled or used the winds and Greek winds came in all shapes and sizes. These gods and goddesses were often depicted as having either human bodies or horse bodies. I’ll post more on the Anemi next week.

Today I’m talking about the four directional winds. Boreas you know, and his brothers Euros the East Wind, Notos the South Wind, and Zephryos the West Wind. Their activity was closely connected to the seasons. Boreas breathed his cold wintery breath, Zephyros brought on spring breezes, and brother Notos blew in the summer storms. Euros, on the other hand, was the only one of the brothers not associated with weather in Greece.

We don’t get many easterly winds here and when we do it usually blows in a whopper of a storm. The east wind, not Euros per se, has been involved in some pretty epic things. Moses summoned the east wind to part the Red Sea. Synonymous with change, when the east wind blows, it really blows.

Unrelated to Greek mythology but interesting enough to add, I did find a few literary references, not of Euros per se, but to the east wind itself. Here’s a little bit from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — a conversation between his characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on the eve of WWI:

“There’s an east wind coming, Watson.”

“I think not, Holmes. It is very warm.”

“Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There’s an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it’s God’s own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.”

Tomorrow ~ Fun Day Sunday!

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For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Clichés.
There are 87 entries to come.

Here’s a cliché for today:

See which way the wind blows


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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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2 Responses to Blow ye winds…

  1. Sherlock’s description of the east wind was an amazing insight into the nature of that wind. The ominous nature of such a war being tied to the approaching wind really defines the wind. Great writing lesson, too!

    • I remember one of the old Basil Rathbone movie versions of Holmes borrowed those lines and tweaked them to fit the Nazi menace. There was no doubt as to what he was referring to. Taken from Conan Doyle’s pages, it’s a bit more subtle. I would imagine everyone reading The Strand new exactly what he was referring to.

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