Morpheus

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Sleep and his half-brother Death (Hypnos and Thanatos) by John William Waterhouse (1874) Sleep and his half-brother Death (Hypnos and Thanatos) by John William Waterhouse (1874)

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Morpheus ("he who forms, shapes, moulds", from the Greek morphe) is the Greek god of dreams.

Morpheus has the ability to take any human's form and appear in dreams. His father is the god Hypnos, of sleep. Nyx (the goddess of night) is his mother/grandmother. The sons of Hypnos — the Oneiroi — are rulers of dreams, and also include Phobetor (also known as Icelus), and Phantasos.

Morpheus is spoken of in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. He sleeps on an ebony bed in a dimly lit cave, surrounded by poppy flowers. Ovid suggests that Morpheus has a special talent for mimicking human form in dreams. According to Ovid, Morpheus concentrated on the human elements of dreams, his brothers Phobetor and Phantasos being responsible for animals and inanimate objects, respectively.

Morpheus sends images of humans in dreams or visions, and is responsible for shaping dreams, or giving shape to the beings which inhabit dreams. Phobetor made fearsome dreams (etymologically related to "phobia" from the Greek "fear"). Phantasos produced tricky and unreal dreams (hence "fantasy", "phantasmagoria", etc.). Together these sons of Hypnos rule the realm of dreams. Morpheus also had special responsibility for the dreams of kings and heroes. For these reasons Morpheus is often referred to as "Morpheus the Greek god of dreams" in superiority to his brothers.

Morpheus (N): God of sleep and dreams.

Domains: Darkness, Dream, Illusion, Meditation, Shadow.

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