The Rainbow Goddess  

Posted by Stella Clark

The Rainbow Goddess Image
"THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, MANY OF US HAVE LOOKED TO THE RAINBOW AS A SYMBOL OF HOPE. THE ANCIENT GREEKS WENT A STEP FURTHER. THE PERSONIFIED THE RAINBOW AS THE GODDESS IRIS", THE BELOVED MESSENGER OF THE GODS WHO IS OFTEN REPRESENTED AS THE HAND MAIDEN PERSONAL MESSENGER OF HERA. IRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE TITAN, THAUNUS, A SEA GOD, AND ELECTRA, A CLOUD NYMPH. SHE IS THE SISTER OF THE HARPIES. SHE IS THE WIFE OF ZEPHYRUS, GOD OF THE WEST WIND. AFTER THE RAINS OF APRIL, SHE BRINGS US THE GIFT OF THE RAINBOW.

IRIS IS USUALLY DEPICTED AS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAIDEN WITH GOLDEN WINGS AND A STAFF; SHE CARRIES A PITCHER WHICH CONTAINS WATER FROM THE RIVER STYX. AS A MESSENGER, SHE HER SHIMMERING WINGS CARRY HER AS FAST AS THE WIND FROM ONE CORNER OF THE EARTH TO THE OTHER...AND HUMANS CAN SEE ONLY THE TRAIL OF HER RAINBOW-COLORED PASSAGE ACROSS THE SKY...AND, JUST AS THE RAINBOW IS THOUGHT TO LINK HEAVEN TO EARTH, IT IS IRIS WHO LINKS THE GODS TO HUMANS.

AMONG HER DUTIES WAS LEADING THE SOULS OF THE DEAD WOMEN TO THE ELYSIAN FIELDS; HENCE, IN A TOKEN OF THEIR FAITH, THE GREEKS PLANTED PURPLE IRIS'S UPON THE GRAVES OF WOMEN...HOPING THAT IRIS WOULD GUIDE THEIR LOVED ONES TO THEIR RESTING PLACE.

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