Who is Nyx, Goddess of the Night?
Nyx is the goddess of the night. She is one of the eldest gods and is often depicted as a beautiful woman with wings on her back. Nyx has been worshiped by many cultures throughout history, including ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and many other cultures.
Nyx was not always seen as a goddess. Originally she was seen as an air spirit who had no gender or name. She was often associated with darkness and death in early cultures but eventually evolved into a goddess of night and magic.
The term nyx comes from the Greek word for “night” which means that it is appropriate that she be worshiped at night time when darkness has fallen over the earth. In some cases, people would worship Nyx during the day to ensure that they would be protected
Goddess Nyx in history and myth
Nyx is a Greek goddess of the night. She is one of the oldest deities in Greek mythology and was believed to be the personification of the night.
According to the Greek poet Hesiod, Nyx was the daughter of Chaos, the personification of the void that existed before the universe was created. Nyx was often depicted as a shadowy figure, draped in a cloak of darkness, and was associated with the underworld and death.
In Greek mythology, Nyx was a powerful and influential goddess. She was said to have given birth to many other deities, including the three Fates, the personifications of destiny; Hypnos, the god of sleep; and Thanatos, the god of death.
Nyx was also sometimes depicted as a protector of children and was associated with dreams and sleep.
Nyx was revered by the ancient Greeks, who believed that she had the power to bring dreams and visions to those who slept.
She was also sometimes seen as a symbol of the dark, mysterious aspects of the human soul. Despite her association with the darker aspects of life, Nyx was also believed to be a kind and benevolent goddess, who watched over and protected her followers.
How does Nyx appear?
In Greek mythology, Nyx was generally depicted as a shadowy figure, draped in a cloak of darkness. She was often shown as a woman with wings and was sometimes depicted as riding in a chariot drawn by horses or other animals.
Nyx was also sometimes depicted holding a torch or other light source, symbolizing her connection to the darkness of the night.
In artwork, Nyx was often shown with black or dark-colored hair and was often depicted wearing a long, flowing robe or gown.
She was also sometimes shown with a crown or other headdress, symbolizing her status as a goddess. Despite her association with the darkness and the underworld, Nyx was often depicted as a beautiful and majestic figure, radiating strength and power.
Nyx pronunciation and spelling
Without the ending “x” it should basically rhyme with “few,” so we could write it in modern English as “Newks.”
Working with Nyx and the dark aspects of the soul
It is important to note that beliefs and practices related to deity worship vary widely among different Wiccan traditions and individual practitioners. Some general principles for working with the goddess Nyx in Wicca might include:
- Honoring Nyx as a powerful and influential deity, and seeking to understand and connect with her energy and qualities.
- Learning about the mythology and history of Nyx and the fates, and how she has been revered and honored in different cultures and traditions.
- Considering the symbolism and meaning of Nyx in relation to your own spiritual practice, and how she might be incorporated into your rituals and devotions.
- Seeking guidance and inspiration from Nyx through meditation, prayer, and other spiritual practices.
- Being respectful and mindful of the boundaries and wishes of others when working with Nyx or other deities.
It is always important to approach deity worship with respect, humility, and a willingness to learn and grow.
Now you are ready for my version of Nyx Greek mythology invocation.
Goddess Nyx invocation
Nyx is a goddess of the night, the mother of sleep, dreams, and pleasures in love. She is also a goddess in charge of death and sorrows because she has a Roman association with Thanatos.
Invocation of Nyx might be for you if you like working at night or feel compelled by darkness and death. Also, if you feel a strong affinity for the moon or moon symbols.
Making Moon Water
Goddess Nyx stone
Nyx is often associated with owls, so you could also use the feather of an owl. I do not have one, so I prefer the stone.
Because Nyx, goddess of sleep and dreams can help with sleep, you can infuse quartz with her energy after an invocation and then put it under your pillow to sleep better.
Dark of night
Make us swoon
Hear us, hear us
Make a fuss
Take this water,
smoke, and stone.
we do atone.
I bow before
the darkest night.
Descend upon us
and give us light.
Goddess Nyx offering
Nyx worship can include many offerings. Common offerings that might be made to Nyx could include:
- Libations of water or other beverages
- Incense or other fragrant herbs or oils
- Candles or other forms of light
- Flowers or other plant offerings
- Food or other material offerings
Again, it is important to note that these are just some examples, and the specific offerings that might be made to Nyx can vary widely among different practitioners.
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- Solmsen, F. (1982). The Earliest Stages in the History of Hesiod’s Text. Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, 86, 1. https://doi.org/10.2307/311181
- Russo, L. (2021). The Uncovering Mythology Collection: A 2 in 1 Guide Into The World of Greek and Norse Gods and Goddesses, The Myths and The Legends. JCG Publications.