Beware of the Night, She has Awesome Power

by Daniel Mackie February 08, 2016

Henri Fautin-Latour 1836-1904: Night 1897

Which do you believe came first, light or dark?

Often in literature and film there is a fight between these two, always a struggle against the dark side. Against evil, against death, against an invading army, parasite, alien culture etc....against the unknown, Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas illustrates the fight one should put up against death, " rage against the dying of the light." The dark should be fought against, but it is interesting how darkness is also seen as a seductive thing, a tempting thing. Snow White bites the red apple, Bluebeard's wife unlocks the door she shouldn't..etc

So, which came first the day or the night? Nyx was first. the greek goddess of night was always first. She was there at the very beginning of creation. According to Ancient greek Poet, Hesoid she is one of the first five beings in existence, Earth, Night, Eternal Torment, Darkness and Love. what a combination! And not a ray of light between them!

The Goddess Nyx had several children. The first two thankfully were, Aether (Brightness) and Hemera (Day). At last we have light! Nyx's next batch of children, you might say are from the dark side! Moros (Doom, Destiny), Ker (Destruction, Death), Thanatos (Death), Hypnos (Sleep), the Oneiroi (Dreams), Momus (Blame), Oizys (Pain, Distress). feeling any sun on your face yet?! I won't tell you all the names of the third batch, but strife and Retribution and Deceit feature!

so, have you seen the light yet?.. not amongst that lot! but Stop! Look on the bright side. Our language is full of the dual aspects of our natures,  the spectrum from light to dark. From good to bad and all that is in-between.

But the night is dangerous. It seems older and more ancient. There are lots of nasty things lurking there, Nyx’s children for a start; And all the other things we have put there, monsters under children beds, boggy men, ghosts, vampires, headless horsemen, etc etc etc. The night captures the imagination much more that the day time. We can go into the night like adventures and pioneers. We can go into the deep dark wood with trepidation and fear but also with excitement. Go Nocturnal. I did. Four creatures of the night have been added to The DM Collection. Go check them out if you dare!

Image: Henri Fautin-Latour 1836-1904: Night 1897




Daniel Mackie
Daniel Mackie

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in News / Work in progress / Mythology

Robin - Karma & Fire

by Harry Miller May 14, 2019

One of the most recognisable songbirds in the garden is the plucky Robin.  Being a member of the thrush family, it’s not only cousin to the song thrush and blackbird, but also to the nightingale, so it’s no surprise that the robin has a beautiful voice as well.

Read More

The Love Drug

by Harry Miller April 11, 2019

The earliest depictions of the use of the heart symbol is believed to derive from the ancient culture of Cyrene, a North African city which was founded by the Greeks in 631 BC, and then later ruled by the Romans.

Read More

“Flamin’ Flamingos!”

by Harry Miller March 22, 2019

There’s a lot of ancient mythical beasts which seem pretty isolated, unique to a country’s culture, or even to a specific region.  Others, like mermaids, dragons, and giants, are intercultural, being known by many.  The Phoenix is one of these mythical superstars, and was known by the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, and even by the Chinese.

Read More