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Aeolus

Aeolus

Name:
Aiolos
God of:
Winds
Title:
Keeper of the Winds
King of the Winds
Symbols:
Jar/Open Bag, Harp
Weapons/Items:
Jar/Bag of Winds
Consort:
Iphimedia
Children:
Six Sons and Six Daughters
Parents:
Melanippe and Hippotes or Poseidon

Aiolos is the god of the wind and the keeper of the Anemoi on his own island of Aeolia. At the command of the gods he released these to wreck devastating storms. Aiolos was titled Hippotades ("the reiner of horses") since winds often thought of as horse-shaped spirits.

Aiolos' duties vary upon the myth. Some myths say that he is the god of wind himself while other myths say that he is just an immortal that was given the job of releasing the winds when the gods ask him to.

Mythology

Aiolos was born the son of a mortal king and an immortal nymph. Born with his mothers gift of immortality, he was given the task of keeping the winds in his castle, Aeolia.

When Odysseus came to his island, he gave him a bag which contained the four winds so he could get home safely. But curiosity got the best of Odysseus' men. They opened the bag all the way and were blown back to the island, but Aiolos refused to help them again.

Family

  • Melanippe (Mother)
  • Hellen / Hippotes (Father)
  • Iphimedia (Wife)
  • Six Sons and Six Daughters

Sacred Symbols and Animals

  • Jar/Open Bag - Aiolos is said to keep the winds either chained in a cave, trapped in a jar, or closed-up in a bag.
  • Harp - He was said to be very nimble which is why the Aeolian harp was named after him.

Trivia

  • Aiolos means "nimble" in Latin.
  • He is sometimes called Hippotades, which means "the reiner of horses". This is most likely because sometimes the Anemoi are said to be part horse.
  • His name is Aeolus in Latin

Sacred Symbols Gallery

Aiolos Gallery

Aeoo

a circle symbolizes the bag and the conical helix resembles as the winds

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