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Kelaeno

The Harpies ("The Snatchers") are storm Goddesses. Some say They were the daughters of the monsters Typhon and Ekhidna; while others name Them daughters of Elektra daughter of Okeanos and Tethys, and Thaumas son of Gaea and Pontos. This lineage links Them to the storms of the sea, as Okeanos, Tethys and Pontos are all ocean Deities. It also makes Them sisters to the beautiful rainbow Goddess Iris, who arrives after the storm.

Kelaeno ("The Black One", as Kali of India is "The Black Goddess"), is like Her sisters an agent of divine vengeance. She was known to be a prophetess, and was said to have had two sons by Poseidon. Kelaeno is also the name of one of the seven sisters Who became the constellation of the Pleiades.

The Harpies were represented as winged women Who were sometimes depicted as beautiful creatures with the faces of girls and the bodies of birds, and at other times as hideous monsters with sharp talons who were agents of divine retribution, pursuing and tormenting criminals. They were known for their ravenous appetites and filthy habits, devouring their victims' food and fouling any that remained uneaten by them. They were also believed to carry away the souls of the dead. They were usually three in number: Aello "Whirlwind", Okypete "The Swift Flyer", and Kelaeno, though Homer only names one, Podarge "Swift Footed."

Kelaeno in a reading signifies anger and an approaching storm, which may well be of your own making. Understanding and addressing the roots of this anger are important at this time.

Alternate spellings: Celaeno



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