"The leader," or "conductor of the soul". It is an epithet
of Hermes as conductor of the souls of the deceased to the realm of Hades. The
Egyptian god Anubis also had such a function. A guide through the underworld
of the subconscious mind and the intuitive heart.
Morpheus Lord of Dreams, we call unto thee.
Weaver of webs in the attic of the subconscious.
Great Jackal, Manifesto of impermanence,
Magickal King, Sandman, Anubis, join us now.
Come down from your moon lit mountain,
with wispy cloak and eyes of light.
Past the stars, through the clouds of disbelief.
Awaken our imagination,
throw your poppy like sand upon our distracted minds.
For we come to dream, to pay homage to the art, the joy, the reality of fantasy.
Descend for we welcome thee Morpheus.
Being the messenger of the gods, it was his duty to guide the souls of the
dead down to the underworld, which is known as a psychopomp. He was also closely
connected with bringing dreams to mortals.
Anubis: Anubis is the God of Destiny
and Death. He protects the dead and acts as a guide to the deceased as they
travel through the underworld.
Morpheus: The Greek god of dreams.
He lies on a ebony bed in a dim-lit cave, surrounded by poppy. He appears
to humans in their dreams in the shape of a man. He is responsible for shaping
dreams, or giving shape to the beings which inhabit dreams. His name means
"he who forms, or molds" (from the Greek morphe), and is mentioned
as the son of Hypnos, the god of sleep. 'Morphine' is derived from his name.