Spirit of Doom

Moros was a primordial deity in Greek mythology, and the personification of impending doom, driving mortals to their deadly fate.  He was one of the offspring of Nyx (the night), who had conceived him without male intervention, and he was a brother of the Moirai.  Nyx was believed to be the mother of everything mysterious and anything that was inexplicable, such as death, disease, sleep, ghosts, dreams, witchcraft and enchantments.  Moros manifested as a shapeless being who like his mother, Nyx, was invisible and dark and he drove mortals to their death or doom.  In a sense he was also the spirit of depression.  Moros wrote the destination and the Fates made sure that it came true, and shortly afterwards, chaos was integrated into the cosmos for all beings that could escape on the occasion of their own destiny.

The primordial god of Impending Doom was also known as the spirit of hopelessness and depression.  The role of Moros was to bring menacing feelings of panic, hopelessness, and helplessness into the world.  He represented the inescapable feeling in mortals of meeting their appointed death, destruction or some other terrible fate.  Moros was often present before a battle, but he also invaded the sanctity of a man’s own home.  The inability to shrug off the feeling of impending doom led to a life of dark depression with no hope for the future.  Moros drove mortals to their death or their doom with thoughts of an unpleasant or disastrous destiny and unhappy view of the timing of death.

Moros is the older brother and leader of the Moirai.  The Moirai proclaimed that not even Zeus could question Moros (destiny) or resist against his will, as to break with destiny would reintroduce Chaos into the world.  Even if Zeus issued a decree or made a promise he later regretted, he could not then change his decree because it was destiny.  In which case, he was the only force that Zeus dreaded.  Because of this, Moros was also considered to be omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  Therefore, if the father of gods made a promise, he was unable to break it, simply because it was destined to be.

The Moirai were the three goddesses of fate who personified the inescapable destiny of man. They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things.  Their name means ‘Parts’, ‘Shares’ or ‘Allotted Portions’.  The individuals were Klotho (or Clotho), the ‘the Spinner’, who spun the thread of life, Lakhesis the ‘Apportioner of Lots’, who measured it, and Atropos, ‘She who cannot be turned’, who cut it short.  The Fates were the goddesses of Destiny.  At the birth of a man, the Moirai spinned out the thread of his future life, followed his steps, and directed the consequences of his actions according to the counsel of the gods.  It was not an inflexible fate, as Zeus, if he chose, had the power of saving even those who were already on the point of being seized by their fate.  The Fates did not abruptly interfere in human affairs, but availed themselves of intermediate causes, and determined the lot of mortals not absolutely, but only conditionally, even if man himself, in his freedom was allowed to exercise a certain influence upon them.

The other siblings of Moros were all death spirits.  Thanatos was a twin of Hypnos, and he was a god of Death, the hard-hearted, pitiless, enemy of mankind.  Hypnos was the god of sleep.  The Keres, or ‘Death Fates’ are described as scavengers who defiled the dead.  Momus was the evil-spirited god of blame and criticism.  Eris was the goddess of Discord, quarrels and feuds.  Oizys was the goddess of distress, anxiety and worry.  Nemesis was the avenging goddess of Divine Retribution.  Lyssa was the goddess of mad rage and frenzy.  Geras was the malevolent god of loathsome Old Age.  Charon was the Ferryman.  Hecate was the goddess of magic, witchcraft and ghosts.  Epiphron was the demon of shrewdness.  The Furies were the goddesses of vengeance and retribution.

The Roman counterpart of Moros was Fatum, meaning fate.  The First generation of Ancient Greek Gods were the Primordial gods and this group included Moros.  The Second generation were the Titans and the Third generation of were the famous Olympian gods   The Titans were stronger, but the Olympians were smarter and more agile.

4 thoughts on “Spirit of Doom

    1. Prometheus was the god of foresight and he switched sides leaving the Titans and joining the Olympians, perhaps because he knew what the ending was going to be like. The other turning point was Zeus going to Tartarus to free the Cyclops.

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