23. Νηρέως, θυμίαμα σμύρναν.
To Nereos, God of the Sea Floor
Divine medium: myrrh
Ὦ κατέχων πόντου ῥίζας, κυαναυγέτιν ἕδρην,
Bring forth he who holds fast Pontos’ roots in his deep cyan-blue lit dwelling,
πεντήκοντα κόρῃσιν ἀγαλλόμενος κατὰ κῦμα
Where his fifty mischievous daughters gloriously power pure swollen waves--
καλλιτέκνοισι χοροῖς, Νηρεῦ, μεγαλώνυμε δαῖμον,
The beautiful child-chorus of Nereos, exalted deity,
πυθμὴν μὲν πόντου, γαίης πέρας, ἀρχὴ ἁπάντων,
Underlying power of Pontos, surrounding Gaia’s foundation all around,
ὃς κλονέεις Δηοῦς ἱερὸν βάθρον, ἡνίκα πνοιὰς
Rushing wildly at Demeter’s sacred depths when winds,
ἐννυχίοις κευθμῶσιν ἐλαυνομένας ἀποκλείηις·
By night concealed, drive powerfully to enclose.
ἀλλά, μάκαρ, σεισμοὺς μὲν ἀπότρεπε, πέμπε δὲ μύσταις
Yet, blessed seismic power, turn away, conduct the mystae
ὄλβον τ', εἰρήνην τε, καὶ ἠπιόχειρον ὑγείην.
To whole life blessings, with the peace of Eirene, and the soothing hand of Hygeia.
Nereos is the immortal God of the sea floor, particularly the Aegean Sea. The Aegean is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea located between Greece and Turkey.
He is the husband of Doris, by whom he became the father of 50 daughters, the Nereides (Νηρεΐδες) aka Nereis (Νηρεΐς), who well in the depths of the sea. They are the beautiful, young Goddesses of various aspects of the sea, such as the sea’s brine, foam, waves, currents, and sea rescues.
“He was believed, like other marine divinities, to have the power of prophesying the future and of appearing to mortals in different shapes…and the epithets given him by the poets refer to his old age, his kindliness, and his trustworthy knowledge of the future.”
His father is Pontos, the immortal God of the Sea. His mother is Gaia, the immortal Goddess of generative Earth.
Deos (Δηοῦς) is Demeter, the immortal Goddess of agriculture and the cultivation of plants and grains.
Mystae are initiates in the Mysteries.
Eirene is the immortal Goddess of peace.
Hygeia is the immortal Goddess of health.
 Schmitz, L. (1870). NEREUS (Νηρεύς). In W. Smith (Ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (Vol. 2, p. 1160). Boston: Little, Brown, and Company.