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Alcyone and Ceyx were very happy together in Trachis, and according to Pseudo-Apollodorus's account, often sacrilegiously called each other "Zeus" and "Hera". This angered Zeus, so while Ceyx was at sea (going to consult an oracle according to Ovid's account), the god threw a thunderbolt at his ship. Soon after, Morpheus (god of dreams) disguised as Ceyx appeared to Alcyone as an apparition to tell her of his fate, and she threw herself into the sea in her grief. Out of compassion, the gods changed them both into common kingfishers, or "halcyon birds", named after her.
Ovid and Hyginus both also make the metamorphosis the origin of the etymology for "halcyon days", the seven days in winter when storms never occur. They state that these were originally the 14 days each year (seven days on either side of the shortest day of the year) during which Alcyone (as a kingfisher) laid her eggs and made her nest on the beach and during which her father Aeolus, god of the winds, restrained the winds and calmed the waves so she could do so in safety.
Eta Tauri is the star's Bayer designation. The name Alcyone originates with Greek mythology; she is one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione known as the Pleiades.
Wikipedia: Alcyone (star).
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
The Fisher King, The Seven Sisters aka Pleiades where our favorite bug headed greys are supposed to come from. In Japanese the stars are Subaru! "Subaru" means "unite" and since Eta Tauri are a cluster of seven visible stars that is what they call it!
This all fits in with Hidden_Hand's "vengeful god" talk. Zeus (Dr.?? "Oh, the places you'll go!"), Hera/Isis (the real "god of thrones" and probably, Pinocchio, where the Free Men get their esoteric beginnings from: Isis esoteric schools. Osiris is the Dog Star), Morpheus ("You've been living in a Dream World, Neo"), Ovid and Metamorphoses, Winter Solstice, a Harvest (Dark? Like Invader Zim?? H_H says, "negative" which has to balance out, like the ying-yang sigil), and the 4th Density ("I am your Density. I mean, destiny" see, Back 2 The Future got it right again!).
Ah, the Halcyon Daze!
I love when Universe tickles my noodle!!