Caerus is the god of opportunity. He is seen as a beautiful god who never ages. This god is always seen as bald except for one lock of hair hanging down on his forehead. This lock is designed to grab an opportunity when he tries to go rushing by. Since it is the only hair on Caerus’ head, it is believed that grasping the hair is the only way to get this god of opportunity to stop his fast journey through a scene. If a person misses the opportunity, then Caerus may turn on him and kill him or provide bad luck.
Delivers Good Luck
Once someone caught Caerus, then his spirit would produce all types of good things for the person. If a person failed to grasp Caerus, however, he would sometimes turn on them causing bad luck to occur.
Caerus is usually seen with wings on his feet and sometimes with wings on his shoulders indicating that he can move very quickly. Again, these items are designed to indicate that a person must act quickly to stop Caerus. It is believed that once Caerus passes by not even Zeus is fast enough to stop him.
Ready for Action
This god is often seen standing on his tiptoes on top of a sphere. He is also often seen carrying a scale and a razor. These items are said to indicate that Caerus will judge a situation before appearing. Only people who have done all that they can do to prepare for something will have the opportunity to grasp Caerus by his forehead lock.
Archaeologists believe that there was a fountain dedicated to Caerus outside the Athens’ stadium. People were to pay tribute to this god before they entered the stadium in order to increase their luck once they entered.
The most famous statue of Caerus, however, was found in Sikyon, Greece, and it was created by Lysippos. This statue was said to be one of the most beautiful in Ancient Greece. The bronze statue is said to closely resemble Dionysos who was the god of the grape harvest and festivities. Many people who saw the statue commented on the forehead which seems to be perspiring from hard work. Many also remarked that while the statue was unable to move, it clearly showed that Caerus could move extremely rapidly and on a moment’s notice.
If you need help passing your Greek mythology test or winning a ballgame, then you might want to think about Caerus. Remember, however, that he only appears to those who are well prepared.
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