7. The tale of Ceyx and Halcyone was looking like it was heading for disaster, until the gods had pity on them and transformed the lovers. Into what creatures were the couple changed?
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Despite the warnings from his wife, Ceyx decided to sail to Claros in order to consult the oracle, Apollo. His wife, Halcyone, was right to try and warn her husband not to go, as his ship was consumed by the sea during a storm and he was killed. It was said that the boat was destroyed by Zeus, who disliked the fact that Ceyx often compared himself to the father of the gods.
It was judged, by Hera, that it was better to deliver the sad news to Halcyone rather than to keep her in the dark as to the fate of her husband. The news was delivered in a dream by Morpheus, son of Hypnos.
Halcyone's grief was so extreme that the gods had pity and allowed both to live as halcyon birds (tree kingfishers). It was said that Aeolus, ruler of the winds and father of Halcyone, would calm the winds of the sea for seven days a year to allow Halcyone to brood over her nest. This gave rise to the expression, "halcyon days".