Symbol of Hope
Goddess of Rainbow
Messanger of the Gods
Goddess of Oaths and Promises
Iris was also portrayed as a beautiful maiden, with golden wings, robes of bright colors and a halo of light around her head. She was the ambassador of the Gods. It was said that Iris leaves Mount Olympus only to deliver messages to mankind who look to her as an adviser and guide, linking her between the worlds of the gods and humanity.
Iris is the daughter of Thaumas, one of the many minor sea gods, and the ocean nymph Electra, an Oceanid. Her sisters are the Harpies, Aello, and Ocypete. She also has a twin sister, Arke, who served as messenger for the Titans in the first war and was thrown into Tartarus with her masters by Zeus (after ripping her wings off). She is married to Zephyrus, who is the god of the west wind.
Though she was sometimes called upon to deliver bad news, Iris was known as a sweet tempered Goddess with no enemies. This gave her an access to the universe and welcome in all corners of the earth and beyond. Iris would lead the souls of the dead women to the Elysian Fields. To honor her, the Greeks would plant purple iris flowers on the graves of the dead. To this day, the Greeks plant irises on women's graves so that Goddess Iris will guide them to their resting places.
The flower iris grows in a variety of colors with a variety of unique aromas; each color of the rainbow has a specific meaning, and together their meanings are magnified:
Green—Life, Balance, Nature