|Ceyx, the king of Thessaly, was
the son of Lucifer, the light bringer, the star that
brings in the day. His wife, Alcyone, was the daughter of
Aeolus, the King of the Winds. They were a faithful and
devoted couple and never separated. Nevertheless, there
came a time when Ceyx decided that he must leave her and
make a long journey across the sea to consult an oracle.
Alcyone was hysterical with grief and worry. She had
grown up in the palace of the King of the Winds and knew
very well what often happened to ships at sea. When she
was that he was firm in his determination to make this
trip, she begged to be allowed to go with him, "I
can endure whatever comes to us together." Yet,
although Ceyx loved Alcyone as much as she loved him, he
would not allow it. So he sailed alone.