Iris is a minor Greek goddess. She is goddess of the rainbow and female messenger of the gods (the male messenger of the god is Hermes).
Iris has many jobs to carry out. She travels with the speed of light from one end of the world to the other and down into the depths of the sea (Poseidon's territory) and Underworld (Hades's territory). Iris links the gods to humanity. She waters the clouds with her pitcher. She also delivers to the gods the sacred water of the River Styx.
Iris is portrayed as a rainbow or a goddess with golden wings on her shoulders. She carries a winged staff or a caduceus (short herald's staff entwined by two serpents and surrounded by wings). She has been described as "swift-footed like a storm wind".
Iris is the daughter of air nymph Electra and Titan Thaumas. She is the sister of Aello, Phineus, Ocypete, Hydaspes, and the Harpies. Iris is Zephyrus's (god of west wind) wife. Zephyrus and Iris are parents of Pothos.
Iris is all around us, though we don't know it. The Spanish word for "rainbow" is "arco iris". The 7 Iris Asteroid was named after the goddess. The deity of Iris is a characte in Shakespeare's play "The Tempest", Disney movie "Fantasia", and Rick Riordan's series "Percy Jackson and the Olympians."