Greek Ἑσπερίδες, "daughters of the evening." Three divine ladies who, accompanied by a divine serpent, protect the treasures of the gods, including golden apples. They are also heralds of the wedding night, and serve ambrosia to the gods.
"When we are in the physical world, we must learn to be awake from moment to moment. We then live awakened and self-conscious from moment to moment in the internal worlds, both during the hours of the sleep of the physical body and also after death."