30 Days of Devotion: Days 29 and 30

My final post of this challenge is here. Between  getting discouraged with my posts due to our crazy construction schedule and having issues with my keyboard when my WordPress app is open, I’m a little amazed that I completed this. But here it is, at long last, the final two days.

Day 29: interesting or unusual UPG

Probably the most interesting bit that I’m willing to share is that it’s been odd and amusing working with both Poseidon and Hekate. Without going into too much detail, They have very opposite personalities and it’s comical when They try to make partnering suggestions on any topics that I bring to Them.

Day 30: suggestions for those beginning to learn about this Deity

Ah, the final question. If I’ve been able to make even one more person more interested in learning about Poseidon I’ll feel pleased with the turnout of this month long endeavor.

For anyone that may feel so inclined  I would suggest starting with theoi.com. They have an excellent resource on Deity information including myths, hymns, epithets, family trees and a lot more to get you up and running.

From there I would suggest meditating near water if you can. If you can’t, get a fish tank and meditate near that.

If you aren’t fully committed to beginning a relationship right now, get a bowl and a fish that you like (not just any fish), set it up, and meditate near that.
If a real commitment is something you’re seeking and you need easy access to a body of water that contains life, consider putting a few bucks into something nicer. A few gallons fish tank and plants or decorations that you find pleasing are a good place to start. Ifor you get live plants for your tank, even better. I’ve always enjoyed water gardens.

I’m so proud of myself for accomplishing this. There were a few days when I felt like putting his off altogether and trying again no there month, but I’m so pleased to have stuck with it. I hopened it’s been pleasant for any readers and I’ll try to do another one for wither Persephone or Hekate in a month or two.

30 Days of Devotion: Days 25 – 28

Day 25: a time when this Deity refused to help

Thus far, Poseidon has never refused to help me. Mosterhout of what I ask of Him is guidance, clarity, protection, and love and He offers these things willingly.

There have been times, though, when He withheld His assistance with helping me find clarity on a problem, but only if I came to Him in too much of a flurry. If my thoughts or emotions are overwhelming me, He asks that I only come to Him when I’ve calmed myself as much as possible and can “speak” plainly.

Day 26: how has your relationship with this Deity changed over time?

When Poseidon first entered my life W/we had a very tentative relationship. I had never had a direct relationship with a Deity before. Prior to meeting Poseidon I was only working with Gods and Goddesses as archetypes.

W/we began O/our relationship with Poseidon simply as a messenger. I would receive signs from Him that would lead me to a new study. The first time I called on Him in a time of need, for strength and warmth, was when our relationship began to flourish into what it is now.

Day 27: worst misconception about this Deity that you’ve encountered

I feel like this was covered on another day. Maybe day 19? The thing I hear most often about Poseidon (besides Him not being real, of course) is that He’s a misogynist or a womanizer. As a God of the Sea, Poseidon values creation. The struggle of it. It’s rawness. The pain and joy of it. And the creation of life is the greatest beauty to Him. He values women, all that they are, and all that they choose to be.

Day 28: something you wish you knew about this Deity

Although I’m not a reconstructionist, I do wish I knew more about how Poseidon was worshipped in ancient Greece. There are so many details from cult worship that we simply cannot know today.

30 Days of Devotion: Days 21 – 24

Day 21:  music that reminds you of the Deity

Right around the time I met Poseidon I had just taken interest in the band  Dead Can Dance. I played their album Aion at the first ritual I held for Him.

Day 22: a piece of writing that reminds you of the Deity

The Odyssey will always be the first piece of writing that comes to mind when I think of Poseidon. It’s the piece of writing that led me down a path of discovering my own spirituality and finding religion on my own terms and it was the piece of writing that opened my eyes to the possibility that the signs I was receiving weren’t as they seemed. That they weren’t from Apollo as I thought  (and, at the time, hoped), but from Poseidon.

Day 23: your own composition for the Deity

“Am I Whole ?”

I’m standing barefoot in a green meadow. I’m wearing nothing but a breezy, white, cotton dress.

Bright bulbs of light hover just above the ground in blues and purples, scattered about like flowers.

The sky is dark and starless.

There is no moon above me.

I take a step and the ground ripples like water.

The world shifts and the air becomes thick. The feeling you get when you wake up after sleeping too long.

I walk across the meadow on my toes.

Tears fill the corners of my eyes.

It starts to rain. Full, warm drops.

Two people stand in the distance and I’m filled with love.

I run to them. A joyous race to them, almost as though I’m flying.

Finally I reach them. One, a woman, strong and confident, embraces me like a sister.

I turn to the other. A man.

He, too, is strong and confident.

More than the woman.

I hesitate to approach him.

I know him, yet he’s so unfamiliar. Colder. Cruel.

She urges me forward, but as I draw near, he steps away.

I sit down in the grassy lake. Bobbing up and down as the grass tickles my bare skin.

I sit facing him as he draws back into the distance.

The woman stands beside me, a patient hand on my shoulder.

But she’s looking down. Not to the dark horizon.

I sink steadily into the grassy lake.

The blades caressing my skin.

This familiar touch, expected from the man now gone.

I come to lay rest on a bed made of fog.

The sun is my blanket, warm and kind.

The man returns in my dreams. His desire renewed. His touch familiar.

The woman and I are one.

Intertwined with the man returned.

Am I whole?

Dany 24: a time that this Deity has helped you

This sits on the very furthest reaches of my faith. I have never really been the type to believe in miracles or any such thing. For that reason I don’t talk about this much. I believe that Poseidon helped me to get pregnant. It happened under less than convenient circumstances and, had I been able to, I would have chosen a different father for my daughter. I’ll hold off on further details because I don’t think I’m even entirely sure of them. But I feel in my heart that He played some role in the birth of my daughter.

30 Days of Devotion: Days 13 – 20

Oh my goodness. Having our floors redone was one of the most stressful events. A 3 day job turned into just over 3 weeks. Unacceptable. But they’re done now and we’ve gotten back into our usual routine. So here we go. Let’s try and get back into the swing of things.

Day 13: cultural issues close to the Deity’s heart

I decided to take a moment and touch on some global issues rather than cultural ones (I suppose “world culture” is a thing). There are some things going on in the world that Poseidon feels very strongly about and they aren’t new things.

One of those things is shark finning. This is a barbaric practice of severing the fins from a shark and dumping the still living body back into the ocean. This is done by fisherman harvesting fins for the every popular, expensive food called shark fin soup and it must be stopped. 

I’ve found this link helpful in finding ways to join the fight and put an end to shark finning.

I posted about another of Poseidons issues of interest not too long ago. The Syrian refugee crisis is still happening. Countries are beginning to come together to find homes for these stranded individuals, but there are still so many more that need homes. Children, women, and men are still losing their lives and their loved ones.

Read my blog post here. Or visit cantdonothing.org directly.

Lastly, and certainly not least of His concerns, is the Great Barrier Reef. an article going around social media has claimed that the reef has died but this is not true. The Great Barrier Reef is still alive, but not well. It is victim to illegal fishing, rapid industrialization, the in flow of farm pollution, and global warming to name a few. Organizations have already helped to put a stop to port expansions and the dumping of dredge oil in the area. These problems and more have lead to bleaching and death of large portions of the reef. I plan to make a more detailed post on the issue in the coming days.

In the meantime, learn more and find out how you can help here.

These are not the only issues that Poseidon encourages me to be aware of and fight for. He encourages me stand up for feminism and LGBT equality and tobstand agains Global Warming, water pollution, over fishing, mental health rights, and parental rights.

Day 14: has worship of the Deity changed with modern times?

I feel that the answer to this could only be “yes”. While there are some reconstructionist movements in the Hellenic variety, there are those of us who try to bring Poseidon into the here and now.

As opposed to researching old ways of worship of Him and holding to them, we strive to take that information and find current ways of having he same effect.

In ancient times, bulls were sacrificed to Poseidon. As a modern worshipper, i like to barbecue a lot of beef in his name. Korean Barbecue is also a favorite option.

Das 15: associated mundane practices

There are so many, but here re a few.

  • Baths and showers
  • SWilmington
  • Water sports
  • Fitness
  • Oral hygiene 
  • Sexual
  • Fishing
  • Aquarium visits
  • Maintaining a home aquarium
  • Beach visits
  • Gowing on a cruise
  • Tidying up (not heavy cleaning)
  • Eacting well
  • Pleasant gatherings

Day 16: how do you think this Deity represents the values of their cultural origins?

First let’s lay out he cultural values of ancient Greece:

  • Glory
  • Hospitality
  • Loyalty
  • Intelligence

Hospitality is the easiest one for me to see in Him. He feels strongly about the displacement of Syrian refugees and thinks they should be welcomed by all countries with the means to do so.

Poseidon urges me to learn, grow, and develop myself into my best Self. He encourages His followers to nurture their intelligence as a stepping stone of their other goals and Work.

Glory is not a big priority in my relationship with Poseidon. Although, He does appreciate a good sports game and would probably be happier if I participated in at least watching sports regularly. I grew up a Packers fan and sometimes I feel like I should be ssupporting my team a bit better.

Lastly is Loyalty, and this is a big one or both of U/us. Poseidon and I have been together for 6 years. Other Gods, Goddesses, and spirits have come and gone. Some have stayed, but most have moved on. I don’t welcome A/anyone else into my life without first discussing it with Him. I do my best to hold to this type of loyalty in all of my friendships and relationships.

Day 17: how does this Deity relate to other Gods?

Poseidon introduced me to Persephone and  I came to learn that She is also associated with water. She is a Goddess of underwater streams and the deep waters that lay hidden in the earth.

He works closely with Aprhodite to build empowerment as you search for self acceptance and self love.

Currently I’m meditating and reading to discover the connections He’s presented to me between Thor and Himself.

Day 18: how does this Deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality?

I’m still learning all of the proper terms for gender and sexual equality, but my best understanding would have me sexualexualityay that Poseidon identifies as a masculine pansexual.

Day 19: which of the Deity’s qualities do you most admire? Have the most trouble with?

The answer to both of these is the same: His social ability. Poseidon has a way about Him that is very carefree and rigidly. I struggle a lot in social situations and have difficulties in making conversation. I hope that one day I can learn these skills from Him.

Day 20: art that reminds you of the Deity

This isn’t the most ideal representation of Poseidon for me, but I do appreciate that this was he only image of Him not as an old man.


Stay tuned for the next installment.

#cantdonothing

Millions of Syrian refugees have been forced to leave their homes for their own safety and the safety of their families. More than half of these people are women and children. Thankfully other countries are opening their metaphorical doors to take in these desperate families, but there’s still much that needs to be done.

If you’re anything like me, your knew what jerking reaction is “I can’t afford to give them my money”. It feels selfish for me to say that, but it’s true. My daughter and I scrape by on welfare as it is.

But helping doesn’t mean opening your wallet and thrusting fistfuls of dollars at refugees and charities.

Sometimes it just means less ding a hand or lending your voice.

The #cantdonothing campaign and organization are making it easier for all of us to do just that. cantdonothing.org is set up to aid those of us searching for a way to help in whatever ways we can.

I’ve never experienced what these refugees are going through. But I spent over a month homeless and know what it’s like to wander without a destination. Even now, my living situation leaves me waiting with baited breath in anticipation of being needlessly tossed out. This time I’d be homeless with my 13 month old daughter. I have very few fears greater than that and I can’t imagine the desperation these mothers feel as they struggle to keep their babies safe.

As countries take in more and more refugees each year there will be more opportunities to help. Even if all that it means is reaching out to refugees moving into your neighborhood. Or those who find work at your job. Who enroll in your and children’s schools.

If you can, donate money. If you can’t donate time. If you can’t donate your voice. After that, there is no “cant” left. We can all speak up.

#cantdonothing

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30 Days of Devotion: 7-12

It’s been a he’ll of a week with construction madness and emotional lows, but they say that the best time to do something is when you feel like you can’t. So here I am, playing catch up on my devotion posts.

Day 7: names and epithets

  • Earth shaker
  • Savior of Sailors
  • The Bull of the Sea
  • Creator of Horses
  • The Rock Poseidon 
  • Averted of Earthquakes
  • God of the Sea
  • Who Dashes Against
  • King
  • Secures Safe Voyage
  • Overseer
  • Watching
  • Holder of the Earth
  • Father
  • Plant Nurturer
  • Of the King
  • Of the House
  • Of the People

Day 8: variations of this Deity

Simply looking at the above collection of titles and epithets, you can easily see that Poseidon covered more areas beyond the sea depending on where He was worshipped.

In some areas, He was a household Deity that watched over families and their homes. In areas dependent on river flow, He was a Deity of agriculture and plant growth. In coastal areas, of course, He was a God of bountiful fish and safe voyage. One note He was not.

Day 9: common misconceptions 

The previous section actually leads me to the first topic in this one. Poseidon, like all Gods and divine entities, is not one dimensional. I’ve encountered many people, usual non-Pagans but not always, who think each God has their 1 or 2 areas of expertise and nothing more. Poseidon is King in the sea, Shaker of the Earth, Savior and Dasher. His long arms of guidance and protection extend far to places where the ocean is far off and unseen.

Another misconception I encounter is a direct result of literal interpretation of the myths and an unwillingness to believe that the Gods adapt with changing ideals over time. So many people question my worship of Poseidon because they believe he is misogynistic and sexually frivolous, neither of which is true.

The Gods as creators are tasked with populating the Earth with our Heroes. For the purposes of the myths, the absence of monogamy allowed for these Heroes and other Divine offspring to have a sort of variety. Had Poseidon bred only with His consort Amphitrite, the Pegasus would not have come about. By laying with Medusa this was possible.

Outside of the myths, though, in my personal experience, is where I’ve learned these things to be false. I mentioned in a previous post that Poseidon holds consensual, sexual acts to be sacred. To say that he will lay with anyone or anything is disrespectful in this sense. He takes care in pursuing his partners and does not take them lightly. All things have their time and place. As a God of the Sea, He reveres creation in all of its forms. The female body is the foundation of our creation. It curves like His waves and pulses like His tide. We are His counterpart. The female of creation to his Male. As a God he embraces, rather than rejects or denies, this duality.

Day 10: offerings

  • Pine
  • Wine/cheese/honey  (I’ve found this combination to be popular among many Greek Deities and Heroes)
  • Beef
  • Rum/whisky/beer
  • Sexual acts
  • Caught fish (that you’ve caught yourself, that is)
  • Athletic games
  • Strategy games
  • Oral hygiene 
  • Salted meat
  • Lemons and limes
  • Earl gray tea

Day 11: sacred days and festivals

The month of December corresponds to Poseidon’s month on the Athenian calendar. December 23rd was His day of celebration as well as the 8th of each month.

Around January 5th is the celebration of Poseidon Phytalmeos (fresh water and plant growth).

Around January 25th is the anniversary of the marriage of Zeus and Hera. Poseidon was honored on this day in some areas as well.

June 3rd and 12th held sacrifices to Poseidon.

Many other festivals were held including the first rain and last harvest depending on the region.

Day 12: places of worship

  • Beaches
  • Coast lines
  • Corinth
  • Argolis
  • Helice (now Achaea)
  • Onkhestos (now Boeotia)
  • Attica 
  • Sicyon

30 Days of Devotion: Days 3, 4, 5, & 6

What a week this has been. October has hesitated in getting started. I bit later than I intended, but here goes the next installment of the devotion challenge.

Day 3: symbols and icons of the Deity

Probably the most well known symbol of Poseidon is the trident. In mythology it’s said to control the ocean and historically it has been used for fishing. Also associated with Poseidon are the bull and the Minotaur. These symbols are thought to be leftover from His pre-Olympian origins as the mate of the Minoan Pasiphae. As a white bull, He mated with Her and they created the Minotaur.

Fish, dolphins, horses, and seal life encrusted boulders are His other commonly referred to symbols. In my personal worship I include the Hippocampus and the octopus as His symbols.

Day 4: a favorite myth of the Deity

My favorite story of Poseidon is the Odyssey. One of these reasons is that it was the piece of literature that opened me up to the world of the Gods. As it pertains to Poseidon,  this story demonstrates 3 of his values very well. Loyalty, pride, and family. These are the three driving forces that lead him to rage against Odysseus for 10 years.

Day 5: members of the family

Poseidon is son to Kronos and Rhea. His grandparents are Oceanus and Gaia.

Among His siblings are Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Hades, and Hessian.

Among Poseidon’s offspring are, notably, Polyphemos, Pegasos, Triton, and Theseus.

Day 6: other related deities and entities associated with this deity 

Amphitrite is Poseidon’s most commonly referenced consort, though He has produced offspring with many others including Medusa. 

While this post is a combination of 4 days of devotion, I have been holding daily worship. Sometimes it’s only sitting in His presence. Other times it’s creating something for Him. I’m looking forward to the next 25 days of this challenge.