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
- Secures Safe Voyage
- Holder of the Earth
- 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
- Wine/cheese/honey (I’ve found this combination to be popular among many Greek Deities and Heroes)
- 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
- Coast lines
- Helice (now Achaea)
- Onkhestos (now Boeotia)