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Ways of Worship: Poseidon

Hellenic Witch/Wiccan Worship of Poseidon

Poseidon is the God of the sea, earthquakes, soil, storms, and horses. His Roman form is Neptune. Poseidon lives on Mount Olympus or in the sea, depending on which myth you read. He was part of the 12 Olympians and also considered one of a smaller group called "The Big Three," which consisted of him, Zeus, and Hades. Poseidon's wife is Amphitrite, a sea Goddess, but he was constantly fooling around with other women, including Aphrodite and Demeter. He had many children, most of them being great heroes in Greek lore. These children include Theseus, Triton, Polyphemus, Orion, Belus, Agenor, Neleus, and Atlas. His parents are Cronus and Rhea, while his siblings are Hades, Demeter, Hestia, Hera, Zeus, and Chiron.

Poseidon is known for his involvement in many myths. When he was born, his father, Cronus, swallowed him, and when his brother Zeus saved him and the rest of his siblings who had lived in their father's stomach, he fought in the Titan War. He helped to defeat his father and uncles so the Gods could take control of the world. He is also known for his role in the division of realms. This is where the Big Three thing comes in, as after the war Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon divided up all that was not the Earth as that was controlled by their grandmother Gaia. Poseidon got the realm of the sea and water; he also controls the more chaotic side of the Earth. This is why he is the God of earthquakes and also called the "Earth-shaker."

Poseidon had more involvement with Troy than just the war. Earlier, Poseidon and Apollo had sided with Hera in one of her schemes against Zeus. In retribution against their actions, Zeus stripped the two Gods of their power and divine authority, sending them to serve King Laomedon of Troy. The king had the two build the famous massive walls around the city with promises of great reward. King Laomedon later refused to deliver on that reward, and as a punishment, Poseidon sent a sea monster to attack Troy. The monster was later killed by Hercules.

He is also known in the myth of Medusa. In this myth, he coveted Medusa, who was a young Priestess to Athena and had sworn off all men. Poseidon decided not to let such a dedication stop him from what he coveted and raped her on the temple floor, leaving her there after for whatever to come of her. Medusa prayed to Athena, and in response, the Goddess stripped Medusa of her beauty, turned her hair into snakes, and gave her the ability to turn anyone she gazes on into stone so she could protect herself.

Altar, Offerings, and Symbols

General Symbols: Trident and the sea.

Animals: Fish, dolphins, horses, and bulls.

Plants: Seaweed and coral.

Gemstones/Metals: Pearls, sea glass, blue sapphire, abalone shells, any shells, and red coral.

Color: Blue and green.

Scents: Ocean and rain.

Prayers

Things to Pray For: Storms, safe travels over the ocean, on the off chance you're stranded on an island, pray for rescue and survival, an earthquake to stop/start, the health of a horse, good soil for planting/farming, or good weather to swim in.

Prayer

Poseidon, earth-shaker, master of all
the waters of the world, your hand we see
in the trembling Earth and the roiling seas;
by your will does the land beneath our feet
convulse and split open, by your might do waves
crest and crash on the shore, breaking the works
of men beneath. Many are the names
we give to your rage–tremor, tsunami,
landslide, surge—yet all are within your power
to compel or to conclude. Poseidon,
I pray to you, have mercy on the children
of men, still and subdue the wrathful Earth.

Invocation

We call to Poseidon, great son of Kronos
and beautiful Rhea, lord of waters fresh and briny,
king of the broad blue seas and of each sweet spring
and fountain that issues from the Earth. Poseidon,
trident-bearer, mighty one, master of the beasts
of the sea, companion of the ocean-nymphs,
yours is the source of life, the water and the salt,
yours are the treasures beneath the waves. Good friend
of the sailor and the fisherman, granter of food
and riches to mankind, Poseidon, we call to you.
If ever we have honored you, poured out sweet wine
in reverence and love, O great ones, deathless ones,
hear now our prayers, grant now your blessings. 
Praise be to you!

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