IV. Favorite Myth or Myths of This Deity
And, here I have to admit: I don’t have one. I cherish each and every myth that survives down to present day that involves Poseidon in any way, and I enjoy immensely rereading them and musing upon them and using them as landmarks to help me better understand this god of mine, but I have no favorite. There isn’t one that comes to mind that is The Best Poseidon Myth Ever. I am more likely to be tantalized over snippets and almost-glimpses of stories that we don’t have – like, what’s the deal with His connection to Delphi and Ge? He has filled in those pieces for me, but I’d love to get my hands on “actual” stories about that connection. Or, what happened once he was hidden among the lambs? How did his siblings get saved in that version of the tale – or did Rhea hide them all? Maybe that’s my storyteller bit kicking in – the snippets are far more fascinating to me than the extant myths. The stories we have of Poseidon do shape my devotion to a point — horses, the sea, the lambs, earthquakes, bulls, the labyrinth, all these things do shape my devotional life with Him, but there are other things that shape it more, and those are the stories I get direct from the source, as it where. His connection to Hekate; His connection to Ge; the importance the moon has in the cyclical nature of His mood; the fascination with and holding as sacred the whole mortal realm, and humanity being firmly locked within the animal kingdom — these are the stories that shape my devotional life with Him. Myths are the stories ancient people told of their understanding of the Powers. They’re important, and they should be cherished, and they should add to one’s understanding of a Power — because we need all the help in understanding Them that we can get! — but they will never be the foundation of my worship of Him; they can’t be. He is the foundation.