30 Days of Poseidon

XVII.How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons? I’m not 100% sure which way this question is meant. Are we talking, how does Poseidon get on with other gods and other pantheons, or are we talking, what other gods fill similar roles as Poseidon? In the first instance: it depends on the…

30 Days of Poseidon

XVI. How does Poseidon represent the values of His pantheon and His culture/s of origin? Confession: I’m a polytheist, and I’m a devotee of Poseidon, but for all of that, I am not a Hellenic polytheist. I find the history of the various cultures in the Mediterranean fascinating, and I do like to learn about…

30 Days of Poseidon

XV. Mundane practices that I associate with Poseidon In Drew Campbell’s book Old Stones, New Temples*, the author suggested activities that might help one connect to the gods. With Poseidon, there is not anything that springs to mind that is obvious in the way that “go to the theater” is obvious when wanting to connect…

30 Days of Poseidon

XIII. What modern cultural issues are closest Poseidon’s heart? My first impulse is to say: the environment, and while that’s true, I think more, suffering. I struggle with this, because . . . well, it’s all so insurmountable, and I don’t think anything will really change until power is taken out of the hands of those…

30 Days of Poseidon — sacred places

XII Places associated with Poseidon and His worship. Once again: if you’re interested in reading about historical places that were associated with Poseidon and His worship, check out theoi.com. Read Pausanias. Check out the sources. The one thing I’ve found, over and over again, as I’ve studied Poseidon’s cult in history? I am damned envious of…

30 29 Days Posts of Poseidon

XI. Festivals, days, and times sacred to Poseidon. I’m not diving into research for this. This topic not a sore spot any longer, but for a number of years it was. We know that ‘Poseidea’ was celebrated in a number of places, most roughly around the time of the winter solstice (for those of you…

30 Days of Poseidon

X. Offerings For all that Poseidon is only recently gaining in popularity within the modern pagan community, He was a Big Deal in the past. Anyone to whom ruined temples survive was a big deal, frankly, and we have a few of His. The offerings given varied from place to place, but in the Hellenic…

30 Days of Poseidon — two piggy-backed in one!

This is going to be a possibly disappointing post, because VIII. Variations on Poseidon (aspects, regional forms, etc.) This is one of those things that you can find if you visit places like theoi.com. I may sound like a broken record by now, but we are fortunate to have source material that others don’t have,…

30 Days of Poseidon

VII Epithets! Epithets are interesting things. As someone who likes to learn words, I’ve enjoyed coming to know Poseidon’s historical epithets — the names He was called in various places at various points of His worship. Of them, Earth-Shaker (I keep typing that as Earth-Sharker, and it cracks me up every time) is, I believe,…

30 Days (tentatively consecutively) of Poseidon

VI Other Deities or Entities Related to Poseidon For this entry I’m going to have to further come clean about some things, some things that I’m not sure I’ve blogged about publicly, and some things that may not seem like a big deal at all, but definitely feel . . . argh. The older I…

30 Days (but not consecutively) of Poseidon

V. Poseidon’s Family If you want to read about the traditional understanding of Poseidon’s family, go here or here. I’m not going to write about that, because it’s easy to find, because the Hellenic pantheon is arguably one of the best-known ones, and because I’m opinionated and contrary. For those keeping score: Poseidon made Himself known to…

30 Days (but not consecutively) of Poseidon

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…