on Jan 17, 2017
Here in this thread I would like to talk about the mighty King of the sea, Poseidon. I will be showing the many stories about him and I will list certain offerings you could give him afterwords.
Lets start from the beginning...
Because of the prediction of the downfall of his reign as king, Cronus began eating his children in fear one of them would do this. Zeus, being the lucky one, was replaced with a rock by his loving mother so he wouldnt get eaten. When Zeus was old enough he fed his father a strange concoction, which made him throw up his still living children that was in his stomach. This was later followed up to be the overthrow of the titans and the age of the Gods.
According to how the myth of the birth of Poseidon began, he was conceived from his mother Rhea and then was later eaten by his father Cronus, who were both Titans. In some stories, just like Zeus, he was hidden in a different place to be raised by another group of people, called the Telchines. In this story he would have fallen in love with one of them, named Alia, and later would have children. She would have gave birth to seven children, six boys and one girl. The girl's name later became the name of this island, which was Rhodes.
During the war with the titans, some titans were on the side of the Gods and later set free a group of three brothers called the elder cyclopes. They were so happy that this happened they crafted three magical items that were given to Zeus, Poseidon, and there other brother Hades. Poseidon was granted the trident, which had the power to make earthquakes and was later made to control the seas.
Later on after the downfall of the Titans, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, drew lots to see where they will rule. Zeus being the more fortunate got the skies and became king of the Gods, Poseidon got all bodies of water and became ruler of the seas, and Hades, being less fortunate, became the ruler of the underworld.
In many myths Poseidon, like Zeus, had many love affairs from his wife. One being so with his own sister Demeter. One day when Demeter was wailing in her own despair from the loss of her own daughter Persephone, Poseidon pursued her. Feeling offended Demeter took a form of a horse and hid amongst a herd. When Poseidon heard of this he took a form of a stallion and raped her. Thus allowing her to give birth to talking horse Areion and the Goddess Despoine.
Another tale, which I prefer, is the creation of the horse. In this tale he flirted with Demeter, but she showed him no interest. In reaction to this he tried to create an animal so perfect that she will fall in love with him. After many tries and creations of many animals, he created a horse, but later grew less interest in her.
During another a myth, there laid a nameless city with a king looking for a patron God to watch over. This king was named Cecrops and he noticed that two Gods wanted the city named after them so badly that they ended up fighting about it. These Gods were of course the mighty Poseidon and the wise Athena.
Cecrops couldn't decide so he allowed a contest to who ever could give a better gift for the people of the city will win. Sadly Poesidon's gift was not as wonderful as he thought it would be. He struck down his trident and a spring salty water sprung forth. This did not please the people of this nameless city. Athena though planted an olive tree which could be used for oil, wood, and many other things. Thus, being said Athena won and the city was named Athens, which made Poseidon mad.
In the tale, the Odyssey, Poseidon is the antagonist. But in my own opinion he was just looking to seek justice after Odysseus blinds one of his own sons. Poseidon, being the powerful God he is, struck storms and high winds to prevent him going home in Ithaca. As the story continues his boat sinks and his whole crew dies from drowning, thus leaving him alone in the middle of the ocean.
What made Poseidon even angrier was that he was on the side of the Trojans and Odysseus was on the side of the Greeks. This made him furious when the Greeks took over Troy, which kindled even more hatred for Odysseus.
The story of how Poseidon and Amphitrite got married is quite simple to remember. Amphitrite is one of fifty Nereid who are the daughters of Nereus and Doris. Poseidon became desperately in love with her as soon as he spotted her dancing and he came up to her and ask her to marry him. At first she said no, but Poseidon couldnt take no for an answer and sent his dolphin helper to plead his cause. The dolphin pleaded so well she finally said yes. Among their children were the half man and half fish god Triton and there daughter Rhodes. (Rhodes has different variations of stories who her mother was.)
Now we will be discussing certain offerings that you can give to Poseidon...
Myrrh is used in the Orphic hymns to Poseidon, but in my own opinion frankincense is a good all purpose incense given to any God of the Greek pantheon as well.
The ancient Greeks for some reasons associated pine trees with Poseidon, so anything from pine needles to pine cones could work as a great offering to him.
A deep blue candle can work as an offering to him as well. It represent the deepness of the ocean and can be lit in his honor.
Fish is a great example as an offering to Poseidon.
I gave Poseidon a wooden boat, which he loves, so anything nautical would be a good choice as an offering to him.
Milk and honey were given to any God in the Greek pantheon as a choice for a libation.
Seashells or anything beachy.
Write some poetry about him or make your own hymns.
Dedicate a day of a week where you do a special ritual for him.
Whiskey is usually cracked on a ship before they take off to the sea for the first time for good luck, I couldnt see how why Poseidon wouldnt like this.
I hope you liked this thread and I will try my best to make more on the topic of the Sea Gods of the Greek pantheon and hopefully some on sea witchery