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Neptune & Poseidon - Divine Swells of Oceans Deep



 

Neptune and Poseidon share the same Archetypal form, that of sacred water, the infinite stream of mountain songs, rivulets running free and sparkling under the Sun and stars, Celestial glows of nurture and protection bringing havens and peace of mind to Nature and her eternal song. Look to a stream in You!
 

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Neptune


Neptune is the Roman god of the sea, springs, lakes and rivers and finds parallel with the Irish god of the well, Nechtan, from whence all the rivers of the world flow out and around in bounty and elegance.

He is also known as the god of horses, under the name Neptunus Equester and is patron of horse-racing. Neptunus comes from the word nuptus which means “covering” and alludes to the nuptiae, the marriage of Heaven and Earth.


 

Neptune is the brother of Jupiter and Pluto, and each brother presides over one of the three realms of the universe; Heaven, Earth and the Netherworld. For a time Neptune was paired with Salacia, the goddess of salt water.

In Rome, the Neptunalia was the festival of Neptune on July 23rd, at the height of Summer. The festival of Lucaria (the grove) was celebrated on July 19th and 21st. The Furrinalia, devoted to Furrina, goddess of springs was hosted on July 25th. All three festivals relate strongly and bond with each other.



 

Neptune had two major temples in Rome. The first was built in 25BC and stood next to the Circus Flaminius (the Roman racetrack). The temple contained a famous sculpture of a marine group by Scopas. The second, the Basilica Neptuni, was built on the Campus Martius and dedicated by Agrippa in honour of the naval victory of Actium.

Neptune is one of three Roman gods to whom it was appropriate to offer the sacrifice of bulls, the other legends being Apollo and Mars.



 

Neptune's two paredrae; Salacia and Venilia represent the overpowering and the tranquil aspects of water, both natural and domesticated. Salacia (sea) would impersonate the gushing, overbearing waters and Venilia the still or quietly flowing waters (wind).

The embodiment of Wind on Water bears sweet fruit of Life, the sparkling rhythms of Celestine and Earth merging in honoured taste.



 

Poseidon


Poseidon, Lord of the watery Sea was venerated at Pylos and Thebes. His heavenly name means “husband” and “lord” of the Earth, symbolizing the male aspect of Gaia and the eternal swirl and myriad of beauty and sparkle.

In his kindly facet, Poseidon is seen as creating new islands and offering calm seas. When he is offended and angry, he strikes the ground with his mighty trident, causing chaotic springs, earthquakes, drownings and shipwrecks, ultimate watery chaos through the breach of flow.



 

Poseidon is a son of Cronus and Rhea. He is swallowed by Cronus at birth but is later saved by Zeus together with his brothers and sisters. In another account he is saved by Rhea, who concealed him among a flock of lambs and pretended to have given birth to a colt, which she gave to Cronus to devour.

In the Iliad, when the world was divided into three, Zeus received the Sky, Hades the Underworld and Poseidon the Sea. In the Odyssey (v.398), Poseidon has a home in Aegae.



 

The main Temple of Poseidon was at Cape Sounion, circa 440BC.

Sailors prayed to Poseidon for a safe voyage and would offer up horses as a sacrifice. Alexander the Great stopped at the Syrian seashore before the Battle of Issus, and offered the sacrifice of a four-horse chariot, to invoke the sea God from his slumber.



 

Poseidon is the cause of certain forms of mental disturbance. A Hippocratic text of 400BCE, “On the Sacred Disease” says that he was blamed for certain types of epilepsy.

Poseidon rides a chariot that was pulled by a hippocampus and by horses that could ride on the sea. He is associated with dolphins and the trident. His palace is located on the ocean floor and is made of coral and gems, with the mystery and beauty of the azure blanket bringing comfort and enlightenment.



 


"Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end,
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards to contend.
Nativity, once in the main of light,
Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crowned,
Crooked eclipses gainst his glory fight,
And Time that gave doth now his gift confound,
Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth
And delves the parallels in beauty’s brow,
Feeds on the rarities of nature’s truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow.
And yet to times in hope my verse shall stand,
Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.
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- William Shakespeare
 



 

The Divine forms of Mighty Neptune and Monumentous Poseidon remind us to connect deeply into our own sacred form of Self, that there is more to our own "swells" than meets the eye, just as there is more to the tip of the iceberg. Recognize your own Power and Strength, as these reside within your divine Temple and are as individual as are we all.
 

 

 

 

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