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Poseidon, god of the economy

I took an unscheduled blogbatical as we moved into the darkest time of the year, but I have emerged excited that I missed celebrating perhaps the most important historical festival for my patron deity.

Today is when the festival honoring Poseidon, called Poseidea or Poseidonia, was celebrated in antiquity.  It's a reconstructionist's nightmare, because virtually no record of what went on has been discovered, but the good folk of Elaion put together a Poseidonia ritual based on their understanding of what festivals were usually like.  I didn't see the announcement until just after the agreed-upon time to practice apart together, and I was already late for Quaker meeting, so I had Poseidon close to mind as I joined my local Friends in worship.  (I am not a Quaker, although I attend meeting for worship; I have pondered how Quakers and polytheists fit together for awhile now.)

When I sit in the silence like that, it is an opportunity to complete the conversation.  Maybe I'm too busy with orthopraxy, or I can't multitask well, but I don't often get messages when I make offerings to my gods.  To put it simply, ritual is the way I talk and meeting is when I listen.  Today I listened, and pondered how important Poseidon was to the ancient Hellenes.  The sea was vital, not only as a food source but as the primary medium of commerce.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Ward, That Canadian $20 bill is wicked cool. Wonderful image, and so appropriate to the discussion.
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I was thrilled to discover that image -- I feel it was created just for me!
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Ward, Brilliant post. I'd honestly never thought of Poseidon's role with regard to the totality of human economies. It's so t

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Gods! Hard or Soft or ???

Are the Gods individual Beings or Cosmic Forces or Psychological Archetypes? Or are we just sticking Them in Boxes?

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  • Henry Buchy
    Henry Buchy says #
    heh, this compliments Ivo's offering here: http://www.witchesandpagans.com/Pagan-Culture-Blogs/paging-thoth-athena.html
  • Kalyca Schultz
    Kalyca Schultz says #
    This is such an interesting--and sometimes polarizing--discussion amongst the Pagan blogosphere, and I've been wanting to engage f
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Webster, Thank you for saying what needs to be said. I was thinking similar thoughts the other day, when I was reading a we

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