Today is the 9th day of the Poseideia. This is a celebration of the moist Poseidon who bring in the fresh water from off the sea and into the mainland by means of storms. As the festival of Poseidon Phytalmios (the moist Poseidon), the Poseideia marks the beginning of the heavy rain season which starts in mid-December. The rains are essential for not only the replenishment of ground water but also for the preservation of the seeds in the ground, as well as the winter crops. Wet plant matter decays in the ground fertilizing the earth, and the heavy rain balances the ph levels of the soil (which in turn determines the yield of crops).
We Honor Poseidon as He brings the damp, wet, and fresh water we need to survive. Lord of the Fluid Realm we wish to honor you today.
Mother Demeter, bringer of the cold destruction of winter, and the warm new life of spring. We honor you and ask for your blessing as we open our rite. Gracious Goddess who grants the gifts of grain and who brings the trees to fruit, your blessing we crave and your wrath we fear. Accept our offering.
Deep well the reaches down to the underworld where our ancestor dwell, act as a door that they may join us by the fire. Deep waters accept this sacrifice.
Hestia, first among the Gods, guardian of the hearth, bringer of light and warmth; wise one, peaceful one, who lives at the center of each home bringing comfort to the family within, accept this offering.
Might tree that sits at the center of all, whose roots dig deep and whose branches reach high. We honor you, as the doorway and path. Accept this sacrifice.
We honor and respect the spirits on our Mother’s side. We honor and respect the Spirits on our Father’s side. We honor and respect the spirits that are known to us. We honor and respect those who are not known. Ancestors accept this sacrifice.
Nymphai, Goddesses of forest, river, springs, meadows, mountains, and seas. You are responsible for the crafting of nature’s wild beauty. You arrange the grow of flowers and trees, nurture the wild birds and animals, create for formations of rocky caverns, springs, wetlands, and brooks. We honor you. Accept this sacrifice.
Shining ones, bright Gods and Goddesses all. We invite you to join us by our fire. Warm yourselves and make merry with us as we celebrate the dark and the coming of the light. Join us as we honor the wet and damp that will bring new life. Shining ones accept our sacrifice.
Poseidon Phytalmios, great son of Kronos and beautiful Rhea, lord of waters fresh and briny, king of the broad blue seas and of each sweet spring and fountain that issues from the earth, maker of the horse, master of the waves, granter to men of all that carried us from land to land, friend of the merchant and the trader. Poseidon, earth-shaker, holder of the bones of the world, ancient one, mighty one, your power hidden in seabed and crevice, held in check by your goodness and benevolence, we thank you for your mercy, for the care you take of humankind. As the nights grow long and the waves grow rough, we take joy in your gifts, we give thanks for your many blessings. Poseidon accept our sacrifice.
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