Poseidon, Archetype of Emotion, Instinct and the Sea | Owlcation
As I mentioned before, I have had relations with the sea god, Poseidon (or as some of you Romans call him, Neptune). He was the ruler of the oceans and the . Poseidon was the Olympian god of the sea, earthquakes, floods, drought and including the sea-queen Amphitrite, goddess Demeter and Gorgon Medusa. which once at her marriage guileful Aphrodite had given her, dark with roses. Beautiful woman turned into a sea monster. Charybdis is daughter of poseidon who is turned into a whirlpool after stealing oxen from Zeus. Who did Medusa.
Plots against Zeus Poseidon took once part in a minor conspiracy in heaven; for he, along with Hera and Athenahad agreed to put Zeus in bonds. Dispute with Helius According to the Corinthians, this same Briareus acted as adjudicator arbitrating between Helius and Poseidon, who had a dispute concerning the lands about Corinth.
He then assigned to Poseidon the Isthmus of Corinth including the adjacent lands, and gave to Helius the height above the city Acrocorinthus. Dispute with Hera A similar dispute, though this time for the patronage of Argosinvolved Poseidon and Hera. Disappointed with this judgement, the god made their waters disappear, and that is why they never provide any water except after rain, their streams being dry during the summer.
Dispute with Athena I Yet another disagreement concerning the patronage of lands and cities arised between Poseidon and Athena in relation to Troezen.
But Zeus commanded them to hold this city in common, and so they did. Dispute with Athena II Poseidon, they say, was the first who came to Attica; and with a blow of his trident on the Acropolis, he produced a sea or, as some say, just a well of sea-water that could be seen in the Erechtheum on the Acropolis not far from the outline of the trident on the rock. These were the evidences in support of Poseidon's claim to the land.
Athena called the city Athens after herself, but Poseidon, angry at the verdict flooded Attica. However, some say that it was Zeus who ajudged Athens to Athenaand that Poseidon never flooded the country because Hermes forbade him to do so.
When Poseidon emerged raging from his undersea home, all rationality was drowned out. The ocean in dreams and metaphor represent the unconscious, memories and emotions easily remembered, retrieved, and personal, which lie just below the surface.
Various feelings of apprehension or all out fears and doubts that lie beyond what is personally known are in the collective unconscious, in the dark depths of our selves. Water and emotions are symbolically linked, thus making the sea the perfect realm for Poseidon, who reacted emotionally and intensely whenever he was provoked.
Poseidon, Archetype of Emotion, Instinct and the Sea
His symbolic animal was the horse, which represents the beauty and the power of physical instincts. It is also a statement about his sexuality and fertility. The carrier of the trident was expected to be a man who is the husband of the Maiden, Mother and Crone, who coexist in these ways: As her mate for life, he is husband to the maiden he married, then to the mother of his children, and in old age to the wise woman that she becomes. He was pictured as a powerful looking male with a big beard, holding a trident.
He was also linked with earthquakes and called the Earth-Shaker.
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His major symbolic animals were horses and bulls. His temperament is his most characteristic feature. Poseidon is bad tempered, violent, vindictive, destructive and dangerous. His presence is usually accompanied by turbulence and tempest, a raging sea. But he also had the power to calm the sea, storms instantly stopped when Poseidon drove his golden chariot drawn by his white horses with golden manes over the waves, while sea monsters frolicked around him.
Like all of his siblings except Zeus, Poseidon was swallowed by his Father Cronus, who feared he would be overthrown by his sons.
He was freed from his captivity when Metis helped Zeus formulate a plan making Cronus regurgitate his siblings. Once freed, the brothers fought Cronus and the Titans and won.
This is when they drew lots to divide the world, and Poseidon got the sea as his portion. He was not happy with this lot. He competed with Athena for possession of Athens. Each had to give the citizens a gift. Poseidon stuck his trident into a rock and produced a brackish spring.
Athena presented them with the olive tree, which was judged as more useful. He also struggled with Hera over Argos, and dried up all the rivers when he lost. Poseidon also tried to claim Aegina from Zeus and Naxos from Dionysus, but fared no better.
He did have a dispute with Helius over Corinth, and got the isthmus, and Helius got the acropolis. Poseidon rebelled against Zeus, but his plots against him were unsuccessful. Poseidon, Ruler of the Sea Gods in Everyman: Better yet, a psychotherapist wrote this book as a way to use the archetypes of these Mythical Men in our own lives; to solve our own problems.
Then Prometheus revealed that Thetis would bear a son who would be greater than his father, so both Gods deserted her. Poseidon then set his sights on Amphitrite, another Sea Goddess, who did not welcome his advances. He overcame and raped her, and she fled to the Atlas Mountains to escape. But the marriage of Poseidon and Amphitrite followed the same as that of Zeus and Hera, as Poseidon was also a philanderer, and Amphitrite felt the same anger and jealous vindictiveness as Hera.
One terrible example of this occurred when Poseidon was enamored of Scylla. Scylla inhabited the Straits of Messina, devouring sailors she snatched from the decks of ships as they passed.
Medusa also suffered an awful fate because of Poseidon and Amphitrite. Poseidon made love to Medusa in a temple dedicated to Athena, so the Goddess turned Medusa into a disgusting monster with snakes for hair, and merely gazing at her face turned another person into stone.
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When poor Demeter searched the world over for Persephone, Poseidon desired her. Demeter saw him in time and turned herself into a mare, hiding in a herd of horses. But Poseidon persisted, changed himself into a stallion, and raped her.
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It is not apparent what made these Gods think raping a woman would make her want them. It is disgusting to think this an acceptable practice in a Patriarchal society. Poseidon had three children with Amphitrite, a son and two daughters, and many other offspring, many whom were monsters in mythology. He fathered destructive giants and normal sized children with nasty personalities, much like his own. Odysseus blinded his one-eyed son Polyphemus the Cyclops, and Poseidon pursued Odysseus with hatred, punishing anyone who helped him.
Poseidon blocked the harbor with a huge mountain, because seafaring people tried to help Odysseus, and turned the rescue ship into a rock. In fact, of all the Gods, none could hold a grudge longer than Poseidon. He could erupt in fury and pound against whatever is in his way at any time. Eventually they can no longer be ignored, and turn into rage, grief, and a primitive urge to wreak havoc on whoever caused the pain, no matter whom it is.
Poseidon is also the archetype through which a psychological realm of great beauty and depth can be known. This emotional hidden depth that is unexpressed is still there, but becomes deep introverted feelings that need to be tapped or expressed in creative outlets of some kind.
He could stay under water for as long as he wanted, or rise quickly by commanding his golden maned horses to go to the surface. So Poseidon is a metaphor for a person who can travel deeply into the world of feeling and gain access to soul and sorrow, great beauty, and the vast profoundness of it all.
A man cut off from his emotions will get drunk or do drugs frequently, and drink to hide his pain.
While thus plunged into this realm of grief and anger, he will fall apart like a man who is drowning. On the positive side of the Poseidon archetype, we can find poets, screenwriters, authors, artists, musicians, composers, designers or psychotherapists. To get in touch with these talents, he must tap deeply into the collective human depth of the realm of emotions.
Poseidon seeks power over a domain and the respect and control that are due a King. But he lacks strategic thinking skills, cannot be objective because of his excessive emotions, and he gets angry too quickly when things do not go his way. Poseidon is not a good loser, because he does not understand that laws are fair, not personal, and that if land, or power are being taken away from him, it is because he was judged to not be the right person for whatever the task or mission.