Splendid Poseidon, husband of fair Amphitrite,
father to the lovely nymphs of river and sea,
all waters comprise your realm. O most honored one,
a force so powerful are you, none can withstand
your might. At your will seas rise, ships are torn apart,
and sailors are given both life and livelihood.
And yet have you given great gifts to mankind:
the horse, that most noble beast, is your creation;
the fish in your seas feed many, O Poseidon;
and springs of sweet water do appear at your touch.
Mighty Poseidon, you who rules the deep ocean
and all its creatures, I praise and honor you.

Poseidon, raging lord of the deep,
master of sea-storm, ocean-dwelling god.
Thundering hoofbeats across grassy plains,
white-capped waves, burnished stones along the shore,
taste of salt spray, sapphire-blue horizon,
in these we know you, great Poseidon.
Poseidon, holder of the sea's treasures,
friend of adventurer and merchant,
your hands gently guiding ships to harbor,
we thank you for safe journeys, mighty one,
for swift travel beyond our own borders.
Poseidon, we praise and honor you.

Poseidon, dark-haired god of all waters,
by whose will alone do sailors fare in safety.
Lord of the black sea depths, swirling dark and deep,
swift in thought, sure in deed, fervent in feeling,
the ocean's caprice is yours, O Poseidon;
overwhelming one, I praise and honor you.
Mighty Poseidon, unfathomable one,
I pray to you. You at whose touch sweet water springs forth,
at whose whim the earth breaks open beneath our feet,
whose pure power we feel in our bones and our blood,
show me life's essence, life's rage; pull me like the tide;
grant me safe harbor at last, shield me from storms.

Poseidon, lord of the darkest sea-depths,
lord of the crashing surf, your hair wet with brine,
your eyes cold and blue, keen as winter waters,
you hold in your hands the life of the sailor,
through fair weather or foul you guide ships to safety
or ravage them with waves. Within your domain
we live only by your goodness and forbearance;
with ease do you lay waste to great cities, do you
shake the earth till the works of men crumble.
You raise the four great winds, you hone the rain
to a cutting edge, you turn the waters of your realm
to cruel ice. By your might do floods destroy us,
Poseidon; yours too is the deadly drought,
the hard cracked dirt that signals famine and fear.
Our lives depend on your balance, Poseidon,
on your generous heart and open hand. God of oceans,
god of the salt of life, I praise and honor you.

Deep-dwelling Poseidon, shield of sailors,
stiller of storms, shaker of the earth beneath us,
I praise you. Well known you were in days of old,
honored above all others in far-famed Corinth;
your temples stood throughout the ancient lands,
each floor well polished by the feet of the devoted.
In times still longer past, still further lost in time,
were you among the first of gods whose names
were known to men, the first whose might was honored,
the first who answered desperate pleas with dear blessings.
Poseidon, whose voice we hear in the crash of waves,
whose hand guides the fate of all who venture out
upon the sea, to whom we owe thanks for transport
and trade, for salt fish and sweet water, I praise you.

I call to Poseidon, great god of the seas,
fond husband of ocean-dwelling Amphitrite,
son of ancient Kronos and wild-hearted Rhea,
father of noble kings and mighty heroes.
In distant days were you well known; in Crete your name
was carved in clay; in Corinth were you honored well,
and in all the provinces. Dark-haired Poseidon,
you hold in your hands the waters of the world,
those briny depths that brought us all into life;
that carried mankind to many lands, to gather
wealth and wisdom; that nourished our furthest forebears
and formed the patterns of our lives. Poseidon,
maker and master of horses, trident-bearer,
earth-shaker, lord of the beasts of the deep,
lord of the thrashing waves, sea-god, I call to you.

Litany to Poseidon

Poseidon, lord of the clear blue sea and all
the fair waters of the world, throughout the depths
your might is well known, well governed, well wielded.
O god who commands the white-capped waves, Poseidon,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Poseidon, friend of the sailor, the fisherman,
of those who find their livelihood on seacoast and shoreline
or on the broad ocean, keeper of the harbor,
god of safe havens who wards the ways of commerce,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Poseidon who holds all waters in his hands,
by whose might a land is beaten with deadly waves
or deprived of spring rain and made barren of life,
master of flood and drought, we pray for your good will.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Poseidon, holder of the earth, world-shaker
who moves the land to tremble and quake,
casting humanity to the ground like dice
from a cup, who opens the sod and stone beneath us,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Benevolent Poseidon, whose gift to man
of the useful horse brought trade and swift travel
to the small old world and made it a greater place.
Hard-handed driver of wild and willful horseflesh,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Prayer to Poseidon that the Earth be Calm

Poseidon, earth-shaker, master of all
the waters of the world, your hand we see
in the trembling earth and the roiling seas;
by your will does the land beneath our feet
convulse and split open, by your might do waves
crest and crash on the shore, breaking the works
of men beneath. Many are the names
we give to your rage--tremor, tsunami,
landslide, surge--yet all are within your power
to compel or to conclude. Poseidon,
I pray to you, have mercy on the children
of men, still and subdue the wrathful earth.

Hestia Zeus Hera Poseidon Demeter Hades
Athena Apollo Artemis Hermes Aphrodite Ares
Hephaistos Eros Hekate Persephone Dionysos Ariadne
Pan Helios Selene Dike (Justice) Nike Tyche (Fortuna)
Nyx Euthenia Hypnos Morpheus Eris Nemesis
Asklepios Hygeia Epione Eileithuia Heracles Hebe
Eos Semele Gaia The Fates The Furies The Four Winds
Harmonia The Graces The Muses The Nymphs

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