By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –I love the goddesses of the sea, the rivers and the oceans, there is just something so primal in the root of the goddess long before word or written languages appeared. In ancient Roman and Greek mythology, one such goddess was Salacia (asteroid #120347) and Amphitrite (asteroid #29), her Greek counterpart.
They are the feminine divinity of the sea. These two goddesses were worshipped of the eternal ocean and salt waters, presided over the depths of the oceans mystery. Neptune was Salacia’s consort and originally Neptune and Poseidon were spring, creek and river until their promotion.
I write my articles because as a dreamer, symbol and image are so very important when working with the story forms of our personal life, our past lives and our interpersonal relationships. We gain awareness with our dreams and waking dreams with the additional knowledge of not only our own archetype but also what surfaces within our karma. Salacia, Goddess of the Sea, like all watery gods and goddesses, they are crowned with ancient pearls and seaweed, the abyss of the vastness of the oceans.
By the streams that ever flow
by the fragrant winds that blow;
over the Elysian Flowers by
the happy souls who dwell here.
In yellow meads of Asphodel
or Amaranthine bowers…
Moon work, dreaming work and working in the seasonal and cyclical healing is part of the sacred symbol of water in regards to our emotional body and our collective soul. From the small springs, to lakes, to rivers of the personal emotions to the great oceans of our collective soul and all it holds for the one willing to touch and heal their karma without regrets or bitterness for their suffering. Each body of water in symbolism terms, represents the small to the large of our emotional pain and joy.
Below is an ancient clay image of Amphitrite, who comes to influence us bearing her official Trident staff on a pinax from Corinth (575–550 bce). It also has the sacred circle of woman’s crown (the flowering wreath) later called the bride’s wreath in many traditions. In the poem, Amaranthine’s name comes from the Greek word ‘Amarantos’ which means”unfading” to which the word Amaranth was used to name an imaginary, undying flower that is a deep red-purple color, which is also in many Slavic legends.
The choices we make as an individual will make all the difference ten or even twenty years from now. How we honor the inner goddess, depends upon your path of purity, truth and self respect.
The ancient Sea Goddesses of the Greek poem’s is about feeding upon and nourishing the self with the beauty of life and that is not easy. We do this for our own self nourishment to heal our real issues and real relationships. Sometimes these poems are attributed to the ancestors and sometimes to our own nature. So lets seek some of this wealth and beauty as we work with our deeper soul this moon.
The Greek Amphitrite (Salacia Roman mythology) is the great Sea Goddess who makes offerings for us as we make offerings to our personal ancestors of the light. We don’t ever speak to ancestors, that allows to much shadow into our circle. We bow and honor those who have healed and reach the light in our own ancestral line and pray for not guidance, but help if we get into trouble.
Goddesses of the Seas also have a strong presence in ritual to countries that living along the Mediterranean like Spain. Their traditions of the Sea Goddess and Prayers are inseparable. As spiritual people, our personal responsibility to work with our difficult choices of the present or even our past and future, has always allowed us to work with very painful situations. Real prayer should grow and mature as you do, and silence should also be developed equally so we can learn to listen to the answers to our prayers.
Choosing a land or earth goddess, a water or sea goddess is a very individual choice that reflects our very individual needs. When we seek the crown in our spiritual journey, we have to have a real relationship to water, to watery things which are the uncomfortable emotional issues, the power of our emotions and how to use this to create change, to sooth and nurture within, to up our boundaries when needed. Emotions have many jobs to do in our life, but many are stuck in the trap of self imploding emotions, that disable us.
What we must be able to begin to do is seek help in healing our emotional body, completely destroy us. That road never ends. We seek clarity for our personal choices at the mundane levels to help us find balance to pull back emotion when its over flowing too much and too long. .
Amphitrite (Ἀμφιτρίτη) and her Roman equivalent Salacia, is derived from Latin sal, meaning “salt” denotes the wide, open salty sea, and is sometimes literally translated to mean sensational and sensual. Salacia-Neptuni means “Effervescence” and finding our effervescence is important in our path if we are on a spiritual healing journey together.
Why is the Sea Goddess and her consort the God of the creeks and springs so important? When we struggle, our soul issues goes very deep and into our issues of the past, past memories and even deeper into past-lives and until we begin to heal our emotional pain or our shadowy emotional relationships, the soul is stuck in the depths of the Ocean. We who bear the Trident, hold authority of our own inner and internal waters, the well-spring (our soul’s healing) is there.
On a personal level, its meaning is about holding our sacred personal space, with your own inner authority and trusting and believing in your own intuition, your second sight, dreams, visions, prophecy and clarity without doubting the self. Bringing the busy mind of doubt, self-questioning and worry (energy) down to a minimum with meditation practices or yoga, or quiet time as a real practice.
All art, ancient art, creative endeavor, magical folktales, singing, drumming, all matters for our spiritual development of our soul (emotional growth). Anytime we turn against this part of our self, we get lost in a great ocean without any strong guidance from strong spiritual practices all year long, and must work very hard to swim back to find balance of the self again and again and again.
Don’t make the mistakes of building a pantheon (work, running around, shopping too much etc), that rejects dreaming, intuition, necessary sleep as empaths and dreamers, the seership, visions which are all part of our sacred grove of the rites of our birth.
For more water ocean goddesses go here.