Lord of the earthly realm between Zeus’s sky and Hades’ underworld,
I feel you in the rain that falls upon the earth, the moisture
providing a reminder that you deal with the emotions, the waves
that reside within each of us.
Earth-shaker, you wield the powerful trident.
Protector of cities and those whose heart is sea-bound
worship you and are devoted to your presence.
Horses who swim through the waters from Assateague Island to
shore stand strong, proud, sturdy. They are blessings and
companions to human-kind.
The dolphin as messenger still speaks to us in a language
we strive to understand at times. The crisis of the waters
is relayed by the many fish who swim the seas.
We hear the rumble of the earth in the east in Nepal, in
the west in California, and in the south in Chile.
All are reminders that when the earth shakes,
it is a call to listen.
I am grateful for the blessings of balance and the understanding
of the tides and swells that deep emotion wreak upon the
In your mercy, you come in dreams, you calm
through water, and you shake through sudden realizations.
Thank you for your gifts, your presence and the knowledge
granted to us, if we only could feel.
We rejoice in your presence each July at Neptunalia,
as we enjoy great merriment during the hottest time of
God of the racing horse,
Ruler of the tiny waters, the springs, the rivers,
and the larger ones, the rushing seas,
we play in the waters, and revel in the feel of the
It is life and renewal.
There is a place for fun and practicality.
As we prepare for the harvest, have we cleaned out
what is no longer needed? As we relax under a tree in
a hammock, have we nourished the soil beneath as well
as within the self?
You remind us of the grounding nature of water, its
practical purpose and the human need for liquid nourishment
on all levels: physical, spiritual and emotional.
I thank you for these lessons and gifts.