Homeric Hymn to Poseidon
About Poseidon the great god first I sing,
mover of the earth and the barren sea,
marine god, who possesses Helicon and broad Aegae.
In two parts, Earth-shaker, the gods assigned you your privilege:
to be a tamer of horses, and saviour of ships.
I salute you, Poseidon, earth-rider, sable-hair.
Keep your heart well disposed, blessed one, and assist those at sea.
—translation from the Loeb Classical Library
Hurricanes, earthquakes, storm surges and floods: Poseidon aka Neptune.
Between the eclipse in Leo (Aug 21) and the Full Moon in Pisces conjunct Neptune (September 6), the horses of Neptune were unleashed. But once unleashed, it takes a long time to get them back in their stables.
This Full Moon looked massive and wet, because of its conjunction with Neptune, and it’s interesting to note that the last Full Moon like this one was in September 2015. The floods unleashed at that time were of refugees streaming from Syria to Europe. Today there are refugees flowing over the border of Myanmar into Bangladesh, driving out of Florida (not to mention those in Texas), and being evacuated from islands in the Caribbean. These are all places of sea, swamp and marsh, paddy or estuary, where the relations between humans and the mighty ocean are kept in fine balance.
But when the balance tips…
While Neptune remains in Pisces — until 2025 — we can expect more floods, especially at these August/September and February/March Full Moons. Watch the one on March 2, 2018. This one also conjoins Neptune.
Note also that according to tradition, Poseidon was the “Earth shaker”, the god of earthquakes too — and so we have seen in Mexico, an earthquake at 8.0 on the Richter scale.
Although the Moon has moved on now, the Sun in currently opposing Neptune, and he will be followed by Mars, the planet of anger and action, and Mercury, the planet of speed, later this month. It’s easy to see how badly that could work for the Rohingya people as they flee the pogrom in Burma. Mars is the god of soldiers. With Mercury involved there’s also a danger of infectious disease.
Venus, the planet that brings peace to stormy seas, will oppose Neptune on September 30. That’s something to look forward to.
Take care of yourself wherever you are.