I think I recently got a message from Poseidon. Every year we go the beach for vacation with my family, and while we’re there we make an offering to Poseidon. The first year we did this, the offering was answered with a lightning flash at the horizon, the only one for at least ten minutes either side. Fast forward to two weeks ago, when we were at the beach again; I was swimming in the ocean, and suddenly had an intense feeling of being in a Presence, and that the Presence wanted something from me. I tentatively identified it as Poseidon, and was gently lifted by a large swell, accompanied by a definite sense of welcoming. I asked if this meant that my worship would be welcomed, and was lifted again. “Was *that* what the lightning was about that first time?!”, I asked – and was promptly smacked in the back of the head by a large wave. :)
So, now I have begun to study and learn about Poseidon. I would welcome insight from anyone who has a relationship with Him, as to what I might expect (I’m pretty sure it’s going to involve unexpected changes, but other than that my knowledge of Him is still pretty basic).
The ancient literature is full of stories and admonitions about staying alert for subtle messages from the Gods – seeing omens in the flight of birds, the sort of thing that could be easily missed if you’re not alive to it. I never really “got” this, until I entered into a relationship with Them… then it started happening, and I suddenly understood.
For instance, in addition to these experiences with Poseidon, there was the time last year that we forgot to make an offering to Hermes before starting on a road trip. Every inconvenient little thing was going wrong, but it wasn’t until we stopped and I dropped an apple that rolled – uphill – to stop under the exact center of the car, that I figured it out. One roadside libation (with appropriate apologies) later, and suddenly things were much smoother… I love that He has a sense of humor!
If you feel, as I used to, that the Gods may be around but They’re not talking to you, try dropping your expectations about what that communication might look like, and listen with your heart. For every moment of pure awe and wonder, there may be dozens of little “aha!” moments happening around you all the time.
May They bless you as They have blessed us.