Do you love being near the water?
Are you into deep blues, dazzling shades of turquoise and sea foam?
Do you dream in dolphin?
Maybe you’ve been touched by Poseidon, the powerful Greek god who rules over the sea and water in general.
Poseidon is a fairly recognizable name.
You hear it, and likely you have an image in your mind of a large, well-muscled man with a flowing mane of white hair and a beard to match.
He carries a trident and has a kind of intimidating swagger to him.
In terms of Zaddy energy, Poseidon reigns supreme.
Maybe you’re someone who spends a lot of time near water, loves ocean life, or you’re just a big fan of Greek mythology tattoos.
In any case, if you’ve landed here you’re probably considering a Poseidon tattoo.
So who is this muscle-bound god of the sea?
Where does he come from, and what does he represent.
You may be wondering about your idea for a Poseidon tattoo, what would it symbolize?
Let’s explore Poseidon’s story and what he stands for when represented in pop culture, art, or tattoo design.
Where Does Poseidon Come From?
There are many players on the stage of Greek Mythology, but Poseidon is one of the main ones.
He is the brother of Zeus, and was rescued by him from Cronus’s stomach.
Cronus was a Titan who overthrew his father to become the King of Gods.
When he was told by an oracle that he would meet a similar fate to his father, he chose to eat any offspring his wife, Rhea, gave birth to.
As she grew tired of having all of her babies gobbled up by her power-hungry husband, she switched one of her babies out for a boulder.
Cronus swallowed the boulder baby in one gulp, never suspecting a thing as Zeus grew big and strong out of harm’s way.
Zeus later poisoned Cronus, causing him to throw up all of his children.
Zeus became the new King of Gods and divvied up his power among his siblings. Poseidon became the new ruler of the sea, and the rest is history.
What was Poseidon Like as a God?
Before diving into Poseidon’s psyche, let’s dive into the spiritual elements of water for a second.
It will help us understand our friend Poseidon and what he’s all about.
Water is one of the more versatile elements on earth, if not the most versatile.
It can be calm and soothing or downright deadly.
It can erode at something slowly, or come crashing onto the scene and carve a path out of the resulting chaos.
Water can be liquid, solid, and vapor.
We need it to live but too much of it, and we drown.
In short, water is like you at your most emotional.
Your moods swing from one extreme to another.
In the face of adversity you may freeze up, disappear, or cause a bunch of physical and mental destruction.
If this sounds like you, you may be a direct descendant of Poseidon.
Poseidon is an emotional guy. He gets jealous and angry easily, and he doesn’t like to be told he can’t do or have something.
He can represent the darker side of being in touch with your emotions when you aren’t in control of yourself.
The Mythology of Poseidon
Poseidon has a lot of stories associated with him, and many involve the King of the Sea barking up the wrong tree.
Many stories about Poseidon deal with his relentless pursuit of various goddesses and eventually sexually assaulting them.
He does have a generous side and had a consensual affair with the Goddess Aphrodite after he convinced their peers not to judge her for her infidelity with her own husband.
He also rewarded a dolphin, Delphinus, with eternal life as a constellation.
The dolphin had helped convince Amphitrite, a beautiful sea nymph, to marry Poseidon.
But ultimately, his quest for power is his most defining trait.
During the Contest of Athens, he competed with Athena to become the patron deity of the city.
Athena offered an olive tree that, in addition to being a peaceful symbol, would provide shade, food, oil, and wood to the people.
Poseidon struck his trident into the ground to bring forth a spring of water, which was too salty for human consumption.
Athena was the natural choice and Poseidon responded to his loss by punishing Athens with a drought.
Not exactly a graceful winner.
What do Poseidon Tattoos Symbolize?
If Poseidon is such an immature guy, why do people get tattoos of him?
Despite his emotional nature, Poseidon smiles upon people who curry his favour.
If you rely on fish or calm water in your day-to-day, you may want this Greek god on your side.
Sailors of yesteryear often god Poseidon tattoos as a symbol that they crossed the equator, or as a “thank you” to the god for a safe journey.
He can also represent a desire to be more in control of our emotions, to learn to flow like water rather than crash like waves.
Common Poseidon Tattoo Imagery
Trident: tridents are used as spears to catch fish that are close to the surface of the water. In Poseidon’s case it is a symbol of his power and dominion over sea creatures. If you’re an avid fisher, a trident may be a cool tattoo idea for you.
Horse: sometimes, Poseidon manifests himself as a horse made out of water, charging for the shore. This can represent strength and determination. Be aware though, he also disguised himself as a stallion when Demeter became a horse to try to avoid him.
Poseidon Tattoo Styles
Black & Grey Poseidon Tattoos
Realistic Poseidon Tattoos
Graphic Poseidon Tattoos
Poseidon Tattoo Ideas
Poseidon tattoos can be a cool way to show your love for the sea.
Be aware of this god’s exploits before you join forces, but you can interpret him in your own way.
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