Poseidon, in ancient Greek religion, god of the sea (and of water generally), earthquakes, and horses. He is distinguished from Pontus, the personification of the sea and the oldest Greek divinity of the waters.
The name Poseidon means either “husband of the earth” or “lord of the earth.” Traditionally, he was a son of Cronus (the youngest of the 12 Titans) and of Cronus’s sister and consort Rhea, a fertility goddess. Poseidon was a brother of Zeus, the sky god and chief deity of ancient Greece, and of Hades, god of the underworld.
When the three brothers deposed their father, the kingdom of the sea fell by lot to Poseidon. His weapon and main symbol was the trident, perhaps once a fish spear. According to the Greek poet Hesiod, Poseidon’s trident, like Zeus’s thunderbolt and Hades’ helmet, was fashioned by the three Cyclopes.
Despite its uses in war or on the sands of the arena, the trident is still best-known as a fishing tool. As such, it’s also been the symbol of various sea deities such as the Greek god of the sea Poseidon and his Roman equivalent Neptune. In fact, even today the symbol for the planet Neptune in both astronomy and astrology is the lower-case Greek letter psi, commonly referred to as the “trident symbol” – ♆.
As the myth goes, the cyclopes forged the trident as a weapon for Poseidon. One of the best known myths involving Poseidon’s trident relates to him striking the ground (or a rock) with the trident, causing a salwater spring to gush forth. This indicates the power of Poseidon’s trident and his dominion over the seas.
Naturally, in the hands of powerful deities like Neptune and Poseidon, the trident was viewed as a fearsome weapon, capable of causing devastating tsunamis and sinking entire armadas of warships.
The measurements are as follows:
5.5cm long (2.16 inches)
2.8cm wide (1.10 inches)
The piece will be sent with an adjustable black cotton strap but it also looks great with a silver chain:
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