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The glory of Poseidon.

It’s time for me to bow before the gods and admit I seek their assistance. That being said I’m taking no chances and appealing to both the main Greek and Roman gods of Poseidon and Neptune. I’m not completely comfortable with that because there are so many gods associated with water. This is a brief list of some of the ‘main’ ones.

In Aztec mythology

  • Tlaloc, god of thunder, rain, and earthquakes.
  • Chalchiuhtlicue, goddess of water, lakes, rivers, seas, streams, horizontal waters, storms, and baptism.

Canaanite mythology

Celtic mythology

Obviously the Celts felt like me and didn’t want to run the risk of missing someone out!

Then we have:

Egyptian mythology

  • Sobek, god of the Nile river, depicted as a crocodile or a man with the head of a crocodile.
  • Nephthys, goddess of rivers

Celtic mythology

(Now these guys had a monopoly!)

  • Aegaeon, god of violent sea storms and ally of the Titans
  • Amphitrite, sea goddess and consort of Poseidon
  • Anapos, water god of eastern Sicily
  • Ceto, goddess of the dangers of the ocean and of sea monsters
  • Eurybia, goddess of the mastery of the seas
  • Nerites, watery consort of Aphrodite and/or beloved of Poseidon
  • Nymphs
  • Poseidon, king of the sea and lord of the sea gods; also god of rivers, storms, flood and drought, earthquakes, and horses. His Roman equivalent is Neptune.
  • Achelous, Greek river-god
  • Hebe, Greek goddess of water and wine bearer of the Gods

The above is a list of Water Deities, not complete.

The wrath of Neptune.

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Okay you are now wondering if I may have taken leave of my senses, limited though they may appear at times. Despite the ever-present brain fog and the feeling of an imploding skull (courtesy of Lyme disease) I am perfectly lucid at this time. I have no opportunity ton be otherwise and I shall explain.

You will recall my recent tribulations regarding my fluctuating water temperature in the shower, see here.  Since Ray’s birthday is coming up soon, (he has the fortune, or misfortune depending on your experiences of having his birthday on Father’s Day this year. That means there will be an explosion of people wherever we are likely to go. Not relishing the idea of crowds we have opted to spread our celebrations both before and after the actual day, today being the start.

In my semi conscious state I heard him getting into the shower, water running and, so I’m told nice and hot. Solar power is wonderful – yes?  The doors closed and suddenly there was absolute silence in the en-suite. No water sounds at all.  I am reliably told that he turned the taps on full, then off, and then back on again. Not a drop of water to be seen.

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Right, a little poetic license never hurt anyone, especially when I’m not the target!  Quick dry and on with the jeans and jumper to check of all the taps. No, not a drop coming through. Hmm. Have a look outside.  Just up the road was…. you guessed it, the local council water guys. There had been a burst water pipe and so, bright and early there they were, all the mains turned off. A brilliant move, Sherlock!

It definitely made my morning more a more leisurely entry into the day. Meanwhile, an understandably disaffected hubby elected to make his morning vitamin smoothy. If he couldn’t be clean then he would be suitably fed. “Feed the man” if not meat then something good.

I didn’t laugh, I wasn’t completely awake enough to savour the devilish delight of the situation. That came later.

However, with our ongoing water issues, for which we are assured there is no rational cause, plus this latest debacle I feel the need to ask the gods, goddesses and all associated deities to please, “Give us a break” we only want to get clean. It’s not as though we live in the water or use more than our fair share. In fact we’re very conscious of water usage, something I still find difficult after my long hot baths in England (oh and here too when I can.)

I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone, I only hope they’ll see their way to grant me pardon. I would have listed everyone but it is a huge list… unbelievable long list. I suppose it goes back to the days when there were gods  for every occasion, tree, plant, flower and event. I know there are still ancient shrine in England where offerings are still laid.

Perhaps what I need is the Aboriginal deities explained so that if they are the ones we’ve upset I can ask them to take pity on us?  In the meantime I’ll keep my finger crossed that tomorrow morning will be like tonight, hot and deliciously relaxing. Ah, what bliss.

Oh, in case you were wondering we had a delightful afternoon, visited one of my crystal haunts, went to a new shopping centre, had a beautiful meal out before coming home and putting our feet.  Tomorrow is another day.

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My offering to the gods, left with ceremony on my altar.

“All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don’t win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.”
Anita Brookner

Blessings  Susan x

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“Tonight I’m going to shower and then just walk for about four hours and look at the moon.
Rafer Johnson

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There  is nothing quite like having a shower. Especially if, like me, you prefer a bath and either don’t have the time to enjoy one, or haven’t the energy to get it ready. I mean, a bath is an art form, candles, music, essential oils and moisturiser, warm towels and enough uninterrupted time to get yourself all wrinkled. If you can’t do that then the next best thing…. okay, the only thing to do is a nice hot shower.

The weather here has just decided to get a little chilly, making running around sans clothing not something to be undertaken lightly, especially when you’re a little unsteady on your pins. Yet, when the waters running and the warmth has steamed up the bathroom, there is a glow of anticipation closing that shower door behind you.

I have the most adorable coconut scented shower wash which leaves a heavenly aroma of, of course, coconut in the air and on your skin as you gently rub it over your body. Even being a bath lover it can be a sensual delight. Of course there is always the unexpected to be taken into account, or should I say, that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

I have an evil and demented shower….. or water supply. Take your pick, I really don’t care, the end result is the same. It’s been a trying day, the heavy-duty medication week has started to hit hard and I was looking forward to unwinding, getting really relaxed so that I could try to enjoy a couple of hours of ‘us’ time before getting back into bed and hopefully some sleep.

All went well in the beginning. The water was gushing in a beautiful hot spray into the shower and a cloud of steam was curling towards the ceiling. I was just beginning to defrost when……

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the water suddenly went icily cold. Frigid is the word I would use. Definitely frigid! I was doused with an icy blast which took my breath away. A strangled gasp issued from my mouth just as the water temperature did an about-face and boiling water gushed forth. Another strangled yelp as I fell back into the shower screen trying to avoid this scalding water.

I felt the fine spray which reached me return to a normal temperature and moved cautiously forward. I was just starting to relax when…..another frigid blast of water hit me followed immediately by a boiling torrent. This was not the plan, not at all. I let of a loud, very unladylike bellow, assuming someone had forgotten I had gone into the shower and was doing something with the water.

Despite being a modern home, (huh), if anyone elsewhere in the house uses the water when some unwary soul is in the shower, the water fluctuates. I haven’t decided if it’s the solar water system or if my suspicions of an evil gremlin in the waterworks is out to get me, is in fact true.

Before my startled husband could get to the bathroom this boiling freezing torture was repeated once more. No, he wasn’t using the water and there is no-one else in the house. How can this be happening? He too has been caught out on occasion and we are stumped to understand what is happening. All I know is my shower, far from being relaxing or warming was shot to blazes. I was uptight and almost homicidal. My head was pounding fit to take the top of my head off and I think I blistered my foot when I didn’t jump back fast enough. Worse still, there was no-one to blame for this fiasco.

If there had been any fairness in this diabolical torture, which there never is, the way I turned the taps off should have pulled the pipes out of the wall. No such luck, anyway we need to have showers. I began again, warily and had a quick shower. Cleaner but not relaxed I shivered my way through the remainder of the shower process, drying and foregoing the moisturiser since I decided I was too cold to get it to absorb anyway.

Wrapped up in a warm track suit, snuggled under a quilt I started to gather my fractured equilibrium so that I could meditate for a while. One thing is certain, I think its time to get a nice heater and return to comforting relaxing baths. It’s much safer in the long run, don’t you agree?

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Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. quotes

So, instead of killing myself in the shower I will achieve several good things.  I can have a music bath and a water bath. It will also be a scentual bath, a mood bath (candles) and a sensual bath thanks to the oils and moisturiser.  Ooh, I think I have a winner.  I can even share my bath if I feel so inclined and I won’t have to worry about the water temperature suddenly changing.

Shower – 0,  Susan – 10. Sounds great to me.

Happy bathing people, each to their own.

Ciao,  Susan x

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