The word hippocampus is derived from the Ancient Greek ἱππόκαμπος (hippokampos), ἵππος (hippos, “horse”) and κάμπος (kampos, neptune-on-hippocampus“sea monster”). This is why they are named after each other, and the reason for the fabulous Greek legends of Neptune and his sea horses.

This science was often depicted with Gods riding a sea-horse such as Hippius, a name of Neptune. The Hippocampus was Neptune’s favorite horse. Neptune (Latin: Neptūnus) was the Roman god of water and the sea in Roman mythology and religion, a brother of Jupiter and Pluto.

He is the counterpart of the Greek sea god, and one of the ancient gods of Phoenicia under the name of Poseidon. Neptune or Poseidon, is often riding a hippocampus or has his chariot drawn by two of them, and his babies are called tadfoals.

By Moe the Gnostic Warrior (You can find more of these teaching in my book, The Order of the Gnostics: Ancient Teachings for the Modern Gnostic)

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