Posted by: aediculaantinoi | December 18, 2013

On the Second Night of Saturnalia…

So, tonight we come to the second night of our Saturnalia observances, which (in addition to still being Saturnalia) is the Eponalia, the festival in honor of the Gaulish goddess Epona, one of very few Gaulish deities to be adopted into the Roman pantheon. She is also associated with childbirth and protection, which may be useful in some other concerns of late…

And, as I mentioned the other day, next year in Shinto practice is the Year of the Horse, so perhaps Epona and other goddesses associated with horses should be foremost in our minds as the year begins and progresses…

In the meantime, here’s the next verse to the song, along with the verses we’ve already had. If things work out really well, perhaps on the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti itself, I’ll have a little recording of some sort of the whole song for this year, and maybe some of the songs from previous years as well.

Gaudete Invictus Natus

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

Sol et Luna praesident
super firmamento
Duo nunquam resident
manent permanento

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

Deus Sol Invictus est
Imperator caeli
Sustentatus terrae est
similiter Nili

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

Festa Saturnalia
adveniant hodie
incipens laetitia
laudamus te Saturne

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

Dea Magna Epona
Galli et Equorum
Protectrix cum Orbona
per noctem liberorum

Gaudete, gaudete Invictus natus
nobis matre ex Nocte, gaudete!

*****

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

Sol and Luna preside
over the firmament;
The two, never subsiding
remain with permanence.

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

The Unconquered Sun God is
Emperor of the sky,
He is the sustenance of the earth
like the Nile.

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

The feast-days of Saturnalia
have arrived today
beginning with joy–
we praise you, Saturn!

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

Great Goddess Epona
of Gaul, of horses,
Protectress with Orbona
of children through the night.

Rejoice and delight! The Unconquered One is born
from our mother, Nox [Night]–rejoice!

*****

Hail to Saturn! Hail to Epona! Hail to Sol Invictus! Hail to Nyx! Hail to Antinous!


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