Posted by: aediculaantinoi | December 24, 2013

On the Eighth Night of…Heliogenna (!?!)…

With Saturnalia’s festival for the year having officially ended as of yesterday at midnight with the end of Sigillaria, you might well be saying, “There is no eighth night, PSVL!” And, of course, you’d be right.

But, Heliogenna has nine nights…and, as there is absolutely nothing else on this day in any of the traditions I celebrate and observe, we may as well get the Heliogenna in there today before the big mid-3rd c. CE Roman version of the holy day comes tomorrow, eh? ;)

My “eighth day” of these multiple celebrations involved actually being outside for a while with part of my family, as we were down watching one of my sister’s dogs run after large pieces of driftwood out in the water. It was a little bit cold, but not too bad…Helios has been reborn, to an extent, already, and is getting stronger by the day.

And, speaking of which, as far as this situation goes: Mary went home from the hospital early this evening! So, that’s that, and she will continue to recover and get better (as will her mom/my sister) from their house rather than in a hospital. We’re all happy about this, needless to say, and thank all the gods for helping this to occur–and thank you to all of you who helped with your own prayers! We appreciate it greatly!

I think the theme I’m going to take for the day today–especially given that despite very little sleep last night and being extremely tired, I am likely going to try and stay up until just after midnight tonight, and then make my Dies Natalis Solis Invicti post then (as there’s a lot going on tomorrow, and it might be tough to fit in time for a post at any point after 9 AM)–is the theme of “waiting.” I’m no stranger to all-night vigil rituals, and I think these are wonderful when they can occur. Staying up and waiting for an event to occur is often the part that we find the most difficult, the most tedious, the most problematic…and, that tells me that as a culture, we have become too complacent with “at-your-fingertips” and “instant gratification” sorts of activities, and that taking the time to slow down, to listen to what a particular variety of experience is telling us and can be like, and (perhaps most importantly) to take an opportunity to make a difficult situation into one that, no matter how challenging it might be, can be a further chance to do something devotional and potentially transformative and effective in its service to the gods, is a very good thing to do indeed.

However, I will not keep you waiting any longer meanwhile! Here is the penultimate installment of the hymn “Gaudete Invictus Natus” for the year!

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!

Mater Ops Dea Cereris
filia Telluris
Vos Deae laudaberis
pro benedictis puris

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

Hiems Dea cum Nievem
ancillam eam
advenient in hanc noctem
cum animam frigidam.

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

Glacies Clivicolae
venenum eius dirum
advenient in nocte
Di mittet auxilium

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

Antinous Epiphanes
similiter solem
et liberi Harpocrates
adveniunt gentem

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

Isis et Venus Aegypti
in formis vaccarum
in prior temporem scripti
Reginae Dearum

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

Miles in forma canina
natus Hiberniae
versipellis Palatina
proelantur Romae

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

Angerona silentia
observat ad templum
Hercules, et fundamenta
virium victorum

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

Nox Dea Superba omnis
Regina caelorum
timidissimus hominis
sed honos deorum

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

Lares Permarini super
nautis custodiunt
iuvenes aeternus puer
sed ei forma sunt

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

Dies Sigillariae
adveniat gaudete
praemia parvae arcae
beate tribuete

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

Nunc adveniat hodie
[*intervallum*]
vigilia noctis
[*intervallum*]
expectamus cum lucie
[*intervallum*]
natus dei solis
[*intervallum*]

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!

The Goddess Ops is Mother of Ceres,
daughter of Tellus;
You, Goddesses, will be praised
for your pure blessings!

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

The Goddess Winter, with Nix [Snow]–
her handmaiden–
comes on this night
with [her] cold breath.

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

Ice–the dire bane of him,
Clivicola [god of hills and sloping streets]–
comes in the night…
Gods, send us help!

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

Antinous Epiphanes
(like the sun)
and the child Harpocrates
come forth into the (world’s) nations.

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

Isis and Egyptian Venus [Hathor]
in the form of cows,
as in past times it was written,
are Queens of Goddesses!

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

A warrior in a bitch’s form
is born in Ireland;
werewolves of the Palatine Hill
battle on behalf of Rome!

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

The silent Angerona
watches at the temple
of Hercules, [its] foundations
the strengths of victors.

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

The Goddess Nyx, Supremely Exalted over all
is Queen of the heavens:
the most fearful one of humans
but the honored one of the gods!

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

The Lares Permarini
look after sailors
but an eternally young boy
is their form…

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

The day of Sigillaria
arrives–rejoice!
Presents, little boxes
[are what] you should give, happily!

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

Today comes now
[*pause*]
with a vigil of night;
[*pause*]
we wait, [and] with the light
[*pause*]
the birth of the god of the sun…
[*pause*]

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

*****

Khaire Helie!

Hail to Sol Invictus! Hail, Hail Antinous!


Responses

  1. “Eight night…” indeed! Any excuse for more partying, just like our ancestors.
    Euge! Gaudete! May your day be an excellent one.

    Ericius.


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