Posted by: aediculaantinoi | December 25, 2013

On the Ninth Day: Felix Dies Natalis Solis Invicti!

sol invictus

Today is the birthday of Sol Invictus, the Romanized cultus of the “Unconquered Sun,” which began being celebrated in about 274 CE under the Emperor Aurelian, as I’ve explained here before.

It is not the birthday of Mithras, despite what some people keep saying; in addition to the previous (three-year-old) link, more recently (a few months ago), I wrote a bit about some of the Mithraic nonsense that gets aped on this matter far more frequently in both popular and modern pagan cultures. While some might argue that the “anything goes” paganism of some people may allow Mithras’ birth to be celebrated on this date, polytheists who at all claim that they practice based on research and verifiable ancient precedent (though not everyone does this 100% of the time, I’d freely admit) cannot argue with the facts on this matter. For further information on this matter, I’d highly recommend Gaston H. Halsberghe’s The Cult of Sol Invictus (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1972), the first and only book on the matter you’ll ever need to consult.

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In the first link given above, I tell a bit about why I, personally, feel this festival is significant and important to me as a modern polytheist (which has to do with my connection to the name “Virius Lupus,” borne by many individuals in late antiquity, at very least).

No matter how “relatively new” this holy day happens to be in the overall scheme and span of ancient polytheism, and even the Christian festival of Jesus’ birth is verifiably prior temporally to its innovation–so, technically as well, Sol Invictus is a “younger” god than Antinous, thus!–I think it is important and significant to celebrate the occasion and to treat it with our utmost concern and attention. There may only be one sun in our solar system, true; but, there are many sun gods, and not all of them are one, nor do we need to squeeze all of their holy festivals into one or even two days of the year.

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As a result of much of the above (and so much more), soon I hope to get some nice picture frames and not only have another small portable icon for Antinous, but also one for Sol Invictus which I can then permanently enshrine in my various shrines at home for the future. And the image I use for it will likely be the one I’ve found that I like the best, and that I’ve used the most, which is the last one given below. So, you’ll see that in a few moments (if you’ve not already).

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I would like for Sol Invictus’ birth to be observed in a way that is distinguishable from the Christian festivals as well as the secular seasonal activities that occur in late December, and I am not entirely sure how best to do that yet, and don’t have any ideas that come directly from ancient cultus at this point either. I am, as I get older and older, more disillusioned with how this particular season gets celebrated with gluttony, over-commercialization, and pointless conspicuous consumption and consumerism as the years progress, with no signs of getting better; and, even the charities which are suggesting themselves as “better” and more useful alternatives to support (mostly financially) at this time of year would be money better spent, nonetheless they’re becoming more and more aggressive about this now than ever either, and all in the spirit of it’s better to give TO US than to receive because the culture-at-large is doing that, which is something I’m not at all happy about nor comfortable with. (Which is one of the reasons that I loved the cover of Alan Moore’s magazine Dodgem Logic from a few years ago, the image from which is given above–it also featured the caption “Shampoo for our real friends; Real poo for our sham friends”–brilliant!)

The hungry need meals on at least 728 occasions otherwise in the year; foster-children need clothes; environmental causes need support; political battles need capital; and, yes, artists and authors who are selling products need to make a living–or, at very least, it’s nicer to have an extra $35 in one’s monthly budget than not, especially if one is on the lower end of the earnings scale (as many of us pagan and polytheist authors and artists are).

So now, we come to the final new verse, as well as the final “old” verse from years ago, for “Gaudete Invictus Natus,” which I hope you have all enjoyed for the last eight days, and which now comes to a close. (Now I’ll have to start figuring out what new composition I might engineer for next year…it’s a never-ending journey!)

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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!

Sol natus est Invictus
iuvenissimus dii
Mithras erit amicus
in umbris pleni

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

Antinous amicus
liberorum omnium,
defende omnos natus
et Invictum deum

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

Lux fietur caritas
Lux caelorum Solis
Te agemus gratias
multis benedictis

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!

Sol is born, the Undefeated One,
youngest of the Divine Powers;
Mithras will be [his] friend
in the shadows of his fulness.

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

Antinous, the friend
of all children,
protect all those born,
and the Undefeated God!

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

Light becomes love–
the Light of the heavens of Sol;
We give you thanks
for (your) many blessings.

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

*****

Khaire Helios! Ave Sol Invicte! Ave Ave Antinoe!


Responses

  1. Ave!

    I love this sequence of poems. They’re so beautiful. And in Latin!

    • Thank you!

      I used to write a lot more in Latin, but have not been doing much of it for a while…so, this was nice to get back to it a bit more and in more of an extended form than I have done, with the small base of the three verses (the first two and the last one) that I did in 2010.


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