Tag: antinous the navigator

POEM: The Eagle's Star

Antinous rises tonight
Tonight he bestrides the constellations,
bridging Aquarius and Aquila
Heralded by Muses and poets,
he ascends the heavens
to claim the Boat of Millions of Years
The archons of the underworld are defeated
Their perversions no match for his terrible beauty
Fear and hatred, greed and lust
flee from the light of his countenance
Hail, Antinous! Star of beauty in the night sky!
Hail, Antinous! Navigator of the celestial Barque!
Hail, Antinous! You are the journey, you are the guide,
you yourself are the destination!
Hail, Antinous! The beautiful boy rises in the east!

A prayer for this moment

O Antinous, beautiful, just, benevolent, look upon our nation.
Hear your people who cry out to you for help.
While the rich and powerful profit, the poor and powerless are killing one another.
Here, police have killed Philando Castile and Alton Sterling like rabid animals.
There, police who protected peaceful protestors have been killed.
Your queer and trans people are threatened everywhere;
in Orlando, forty-nine have been slain.
We sorely need your help.

Liberator, stand with us, help us shake off the chains
of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia
and deliver us from all oppression and tyranny.
Navigator, guide the dead safely to their eternal homes,
and guide the living, the grieving to wise action.
Lover, comfort the mourners, strengthen the protesters,
and bring us all together in equality and love.

O Antinous, may your beauty, your justice, your kindness
be a beacon for us in our anger, our fear, our despair:
Haec est unde vita venit!

A Litany for Antinous the Navigator

In the Name of Antinous, the Navigator, the Starry Guide, the Glory of the Eagle, the Crowned and Conquering Child.
Guide us, Antinous, in the darkness of the night.
Guide us, Antinous, in the darkness of our fears.
Guide us, Antinous, in the darkness of our ignorance.
Guide us, Antinous, in the darkness of our mortality.
Guide us, Antinous, in the darkness of our depression.
Guide us, Antinous, in the darkness of our oppression.
Guide us, Antinous, by the light of your star.
Guide us, Antinous, by the light of your beauty.
Guide us, Antinous, by the light of your humanity.
Guide us, Antinous, by the light of your divinity.
Guide us, Antinous, by the light of your prophecy.
Guide us, Antinous, by the light of your love.
Guide us, Antinous, when we are lost and confused.
Guide us, Antinous, when we struggle to find a path.
Guide us, Antinous, when the road seems endless and without destination.
Guide us, Antinous, when our chains have fallen,
when we are free at last, but know not what to do with our freedom,
where we ought to go, or how to help others.
Guide us and teach us, Navigator of the heavens.
Guide us and teach us, Victor over the archons.
Guide us and teach us, Lover of souls.
Guide us to shine in the heavens in our divinity
as you do, O Emperor of Peace.
Ave, vive Antinoe!

Stella Antinoi 2016

Hymn III: To Antinous the Navigator

Adrift in the darkness on a sea of confusion,

I look up to you, Antinous.

Lost in the woods in the darkness of a ravine,

I look up to you, Antinous.

Struggling up the mountain toward some better place,

I look up to you, Antinous.

O celestial Navigator,

you are the star that shows the way,

shining amidst the lights of the Water Bearer,

yet you are also the helmsman

of the Boat of Millions of Years,

steering by the brightness of your star.

You are the one who guides souls in life and after life,

bearer of the herald’s staff, yet you are also the one

who guides gods to meet humanity,

for gods desire what is human no less

than humans desire what is divine.

Guide me, celestial Navigator,

through this life on earth, through its darkness,

through its light, in the valleys, on the peaks,

across the waters, through the forests,

then welcome me, I pray you,

into your Boat of Millions of Years.

Hymn X: To Antinous-Dionysus, Navigator

As you guided Theseus into the labyrinth and out
by the hand of Ariadne, guide me, Antinous Dionysus.
As you guided Ariadne to Naxos by the will
of Theseus, guide me also, Antinous Dionysus.
As you guided Ariadne into Olympus
and placed her crown in the north as proof,
so guide me, Antinous Dionysus.
As you went safely into Persephone’s realm
and guided out your mother, Semele,
so guide me, Antinous Dionysus.
Guide me out of the labyrinths in which I lose myself.
Guide me out of the underworlds in which I forget myself.
Guide me into the heavens I can barely imagine for myself.
May I also be your mother and your bride, a goddess
whose crown shines beyond the north wind, O Antinous Dionysus.

Hymn III: To Antinous the Navigator

Adrift in the darkness on a sea of confusion,
I look up to you, Antinous.
Lost in the woods in the darkness of a ravine,
I look up to you, Antinous.
Struggling up the mountain toward some better place,
I look up to you, Antinous.
O celestial Navigator,
you are the star that shows the way,
shining amidst the lights of the Water Bearer,
yet you are also the helmsman
of the Boat of Millions of Years,
steering by the brightness of your star.
You are the one who guides souls in life and after life,
bearer of the herald’s staff, yet you are also the one
who guides gods to meet humanity,
for gods desire what is human no less
than humans desire what is divine.
Guide me, celestial Navigator,
through this life on earth, through its darkness,
through its light, in the valleys, on the peaks,
across the waters, through the forests,
then welcome me, I pray you,
into your Boat of Millions of Years.