God of the Zodiac


cimrm435 tweaked

Who is the god of the Zodiac?
Fleet-footed Mercury with his snake-twined caduceus
Or the ever-triumphant Sol Invictus?
Maybe it’s jovial Jupiter with his far reach?
Or hot-headed Mars first into the breach?
No, I’ll tell you, you heathens:
Mithras, beloved of legions

Image sourced from Catalogue of Monuments and Images of Mithras
See also my post from way-way back (2014): The Chap in the (Red) Cap

written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt

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Spinner of Asaric and Mythic tales
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28 Responses to God of the Zodiac

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    I know of no one else that can tie zodiac Gods to mushroom caps and come out sounding learned. Bravo on both this poem, and the thesis on which it is based in your other post. brilliantly told on both counts.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you, on both counts, Violet.
      You know, I became totally steeped in the Mithras cult and all thinking related before I wrote that piece. And it all seemed to make perfect sense. These years on? Hmm. Not so sure. Yet I love unsolved mysteries, and I like to disprove what the self-claimed expects hold as given. And sometimes, later evidence proves me right. That happened with the Beaker Folk. Oops, and now you’ll have to Google it, to discover how they tie in with Round Barrows.

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  2. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    I love it, Crispina.

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  3. Dale says:

    You are brilliant, Crispina. I agree wholeheartedly with Violet!

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  4. Jen Goldie says:

    Nice take on the prompt Crispina 😊 I’ll have to check out Mithras.

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  5. Mithras so popular with the legions of Rome. Baptised in blood in a pit below the sacrifice. A lot of bull.

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  6. I agree as well that the logistics were against it. In my undergrad days, I had to rely on some Victorian sources which were a little lacking in proper archaeological perspective. I do appreciate your depth of knowledge. I stand enlightened.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you, Padre. And did you follow my link? It isn’t written as an academic piece. hence my alto-ego wrote it! And as I just said … it’s imaginative. But it does look at all possibilities

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