Greetings and good evening. It’s not all that often that I get to sing to myself like crazy on a porch in a massive thunderstorm on a Thursday — and on the eve of the Lectisternia, besides!
The audio file is new as of a few minutes ago, singing the Thomas Taylor translation of the Orphic Hymn to Jupiter to my own tune, while the thunderstorm rolled by — the poem below is several years old, and part of my practice of calendar-based celebrations that I’ve decided to release at this time.
September 13 – Lectisternia
Great Zeus, great Hera, and Athena great,
Heaven’s king and queen, and wise advisor!:
Well do you rule what you did not create.
Strong is your command, with none the wiser,
Since so deep and so able comes your rule
That all obey your decrees without thought,
And do your bidding without compulsion.
Thus anyone can be your perfect tool,
Through whom your wishes in the world are wrought
To churn great destinies into motion.
Yet we in turn call forth your three-fold form —
Gray-bearded king, white-armed queen, maiden fair:
We tell the tales that keep you safe from harm;
We speak you solid, from dreams and thin air.
By our prayers alone can you master fate,
Else Zeus’s will should move not to its end.
Then should men dwell in realms of random chance.
You rule us when we open myth’s great gate.
Then none turns aside from what you intend;
You set in order both dancers and dance.
Thus we by our strength grant you your power,
And through your great power you make us strong.
We are the roots to your gracious flower,
And your bright bloom inspires us to song.
Your three-fold form rules us by our praises,
And your law heartens us to seek glory.
So life builds, through causality and choice.
Athena, Hera, and Zeus: the roses
Of our lives blossom as in a story,
When we speak our desires through your voice.
May you all have a lovely eve of the Lectisternia, and may your day tomorrow be full of the triple benefits of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva — right rulership, gracious counsel, and manifest intellect in service to the highest good!