Thursday, April 19, 2012

Megalensia: The fourth day…

Today is the fourth day of the Megalensia, the midpoint of the festival. And thus, it is fittingly dedicated to Cybele herself, the Magna Mater. I will be taking a brief break from my Thracian exegesis of the cultus of Cybele to simply pay homage to her, as much as it is possible for me to do so in this space.

I am reminded of the connection of Cybele to lions, and the story–given by Ovid–that Atalanta and Hippomenes were transformed by her into lions for their offenses. I am also reminded of what the Emperor Julian says about lions and Attis in his Oration to the Mother of the Gods, and of Attis' peculiar brand of materiality-striving but nonetheless supreme divinity, to the effect that

He also rules over the lions, which together with their chief, Leo (the Zodiacal Sign), having a hot and fiery nature allotted to them, are the causes of the element Fire in the first instance, and by means of the heat resulting therefrom, are the authors of the Exciting Energy, and also of preservation to all the rest. He is crowned with the heavens instead of a tiara, coming forth as he does, so to speak, from thence unto us. This great god of ours is Attis…

http://aediculaantinoi.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/megalensia-the-fourth-day/