Author Archives: DeoMercurio

About DeoMercurio

I’m a Gaulish polytheist, now back living in lands ceded by the Council of Three Fires after several years’ sojourn in Anatolia and in the land of the Senecas, with frequent travels to Gaul along the way. My grandfather’s family came from the area around Trier, and I identify closely with the Treveri in my religious practice.

Votive sonnet to Minerva

So here’s me, all wondering what I ought to think about the prospect of getting LASIK surgery, not knowing whether I should trust myself to these mysterious lasers and throwing away so much money all in one place. I do … Continue reading

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Votive sonnet to Mercury

Attentive readers of this blog may already have picked up on the fact that Mercury is my patron deity, so I need no particular excuse to include him in my suite of votive sonnets in the event that my LASIK … Continue reading

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Votive sonnet to Lenus Mars

The archæological evidence (notably at Pommern) indicates that some, at least, of the ancient worshippers of Lenus Mars considered his intervention efficacious in health matters. Many warrior deities in Gaul double as health deities, partly for the same reason that … Continue reading

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Votive hymn to the divine Faustina

Divine Faustina, august, eternal, in you succeeding ages have saluted a holy icon of women’s majesty. Belovèd in life, belovèd in death, on eagle’s wings borne to heaven, eternal goddess forevermore, your numen was adored by crowds, your sacred image … Continue reading

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Votive hymn to the divine Antoninus Pius

Divine lord Antoninus, famed for pious deeds, a second Numa living thou wert felt to be: attuned to what is right, judicious, kindly, wise. Thy course provides for humankind a guide to good and upright governance for aye. With clemency … Continue reading

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Votive hymn to Libertas

To you, Liberty, were these states in their infancy dedicated—a solemn offering in revolutionary times by delegates anxious for what might be, anxious to secure the goodwill of Providence: to you, Liberty, were their commonwealths consecrated and in you were … Continue reading

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Votive hymn to Columbia

Long ago, we hear from ancients, Ocean’s depths were roiled and eddied: out from sea the mighty turtle rose and lifted up its substance, making permanent its homestead ’twixt Atlantic and Pacific, ’twixt the Gulf and Arctic waters. Ridges rose … Continue reading

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