Because you can’t beat them at their own game.

Someone who changes his name to “Sol Invictus” in honor of the favorite deity of the Roman legions has a bit of an ego problem. Someone who does so and then, when he speaks to reporters, translates “Sol Invictus” as “majestic unconquered sun” has an ego too big for this continent.


  1. Dr. Boli says:

    It is possible, now that Dr. Boli thinks about it again, that Mr. Sol Invictus was translating the whole name “Augustus Sol Invictus” for the reporter, in which case he was arguably being merely accurate about the name he had chosen for himself.

  2. Mr. Invictus seems to have a religion based on the scapegoat ritual of Leviticus 16:10, where the scapegoat is sent to the desert, to Azazel, sometimes thought to be a demon of the wastelands.

    Incidentally, a demon called Azazello appears in Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita.

    I borrowed that character for my own novella.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  3. Augustus Sol Invictus claims to be a practitioner of Thelema, the occult mystic religion founded by Aleister Crowley. It’s a syncretic hodgepodge of classical Egyptian mythology, Greek mystery cults, Satanism, and Masonic lodge style secret-society chumminess. Basically, a cross between a heavy metal album cover and a bunch of bored rich old women holding a seance. Mostly an excuse to hold orgies and collect crystals.

    And still less silly than Mormonism.

  4. Hodgepodge is a bad thing?

    Jeffery Hodges

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  5. Cattle Guard says:

    Martin’s “heavy metal album cover” comment is right. The first question that came to my mind while reading the article was – which band does this guy play in?

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