Bright one, light one

The second part of the chant that opens Oxen of the Sun invokes some god to bless women's wombs with new life: "Send us bright one, light one, Horhorn, quickening and wombfruit." Under one aspect, this deity is simply Dr. Andrew J. Horne, the master of the maternity hospital. But the play on his name to suggest an animal's "horn," and the mentions of "light," pull in the Homeric motif from which this chapter derives its name: cattle sacred to the sun god Helios.

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Helios drives his four-horse chariot into the sky at dawn, while gods of the planet stars (the Astra Planeta) dive into the sea, on a 5th c. BC red-figure calyx krater held in the British Museum, London. Source: