Augustus Sol Invictus is not your typical politician. While most politicians are known for kissing babies, Invictus is best known for admitting that he killed a goat and drank its blood in a ritual of thanks after returning from a journey in the Mojave Desert. Invictus changed his former name (which he will reportedly not reveal) to the Latin Sol Invictus (“Unconquered Sun”), which was the official sun god of the Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. It appears the 32-year-old lawyer is willing to admit that critics got his goat, or at least the story, but insists that people can look beyond a goat-blood drinking Senator. “I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans. I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness … Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”
Invictus is the libertarian candidate for the Senate in Florida. His campaign has led to the resignation of the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, Adrian Wyllie, in protest. Invictus has denied allegations that he is trying to lead a civil war or that he is a white supremacist (he notes that he has hispanic children).
However, on the goat thing, he admits that he did the deed but denies that he sadistically dismembered the goat.
Invictus is reportedly a follower of Thelema, a religion founded in the early 1900s by Aleister Crowley, an English writer and ceremonial magician. The law of Thelema is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.” Crowley founded the religion after a visit to Egypt in 1904 and said that he was contacted by a “praeterhuman” being that called itself Aiwass and dictated a text known as The Book of the Law or Liber AL vel Legis. There are multiple deities and a touch of the occult in the following.
Now back to Florida. Invictus insists that a little goat sacrifice and blood drinking pales in comparison to what must be done. He has previously said: “The only question is when are the citizens going to start fighting back?” he said in a phone interview Friday. “I don’t think I’m the only person who sees a cataclysm coming, but I think I’m the only person saying it, and I think that scares people.”
What is particularly interesting is that he reportedly renounced his citizenship in an earlier paper and said that he would wander into the wilderness. Well, he is back, a citizen and wants to be a Senator. He has called for “total insurrection”, saying to his followers:
“I do not want you to vote, so much as I want you to wake up. I want you to drop out and tune in. I want you to take LSD and practice sorcery. I want you to listen to trap music and black metal, to learn the law and to break it deliberately, to find your own religion. I want you to learn the use of firearms and subject yourselves to rigorous physical training. I want you to treat your bodies as Holy Temples and to take your girlfriend to a strip club so you can seduce a dancer in the back room. I want you to worship Nature and dance naked in the moonlight ‘round the fire, screaming in ecstatic joy. I want you to revolt. Raise Hell. Break your limitations. Renounce your life and go into the Wilderness, that God may speak to you of things to come.”
Hmmmm. He is certainly not the only Senate candidate to dabble in sorcery. Indeed, even presidential candidates have strived to become witch proof. However, adding sorcery, LSD, and naked dancing to your political pitch may be a bit over the top even from the most creative areas of Florida. That’s the problem with goat blood. Sure it may be spiritually cleansing but it is political poison.