Another from my personal journal, written in December 2008. My apologies for not fixing the capitalization; when I’m just a-musing myself, I tend to go lower case. 😉
The moon is always female but the sun
is female only in lands where females
are let into the sun to run and climb.
— Marge Piercy
dawn. the pink and gold tint the sea of white at the trees’ feet, and shine through the prism encasing the branches. the day is limned with glass as the full moon bows her exit, giving way to the Maiden Sun.
i’ve finished Aedh Rua’s book, “Celtic Flame,” and i must say that i loved it. written by a former member of Keltria, the views of the Gods and Kindreds is aligned with mine. i was surprised that someone else associated Boann/Bebhionn with the moon as i did, and viewed the sun as Grian/Aine, rather than Lugh (as is typical among Pagans).
in short, in my Celtic work i view both sun and moon as female. perhaps this is a holdover from my Dianic days, but every indication i gathered (UPG or no) seems to indicate the Celtic sun deity is feminine. the moon deity, i suppose, could go either way — but i didn’t see any sign of intrinsic maleness, such as Mundalfari, Sin or Chandra. (or Allah, for that matter.)
and there is a Scottish folk tale i believe that describes the heavenly bodies as two sisters who didn’t like each other much! not a truly religious or mythological source, and i haven’t read it firsthand, mind you….
but why not? i admit my views on this matter have mildly offended some Wiccans — usually men — who feel that my cosmology leaves little room for male identity. but i say there are plenty of images, plenty of myths, to go around. don’t like my vision? find another.
and so. back to Aedh Rua.
i was fascinated with Firinne (to use a Hindu term, it would be akin to dharma — world order, including one’s role within it. it includes both the order of the world and honor). however, i don’t see the world as a giant good-versus-evil battle with the Fomhoire; that sounds too Christian to me. i do agree that the Fomhoire are figures akin to the Norse jotun or the Hindu asuras, but perhaps they are not significant enough to feature in my own philosophy.
in short, you act honorably and worship the Gods in accordance with rta/dharma/firinne because that is the holy path, not because there are bogeyman under the bed waiting to snatch you. are there spirits in the cosmos that mean us harm? undoubtedly — but they’re not really worth the focus or notice. in my experience, people with reasonable spiritual or psychological strength rarely fall victim to them.
i also was fascinated with the various divisions of Celtic society and the traditions thereof — but i don’t think these need to be reproduced in modern times. we are not a tribal society, and that is for the best. nor do we live in agricultural homesteads.
cities, in fact, may not be the worst arrangement because they allow for the existence of wild land outside the bounds of agriculture and settlement. farms and pastures aren’t nature. they disrupt the ecosystem in terrible — albeit necessary — ways.
the answer to society’s ills isn’t to revert to tribally-based agricultural societies — or hunting and gathering for that matter (and there are some who suggest that). cities needn’t be evil places. we need new answers, for new times and new circumstances.
i suppose one of the reasons i don’t call myself a Celtic Reconstructionist is that i don’t want to live in an ancient Celtic society plucked and transported to modern times. i may pick up some Gaelic here and there (along with Spanish and the various languages — German and Italian, mostly — that i sing in), but English is ultimately the language of my birth and thinking.
i don’t think this makes me inauthentic or an impostor. the Gods seem pleased with my efforts, at any rate.