Wednesday, 3 May 2017
The Goddess is on my mind because:
She is one half of the divinity in Wicca in SM Stirling's Emberverse;
She embodies aspects of experience.
In "Star of the Sea," "Edh" means "Oath" because Edh's father made a vow to Niaerdh before she was born. "Wael-Edh," meaning "Edh the Strange" (see here), became "Veleda." However, the Wiki article suggests that "welet" means "seer." We Andersonians know better.
Veleda might have written fantasy novels and epics and founded a spiritual peace movement if she had lived in better times. Indeed, Janne Floris comments:
"'What a woman she was. What might she have done in a luckier age?'"
-Time Patrol (New York, 2006), "Star of the Sea," 20, p. 635.