Sunday, 23 July 2017


Artos, who is a Wiccan, thinks:

"We can never know the whole inwardness of another, nor all the paths their souls have taken from the Eastern to the Western gate. Not even our own, until the Dread Lord comes for us, and we stand before the Guardians in the place where Truth is seen whole."
-SM Stirling, The Tears Of The Sun (New York, 2012), Chapter One, p. 11.

Wiccans seem to have borrowed the idea of a Day of Judgement although, sensibly, their Judgement is never final.

If we knew the whole inwardness of another, then they would not be other. And, if there were no other, then there would be no self.

If we cannot know our own "whole inwardness," then how can we be sure that we will fare well at any Judgement? I do not believe in a post-death Judgement but we can have moments of devastating self-realization here and now. I think that some have meditated and seen Truth whole.

The Tears Of The Sun will be a book of flashbacks to tell us what had been happening back home while our main characters were on their Quest in the preceding volumes. It might need to be read in discrete stages.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And I do believe our judgments will be final and eternal, at the moment of death. An idea which I think logically follow from there being no such thing as reincarnation. So I disagree with Wiccans about there being a multiplicity of gods and reincarnation.

And I'll be very interested in your views on the struggles and intrigues going on back in the nascent Kingdom of Montival and the war with the CUT.