Thursday, 15 December 2016
Moon And Stars
-SM Stirling, On The Oceans Of Eternity (New York, 2000), Chapter Twenty-Six, p. 526.
So there is a story, or a story within the story, in which the stars are the daughters of the Moon. Who is their father? Or did they need a father? As with other mythical stories, we can comprehend the details if they are recounted to us. However, knowing what we now do about the relative sizes and distances of the stars and Moon, we can no longer buy into such a myth even as a metaphor.
I know that some neo-Pagans revere the Moon. Personally, I regard the Sun as the source of light and life and thus as the agent or instrument of knowledge. There are other suns but they are all one. Poul Anderson updates ancient myths in Tau Zero.