As I near the end of my self-assigned project to create a deck of Celtic Goddess cards I find that my retelling of their stories is changing. Now I am seeing a way to reclaim the power these Goddess had long ago, before the world turned and the age of Patriarchy took hold.
The Celts did not have a written language so all of their stories were passed down orally. Many of their stories and myths were first written down between the 10th – 12th century, well after Christianity and a patriarchal world view had taken hold. But the original power of many of these Goddesses and Gods can be gleamed from the written stories.
And now with only five goddesses to go to complete a deck of 30 cards, I find that I am de-patriarchalizing (a cool new term coined by Nancy Vedder-Shults, FAR member) their stories, changing up some details and giving them back their agency and power. So looks like I’ve still got a lot of work left – editing and re-writing some of the first ones I wrote.
My most recent painting and story is of Mor, Goddess of Sun and Sea. Though She is a Sun Goddess, She is mainly associated with the setting sun, thus reigning over death and rebirth also. Mor, was known to some as Queen of the Island of Women, one of the Celtic Otherworlds, characterized as a place of eternal youth, and abundance.
Read the 10th century version of Mor and my retelling of her place as an ancient and powerful Goddess on the Feminism and Religion Blog. Click here