Ever hear of an English Goddess? Not Irish, not Welsh -- English. Well, if ya have, you’re one up on me! The author of a book I’m beginning says the Goddess of England was named “Sovereignty.” The book? Caitlin Matthews’ King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land. Here’s a snippet from it:
“In this volume my intention is to reveal the Goddess Herself in Her specific guise of Sovereignty [Goddess of the Land]. The Goddess of the Land and Her many representatives seem to me to stand at the very center of Arthurian legend. [T]he king ultimately derives his sovereignty from Her.” (p. xv)In the realm of this Goddess, what was the source of evil? Sometimes it was merely a matter of the king marrying the wrong woman:
“Sometimes the forces of the land are out of alignment because the king’s wife is an unworthy representative of Sovereignty [i.e., the Goddess]…. Their marriage is not a true union and the land[/Goddess] reflects this imbalance by ailing in milk and grain.” (p. 17)In other words, brutal, violent Goddesses are unnecessary. Other ways exist to explain evil. Violent Goddesses are inventions of a patriarchy wanting to weaken Goddess religion in general.
From King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land: The Diving Feminine in the Mabinogion, by Caitlin Matthews, 2002.
What do you think?
Thnx to Susan Seddon Boulet for the painting of the Lady of the Lake (Goddess of the Lake; Celtic)(foto taken from a copy I own of this painting).