|The Virgin at La Salette, France|
|"MAY is Mary’s month, and I|
|Muse at that and wonder why:|
|Her feasts follow reason,|
|Dated due to season—|
|Candlemas, Lady Day;||5|
|But the Lady Month, May,|
|Why fasten that upon her,|
|With a feasting in her honour?||..."|
From the May Magnificat by AE Housman
If you were a visitor from another planet and your pod landed in Europe, you might be able to guess that the stone building with the tower that you found in every village and town was a place of worship.
But if you were to hazard a guess at the nature of the religion these Europeans were following, I think you would be likely to send this mistaken report home to Planet Zorb.
"The earthlings in this place seem to worship a mother goddess. She is depicted as young and beautiful and usually holding a baby earthling. Sometimes she has a crown of stars, and sometimes she stands on stars… Sometimes she is very, very sad."
The love of the Virgin Mary goes deep here – and I believe the adoration of the holy mother is much older than the Catholic Church would like us to think.
Here's an example of the connections between the ancient goddesses and the mother of god.
|Stella Maris under |
The Virgin Mary is sometimes called Star of the Sea (Stella Maris) and when she is depicted with a star, it is traditionally five-pointed.
If our visitor from planet Zorb, noted the the Virgin's pentacles and took note of the European Union symbol which is visible all over the continent, not least on every license plate, he might find further evidence of the continent's penchant for the goddess.
|No wonder certain Protestant |
groups thought the stars were a sly
takeover of the European
project by Catholics!
Here's the rest of the poem.