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This chapter looks at the association between the Sun (Christ) and the Moon (Virgin Mary). Of all the writers who have tackled this, Robert Graves was one of the most interesting. Not just for what he said as for what happened to his ideas.
In The White Goddess (1948), Graves celebrated an ancient mythic moon goddess:
Graves argued that the White Goddess still resides in the demonic power of poetry and myth. Playfully, he pointed out that this was something that traditionalist academics wouldn't be able to understand. They didn't, of course, and not just because it was a man saying it. Decades later we still have irritated feminists who see the masculine ego at work. Also, the fact that Graves was idealizing "white" women just led inevitably to somebody coming out with the Dark Side of the Moon, a Dark Goddess, while others decided that the Sun was an equally worthy target - why should that be male? Could Mars be redeemed as feminine? And then there's Venus...