In my last article, I wrote about the traditional customs that we usually celebrate here in Avalon to mark the duel over the hand of the May Queen. I explained that it is an ancient story or myth that is “written in the stars” to reflect a wisdom teaching about how the alchemical Marriage of the Sun and the Moon leads to the birth of the Radiant Child, otherwise known as the Child of the Philosopher or the Philosopher’s Stone.
So in this article, I want to show you how this drama plays out in the night skies on the full moon after Beltane over the Summerlands of Avalon, and what it means. First, take a look at the heavenly players as they arose over the Mendip Hills in the darkness before the dawn, at 3.40 am, the climax of the night of the Honey Moon.
These starring actors of the firmament are performing the story of the romantic tryst between Gwythyr and Bridie, or Gwythyr and Creiddylad, or Gronw Pebr and Blodeuwedd “Flower Face” – take your pick. These are just different versions of the same ancient Celtic star story about the May Queen whose hand is won in a duel between the two gods who share the governance of the Wheel of the Year: the Lord of Winter and the Lord of Summer.
These lover tryst myths are about the Alchemical Marriage, or the Fairy Marriage otherwise known as the Marriage of the Sun and the Moon, which takes place during the full moon in Scorpio, and I explain this whole story in much more granular detail in my book Stories in the Summerlands.
Last night’s full moon in Scorpio was also known as the Flower Moon, which may have been named after Blodeuwedd, a beautiful women created entirely out of flowers by the magician Math, who secretly meets her illicit lover, Gronw Pebr.
But to us in Avalon, last night’s stellar show was all about the Honey Moon of the mythic characters we celebrate here in Glastonbury.
So the goddess Bridie (Virgo) is lying down waiting for her Bridegroom Gwythyr (Ophiuchus), and between them is Serpens the Serpent – just like in the Garden of Eden story. The Serpent represents wisdom – the wisdom that is granted through shamanic sexual practices. Above the head of the serpent is the crown of the Corona Borealis, indicating the sacred sex that leads to Sovereignty and the healing of the land.
Scutum is a shield – perhaps used by Gwythyr in his duel with Gwyn, the Lord of Winter? Here is Gwyn (Orion) falling back into Underworld after losing to Gwythyr.
Gwyn will remain in the Underworld until it’s time for him to meet his rival again, on the festival of Samhain at the end of October. Gwyn usually wins that duel, and that allows him preside over the winter until its Maytime again.
Altair, one of the three birds of the Summer Triangle, is the bright star on the throat of Aquila the Eagle.
So from the sky over the Mendips on the Scorpio moon, we can see that there’s a clear association between the Lord of the Summerlands (Gwythyr), and the Summer Triangle which is cognate with the three major centres of Celtic Christianity: Iona, Lindisfarne and Glastonbury. The eagle, Aquila, may be the animal spirit aspect of Gwythyr, just as Odin would sometimes shapeshift into an eagle.
Another realisation for me from this starry line up is why the ancient Egyptians had three symbols for Scorpio – the scorpion, the serpent and finally the eagle. Their order, one above the other, is clearly shown here.
So I think it’s wonderful to see the stars line up on the full Scorpio moon at Beltane to play out the drama that we in Avalon act out on the land. As Above, So Below; this is how we communicate with the gods, in sacred dramas and Mystery plays that lead to Sovereignty and the healing of the land.