loona wynd wrote:I'm actually going to experiment with using the characters from Sailor Moon. Its not a full experiment as they were (at least Sailor Moon's Neo-Queen Serenity form and Queen Serenity) formed my early images and concepts for the Goddess of the Moon. For me it would actually be digging into my roots as a witch as I was a Moonie fan and new witch at the same time. They were both powerful forces that entered my life at the same time. I'll let you know how it goes.
I look forward to seeing your results, Loona. I've thought of creating a Sailor Moon themed altar using pictures of her scepter and holy chalice. Now that I know there's a fellow Moonie here, maybe I'll put it together and share.
I recently gave away all my mangas, but still have my DVD's (and VHS of the three movies both English and subbed) and will likely get the new version when it comes out. Sailor Moon was a part of my spirituality for a very long time. To this day when I think of the powers and colors associated with the planets I actually think of the traits of the sailor senshi. Which when I look at other lore, there are connections and similarities.
I also always understood all of the characters to really be how Naoko Takeuchi envisioned the Roman Gods. Though in her vision they were all Goddesses. Which again played into my early spiritual practices. I was ashamed of it for a long time, but then I recently realized "f*ck it". Its a part of my personal history and my spiritual history, and I honestly don't know if I would have been able to make the transition from Christianity to Pagan witchcraft as easily without the aid of Sailor Moon lore.
Seeing the characters as the Goddesses of that time. It was in fact mentioned in the manga and series that Queen Serenity was worshiped as the Goddess Serenity by the people of earth at one point in time. To me that translated to basically the other characters being Goddesses of the planets. This view allowed me to start looking at mythology in a different way.
I still hold that there could very well be a Goddess of Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, and Venus. I believe that if there is a God of something than there is a Goddess of that same thing. This is why I can accept the Sun as a Goddess in Norse Mythology while it is a God in Greek and Moonie mythology.
I of course no longer have any of the work that I did back then with this view. As I said I was ashamed of it for a long time, even though many books said that it was OK to use images and concepts from the modern world in your circle casting and God and Goddess view if it helped you reach to the God and Goddess of Wicca. Though now I would be working with them in a slightly different take.