From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) Black Sun Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 07:29:09 +0100 I don't know if it is relevant here, but the "Black Sun" is an Asatru/Odinistic mythical image connected to the source of wisdom. Essentially it is the "other side" of the sun - the sun not as a physical thing, but purely as a symbol of mystical knowledge. There are some Odinistic references in the Sun books (for example Silk is plainly a figure of Odin, with a raven and one eye) ----- Original Message ----- From: "Thomas Bates" To: Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 8:13 AM Subject: (urth) Black Sun > In all this talk of the different suns, what about the Black Sun? > In _The Sword of the Lictor_, when Severian is in Thrax with the sick > children, he says that the Conciliator is the Black Sun. > > "That night in the jacal it [the Claw] was not brilliant, but it > glowed with so deep a blue that the light itself seemed almost a > clearer darkness. Of all the names of the Conciliator, the one that > is, I believe, least used, and which has always seemed the most > puzzling to me, is that of the Black Sun. Since that night, I have > felt myself almost to comprehend it." (Volume III, Chapter VIII, > TBotNS) > > "Black Sun" makes me think of a black hole, but I don't see what that > has to do with the Conciliator. Maybe someone else does? > > The only thing I can think of is the darkness at the crucifixion of > Christ, which is thought to have resulted from an eclipse: > > Luke 23:44-45 --