Saules Meita

December 21st, 2008 by sabrina

Blessed Yule, everyone! To those who don’t know, Yule is the Pagan celebration associated with the Winter Solstice, when the sun (usually seen as the God) is reborn to the world. Here’s a feminist twist to the story, from a pantheon where the sun is a Goddess.

Saules Meita is the Latvian Goddess of the sun’s renewal, daughter of the sun Goddess Saule. Dressed in fine silk clothes, Saules Meita wears a golden ring and a garland of leaves. At the winter solstice, it is said that Saule is tired out from her year’s worth of travels across the sky every day, and she steps down from her position in favor of her daughter. Saules Meita takes up her mother’s place in the sky and the sun is reborn. Saules Meita’s name means “daughter of the sun” and the Lithuanian version is Saules Dukryte.

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4 responses about “Saules Meita”

  1. Mark said:

    Interesting. Most cultures for some reason have male suns, but I’ve always thought that since the sun is a giver of life that it should be female.

    I like your blog!

  2. sabrina said:

    Thanks! I’m going to see how many more sun Goddesses from the other pantheons I can find, so stay tuned.

  3. AnnaPerenna said:

    Mark, you just don’t know enough mythologies 😉

    If the sun was male, it was often believed to be controlled by the female moon. Some cultures believed for a long time that the moon was more powerful than the sun.
    If there was a female sun, then she often mated with the male moon. Such as the ugaritic (Jewish) sun goddess Shapash and her moon mate Sin (from whom the mount Sinai comes).
    Of course the most awesome in my mind is the Basque religion, where all goddesses were female – sun and moon were sisters, daughters of mother earth 🙂

  4. lev said:

    Meita was name of my mother. It is never late to learn any possible meaning of this so important name for me.