Day 2 Cosmology – 30 days of Druidry
Physics and astrophysics have played a central role in shaping the understanding of the universe through scientific observation and experiment. What is known as physical cosmology has been shaped through both mathematics and observation in an analysis of the whole universe. The universe is generally understood to have begun with the Big Bang, followed almost instantaneously by cosmic inflation; an expansion of space from which the universe is thought to have emerged 13.798 ± 0.037 billion years ago.
Metaphysical cosmology has also been described as the placing of man in the universe in relationship to all other entities. This is exemplified by the observation made by Marcus Aurelius of a man’s place in that relationship: "He who does not know what the world is does not know where he is, and he who does not know for what purpose the world exists, does not know who he is, nor what the world is."
From the Free Dictionary
1. The scientific study of the origin, evolution, and structure of the universe.
2. A specific theory or model of the origin and evolution of the universe
Those are all very nice definitions of cosmology but as far as I’m concerned spiritually, I don’t think cosmology really matters in Druidry as far as having a creation story or origin. There is no known creation story on record for the peoples that practiced Druidry. I think that is for a reason. It really doesn’t matter. I would think if a creation story of any sort had been important to the Druids or the Celts or the Gaels some form of it would have survived but the stories that have survived are about how they got to a place such as how the Fomorians and others got to Eire and what they did once they got there.
I think if you know where you fit into the natural world that really is enough. There is a reason Scottish Gaelic has no present tense. To be in the present it to be doing it in the future according to my Gaelic teachers. The only way to say something in the present is to use the participles with –ing. I am running. I am reading. That indicates a particular mindset to me about actively moving forward.
As someone that has a deep and abiding interest in astronomy it’s necessary to study the cosmos and how it evolved but spiritually, it’s not. One merely needs to know where you fit in the natural world. It is necessary to know the history of the people and stories they tell about themselves but no there is no real need for a Druid to pursue something that doesn’t exist for a reason. It’s just too close to navel gazing for me. I’m just another animal on this planet. I fit with the other animals, no higher and no lower on a scale of importance.