SAINTS OF THE BRITISH ISLES

 

Since I customarily think in terms of what I call the intercardinal axial compass stretching, on church-hegemonic/state-subordinate terms, from southwest to northeast and, on state-hegemonic/church-subordinate terms, from northwest to southeast, I am inclined to place a British Isles saint at each point of this compass, rather than to treat them all as identical (as one would suppose saints should be treated) and therefore positioned at the northeast point, where metaphysics rules supreme over pseudo-metachemistry.

 

For it seems to me that the only saint fully commensurate with this position (composed, as noted, of two elements) would be St George, although not in relation to English Anglicanism but, rather, to the Catholic tradition that preceded the Reformation and subsequent schismatic activities of those deriving from Henry VIIIís[VIIIís]apostasy.But if St George with his foot on a prone or neutralized dragon, akin to pseudo-metachemistry under metaphysics, is the ideal candidate for the northeast point of our intercardinal axial compass, and this irrespective of England's departure from that position several centuries ago in favour of state-hegemonic/church-subordinate criteria rooted, metachemically, at the northwest point of the said compass, then it would seem feasible to position St Patrick, the vanquisher of snakes, at the southwest, in typically mass Irish Catholic vein (snakes donít fly, unlike dragons), and allow Saints David and Andrew, the national saints of Wales and Scotland respectively, to stand at the northwest and southeast poles of what would be the state-hegemonic/church-subordinate axis, as though in a kind of metachemical-to-physical polarity suggestive of a distinction between fire and earth rather than, say, water and air, a distinction that, politically, would have autocratic-to-democratic implications and, religiously, Methodist-to-Puritan ones; though, in point of fact, I don't see that axis in terms of such a religious polarity but, rather, in relation to an Anglican-to-Puritan one such that would have more applicability to England than to either Wales or Scotland, even granted the puritan or protestant traditions of these latter countries.

 

Nevertheless that, ironically, is how I view the various saints of the British Isles, not all in one basket, as one would expect, but with one truly saintly individual, the metaphysical St George with his foot on a pseudo-metachemical dragon, and three 'bovaryized' saints - namely the watery or chemical/pseudo-physical St Patrick, the fiery or metachemical/pseudo-metaphysical St David, and the earthy or physical/pseudo-chemical St Andrew, all of whom one would expect to symbolize their respective countries in a way that distinguished them from the English saint.