My most recent exploration of Celtic Goddesses was of one who left me with a very peaceful feeling, the type of feeling induced by deeply moving music.
One day Canola had an argument with Her lover. Goddesses, being intermediaries between our physical world and the infinite Source of All, feel emotions in a similar fashion to mortal humans. So, like any mortal woman, Canola was upset by their argument.
To calm Her distress, She decided to walk along the seashore and feel the peace and beauty of the natural world. After awhile She heard beautiful, ephemeral music being carried to Her by the wind. She was so enchanted that She forgot her distress over the argument and sat down to listen more closely. She fell asleep as the music continued to wash over Her soul.
Upon awakening, thoughts of Her lover and their argument were gone. Still entranced by the music She searched for its origin. And She found it – offered to Her by the Earth Mother who nurtures and loves all of Her children on land and on sea. She found the source of the music emanating from the carcass of a giant whale laying on the beach. The wind was strumming the notes across dried sinews still attached to the rib-bones of the whale. From the death of one creature, new life would be formed.
When Canola lay sleeping, She surely was able to access the creative inspiration brought to us in our dreams. Now awake and witnessing the gift offered to Her by Mother Goddess, inspiration struck. Canola, with Her creative intelligence and Her love, created the harp, Ireland’s national emblem to this day.
Read about the shape of the original harp and the wisdom Canola offers on by post at the Feminism and Religion Blog – click here.