The Mermaid is the most persistent and pervasive symbol of the old Goddess energy that represents women, particularly their mysterious, life-generating element.
However, battling the Ancient ways in an effort to establish itself, the early Christian church promoted the ideas that mermaids were dangerous temptresses and had no souls, but embodied the lure of fleshy pleasures to be shunned by the God-fearing.
The anti feminine propaganda was also carried out against many harmless old women who were put to death as witches by burning or hanging for practicing traditional herb-lore.
Similarly the Goddess-Mermaid was stripped of all her spiritual qualities and relegated to be an evil Siren of the seas.
Such views have endured in the many sailors stories that simultaneously tell of one family of mermaids, the Nereids, who were protective of sailors, whilst another, the dangerous Sirens, lured men to their doom.
In contrast with such negative portrayals, the earlier myths and legends such as those of the Isle of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland, present many tales in which Mermaids and Druids abound in happy community.
Known as the Isle of Druids and once called Innis nan Druidhneach, Iona is known to be a 'thin place' where the veil between worlds can be traversed, a place where the sense of the sacred seems more pronounced than in more mundane parts of the world. There are tales that a new Divinity will take human form on the Isle of Iona, this time in the body of a woman, an amalgam of the Divine Sophia and the Goddess called by many names including Brith, Brid and Mary of the Gael. It is said that when She arrives, the world will know peace.
Today the remains of over 350 standing stones are still to be found on Iona....
Following Lisa Thiel's lead in her beautiful song, we celebrate the life giving goodness of the Goddess of the Seas, the Mermaid Queen restored.
Grateful thanks for Lisa Thiel's permission to use the Song of the Mermaid Queen (C) 1990 Lisa Thiel,
Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1 License
( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/s... )
To Alicia Bonnet as the voice of the Mermaid Queen,
And David J. Macvitie for Kaan Pipes Intro instrumental, from Circle of the Seasons (c) 2005 Lisa Thiel
via Sacred Dream .com ( http://www.sacreddream.com/ )
In addition Gaelic pipes and nature sounds c/o freesound.org.
To Laufey Markstein of Trident Creations for providing the Menhir.
As The mermaid Quenn, Starheart Erdhein
As Morcant-Taisch FreeSky Republic,
As the Selkie, Celestial Elf,
Filmed on location at The Scottish Castle, Sandvik, courtesy of Conjunctio Magic,
And The Asylum Island coral reef park, courtesy of samothyerac Savira.
Seal avatar co Conjoh Kohime,
Morcant-Taisch outfit co Trasgo Beaumont of Le Grenier Du Chateau,
Runic Magic Circle co Julianus Nightfire
Runic chat symbols co Harvey Swenson
Mermaid Rock co oborotuki Obolensky.
Filmed on SecondLife via Snowglobe 1.4.2.
Made using Frapps, Serif MoviePlus X3 on Windows XP.
Conceived, Directed and Produced by Celestial Elf 2011.