These experiences can even feel like a divine messenger, a verification of our inspirations and thoughts.
I do prefer the lesser known names that distinctly refer to the angled and bowed wood harps to separate it from the lyres, Aeolian harps, psalters, cruits, and the harp alternative name for harmonica.
These lesser known names include clairseach, though clarsach is a popular name for a folk harp now, especially in Scotland. Sometimes 'cruit' or 'chruit', with several pronunciations that vary from "crewt" to "hroosh", is a name applied to small clarsachs, but really is a name as vague as its pronunciation.
Back to the tree, the Rowan word is also said to come from a variety of Norse and Germanic words around 'rönn', which is a kind of description about the conversion to red, the berries of course. The word is also related to the first woman created on earth, and her menstruation cycles.
- the strain of melancholy, the ‘Goltrai’, that brings about weeping
- the strain of joy, the ‘Geantrai’, that brings about laughter and 'mirth'
- the strain of sleeping, the ‘Suantrai’, that brings about dreaming
Ali reminds us that we have a legacy in myth story of the Danann including several famous myth harpists; Nuada, Lugh, Aongus Óg the love enchanter, Cas Corach who I wonder was also Corran, and perhaps the most famous and most told of, the Dagda.
A well told story is of the Fomori stealing the Uaithne so that they could become the controllers of the seasons and win any battle of anyone who challenged them. No Fomorian could work out how to play Uaithne as Dagda had cast a spell upon it so that Uaithne would only play for him.
In those days the greening of Erin would have been the opening of the tree buds into leaves.
In some stories the three strains of music Dagda performed from 'Uaithne' was also known as the 'coir cethar chuin', roughly pronounced as "corsh cayer cooin", the music of the 'four angles'. I would like to think of this as the four season cycle of the year, and the four season cycle of our life which I resonate over through my Ogma's Tale Of the Trees set.
When Robin Williamson speaks his Dagda tale interpretation he actually calls 'Uaithne' by another name "Dur da Blá", 'made from the oak of two blossoms', probably as it suits his own accent more :-)
Of course, 'druid' come out of this as well as ancient words like 'doru' for spear.
Even so, this has caused me to consider re-titling the trilogy I am working on to be called "The Trai of Wood and Water" or maybe just "Trai Trilogy"
Ireland has a severely lacking of trees and many people are debating this as a cause of flooding right now. Trees hold water, store it vertically and feed it back down to the ground as needed.
Aside from this, though we may not clearly realise it, we do use water a lot for inspiration, divining, cleansing and the symbolism of cleansing so we are both cleaner and clearer. For many of us water is access to the divine and healing.
of water, of nature and ourselves
When I perform Ogma's Tale of The Trees without Claire accompanying with her harps I think I do feel a bit like Nuada must have done without his arm.
Harps are indeed an arm of enchantment, despite being human created.
Instead of using harps and the three strains as tools for human control
I wonder about their use as enchanters to bring us back to
the divinity of wood and water, as nature created,
that we may have lost contact with?