Women of the Sea
A stand-alone tale of women associated with the sea. Folklore and mythology blend with an essence of truth depicting the feminine spirit. This includes a love story of such complexity that its secret has been protected for eons. The origins for 'A Carpet of Purple Flowers Series'.
Visuals and text on this page are playful pieces that capture, in part, this romantic version of humanity.
Image sources can be found on the links below.
Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid. Dea Syriae ("Syrian goddess"). Primarily she was a goddess of fertility, but, as the baalat ("mistress") of her city and people, she was also responsible for their protection and well-being.
symbolic fertility and life of the waters
In North America, a conch is often identified as a queen conch, found off the coast of Florida. "True conchs" are marine gastropod molluscs. Conch shells can be used as wind instruments. They are prepared by cutting a hole in the spire of the shell near the apex and then blowing into the shell as if it were a trumpet, as in blowing horn.
Various species of large marine gastropod shells can be turned into "blowing shells", but some of the best-known species used are the sacred chank or shankha Turbinella pyrum, the Triton's trumpet Charonia tritonis, and the queen conch Strombus gigas. Many different kinds of mollusks can produce pearls. Pearls from the queen conch, L. gigas, are rare and have been collectors' items since Victorian times.
The warriors of ancient India blew conch shells to announce battle, as is described in the beginning of the war of Kurukshetra, in the Mahabharata, the famous Hindu epic.
The Old Knowledge
History and mythology set in stone tell stories, all are portrayed differently by victors and philosophers of the past,
but the truth can still be found by seeking out the voice that whispers to the soul.
Goddess of the Garden
In Greece, this Goddess is known as Aphrodite, although this name properly refers to her domain of a walled garden or “paradise.” A masculinized form of her is Priapos, who is borrowed into Latin as Priapus where he becomes the protector of Roman gardens. The Latin form of this Goddess is Venus. The name Flora probably is cognate, and the Floralia festival corresponds to the May 1st festivals which are general for these Goddesses who are especially associated with the blooming season of flowers. Venus gives her name to Friday, a day especially sacred to women wherever there was a seven day week.
Stardust & Water
Water ~ Human body's major component.
Most of the water in the human body is contained inside our cells.
The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%.
Stars are like nuclear reactors. They take a fuel and convert it to something else. Hydrogen is formed into helium, and helium is built into carbon, nitrogen and oxygen, iron and sulfur—everything we're made of.
Most of the hydrogen in our body floats around in the form of water.
Perhaps, the muse we hear, and feel, as an instinct, is a kind of mystical knowing
of an ancient voice that whispers, creating ripples, on waters within.
Maybe, we only need to learn the language and really listen to better understand ourselves.
The west of the island has white sandy beaches backed by shell-sand, machair. Machair is a Gaelic word meaning "fertile plain", but the word is now also used in scientific literature to describe the dune grassland unique to Western Scotland and north-west Ireland. Human activity has an important role in the creation of the machair. Archaeological evidence indicates that some trees had been cleared for agriculture by around 6000 BC. Machairs have unique ecosystems and they can house rare carpet flowers, including orchids such as Irish lady's tresses and the Hebridean Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchii ssp hebridensis). On the Isle of Barra there is also a range of Iron Age structures.
Our Lady of the Sea, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. ~ Star of the Sea.
Eanna is the patron saint of Aran Islands Galway Ireland. Irish for Enda, another typical name found in Ireland
The island's place name is derived from two elements: Barr and Old Norse ey ("island"). It is possible that Barr represents the Gaelic personal name Finnbarr. Finbar is an Irish given name that may also be spelled Finbarr, Finbarre, or Finnbar. It is derived from Fionnbharr, an old Irish word meaning "fair-headed one".
Sacred Soul Forgotten
1. Paradise bounty
her sweet innocence and youth
unaware of fate
2. A purple flower
scents of violets and mead
echo through her soul
3. His mouth an apple
his kiss an ethereal dream
encircled she’s his
4. Eyes appear that see
a crime of forbidden love
rage and fury flames
5. Hearts torn asunder
banishment they both depart
disgraced, gates open
6. Under starry sky
the four rivers of her heart
drowns out the sorrow
7. Float on ocean’s waves
her heart now seeks a new home
broken but hope breathes
8. Muted horizon
she finds a land of plenty
but hell becomes home
9. Gazing out to sea
waves against the shore
10. The wings of a bird
soaring high in the heavens
he seeks what she lost
11. Ancient endearment
of the star-crossed love gone by
its light now fading
12. Wildmen in forests
Herne the hunter seeks her
in sacred marriage
13. A new clan inland
the past is fading away
the apple haunts her
14. A woman’s soul crushed
in a land of warring men
fragile yet divine
15. Waterfalls in mist
she falls to her knees and prays
begging for the light
16. Woodwose hunted down
the crown removed from nature
17. The secret garden
where seeds of truth lies dormant
fenced off from the world
18. Sacred feminine
close your eyes and hear her name
carried on the wind
~ Tracey-anne McCartney
Wildflowers on a machair.
Hebridean Spotted Orchids
The hebridean spotted orchid grows on the machairs or dunes that are near to the sea - or even the damp meadows near the sea. The hebridean spotted orchid is specific to the western isles. The shells that are broken up in the sand have served to prepare the ground for this pretty wildflower. All wild orchids are protected by law ~ if you remove or disturb the ground - you can be fined or imprisoned - or both.
The Western Isles are a chain of islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the Northwest coast of Scotland. The Islands are also known as the Outer Hebrides or officially called by the Gaelic name, Na h-Eileanan Siar or Innse Gall ("islands of the strangers"). There are various important prehistoric structures, many of which pre-date the first written references to the islands by Roman and Greek authors. Much of the western coastline of the islands is machair, a fertile low-lying dune pastureland. The St Kilda wren is a subspecies of wren whose range is confined to the islands whose name it bears. In European folklore, the wren is the king of the birds, according to a fable attributed to Aesop by Plutarch, when the eagle and the wren strove to fly the highest, the wren rested on the eagle's back, and when the eagle tired, the wren flew out above him. Thus, Plutarch implied, the wren proved that cleverness is better than strength. In Japan, the wren is labelled king of the winds. In Scotland it was the Lady of Heaven's Hen, a name used for Rhiannon.. It was a sacred bird to the druids, who considered it "king of all birds", and used its musical notes for divination. The shape-shifting Fairy Queen took the form of a wren, known as "Jenny Wren" in nursery rhymes. A wren's feather was thought to be a charm against disaster or drowning.
The wild man (also wildman, or "wildman of the woods", archaically woodwose or wodewose) is a mythical figure that appears in the artwork and literature of medieval Europe, comparable to the satyr or faun type in classical mythology and to Silvanus, the Roman god of the woodlands. In Etruscan mythology, Selvans was god of the woodlands, cognate with Roman Silvanus.
The first element of woodwose is usually explained as from wudu "wood", "forest". The second element is less clear. It has been identified as a hypothetical noun *wāsa "being", from the verb wesan, wosan "to be", "to be alive".
It may also mean a forlorn or abandoned person, cognate with the German "Waise" and Dutch "wees" which both mean "orphan."
John William Waterhouse
Le Cattive Madri'(detail) 1894 by Giovanni Segantini