Seinn, Horo, Seinn: ‘Who will light me a beacon/The spark that will keep songs alive?/One voice will sing the song/But voices united will guard the treasure/We will sing the old songs/Of poetic heroes, love and glory/But there will also be new songs/Our own hearts’ music, as it should be’.
The source of the Shannon river lies in the hills of West Cavan and is called Lug na Sionnaine (The Shannon Pot). If you examine the shape of this bubbling pool of water, you will see that it takes on the shape of the human eye; it is slightly elongated and not purely round. At one end, the emerging waters begin the long journey towards the sea with the resulting shape looking much like that of the Egyptian glyph the Eye of Osiris.
If you throw a small coin into the water, the formations on the surface waters in the pool form the shape known as the Vesicas Pisces. Ordinarily, the Vesica Piscis is a symbol which is made from two circles of the same radius that intersect in such a way so that the center of each circle lies on the circumference of the other. The Vesica Piscis is a type of lens, a mathematical shape formed by this intersection of two disks with the same radius, with the center of each disk lying on the perimeter of the other.The name literally means the ‘bladder‘ of the fish (Latin). In the Christian tradition, it is a reference to Christ, as in ichthys. I was amazed to discover this feature, as I have paid many visits to the well over recent years, but this aspect had (quietly) eluded me.
The Shannon Pot is the beginning point of the seed, the fruit, and the flower of life.
‘A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.’ (Albert Einstein, 1954)