Goddess Ilmatar  

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IN THE KAEVALA,THE TALE OF THE OLD FINNISH GODS, WE MEET ILMATAR, THE GODDESS OF CREATION. SHE IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE "DAUGHTER OF AIR", SHE WHO CREATED THE UNIVERSE. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ILMA, THE SKY, AND AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME, WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING BUT AIR AND WATER, ILMATAR WOULD FLOAT THROUGHT THE EITHER. BUT, ONE DAY SHE CAME DOWN FROM THE HEAVENS AND RESTED ON THE WATERS. BECAUSE THERE WAS NO LAND, SHE FLOATED ON THE WATERS FOR SEVEN CENTURIES. SHE LOOKED AROUND AND SAW NOTHING...AND SHE WAS LONELY.

NOW, ILMATAR WAS A VIRGIN GODDESS AND HAD NEVER BEEN TOUCHED BY ANOTHER BEING, BUT ONE NIGHT, AFTER THE SEA HAD LASHED OUT IN A TREMENDOUS STORM, SHE FOUND HERSELF MYSTERIOUSLY IMPREGNATED BY THE PRIMORDIAL WATERS. AND, SHE REMAINED PREGNANT FOR MANY YEARS...UNABLE TO GIVE BIRTH.

THEN, ONE DAY, WHILE SHE WAS FLOATING, PREGNANT AND IN GREAT DISCOMFORT, A CELESTIAL EAGLE FLEW DOWN AND BUILT A NEST ON HER KNEE. THE POOR BIRD WAS PREGNANT AND HAD BEEN DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO LAND. THE BIRD LAY SEVEN EGGS WHICH EVENTUALLY FELL FROM HER KNEE AND HATCHED OPEN. AND OUT OF THESE EGGS CAME THE EARTH, THE SUN, THE MOON, AND THE CLOUDS. ILMATER WATCHED WITH WONDER AS THE WORLD WAS FORMED. DELIGHTED THAT SHE NOW HAD SOMETHING TO WORK WITH, SHE BEGAN A LONG PERIOD OF SHAPING. SHE FORMED THE ROCKS AND THE BAYS, THE SHORES, AND THE OCEAN DEPTHS. AND, WHEN HER WORK WAS COMPLETED, SHE FELT A STIRRING INSIDE AND GAVE BIRTH TO VAINMOINEN, THE WORLD'S FIRST SHAMAN. AND HE WENT ON TO COMPLETE THE CREATION THAT ILMATER HAD BEGUN.

"JOURNAL QUESTIONS:"

"HOW MAY I BE MORE CREATIVE AND ACTIVELY USE MY INSPIRATION AND IMAGINATION?"
"HOW MAY DREAMS AND FANTASIES HELP ME TO EXPERIENCE MORE FULFILLMENT?"

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