It was an interesting weekend with the research. The south transept window from Ashbourne has opened a whole set of mysteries to track down and so far I’ve only got a little way in. I enlisted the help of our friend who is interested in these things and she will look at some of her sources over the next week or so. I’ll be damned if I can find out anything about this Inbal person except the meaning of the name, ‘the clapper of the bell,’ or ‘that which makes music in a silent shell’.
On the other hand, all the personages in the window are either Biblical characters or saints associated with music, or more specifically, with song. And they are all depicted with halos and a dove above their heads. Of course, that would tie in with the octave… especially as there are seven of them… Wonder if that ties in with the Creation and the Word? Are the notes of the octave tuned to our days and to the seven of Genesis?
While I remember, I missed a fair bit when I was there, including an odd angle in the construction of the church itself. It has been suggested it mirrors the position of the body of Christ Crucified.
Add that to the other anomalies we had already identified there and I think it is going to need a second visit.
I’ve been looking into the magical mirage of the Isle of Man some more too. You can really see where the legendary islands like Hy-Brasil and St Brendan’s came from, not to mention Ynis Witrin and Thule… And yes, I can just hear you saying it now… something about the Children of Doom, and Doomsday….
Of course, we’ll be in the other Ynis Witrin on Thursday, won’t we? We really have to make time for our illuminated hill on one of these trips… and a second visit to Pilton, of course.
You’ll have noticed the dog is on his high horse about the book. Never should have let him read it, you know… seems to be gathering ammunition for your visit… mainly in the shape of tennis balls, of course. Though I think, on the quiet, he’ll be glad to see you.
There’s only so much he can do with a ferret after all…
Wen and Anu x
Don and Wen … and Anu… are protagonists in the Triad of Albion and Doomsday series of books by Stuart France and Sue Vincent.