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Shamanic Womb Lyre

The Healing Sound of the Feminine

‘To tell the tale my heart must feel; Love, Love alone, my lyre shall claim, In songs of bliss and sighs of flame’ – Lord Byron

As the Grail returns, the enchanting, feminine soul song of the Harp and Lyre also returns to awaken the lands. This 1146521_10203655366088397_925233066_nenchanted ‘soul flight’ medicine was a used by the Swan Priestesses of Isis, the Great Feminine Mystery schools, the Bards and Troubadors, the Druidesses, and the magical Celtic Womb Awenydd, the Spirit Keepers of the Feminine Mysteries. Either in sound healing meditation, or shamanic sound and dance, the enchanted sounds of the harp and lyre were used to enrapture people into direct gnosis, to birth oracular visions, to bring harmonic resonance into the body and psyche, for Sexual Union and to bathe initiates in the direct communion with the Source of Love, whose primordial love song vibrates through every cell of existence when we tune back in.

The prophetic and healing power of the Lyre was a central jewel of the lost Womb Religion, across many cultures – from Sumer, Assyria, Palestine to Greece, France, and Great Britain, and beyond. Lyres were a shamanic Magic Doorway.


“My love is like a melody that’s sweetly sung in tune” 

– Bard, Robert Burns

Often real-life ancient Oracular Priestesses were demoted to myth or legend as the Great Womb Religion, and the feminine wisdom it held was demonized and destroyed. Grail Maidens and Mermaids were from the lineage of Swan Priestesses who used lyre, harp, song, sound and toning to technique create rapturous states of altered consciousness – and to sing the soul back home to the deep Womb waters of the feminine psyche. Siren Priestesses were also famous for sound healing, as were the Cathars who were linked with the troubadors.

The Celtic bards also used Lyre in their magical practices to convey storytelling lore and hidden wisdom and revelation. The legends of Merlin (a Womb Shaman) were birthed from the ancient Grail wisdom and the ancient Womb Religion.

Sound healing also affects us at a cellular level, bringing dis-ease and dis-harmony back into resonance, bringing our bodies and Souls back into ‘tune’.

The Ancients knew this truth of this healing and awakening power, which had the ability to bring us back into the symphony of Song of the Cosmos.

“The sky and its stars make music in you.” Denderah Temple inscription, Egypt


Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is… Be through my lips to unawakened Earth The trumpet of a prophecy!’

– Percy Shelley

Whispers of this great shamanic musical tradition are even retained in the Bible, which describes the use of lyre in prophecy. “You will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying. “Then the [Holy Spirit] will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed” Samuel 10:5 lyre-2-best

In the Hebrew tradition the Bath Kol, the daughters of the Voice, was a heavenly or Divine voice associated with receiving prophecy. Its feminine quality is similar to that of the Shekinah (“Divine Presence”) and Ruach haKodesh (“Holy Spirit”). The Voice of the Bath Kol was also said to emanate directly from the Holy of Holies – symbolically the sacred centre of the temple, and literally the Womb.

The pythian Womb priestesses of Delphi also used Lyre to prophesize and to raise the Dragon energies of Gaia, before their Lyres were stolen and used by the male gods. And Aphrodite played lyre and offered enchanting songs and poetry of love that brought people into her sacred grove (symbolizing her Womb).

In other ancient Greek records, the seven-stringed lyre is presented as a Muse in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, and at Knossos on Crete a small alabaster lyre is decorated with a swan’s head on each arm of the instrument.

In the Harmony of the Spheres, as outlined by the Pythagorean tradition, the lyre was seen as a microcosm of a universal Harmony, of which the human body and soul were manifested echoes.  Legends say Orpheus used his lyre to charm animals, vegetables and minerals, and even to overcome death. Often the 7 strings of the lyre were thought to symbolize the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades.


 ‘The king has brought me into his chambers… While the king was at his table,
my perfume spread its fragrance.’

– Song of Songs

The Lyre and her symbolism are also intertwined with the mysteries of sacred sexuality. The enchanting sounds and frequencies of the lyre were used in the great sexual rites of the Womb Religion; such as the ritual of Heiros Gamos (which literally translates as ‘Womb Union’) and Sacred Grail Union. Dante_Gabriel_Rossetti_-_'Roman_Widow'_('Ds_Manibus')

The Lyre symbolized Woman, and her Yoni – the Song of the Spheres was the harmonic resonance of sexual energy that the Womb emitted in a powerful symphony of orgasmic, ecstatic waves during Sacred Union between lovers.

Stringed instruments were often shaped with the sensual curves of the female body, and played in devotion to her. In ancient times male rulers were often known as Lyre-Kings, preserving the mythical memories of the Sacred Marriage between a King and the Goddess to grant him sovereignty to rule.

Lyres and Harps were often attributed with the same gifts as the Womb – their sacred sound was coveted to lament the dying season and also celebrate the cosmic regeneration cycles. Orchestras of Priestesses playing Lyre would accompany the lamentation rites of Isis and Osiris – and the joy of new birth.

An obscure Sumerian ritual spoke of a river ordeal, a ‘trial by water’ – the baptism and rebirth within the Great Womb that all shamanic traditions speak of. The rebirth would be decided in Holy Song, a judgment by Lyre (the Womb).

The Lyre accompanied the great Love Songs, which the Bards and Troubadors offered to their Lady, the Grail Castle, to gain admittance. These Grail romances and tales were melodic refrains reverberating down from the great Sacred Union rituals of the Womb Religion, as practiced by Priests and Priestesses of Isis


The enchanting sound of the Lyre…“As a classically trained medical doctor, as well as an energy worker and spiritual guide, I have worked with over 25,000 people in every aspect of healing, from the physical to the soulful. One of the primary planetary movements is a return to what we would call feminine or womb consciousness, an evocation of the deep psychic forces within each of us that have the ability to heal and strengthen us, or conversely, when out of balance can cause dis-ease. The enchanting sound of the Lyre is one of the most direct ways to access and shift consciousness into a resting, relaxed state, with its beautiful overtones finding their way into every corner of the body, soul and psyche. My wife and I have directly observed many dozens of people achieve deep healing states, and at times oracular states, through the use of the lyre, much in the same way as was observed in the ancient mystery schools and Moon Colleges of antiquity. The sound of the lyre has played a key role in the physical and psychic healing and balancing of many of our students and clients.” ~ Azra Bertrand, MD, co-author “Pilgrimage into the Womb”, co-creator of “Sacred Sounds of the Womb” CD


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Artist Credits (in order of appearance): 

Dorina Costras

William Morris, Trinity Church, Boston, MA

Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 1874