I – Birthing

In the beginning was the Great Mother, and her name was Penna.

From her womb was born the Earth, and her name was Petra, and from the blood of Petra’s birth grew up a great forest of the strongest trees, which was filled with running creatures who came to dwell therein.

And on the second day, from Penna’s womb was born the Light, and her name was Edna, and from the blood of Edna’s birth shone out innumerable stars which were strewn across the sky to dance in the night.

And on the third day, from Penna’s womb was born the Water, and her name was Callan, and from the blood of Callan’s birth swelled up the great oceans of the world and the monstrous sea serpents and other swimming things who came to dwell therein.

And on the fourth day, from Penna’s womb was born the Air, and her name was Corva, and from the blood of Corva’s birth arose the spirit, and the spirit laughed as it flew into the flowing Water and through the dancing Light and across the solid Earth, returning then to the sacred blood which is its beginning and its end.

The four daughters of Penna became the world, and everything in it and outside of it, bound together by the woven cloth of the Great Mother, and created from her womb.

II – Giving

It was the way with the daughters of Penna to strengthen their bond one to the others by the giving of gifts.

In the wintertime, Petra piled up the earth and stones into a huge heap, and Edna brought a fire and placed it therein to heat the stones; Callan set the stones to gush and flow. And so it was that the daughters of Penna brought to their sister Corva the gift of a volcano, which they called Bourkan that it might be a reflection of her heart.

In the springtime, Petra rolled out a great white rock, and Edna gave it Light and Corva lifted it into the empty sky. And so it was that the daughters of Penna brought to their sister Callan the gift of the moon, which they called Mahina that it might bring rhythm to the Water.

In the summertime, Callan brought the laughter of the running water, and Corva brought the laughter of the spirit. Callan brought the rhythm of Mahina, and Corva brought the rhythm of a beating wing. Petra fashioned homes for the laughter and the rhythm, in the wood of her forest and in the horns of her creatures and in the stones of her mountains. And so it was that the daughters of Penna brought to their sister Edna the gift of music, which they called Geet that it might be a partner to her dancing stars.

In the autumn time, Corva made a giant bird, and Edna destroyed the bird in a royal pyre, and Callan regenerated it with the healing of her salt tears. And so it was that the daughters of Penna brought to their sister Petra the gift of a phoenix, which they called Bennu, that it might be a companion to Petra in her labours.

And at the giving of each gift, the daughters of Penna brought to her their own blood as an offering, which was the blood of their mother reborn.

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