In Norway, we have a beautiful fairytale called 'Reisen til Julestjernen/The Journey to the Christmas Star'. In my childhood, we would visit to the National Theatre in Oslo, along with people from all over the country, to see the play..
Princess Sonya, infatuated by the brilliance of the star's sacred light, is led by dark forces to venture into the woods by herself to find it, and disappears from the kingdom. The queen follows into the deep forests to look for her, and vanishes too. The king is devastated and curses the star. The power of his intention makes the star's light go out, and an era of darkness and grief descends upon the land. Without disclosing the ending, it has to do with some courageous women standing up to the oppression of the bad guys - and balance is restored in the queendom..
The star that appears in the northern hemisphere in the winter months is usually referred to as the Christmas Star, as it is believed the star that appeared for the sheperds the night Jesus was born. Another old name for the star is the Evenstar, and in astronomy it is known as the planet of Venus - the star of the Goddess. In the ayurvedic medicine system, the planet of Venus corresponds our energetic heart centre, the anahata chakra.
They say that light carries memory, and that starlight carries memories from the very origin of their creation. In the mythical tale of Lord of the Rings, the precious Evenstar is passed down from Galadriel to her daughter Celebrian, who in turn gives it to her daughter Arwen. Finally, it lands in the hands of Aragorn...
In a modern interpretation, Sonya's story can be said to evolve around the recognition of women as carriers of light and universal memory, and how nurturing- and letting our hearts open to this special starlight can bring both men and women to higher ascension. Uniting both forces in your self - and your relationships, surrendering to light created in the equilibrium of the androgynous scale.
Another beautiful 'coincidence' is the meaning of the name Sonya, derived from the Arabic name Saniyya (سنيّة) which means “brilliant, radiant, splendid”.
The last couple of days, coinciding with Lucia, I have been singing Sonya's Song, and wanted to share it with you. I also translated it to English.. It just.. Feels relevant.
Sonias Sang til Julestjernen - Norwegian
Julestjerne,får jeg deg?
Sa en gang en liten pike,
ville gi et kongerike
for å kjenne deg.
Julestjerne,gå din vei!
sa en bitter konge siden
Mørk ble du, og mørk ble tiden,
må du gjemme deg?
[F] [Em] [Am]
Julestjerne, kom til meg!
[Dm] [D] [G]
Du har voldt oss sorg og smerte.
[Em] [E] [Am]
Se, nå gir jeg deg mitt hjerte,
[C] [G] [C]
la meg tenne deg.
Julestjerne, bli hos meg.
Det er godt å se deg skinne.
Du må aldri mer forsvinne.
Aldri glemme meg.
Sunia’s Song to the Evenstar - English translation
Evenstar, please come and play,
said a young, enchanted girl-child
I would give up my whole kingdom,
Just to know your ways..
Evenstar, you go away!
Cursed an angry king to heaven
Darkness came and darkness lasted
No more light of day..
Evenstar, come back to me
You have caused despair and sorrow,
I'll love you like there's no tomorrow
Your light will set us free
Evenstar, be mine to hold
Feels so good to see you shining
Always in my soul to worship,
Is your heart of gold...