The harp is a classic symbol of music and song. In the Celtic tradition the Bard (wandering musician) would travel from town to town with a harp slung over his shoulder, singing and telling stories to all that would listen. He would also collect stories and songs to carry to other villages and thus spread the news of other places with his voice.
When the land was oppressed by a tyrannical ruler, the Bard would hide from the authorities: his news and music would be considered seditious. Thus the protection of music was ingrained in the Celtic tradition. More than a simple story teller, the Bard was the source of news and culture to a people hungry for news and lore.
Bards were chosen for their powerful memories and their nuance of song. They were trusted to be not only accurate in their news but also for speaking the truth and witness without judgment.
For centuries, because of their lack of allegiance to any authority save for the Truth, they were outlawed for generations though out Ireland and Scotland. In those dark times a simple token of a tiny harp on a lapel was a sign of solidarity.
In honor of this powerful title of the Bard, I have created an amulet of Inspiration: the Bardic Harp Amulet. This amulet holds an octave of strings in a Celtic style harp: I have placed a Lady Muse on the front of the harp, fashioned like a maiden prow of a ship. Her hair on the top forms a bail from which to hang a jump ring for you to wear as a pendant. The Amulet is two sided with a solid base so it may “stand up” if set on a flat surface.
This amulet is created for musicians, story tellers, reporters in all medias and any one who loves music.