Maia, the Sailing Queen’s Daughter

The Pleiades, also known as the seven sisters, have guided and inspired multitudes of people throughout history. Travelers and sailors on their journeys across the lands and seas have relied on the Pleiades while in search of adventure and their destinies. To honor their special role in navigation, the ancient Greeks referred to the Pleiades as the sailing stars, and Maia’s mother, “the sailing queen”. Pleione’s seven daughters were all renowned for their beauty, but Maia, the eldest star in the cluster, was singled out as exceptional.

“Maia” is one of the finest pieces on the album, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking for the replay button. The conclusion is both intense and incredible, all thanks to Veraart’s vocal. She single-handedly fills space with stories and life.

BT Fasmer, New Age Music Guide

Maia’s son Hermes was the one who invented the seven stringed lyre, made from a tortoise shell. Each one of these seven strings were related to the seven sisters. As their voices performed in perfect harmony, this explains the deeper connection between the Pleiades sisters and music. Harmony was considered the source of all creation. It celebrated the “Harmony of the Spheres”, whose seven sounds formed the foundation of cosmic order and time. Harmonic resonance captivated the Greek gods and immortalized the Seven Sisters in the form of Muses. 

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