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12 Oct 2013 22:55 #121393 by Jayden
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Awen(pronounced ahhhhoooennnn)

A curious mind and friend I might add asked me about my signature. The symbol I always use. I thought, why not share it with all of you. My way of adding to the great wealth of knowledge here at the Temple.

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The three rays.



‘Awen’ is a Welsh word roughly translated as ‘divine inspiration’ (In Irish, the word for 'awen' is 'imbas.') The Welsh word is Indo-European in origin and comes from the root ‘-uel,’ which means ‘to blow.’ In this sense, it could be seen to mean, ‘that which takes one’s breath away.’ In other words, the Awen is that which is awe-inspiring.
The Awen that consists of three descending lines, in this manner: /|\. The most basic interpretation of this symbol is three rays of divine light descending to the Earth, bringing inspiration. It is one of the most meaning-rich symbols in most Druid traditions.

Sometimes the rays are topped with three dots. The three dots represent the three drops from Cerridwen's cauldron of inspiration that Taliesin received. These three drops led Taliesin to be a great bard. The rays represent divine inspiration coming down from above.
There are many interpretations of the symbol, which was invented during the Druid Revival in Great Britain in the 18th century. The three lines can represent earth, sea and air, or sun, moon and earth, or body, mind and spirit, or love, wisdom and truth. There are no right or wrong interpretations. Each individual Druid derives his or her own meaning from the symbol.
More important than the symbol itself is the idea it represents. Awen is the concept of divine inspiration. It is the inspiration of truth. The core element of Druidry is to seek the Awen. The tools and techniques of Druidry are designed to help a Druid achieve Awen. If you've ever had an 'ah ha!' moment, when the solution to a problem seemed to come to you in a flash, you've experienced Awen. If you've ever been particularly moved by a piece of music, or a well-acted scene from a drama, you've experienced Awen.
Another triad of the Awen is Emotional Mind/Rational Mind/Wise Mind. In Emotional Mind, you're reacting totally based on your emotions. For example, if you have trouble controlling your anger, you are in Emotional Mind. Rational Mind, on the other hand, it totally devoid of emotion. Think of Mr. Spock from Star Trek. Wise Mind is the balance of Rational Mind and Emotional Mind in perfect harmony. Wise Mind is the source of poetic inspiration. It is the Awen.
The Awen can represent balance between Chaos and Order, or Earth-Sea-Sky, or the triple nature of the Goddess, or the Triads, or any of dozens of other interpretations.

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12 Oct 2013 23:18 #121394 by Jayden
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Jayden wrote: Awen(pronounced ahhhhoooennnn)

A curious mind and friend I might add asked me about my signature. The symbol I always use. I thought, why not share it with all of you. My way of adding to the great wealth of knowledge here at the Temple.

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The three rays.

Best defined by the BMOD. (Black Mountain Order of Druidry)


‘Awen’ is a Welsh word roughly translated as ‘divine inspiration’ (In Irish, the word for 'awen' is 'imbas.') The Welsh word is Indo-European in origin and comes from the root ‘-uel,’ which means ‘to blow.’ In this sense, it could be seen to mean, ‘that which takes one’s breath away.’ In other words, the Awen is that which is awe-inspiring.
The Awen that consists of three descending lines, in this manner: /|\. The most basic interpretation of this symbol is three rays of divine light descending to the Earth, bringing inspiration. It is one of the most meaning-rich symbols in most Druid traditions.

Sometimes the rays are topped with three dots. The three dots represent the three drops from Cerridwen's cauldron of inspiration that Taliesin received. These three drops led Taliesin to be a great bard. The rays represent divine inspiration coming down from above.
There are many interpretations of the symbol, which was invented during the Druid Revival in Great Britain in the 18th century. The three lines can represent earth, sea and air, or sun, moon and earth, or body, mind and spirit, or love, wisdom and truth. There are no right or wrong interpretations. Each individual Druid derives his or her own meaning from the symbol.
More important than the symbol itself is the idea it represents. Awen is the concept of divine inspiration. It is the inspiration of truth. The core element of Druidry is to seek the Awen. The tools and techniques of Druidry are designed to help a Druid achieve Awen. If you've ever had an 'ah ha!' moment, when the solution to a problem seemed to come to you in a flash, you've experienced Awen. If you've ever been particularly moved by a piece of music, or a well-acted scene from a drama, you've experienced Awen.
Another triad of the Awen is Emotional Mind/Rational Mind/Wise Mind. In Emotional Mind, you're reacting totally based on your emotions. For example, if you have trouble controlling your anger, you are in Emotional Mind. Rational Mind, on the other hand, it totally devoid of emotion. Think of Mr. Spock from Star Trek. Wise Mind is the balance of Rational Mind and Emotional Mind in perfect harmony. Wise Mind is the source of poetic inspiration. It is the Awen.
The Awen can represent balance between Chaos and Order, or Earth-Sea-Sky, or the triple nature of the Goddess, or the Triads, or any of dozens of other interpretations.

Jayden
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13 Oct 2013 08:52 #121411 by mdk
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very interesting explanation, thanks.

The Awen can represent balance between Chaos and Order, or Earth-Sea-Sky, or the triple nature of the Goddess, or the Triads, or any of dozens of other interpretations.

evnetually, the Awen could be the Force.

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13 Oct 2013 09:30 #121412 by Lykeios
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Indeed, thank you for the explanation both in your message and here, my friend!

Much appreciated. I really like the concept of Awen.

"I sae rantingly, an sae dauntingly, sae wantonly gaed he. He played a tune and he danced all aroond below the gallows tree."

"Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man." -Zhuangzi

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14 Oct 2013 00:34 #121457 by Adder
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Kewl, very interesting!!!

Without the dots, just the three lines as portayed in your sig looks like the edges of a tetrahedron that are not on its resting plane, minus the vertices... viewed from a slightly elevated position looking down to it. Nice!!

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14 Oct 2013 03:50 #121474 by Mareeka
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Thank you Jayden
While I did not know “Awen”
i could feel the symbol
thank you for sharing about it
i often experience and see in triads, really dig them

recently the circle with a dot in the center came to me . . hence the avatar . . .
a form of the Great Rays, Ra, Creation

am inspired to ask my Welsh friend to tell me his understanding of Awen and how he experiences it

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14 Oct 2013 04:03 #121475 by Jayden
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Thank you for sharing. May you find peace in your life... but more importantly whithin yourself.

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19 Feb 2016 06:53 #229175 by Vagabond
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Druidism, or Neo-Druidism? Any particular sect?

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