Fire in the Head

Awen – Part I – Basic Introduction

The word Awen comes from the Welch (Cornish and Breton), one surviving Celtic language amongst Irish, Gealic, Scottish, Manx, Cornish. Depending what Welch dictionary, one consults the English translation is “(poetic) inspiration”, “flowing (spirit)”, “fluid “or “muse”.

The Awen symbol emerged in the Druid revival (from the 18th century) and is attributed to Iolo Morganwg. Most often called in Druidry “the Three Rays of Light”.

In modern Druidry there is a whole bunch interpretation of this symbol. Most often referred as the Triad of the Sunrises, the point at which the sun rises on the two Equinoxes and the Summer Solstice.
Yet many modern Druid Orders like to see those Three Rays as the tree Druid Grades of Bard, Ovate and Druid. Or the triple aspect of the Goddess (Maiden, Mother & Crown).

“The quest for Awen is a quest for the spirit of Druidry itself, and, as such, it brings together many paths.” (#1)

To find your Awen is truly a noble quest. This Spirit of flowing inspiration. We need find it everywhere along our path. As a Bard it becomes our muse, our essence, our creative inspiration that we put into words or songs, or draw on a canvas, the journey of our stories. While as an Ovate, this fluid inspiration becomes our guides and inspiration in the divination arts, and the magical works, as well as in the healing arts. The love of learning the high mysteries of nature, herb and plant lore is another aspect of the Ovate and the influence of Awen. As Druids the Awen sparks our philosophy and understanding, our love of studies and the joy of ceremony.

Not finding our Awen is something like the typical “Writers Block”, the stagnation of ideas.
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Lughnasadh / Lughnasa / Lammas

Lughnasadh marked the first of the festival of the harvest season, followed by the Mabon (the Autumn Equinox) and end’s with Samhain (Halloween).

Lammas is the time of fresh root vegetables from the gardens, wheat, oat, barley and corn from the fields. Mabon is full of fruits and berries, while Samhain fills nuts and fruits into our basket’s.

Lammas is the celebration of this first, Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance.

In our stories Lugh, the Sun god aspect, transform’s into the legend of John Barleycorn, who is cut down every year doing this celebrations to bring life and abundance to the next year’s harvest.

Another famous folk costume is obviously the Lammas Loaf, as well as the Corn Dolly.

The first sheaf would often be ceremonially cut at dawn, winnowed, ground and baked into the Harvest Bread which was then shared by the community in thanks.

The last sheaf was also ceremonially cut, often made into a ‘corn dolly’, carried to the village with festivity and was central to the Harvest Supper

Blessings of the harvest season and celebration’s