Just as our desire to know the truth is ever elusive, so is the meaning of the word Awen. Attributed to Welsh, Cornish and Breton languages, seeking a single, concise meaning, will result in a most precarious trip down one of Alice’s infamous rabbit holes.
From phrases such as “artistic inspiration” and “inspirational muse”, to the translated description in The Book of Taliesin as “the three elements of inspiration that came, splendid, out of the cauldron”. The Neo-Druid symbol of Awen adopted here, and supposedly invented by Edward Williams, better known by his bardic name Iolo Morganwg, contains three straight lines symbolizing such a trinity.
But the definition of this trinity, like beauty, seems to be in the history of the beholder, as the three lines of the trinity are variously referred to as:
earth, sea and air
body, mind and spirit
love, wisdom and truth
It has also been said that the three foundations of Awen are:
the understanding of truth
the love of truth
the maintaining of truth
And it is from this final meaning that the Awen symbol was adopted to signify Fabricating the Truth. Recognizing the oft times ambiguous nature of truth, as well as our difficulty in crafting a universally truthful narrative, we maintain a solemn commitment to do our best with the raw material at hand.
If you’re game for yet another rabbit hole, do a bit of research on the Three Circles of Existence – Abred, Gwynvid and Ceugant – something we don’t have the time, nor the inclination, to pursue, but you may enjoy delving into obscure, pagan crevices of Neo-Druid history.