Awen

Silk Alchemy

Joined March 2010

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Silk in canvas with lots of 24ct gold and Dutch metal.

#theurgy. She is a meditation muse. A visual shamanic reminder for inspiration.

She is the personification of Awen – the Celtic symbol (held in her hands) of the three rays of Light, the triad of creation and motion found in nearly every tradition here on earth. The Pagan / Druid (significantly Welsh, which is so very close to Breton) word for flowing inspiration/creativity/poetry. For divine inspiration. She is most often associated with flowing water, as it’s the water that nourishes our soul.

She is the moment of clarity when we are still, like the crane. Patient, tranquil, with intention. Until the divine waters wash into our being and quench our thirst. In my painting, not only does her dress flow as water, but all the bubbles of potentiality float about her, some cascading, now ready to be realized.

They say that poets and soothsayer are described as awenydds. "I shall sing of the awen, which

I shall obtain from the abyss

Through the awen, though it were mute

I know of its great impulses

I know when it minishes;

I know when it wells up;

I know when it flows;

I know when it overflows." Taliesin, “The Festival” from the Book of Taliesin, 13th century

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