The Awen is an ancient design used by the Druids of Olde. This symbol has been recognized and harnessed by the Neo-Pagan movement to symbolize the emanation of the Light, brought into manifestation in the material world.
In his research Isaac Bonewits wrote about it’s use and lore:
In his words:
- “The sign of “the Three Rays” is used by members of the United Ancient Order of Druids, the Ancient Order of Druids, the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, and many other followers of Druidry. It can be seen as symbolizing Sky Father Energy in balance with the Earth Mother energy of the Druid Sigil, as well as any of a thousand other sets of three ideas.”
Over the Summer, I developed and created a new version of the Awen. I was contacted by a Druid from the west coast who loved the original look of the Awen designed by Isaac, however he wanted to have a different version of the piece. From his description I changed the leaves from Oak to Holly and included the berries. I exchanged the acorns for pine cones and the staves match the cones with pine wood.
In the original design, the central “ray” of the Awen is exposed, here in the new Winter version, the Holly covers the stave and it appears below. This additional feature reflects the idea of how the light is obscured in the Winter only to re-emerge “un-looked for”; the triumph of the Light.
The Winter Awen is one and a half inches tall and considerably heaver the the Larger version of the Awen designed by Isaac; the bail is behind the cluster of berries for it to be hung by a chain or cord. If you wish, I can enamel the berries for a more festive look. To get your copy of this piece, please visit the Winter Awen Amulet page.