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,
both an Winter Awen Amulet and this Belt Buckle.
A Druid from the East Coast who loved the original look of the Awen
designed by Isaac,
however he wanted to have a different version.
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 Belt Buckle is three inches tall
and may be modified to fit the belt of your choosing,
simply place the size of the belt on which you wish to mount
in the “special instructions” option of the page when ordering.
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 Belt Buckle page.