The Awen and The Drum
The Awen has been adopted as the symbol for modern Druidry…
It is based on an original design by the 18th-19th century Druid revivalist, Iolo Morganwg. It represents three rays of light emanating from three points of light and symbolises, among other things, the triple nature of the Druid path, incorporating the paths of Bard, Ovate and Druid.
The Awen is a not genuine symbol of ancient Druidry, but is associated with several modern groups.
The word Awen in the Gaelic language means means “inspiration,” or “essence,” and refers to to poetic inspiration (traditional) or spiritual illumination (modern). The three parts of the Awen symbol represent the harmony of opposites- the left and right rays symbolizing female and male energy; the center bar their harmonious balance (somewhat akin to the Taoist yin-yang symbol).
The RIGHT Hand Ray can be associated with the RED DRAGON or Nitre in Alchemical Terms.
It is Power, Fire and Air – Spirit Above
The LEFT Hand Ray can be associated with the WHITE DRAGON or Salt in Alchemical Terms
It is knowledge, Water and Earth – Spirit Below
The MIDDLE Ray is the Ray of Balance
The Staff of Merlin.. Spirit Within
From a meditation : 7/8/16
T|he Drum is the White Dragon – The Beater is the Red
Together they produce the rhythm of life, the pulse of creation.
The Drum and The Beater exist as ‘entities’ and potential within their own right, but the Drum only plays the vibration of life through the application of desire – the intention to create a beat.
The Drum reverberates at each encounter with The Beater and if the beat is out of step with the echoes of the initial rhythm there is chaos and discord and the intended rhythm falters.
The properties of the Drum and The Beater effect the nature of the beat and the Drummer creates the rhythm and is created by it…
The energy given to the Drum by the Beater derives from a source within the Drummer.
They co-exist and co-create in accord with intention.