Bardic: Performance and the Awen

An interesting perspective of the Awen. Enjoy the read.

Druid Life

The awen (a Welsh word) is invoked by Druids in ritual, usually by chanting it. This is one of the traditions we owe to revivalists, not to ancient history. However, the experience of flowing inspiration is something that can and does happen – during periods of creativity, but also sometimes when performing.

For me, it’s a sensation of being completely taken over by what I’m doing and being able to do it in a totally different way – with more drama, intensity and depth than usual. On rare occasions, it’s had some very odd effects indeed. I recall a ritual when three of us spontaneously improvised music together, and another ritual where I re-wrote one of my own songs as I went to better fit the situation. I had no real memory afterwards of what I’d sung.

Awen is something that turns up when it does – it cannot be…

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The Pagan Community – A Survivors Guide

NOTE: Thanks to Damh the Bard for the post!

So you’ve found this wonderful thing called Paganism. You might be called to explore a particular path, be that Wicca, Witchcraft, Asatru, Druidry or Shamanism, or you might just want to go with the flow of the eclectic and take stuff from all over. There are magazines, courses, physical groups, online groups, moots, festivals, open…

via The Pagan Community – A Survivors Guide — Damh the Bard

Moon Phases and Esbats 2016-2017 Southern Hemisphere — hocuspocus13

Originally posted on Grimoire Faire Venir: 2016 DECEMBER New Moon: 29th First Quarter: 7th Full Moon: Strong Sun Moon 14th ? ? ? Last Quarter: 21st 2017 JANUARY New Moon: 28th First Quarter: 6th Full Moon: Blessing Moon 12th ? ? ? ? ? Last Quarter: 20th FEBRUARY New Moon: 27th First Quarter: 4th Full…

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