George Rix Seawitchartist
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Cutty Sark Figurehead
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8 x 8 inch Acrylic on canvas
A Druid friend in America asked
me to paint an ancient Oak tree with an Awen symbol on it's trunk. I
opted to paint it with lots of moss colonising it's girth and exposed
roots with stunted branches as is often so with an ancient oak. That
offered some advantage given the reason the painting was being
commissioned, a book cover for
expanse of Oaks , later a variant was asked for to hang at home,
which is what you see above.
The Oak and Awen
Why are the Oak and the Awen
symbol so sacred to Druids? I decided to ask an experienced Druid in
Wales, Warren Brown, he wrote for me the following.........
'Oak is considered the most noble of all trees, maybe due to it’s
prominence on the land, on the ancient landscape the oak was the
largest most imposing feature, often
seen struck by lightning which must have made it very special in the
eyes of our ancestors, touched by fire from the Gods. Mistletoe was
thought to be a result of the lightning strike, a gift from the gods
therefore considered one of the most sacred plants of Druids
Lightning struck oak is also still considered a very potent material
to use for creating magical tools.
Oak was also seen as the personal tree of Dagda the father of the
Rituals, rites and gatherings were held in vast groves of Oak and
druids would not worship or practice without the presence of an oak
The word Druid comes from the word ‘Duir’ meaning oak and the word
meaning to have knowledge of. Druid translates as ‘Those with
knowledge of the Oak’ or ‘Wise one of the Oak’. To possess knowledge
of the oak was to possess knowledge of all trees, know the king of
trees know his court!
The Awen is the symbol of divine inspiration in Druidry,
A flowing river of knowledge a fire in the head placed by the divine
it is all, the power behind everything linking life, nature and the
elements, connecting this world to the otherworld
the three rays of sunlight which are cast on the dawn of the solstice
the gateway to Annwyn, the Celtic otherworld, many Druids see the Awen
as also representing the three realms Land, Sea and Sky.
The three dots are seen symbolic by some as the three drops of Awen
given to Taliesin from the cauldron of the goddess Cerridwen.'
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