Awen and Crochet

One concept in Druidry is that of Awen, the elixer of creativity, the three drops of Ceridwen’s cauldron Gwion Bach tasted which started his journey to become Taliesin – the master bard.

On a druidic path it is important to foster creativity and encourage development in your art. Many choose the traditional Bardic route of story telling or of poetry, however the way I choose to do this is through Crochet.

Its one of those things that seemed to come to me naturally and over the years I’ve grown more confident about my ability to feel comfortable in sharing it with people.

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(My triple moon fairisle jumper)

I use Crochet all the time in my spirituality. I find it very meditative. It keeps my hands busy and leaves my mind free to either focus on the monotony and counting of stitches to relax, or to wander in thought. One of the main things I use it for is pre-ritual I create unique colour themed circles, usually to place candles on, which puts me in a meditative state before the ritual, give me a personalised focus point during, and I have a unique altar piece which I can remember each ritual by at the end of it.

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Or sometimes I make squares…

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I also make things for particular days, like for my Alban Eilir ceremony I made a couple of seasonal altar pieces…

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Its a part of my path which is important to me and I thoroughly enjoy doing it! I’m working on a plain white netting style scarf/shawl thing at the moment, its a very monotonous stitch which on rainy days like to today allows me to drift off in thought.

Peace and blessed be!
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3 thoughts on “Awen and Crochet

  1. I’m also a big fan of handcrafts as path on the Bardic way–knitting and beading rather than crochet, but same idea. Spoken word or music is traditional, however, at a time when so many traditional skills are being lost, it think it warrants an expanded definition of “Bardic.”

    1. I crochet because I can’t knit… unless I use a crochet hook, ahaha. Traditional crafts need to be kept alive, I was taught by my sister, who was taught by my mother, and her by her mother. Not only are they traditional cultural crafts but familial traditions too. Too precious to be lost!

      They say “A picture is worth a thousand words” I think this applies to our view on bardic crafts.

      1. I’m the exact opposite–I knit because I can’t crochet! I was taught various stages of knitting by three or four different people, but when I’m in the process of knitting, it’s the spirit of my Aunt who feels closest. She was a great knitter, but had Alzheimer’s by the time I was ready to learn.

        A thousand words indeed!

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