More Medieval Goods from Avilion Mist

Working in the theme of threes today, gals. Starting with the jewlry which will be in every image today, the marvellous new Awen collection by Malakh Giles of Avilion Mist.

Avilion Mist Ren Dress Blue

This is Serenity Sieyes newes dress, Ren in blue. It’s a simply stunning ensemble consisting of top, pants, prim skirts sleeves…and of course, a gorgeously crafted Aura capelette. Sieyes creates such beautiful things, even with the peasants these gowns were originally intended for, the set became something fit for a fairytale princess.

The gorgeous bodice is richly detailed, as is every other piece, the prims all working together beautifully to create a seamless, realistic look. I must state that I adore the textures on Sieyes’ creations – all of them. She has a unique way of utilizing textures that many other builders would either overlook or use in such a way that they look very odd, out of place, flat, etc….but Sieyes breathes life into them, and works with them, and prims, artfully, to create masterpieces.

The perfect compliment to an Avilion Mist gown? Avilion Mist jewelry of course! In the image is the Awen collection’s circlet and necklace. There are also earring in this collection, as well as another version of the necklace I’m wearing (a little more simple), and, also, a circlet and necklace with the triskellion’s delicate swirls (no idea how he coaxed the prims into doing that!).

I understand that the Awen and Triskellion are symbols rich with meaning to Druids. According to Wikipedia, Awen is a Welsh word historically used to describe the divine inspiration of gifted bards in the Welsh poetic tradition and, in a more general sense, sometimes ascribed to musicians and poets today. It can be compared to the Classical Muse. The first recorded reference to the Awen occurs in Nennius’ Historia Brittonum, a Latin text of circa 796 CE, based on earlier writings by the Welsh monk, Gildas.

The feminine noun, Awen, is usually translated as ‘(poetic) inspiration’ or ‘muse’, and sometimes as ‘genius’, or even ‘poetic frenzy’. ‘Awen’ derives from the Indo-European root *-uel, meaning ‘to blow’, and has the same root as the Welsh word awel meaning ‘breeze’. Awen is the breath of inspiration, or breath of the divine which gives inspiration. There is a parallel word to ‘awen’ in Irish, ai, also meaning ‘poetic inspiration’ which derives from the same ancient root.

Neo-Druidism

In some forms of Neo-druidry the term is symbolized by an emblem showing three straight lines that spread apart as they move downward, drawn within a circle or a series of circles of varying thickness, often with a dot, or point, atop each line. The symbol was invented by Iolo Morganwg and adopted by some Neo-Druids.

The Neo-Druid symbol of Awen

The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) describe the three lines as rays emanating from three points of light, with those points representing the triple aspect of deity and, also, the points at which the sun rises on the equinoxes and solstices – known as the Triad of the Sunrises. The emblem as used by the OBOD is surrounded by three circles representing the three circles of creation.

Various Neo-druid groups and individuals have their own interpretation of the Awen. The three lines relate to earth, sea and air; body, mind and spirit; or love, wisdom and truth. It is also said that the Awen stands for not simply inspiration, but for inspiration of truth; without Awen one cannot proclaim truth. The three foundations of Awen are the understanding of truth, the love of truth, and the maintaining of truth. The rays also stand for the letters from which all others evolved: I, O, and U. It is said, “No one without Awen from God can pronounce these three letters correctly.”

Ahh Lord Wiki is wise. Now for an explanation of the Triskellion:The Celtic symbol of three conjoined spirals may have had triple significance similar to the imagery that lies behind the triskelion. The triple spiral motif is a Neolithic symbol in Western Europe. It is carved into the rock of a stone lozenge near the main entrance of the prehistoric Newgrange monument in County Meath, Ireland. A variant of the symbol is also found, carved into the wall in the inner chamber of the passage tomb. Because of its Celtic associations, it is also used as a symbol of Brittany (alongside the hermine).

In the north of Spain, the triskelion is used as a symbol of Galizan and Asturian nationalists. A similar symbol called lábaro by Cantabrian regionalist can be compared to the neighboring Basque culture’s four-branched lauburu.

A possibly related symbol of Germanic origin is the valknut, and the Celtic and Germanic triquetra.

The triskele, usually consisting of spirals, but also the “horned triskelion”, is used by some Polytheistic Reconstructionist and Neopagan groups. As a Celtic symbol, it is found primarily of groups with a Celtic cultural orientation and, less frequently, can also be found in use by some Germanic Neopagan groups and eclectic or syncretic traditions such as Wicca. The spiral triskele is one of the primary symbols of Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism. Celtic Reconstructionists use the symbol to represent a variety of triplicities in their cosmology and theology; it is also a favored symbol due to its association with the god Manannán mac Lir. Wicca is syncretic in nature and often aesthetically adopts symbolism from various cultures, particularly Celtic symbolism. It is less commonly used amongst Germanic Neopagan groups due to the non-Germanic origins of the symbol; use by Germanic groups may be due to confusion or association with Norse symbols with triple symmetries, like the Valknut, the Triquetra, or the symbol found on the Snoldelev Stone.

After all this explanation, I’ll end on the subject by saying that even if you don’t follow the symbology, these items are exquisite offerings, available in silver, gold, and onyx (a gunmetal), and include the ever populat gem change scripting. As always, Avilion Mist delivers amazing pieces of art for your avatar. I highly recommend a visit.

Credits:

Gown: Ren Dress in Blue from Avilion Mist

Jewelry: Awen circlet and necklace (silver) from Avilion Mist

Hair: Hayden in Chocolate from Sirena

Skin: St. Patrick’s Day Freebie from Canimal

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~ by Arwen on April 21, 2008.

2 Responses to “More Medieval Goods from Avilion Mist”

  1. Nice one, although i dont know if we can wear it during summer here in LA

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