Chapter I: Three Rays of Light
Einigen the Giant, who was the first of all beings and saw three rays of light coming down from the heavens. The three rays represented the true nameof the god Celi, the hidden spirit of live that created all things. In the three rayswere all the knowledge that ever was or will be. Einigen took three rowan stavesand carved all the knowledge on them in straight and slanted lines. Instead of reading the staves, others misunderstood and worshipped them as gods.Einigen was so mad that he burst apart.A year and a day later, Menw discovered Einigen’s skull with three rowanstaves and they had taken root inside it and grown out the mouth. He learned toread the writing that was on them and became famous for his wisdom. This storyis the origin myth for the Druid Revival and it represents
(Ah-Oh-En) whichis the heart of Druidic teaching and it means illumination, spirit, and inspiration.The tale of Einigen is a myth. The two important things about myths areits meaning and what it teaches regardless of whether it happened or who wroteit. Druids have an important saying which says, “The truth against the world.”This means that individual truth is more important than what society says is true.The Three Rays also represents the first rays of the sun at Summer Solstice, Equinox, and Winter Solstice. Another meaning of the myth happenseach year when the Sun comes up at its three primary positions on the easter horizon: southeast at midwinter, northeast at midsummer, due east at Springand Fall.The Three Rays can each be defined. The first ray is named
goo-Ron) and symbolizes the sun at its lowest point at the winter solstice. Gwronalso is the knowledge of Awen. The second ray is named
Plen-nith)and it symbolizes the sun at is highest power at midsummer. Plennydd also isthe power of Awen. The final ray is named
(AH-lon) and it symbolizes thesun at its balance, midway through the year. Alawn is the peace of Awen.The Priestly ranks of Druidism also can be linked to the Three Rays.
, which is the first rank, deals with the living power of the spiritual realmsand this coincides with Plennydd.
, which is the second rank, keeps theknowledge of the past and this coincides with Gwron.
, which is the lastrank,, unites knowledge and power and this coincides with Alawn.