This post could be about so many of my friends, and perhaps to a lesser extent myself – though I’ve been fortunate enough to find a “normal” job that I find very enjoyable and fulfilling alongside all my artsy pursuits.
A key principle in druidry is Awen, which means poetic/divine inspiration–the inspiration to bring forth creative efforts into the world. Many artists seek their inspiration in the natural world, through which Awen flows. It is Awen that gives us poetry, music, theater, dance, art, and other forms of creative expression. It is this creative expression that we celebrate as druids–but this is often at odds with much of American society.
In our society, the term “Starving Artist’ is an unfortunate reality. Those who are driven–to dance, to paint, to sing, to play instruments, or to put their creative pursuits out for others to enjoy–are often met with apathy, misunderstanding, or a general lack of value in their work. Most artists cannot afford to support themselves with their talents; this is especially true of the innovators, those who try to break out of the box and really do something unique. Many…
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