About a week ago, I began work on a novel. This will be my most ambitious writing project to date. I hope to have it finished and published sometime this summer (July/August). That is what inspired me to write this article.
Creativity is one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon humanity. Whether it be through artwork, storytelling, or music, we all have the ability to create something original and share it with the world. In this article I will focus on storytelling and explaining just how magickal it truly is.
Writing is the act of creating an entire world in your mind and translating it onto paper. By doing this, we are then able to invite others into this new world. Readers are able to feel a connection to this world and the characters who dwell within it. Sometimes, a story can be so captivating that it changes a person’s life. There are entire lifestyles that have developed from such books and stories. There is true power in creative storytelling.
In the Druid tradition, creativity is considered one of the three goals of the Druid. The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids explains that we should “fully participate in life on earth, and that we are meant to express and share our creativity as much as we can” (www.druidry.org/druid-way/druid-beliefs). One does not need to be a Druid to adopt this philosophy into their life.
Awen is a Welsh word meaning “poetic inspiration” or “the inspiration of the poet bards”. It is traditionally attributed to poets and soothsayers, but is now often described as the inspiration of all creative peoples. It is an important concept of modern Druidry.
Storytelling is both the expression and sharing of creativity. The expression comes when we create the stories in our minds and then continues when we write those creative thoughts. Sharing occurs when we tell or read our story to another, or when they read what we have written.
Whenever we use our creativity, we are practicing magick. Storytelling is the ultimate form of creative expression. We are creating entirely original thoughts and expressing those thoughts through the art of the written word. We work towards realizing our creative potential and bring others joy in the process. We honor the gods by using their gifts to the best of our abilities. In this way, the stories we tell are indeed very real. Is this not truly magickal?