About Lia


Awenydd is a Welsh and Cornish word which means poet/seer/oracle. It is pronounced “ah-wen-ith” with a hard th, as in they, rather than the soft th of thistle. The plural form is Awenyddion. Awen is poetic/prophetic inspiration, put simply. I explain more, here.

My name is Lia, which I have decided is short for Folia, as in leaves and pages–a fitting representation of my interests as an Environmental Philosophy student, gardener and naturalist, Pagan, musician, poet, writer, and book lover. When I’m feeling vast, I consider Lia short for Liakoura, the mountain that the Greek Muses, the Oracle of Delphi, and Orpheus called home, also known as the home of music, poetry, literature, and learning, sacred to Apollo.

Elen of the Ways and Gwyn ap Nudd are a common affiliation among awenyddion, we have discovered, and indeed, they are the two gods whom I have been biding with for many years.

Awenydd of the Mountains is my personal spirituality blog… for sharing my spiritual musings. A larger gathering of Awenyddion can be found at the Awen ac Awenydd web site, and an anthology of our definitions of of the path and inspired works can be found here: The Deep Music: Offerings for the Awen.

I am a Brythonic and animistic Pagan Druid and member of The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. I live in the Mountain West, among magnificent mountain ranges, and I feel most at home when I’m up in the mountains with the forests, meadows, streams, lakes, and rocky peaks rising into the immense sky.

For the important intersection of spirituality and socio-economic justice, I have written and edited for the web site and journal at A Beautiful Resistance.

Be welcome in this nemeton, be open-hearted here, and may we learn from each other.


[Featured header image is by A Peutherer]
[Profile Pic is by Robin Quinlivan]

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