Some modern Druids use the term Imbas interchangeably with the more common Awen, the Welsh equivalent, to refer to spiritual inspiration, and sometimes to the Awen symbol consisting of three small circles (representing the positions of the rising sun at the solstices and equinoxes) above three rays, all surrounded by three concentric circles. The use of Imbas infers a kind of ecstatic journeying or extra-sensory awareness.
In the Celtic traditions, poetry has always served as a primary conveyance of spiritual truth, and the Imbas is at the heart of that process of inspiration, poetic expression, and conveyance of truth. Its association with the number three connects it to a myriad of expressions of that sacred number in Celtic lore and belief. The revival of Imbas Forosnai is an important focus of modern Celtic Reconstructionists.