Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lughnasadh



     Harvest...it begins! Things are changing. It is time to collect our years hard work. Not just physically in our crops, but also in our lives. It is a time to reflect on what has come to pass. Our trials, our achievements, our losses, our gains. It is time to reap what we have sown. 
  Celebrated on August 1st, the festival of Lughnasadh is named in honor of Lugh, by his Irish name. He is also known as and associated with: Lug (Continental), Llew, Lugos (Gallic), Lleu Llaw Gyffes ("The Lion of the Sure/Long Hand" Welsh) and Lugh Lamfada ("Lugh of the Long Arm/Hand"). He is also associated with the Roman God, Mercury. There are many names through many cultures. Lugh is "The God of Light", "God of All Skills", the "Bright or Shining One". He is associated with both the Sun and agricultural fertility. The games of Lughnasadh were originally played in funerary tribute of Tailtiu, Lugh's foster mother. Tailtiu is said to be the daughter of the King of Spain, wife of Eochaid of the Tuatha de Danaan and is recognized as a Celtic Earth Goddess. She cleared the field at Coill Chuan in Ireland for agricultural use and died from the intensity of this labor. The area carries her name in memory; Teltown Kelis, Co. Meath. This tradition of games was begun by Lugh and played by the kings who followed. 
   How does one celebrate Lughnasadh, you ask? Well, there are many ways to celebrate. Most people get together and reflect on the year and think about changes they want to make in the year to come. They harvest their crops/garden or buy from a local farmer if they do not have crops/gardens of their own, do crafts, play games in honor of the Tailtean games, bake bread and other goods and have a feast! But, what if you don't know any other Pagans that celebrate Lughnasadh, you say? Well, that's ok. Bake bread anyway! Take a nature walk. As you take your walk, pick up stones. For every stone you pick up, think of a bad habit you want to kick and toss the stone aside. Share a meal with friends or buy local produce and give it away to someone in need. Make a Goddess figure out of dried corn husks and keep it on your altar. This is a great holiday to introduce your kids to. It's filled with activity! I love Lugnasadh, because it sort of reminds me of Thanksgiving and New Years wrapped up together! I also love it because it reminds me that my favorite Sabbat of all is coming soon...Samhain!
   If you want to find other Pagans in your area to share in the festivities, I would recommend going to www.meetup.com or www.witchvox.com. I have found great groups of people on both! I am going to try and attend a Lughnasadh get together with a group I found. I will let you know how it goes! Blessed Be! )O(





4 comments:

  1. Who are the Goddess and God in the first picture please? Lugh is not usually depicted as being horned I think. Also, do you know who the artist is?

    Bright Blessings

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    1. I found the image in google search under "Lughnasadh". After doing some research, the only original source I found was deviantart and the original profile it is from was deleted. Sorry, I wish I knew more. It's a great picture.

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  2. So happy to find your blog....

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