Better Know a Celt: Lugh Lámhfhada

Welcome to the second entry of Better Know a Celt, a series I started with the intention of getting to know the gods and goddesses of my chosen hearth cultures. The Celt for August is, surprise surprise, one Lugh Lámhfhada, Lugh of the Long Arm, Many-Skilled, Craftsman, Artist and Athlete Extraordinaire. I’ve often described Lugh to non-Celts as an Irish Apollo, which, on the surface, isn’t too far from the truth. Both gods seem to be jack-of-all-trades, having such a diverse purview  that it might be easier to say what They’re not in charge of. Both are also gods of light (though not necessarily the sun), are both warriors and artists, and are shown in mythology to care deeply for Their mothers.

Writing this post has been difficult, not because there’s any dearth of mythical information about Lugh or because His modern followers are silent – to the contrary, He seems to be one of the more popular Celtic gods nowadays – but because I find so little connection with Him. I have some vague sense of what His presence is like, and He’s indistinguishable from Aengus Óg’s presence in my mind: warm, quiet laughter, but golden where Aengus is red. Which leads me to wonder if there’s some connection between the two gods (there is) or if I’m just getting nothing from Lugh and projecting His image onto Aengus (which is probably also true).

But, it’s important for me to know all the Tuatha Dé Danann, not just the Ones Who seem most important to me. They all have Their place, Their thread in the tapestry. (There’s also a lot to be said for recognizing that not all the gods are going to like me, or that Some may have a “meh” reaction at my presence. That’s okay when you’re a polytheist. Not all practitioners are cut out for all gods, and it’s okay to have some you only honor once in a great while – say, Lugh at Lughnasadh – or even not at all.)

So, without further ado, I present to you a god who really needs no introduction: Lugh.

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Lughnasadh 2012 Write-Up

Right after the Midsummer Writeup! Sounds about right. Below is the unedited and un-annotated version of yesterday’s ritual. Some of this was copied from another ADF ritual, and at the moment I can’t find the original source. Later I’ll edit this with proper links and suck.

A real, actual post is coming soon. I promise.

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Midsummer 2012 Write-Up

Yes, I know it’s late. Yes, I know Lammas is almost upon us. But I’m having a bit of an off day – old wounds from the past that ache every so often – and I thought that offering my ritual for my readers’ consumption would be a better post than lamenting over past hurts and neuroses. (At least until I can channel these negative feelings into constructive writing.)

The following is what I have verbatim from this past Midsummer’s ritual, done ADF style, along with a small reflection at the end which will go toward my completion of the Dedicant Path. Enjoy!

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Better Know a Celt: Manannán mac Lir

Today’s post introduces a new series I’m calling Better Know a Celt. I consider myself a Druid and am heavily working with two Irish deities at the moment, but my knowledge of Celtic mythology in general is sorely lacking. So, I’ve decided to take a closer look at my divine partners and their families with the goal of familiarizing myself with a beautiful and complex set of mythologies. The first post of this series spotlights the Irish god Manannán mac Lir, son of the sea god Lir, ruler of oceans and storms, teller of dreams, psychopomp, foster father, and all around good guy.

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Dedicant Path: Re-Oathing Myself

As part of my catch-up with my Dedicant Path work, I repeated my First Oath. This is an optional ritual to be completed at or near the beginning of your DP work which serves as a clear starting point for those who need it. Rather than oathing “I will finish the DP in a year” or even at all, and rather than oathing to ADF/the Archdruid, the oath is between yourself and the Kindreds. The idea is to say, “I’m here, I’m on this path, and I’m going to do my best to encourage spiritual growth and discipline while I walk it.” Since the First Oath appears in Week Two of Rev. Dangler’s The ADF Dedicant Path Through the Wheel of the Year, each time I’ve (re-)started the DP (at least three times at this point), I’ve oathed or reoathed myself. This time is no different – especially since I’m determined this is the last time I’ll have to restart my progress. 🙂

I’ll let my ritual outline and annotations speak for themselves. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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