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Sunday, July 25, 2010

God Myths -- Lugh

Sunday, July 25, 2010
The festival of Lughnassadh to the ancient Celts was the Funeral Feast of Lugh. But who exactly was Lugh? Lugh was the God of many skills. He was skilled in as different things as healing, the craft of the warrior, and music, among other things. There is a story below that I found at thaylann's sanctuary, that talks about his many skills.
It was a rainy and miserable day when Lugh arrived at the gates of Tara, the not-so-stong-anymore-hold of the Tuatha De Dannan. The Formorians had the Dannans under their oppressive force for some time now. Nuada, the King, had lost his hand in battle and, even though a silver one had been put in its place, that worked just as well, he was forced to step down from his throne. (Celtic law forbade any to be ruler who had any form of blemish on his/her self). In his place, ruled Bres: a half Formorian, half Dannan> He was a good looking man but he had the countenance of a boor (not a boar).

Lugh appraoched the gate and knocked. His knock was soon answered by a sour-faced gatekeeper.

"What do you want?" Asked the gatekeeper.

"I have come to offer my skills to your people" Replied Lugh.

"What skills could you have to offer us?"

"I am a warrior"

"We already have warriors"

"I am a healer"

"We have many"

"I am a smith"

"We already have one"

This went on and on for quite a while. The gatekeeper was about to slam the door in his face when Lugh asked one final question:

"If you already have someone who can do ALL of these things, then I shall walk away and bother you no more"

The gatekeeper went to check. When he came back, he allowed Lugh entry. They had no one who could do all those things.

Not only did Lugh "get the job", but he even became King for a year and a day with Nuada as his advisor. During his "reign", he led the Tuatha De Dannan against the Formorians in the second Battle of Mag Tuiriedh. During the battle, he finally met up with the Formorian leader, Balor (who was also his grandfather). A joyous family reunion, it was not! While Balor's men prepared to open his evil eye that when opened would kill all within its sight, Lugh prepared his slingshot. As the eye was opened, Lugh made his shot. It went through the eye, making it look in upon Balor and Balor was killed. The Formorian threat was defeated and the De Dannans were victorious.

During his reign, his father Cian was killed by the sons of Uisnach. Lugh ruled that the sons would pay a very hefty honour price, which at the very end cost them their lives...but not at Lugh's hands. His foster mother, Tailtu died as well and Lugh held a massive funeral feast in her honour complete with warrior "games" (kind of like the Olympic games). He stated that this feast would be celebrated along with the harvest every year at the same time...hence the festival of Lughnassadh that is celebrated on August 1 to this day.
As this Sabbat comes closer think on this story and what it means for you. If he had given up after the first or second question then Lugh would have never made it into the castle and never been made King. Now while you may not have as many talents as Lugh, your talents are just as important, so stick with whatever choice you make and you will eventually persevere.

Blessed Be!

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