Known as Lugh Lámhfada (pronounced “LOO LAWV-ada”) in Scotland and Ireland, and Lleu Llaw Gyffes (pronounced “LEYE-law guffs”) in Wales, this Celtic Sun God’s name means “Lugh of the Long Hand,” and it was given to him because of his skill with the spear. Another title often bestowed upon him is “Samildánach,” which means “He of Many Skills.” He is one of the most important Celtic Gods, and the High Day of Lughnasadh (August 1) bears his name.
Lugh is the God of the harvest. He is a solar deity, and the month of August is his sacred month. Lugh was the father of Cúchulainn, hero of the Ulster Cycle of stories. Cúchulainn (pronounced “KOO-hul-len”) is an Irish hero believed by some to be the basis for the legends of King Arthur.
Lugh is the master of all arts and crafts, and in this aspect he bestows skills and talents upon those who seek him. Sunflowers, apples, and plants that bear fruit in early August, including corn, wheat and rye, are all sacred to Lugh. Animals sacred to Lugh include roosters and calves.
Invoke Lugh when you wish to improve your skills, or when you are seeking a harvest in your life. If Lugh enters your life, prepare for a period of learning.
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