We are going to shift gears, since the turning of the wheel is in flux and now talk about the next Wiccan Holy day/Sabbat that many of us will celebrate Lughnasa. While I have been told my many of my readers, that they read my blogs for different reasons I think we can all agree that when it comes to “Sabbats” no matter what your path, many of us celebrate them or adapt them for our own use. If you did not know, my path is Egyptian and so it would seem that with a Celtic oriented wheel of the year I would be left out. However, like anything on this path I have been forced (it’s a figure of speech) by the Universe to observe and celebrate Sabbats in a way I would not necessarily do in my personal practice for the greater good of others and in the service of the God's and Goddesses' Temple. We all know there is a lesson here, but that is not the what I want to talk about today…today I want us to re-discuss and re-examine ONE god…Lugh.
Years ago, when I first discovered this path I started off primarily a nature observer and working with primal nature forces. The people I knew (including my Mamaw) that used “nature magic” or “dirt magic” did not pray to a particular deity just “mother” or “goddess” or “god”. So it came as a wonderful “extra surprise” to me when I figured out that there were thousands of deities out in the world that had been worshipped; many had been forgotten and many were living and breathing and walking around. I loved the act of “discovering” and “getting to know” these new spirits, and I still do! The biggest problem I found I had to overcome once I was older was transferring and translating the “ancient portrayal of a God or Goddess” to “modern times”. As a teacher, I find that establishing an intimate relationship with deity is often thwarted by this same “issue” that I had to learn as I grew up.
So I am going to tell you a story, you may have heard it, but I am hoping to flesh it out for you in a new way. This is the story of Lugh. Lugh, was a “wright” and this means in a modern terms a man who created, built, and repaired things. He could have been a playwright or a carpenter, an electrician, or a roofer, a captain of a barge, a maker of jewelery or a mechanic but one thing he definitely was…was a worker and I am sure he tackled all of these previous jobs at one time or another in his life. Lugh is the God of work and the Master of all arts and crafts; and like many of us living in the 21st century it seems that he sought out jobs he was interested in and mastered them. Once he "leveled up and out" in that job, he got bored and then applied for another job and started a "new career" thus his life would be full of various careers ever shifting and growing like most of us now. Today, we live in the modern technological age; and there is Lugh who seems as if he stepped right out of the agrarian age and wants access to a new world that has left him behind…..or has it?
There was a HUGE house party being thrown in Memphis,Tennessee that all the cool Pagan people were invited to come and participate in thrown ironically enough, on Lughanasa. However, for some reason it seems that the Host and Hostess of this big shindig forgot to invite the God Lugh. It was a serious oversight, but an understandable one since not many of us really believe that Gods walk and talk amongst us anymore like the “old ones” did. And so it was that Lugh decided to make the Host and Hostess and the community aware of this oversight gently. He decided to come to Memphis, Tennessee that weekend and participate and throw down at the HUGE Pagan party. Lugh came up and knocked on the door of this “happening place”. He was greeted at the door, by one of the local Pagans and told that “he was not cool enough” or “what they were looking for” in the area so he best be going since they did not know him. However, Lugh being deity and not a typical human decided to argue the point; whereas most humans would slink off and be “shunned” by their peers.
“ So what is it that makes one cool enough in this Pagan community to come and be part of your group?” Lugh asks. “Well you have to have a perfect lineage that we can track; and you have to be wear the right clothes, and have the same kind of hair as all of us, and you have to do things “our way” though we do not share that way with outsiders; and well you better be able to prove you have some ‘mean skills in the magick department and brag about them constantly’ for you to be one of us.” Lugh was told by the doorman. Lugh laughs, “I see” he says while scratching his beard. “Well, I am a blue-collar man primarily who comes from no place you have heard of, who possesses the skills of just work.” Lugh says. The Pagan at the door looks at him and says….”what kind of skills, and where did you get them from?” Lugh says, “I posses the skill of going into any situation and sizing it up, and seeing what needs to be done and doing it without instructions. I work for others well and enjoy working for and in groups. I get my skills from the Universe, this physical plane, and myself.” The Pagan looks interested but says…”Well we have plenty of Clergy already in this community, Highpriest’s and Highpriestesses galore, Elders aplenty, and I do not know you so (even though you look older than me) none of those skills count.”
“I possess the gift of story telling in a way that makes people learn and hear the words of the Gods they could not hear or comprehend before, and people love to learn through stories you know. I came by this skill through listening to spirit and by plugging into the Universal station of thought.” Lugh says to the Pagan door man. “Well, we have plenty of people in our community that have been published, and like I said I do not know you at all so you aren’t really convincing me here.” The Pagan says arms crossed across his chest. Lugh smiles and winks and then says “Well, I posses the gift or ritual and magick, I can raise energy and cast it in ways you have never seen…I am willing to share these skills with your group because I love to share. I learned these skills through years of hard work, practice, discipline, and dedication but none of your people in that room have taught me.” “We have plenty of people that can do magick here; surely you know that we are all Pagan” the young Pagan says with a sneer. “I posses the skills of song and dance, I can sing you to tears or to joy, I can show you how rhythms underlie everything and how when faced with challenges how to dance through them all. I share this skill with some of my brothers and cousins, it's sort of a lineage thing, ” Lugh adds. The Pagan getting irritated says…”I have no idea why those skills would add to a community and I would like to get back to my group would you please hurry up.”
So Lugh, being a God and clever, looks the man straight in the eye and says…”Do you have a person who is master of all theses skills amongst you?” The Pagan hesitates and starts to take time to think…and realizes they do not. “No sir, we do not…and this means?” Lugh takes his hand, and extends his index finger and thumps the young man on the third eye….”this means, you need to include me in your gathering Young Pagan for this is my day; and I am the God that should be honored above all others in your crib.” The Pagan looks at the middle aged man before him, in dirty jeans and a “not traditional hippy pagan clothing” and says…”Okay, but if the others don’t agree with your claim out you go.” Lugh smiles, and saunters in and the party becoming instrumental in changing the landscape of that community completely and moving it into a more positive progressive direction. For Lugh is, after all, a God and the master of work and all trades and he is determined to prove to us all…that he is not antiquated just not recognized that often.
Now I know, this is not my typical Southern Fried fare; and I hope you find yourself smiling at this tale because Southerners do love a good story. Most importantly though, I want you this Lughnasa to celebrate and look for this “god” in the men and women around you. He dwells in the workers; he is clever, funny, and smart. He is always striving, growing, reaching, and mastering a new thing. May we all grow to be more like Lugh, and may he come to all of our community gatherings this Lughnasa. Lastly, but most importantly.....
Thank you, as always, for the gift of your time!