Lugh – part 1

Before I will make a post about the old Celtic festival of Lughnasadh, one on the harvest festivals on the Wheel of the Year, lets us look first at the character that this celebration is named from.

Lugh or Lug is an important for within the Irish mythology. Lleu Llaw Gyffes (“The Bright One with the Strong Hand”) is the Welch counterpart of the Irish Lugh.

Lugh is a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann (usually translated as “people (s) / tribe(s) of the goddess Dana or Danu” also know by the much earlier name Tuatha Dé (“tribe of the gods”)).

He is very often associated with skill, crazy or craftsmanship, the arts, oath, truth and also the law. His portrayal is usually of a youthful warrior hero or king. Lugh is also knows as a Sun god, a Storm god, or even a Sky god. Lughnasadh obviously draws of this Sun God aspects..

Oak tree in the hedgerow

Many hedgerows in English date back to medieval times and beyond that in many cases. Those living boundary markers where important features in the ancient days, not only as markers of personal properties but also as a boundary between the inhabitants of a village or community with the wild world beyond. Old folk tales are full of the Faeries folk dwelling in those wild places, the forests and hollow hills.

Hedgerows where seem as the Vails between the civilised world of humans and the wild nature beyond it.

Today the hedgerows of Britain are a vital eco system and habitat for all sorts of insects, badgers, mice, bats, deer, just to name few of the wild range of species. Not only that, but hedgerow make excellent wind breakers as well. What would our famous honey bees without the vitally important hedgerows?

There are still old hedgerows stretching across Britain today that is home to ancient trees. The oak and hawthorne are common inhabitants of our hedgerows.

On the nature spiritual path the word hedge often means the solitary work such a Hedge Witch / Hedge Druid, without any affiliation to any coven or grove.