The Fire Festival Of The Summer Sun
By Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D. 🐾
This is the first of the Pagan Harvest Festivals. This is a time where we celebrate the Sun God Lugh, honor the rain and thank the magikal folk of the Tuatha Dé Danann for their help in our own gardens.
Celebrated on August 1st or 2nd in the Northern Hemisphere and on February 2nd in the Southern Hemisphere.
Lughnasadh as a holiday, honors the Celtic hero Lugh also known as the Sun God along with the spirits of nature, such as the rain givers, and garden faeries.
Tuatha Dé Danann (usually translated as “people/tribe of the goddess Danu“), also known by the earlier name Tuath Dé (“tribe of the gods”), are a race of supernaturally-gifted people in Irish mythology. They are said to be the offspring of the fallen angels. Often referred to magikal, mystical and very wise. Some even connect them to the beautiful faeries of the woodlands.
In legend, Lugh’s father is Cian of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and his mother is Ethniu, daughter of Balor, of the Fomorians. The Fomorians were a semi-divine sea-faring race from the north (in some legends they came from Northern Africa). They are often referred to as a race of Giants. They were a brutal race who invaded Ireland and rid the land of it’s first invaders, the Partholons, with a deadly plague. Continue reading