was known to the Celts as a god of craftsmanship and skill
-- in fact, he was known as the Many-Skilled God, because
he was good at so many different things. In one legend, Lugh
arrives at Tara, and is denied entrance. He enumerates all
the great things he can do, and each time the guard says, "Sorry,
we've already got someone here who can do that." Finally
Lugh asks, "Ah, but do you have anyone here who can
do them ALL?"
Take the opportunity this day to celebrate your own skills
and abilities, and make an offering to Lugh to honor him, the
god of craftsmanship.
1. Before you begin, take a personal inventory. What are your
strong points? Everyone has a talent -- some have many, some
have one that they're really good at. Are you a poet or writer?
Do you sing? How about needlecraft, woodworking, or beading?
Can you tap dance? Do you cook? How about painting? Think
about all the things you can do -- and all of the things
you'd like to learn to do, and the things you'd like to get
better at. Once you sit down and think about it, you might
be surprised to realize how accomplished you really are.
· A candle to represent Lugh
· Symbols of your skill or talent
· An offering of some sort
2. Decorate your altar with items related to your skill or
talent. If your skill relates to something tangible, like sewing
or jewelry-making, put some of your craft supplies on the altar.
If it's an ability to DO, rather than MAKE, such as dancing
or singing, put some symbol of your ability on your altar.
Do you have a favorite outfit you wear when you dance? A particular
song lyric that you know you're fabulous with? Add as many
items as you like to your altar.
If you are performing this rite as part of a group, family or grove setting,
go around in a circle and have each person take their turn to express their
pride in their work, and to make their offerings to Lugh.
3. You'll need a candle to symbolize Lugh, the god. Any harvest
color is good, because he came up with the idea of a grain
festival to honor his foster mother, Tailtiu. Place the candle
on your altar in the center. Feel free to add some stalks of
grain if you like -- you can combine this rite with one honoring
the harvest, if you choose.
4. Light the candle, and take a moment to think about all
the things you are good at. What are they? Are you proud of
your accomplishments? Now's your chance to boast a little,
and take some pride in what you've learned to do. Announce
your own talents in the following incantation. Say:
Mighty Lugh, the many-skilled god,
he who is a patron of the arts,
a master of trades, and a silver-tongued bard.
Today I honor you, for I am skilled as well.
I am deft with a needle,
strong of voice,
and paint beauty with my brush strokes*
*Obviously, you would insert your pride in your own skills
5. Now, consider what you wish to improve upon. Is your tennis-playing
out of whack? Do you feel inadequate at bungee jumping, yodeling,
or drawing? Now's the time to ask Lugh for his blessing. Say:
Lugh, many-skilled one,
I ask you to shine upon me.
Share your gifts with me,
and make me strong in skill.
6. At this time, you should make an offering of some sort.
The ancients made offerings in exchange for the blessings
of their gods -- quite simply, petitioning a god was
act, a system of exchange. Your offering can a tangible one:
grain, fruit, wine, or even a sample of your skillwork --
imagine dedicating a song or painting to Lugh. It can
also be an offering
of time or loyalty. Whatever it is, it should come from the
I thank you, mighty Lugh, for hearing my words tonight.
I thank you for blessing me with the skills I have.
I make this offering of bread and wine* to you
as a small token of honor.
*Or whatever else you may be offering.
8. Take a few more moments and reflect on your own abilities.
Do you have faith in your skills, or do you deflect compliments
from others? Are you insecure about your abilities, or do you
feel a surge of pride when you sew/dance/sing/hula-hoop? Meditate
on your offering to Lugh for a few moments, and when you are
ready, end the ritual.