Wheel of the Year

The gifts of Imbolc & Lughnasadh


On this cross-quarter day, Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere and Lughnasadh in the Southern Hemisphere, consider the commonality of these two festivals and how they might complement each other with their Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine aspects.

For instance, the Celtic patrons of these celebrations — the goddess Brighid for Imbolc, and the god Lugh for Lughnasadh — had much in common: besides being in the Celtic pantheon of the Tuatha Dé Danann, they are patrons of two of the four fire festivals in the Wheel of the Year. Both had triform aspects. Both were considered “bright ones”. Both had many skills. 

We know Brighid as the goddess of healing, poetry & other arts, and smithcraft (and her three cauldrons) but also animals, crops and more. The image above of Brighid was created by Judith Shaw

Lugh was considered multi-skilled, and known to some as Samhildánach (possessing many arts); he too was a smith, a poet, healer and a keeper of the flame. Sadly the creator/source of the Lugh picture above is (as yet) unknown.

On this cross-quarter day, consider your gifts, how you use them and which you have yet to explore.

Celebrate you and the gifts you bring!

1 thought on “The gifts of Imbolc & Lughnasadh”

  1. That was very interesting. Celtic mythology is new to me. All day online I’ve been seeing references to imbolc and wondering what that means to those of us who live in the southern hemisphere yet are of celtic descent.

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