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Lughnasadh (V.2) by LilipilySpirit Lughnasadh (V.2) by LilipilySpirit
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"Lughnasadh" (V.2)
Copyright, 2012, by Lilipily Spirit & L.O.Hennig
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PLEASE NOTE: This poster has been partly reworked from the original that I posted previously, due to a lack of permissions for me to sell this work outside DA. I have removed the child who portrayed Lugh, and have replaced him with a man. Other small alterations have also been made. You can still see the original in my DA gallery, but this is the final product. The other will be removed from sale altogether.

POSTER ELEMENTS

Thank you to all providers of these elements. I had great pleasure working with them.

Poster Frames:

Border Frame (part) = [link]
Celtic Frame Metal: [link]

Poster Font: Font: akaPotsley [link] Font Metal: [link] Font Metal: [link]

Poster Elements: Autumn Tree: [link] Harvested Field: [link] Hay Bales: [link] Harvest Moon: [link] Harvest Fruits: [link] Cheese Board and Cheeses: [link] Green Grapes: [link] Breads: [link]
Red wine bottle: [link] Chalice and Ewer: [link] Red Candle: [link] Fire Bowl: [link] Fire Bowl Flames: [link] Lugh: Harlequin_by_mizzd_stock.jpg [link] Autumn Leaves & Leaf Crown: [link] Flute: [link] Lynx Cat: [link]

All other elements: Artwork and photography by lilipilyspirit [link]

Enquiries: lianne@lilipilyspirit.com

Please NOTE: This is the first of a series of eight posters defining the pagan Eight Fold Year. Please Watch for the others - coming soon!

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Lugh, is a Celtic sun god whose name means 'light.' He was handsome, perpetually youthful, and full of vivacity and energy. Lugh's equivalents were the Roman gods, Dionysus and Mercury, and the Greek gods, Apollo and Hermes.

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THE EIGHT FOLD YEAR

The eight fold year is based on an ancient European pagan calendar Wheel system that used the solstices and equinoxes to define times of the year to celebrate rites of passage among the clans. The eight points on the Wheel include the 'fire' festivals of Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain, along with the festivals of the solar year solstices and equinoxes. These points mark the cycles of the year in the natural world (which were important to our ancestors, whose lives depended on their crops and livestock, and were deeply affected by the changing seasons and their vagaries), and are used today to reflect similar processes in our lives as human beings, as well as in our emotions and spirit.

LUGHNASADH [pronounced LOO-NAH-SAH], or Summer's End

"T'was on the day of Summer's End we scoffed veggies and bread,
And said thanks to the god of Light who'd made sure we were fed.
We danced a song of rain to ponds so we'd have more to drink,
And leapt through the fire of good luck, to keep us from the brink."

- Poetry by L.O.Hennig (copyright, 2012)

Lughnasadh is the festival of Harvest Home, when ancient people gave thanks to the divine for the bounty of life after the first harvests had been reaped. The name of this ritual comes from the deity of Light, or Lugh, the Shining One. In ancient times, the light from the Sun was seen to triumph over cold winds and frosts, to nurture and mature the crops. In gratitude, the people gathered a tithe from those crops, and gave it to the Sun God. Baked bread and cakes, brewed beer and wine, and corn dollies, were created to honour these goods, and competitions were held to see who had grown the largest and best produce. Of course, someone had to eat it all for the God! So the people would dance and make merry to celebrate the harvest, and in being so alive, gave thanks.