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End of the season with Lammas/Lughnasadh festival

By Marleen Shepherd
In his old age, the Irish sun God Lugh is still potent and capable. Even now as the days begin to shorten again in Southern Illinois, his fiery fingers are diligently tending the crops in our long growing season.

It seems a shame, then, to call attention to his autumn demise as area pagans will do Sunday in Giant City State Park. “It’s almost anti-intuitive,” Tara Nelsen, founder of the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance, said of acknowledging fall so early. “I’m really a summer girl, and I’m not ready to admit it. In September, ok, but not yet.” The reality, said Nelsen, is that it is time to turn toward the coming harvest. Lughnasadh is said to commemorate both the wedding of Lugh (pronounced Loo) and the funeral the sun god puts on for his foster-mother Tailte.

Read the original article at: The Southern

Read the original article at: The Southern

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