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Author Topic: Worshipping Lugus as Gaulish Mercury  (Read 1752 times)

MattyG

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Worshipping Lugus as Gaulish Mercury
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:06:10 pm »
The other day I prayed to Lugus in his manifestation as the Gaulish Mercury to help me get into a class I wanted to crash (a class about Tricksters in Children's Literature), and I had promised to make appropriate offerings should I get in. I was just wondering if anyone here has any suggestions on what kinds of offerings they find appropriate for him? I'm going to do some research myself, but anyone else's experience would be enlightening.

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Re: Worshipping Lugus as Gaulish Mercury
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2014, 08:08:33 am »
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The other day I prayed to Lugus in his manifestation as the Gaulish Mercury to help me get into a class I wanted to crash (a class about Tricksters in Children's Literature), and I had promised to make appropriate offerings should I get in. I was just wondering if anyone here has any suggestions on what kinds of offerings they find appropriate for him? I'm going to do some research myself, but anyone else's experience would be enlightening.

 
First, if you get into that class you have to share what you're learning. That class sounds right up my alley. :)

My initial Google search led me to this article by Alexei Kondratiev which has references to Roman interpretations of Lugus as Mercury.

I talked to Lugh once or twice in ritual and Hermes once or twice for a friend, but I'm stumped as far as Lugus and Mercury go, much less Them smooshed together. That said, perhaps there is a common offering They both share? They both seem like They'd appreciate good works crafted by your own hand and mind.
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Re: Worshipping Lugus as Gaulish Mercury
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2014, 09:42:39 am »
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The other day I prayed to Lugus in his manifestation as the Gaulish Mercury to help me get into a class I wanted to crash (a class about Tricksters in Children's Literature), and I had promised to make appropriate offerings should I get in. I was just wondering if anyone here has any suggestions on what kinds of offerings they find appropriate for him? I'm going to do some research myself, but anyone else's experience would be enlightening.

 
I'm seconding Sage, that class sounds amazing!

As far as other resources go, I've gotten a lot of use out of Deo Mercurio, especially for a perspective on how the Gaulish religion adapted to Romanization. May or may not be useful, depending on whether you view Gaulish deities as closer to Insular or Roman ones?

I also need to mention Ceisiwr Serith's essay on Cernunnos, because it talks a lot about bi-directionality and those tricky to classify multifunctional gods, and it was one of the first Aha! moments for me during my own trip down the Gaulish Mercury rabbithole.

In my personal experience (Big Flipping Grain of Salt/UPG warning!) I've come to see the name Mercury, especially with Celtic deities, as a title applied to several different gods who might all have similar sort of wibbly-wobbly tricksy-skillsy functions.  It's one of the areas where my polytheism gets pretty soft, and it seems like deities who have a Mercury aspect are pretty easygoing about what name you call them. *shrug*

As for offerings: I've done various combinations of milk, honey and baked goods with pretty good results if I leave them at like the edge of my property or a field? Leaving spare change at bus stops has gone over really well.

I'd also suggest making things or learning a new skill. Writing, artwork, crafting...my worship took a big step forward when I started spinning my own yarn, for example.

Hope that helps some? I'd love to hear how this turns out (and if you want good vibes for getting into the class, you've got them!).  c:

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Re: Worshipping Lugus as Gaulish Mercury
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2014, 07:01:17 pm »
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First, if you get into that class you have to share what you're learning. That class sounds right up my alley. :)

Ahh, I did get in :) With surprising ease. The class is overly-full, but the professor just doesn't care and handed out add-codes to anyone who wanted them :p Very fortunate.

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My initial Google search led me to this article by Alexei Kondratiev which has references to Roman interpretations of Lugus as Mercury.

Thanks! I read this article a few years ago, but thank you for reminding me of it.

It particularly reminds me of "his association with heights"-Maybe I should see if there's a decent hike around here. Find a high-holy place.


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I talked to Lugh once or twice in ritual and Hermes once or twice for a friend, but I'm stumped as far as Lugus and Mercury go, much less Them smooshed together. That said, perhaps there is a common offering They both share? They both seem like They'd appreciate good works crafted by your own hand and mind.

Also a good point. I'm not very crafty, but I have been meaning to learn to draw. Maybe I could dedicate some time practicing that.

Thanks :)
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Re: Worshipping Lugus as Gaulish Mercury
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2014, 07:16:13 pm »
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As far as other resources go, I've gotten a lot of use out of Deo Mercurio, especially for a perspective on how the Gaulish religion adapted to Romanization. May or may not be useful, depending on whether you view Gaulish deities as closer to Insular or Roman ones?


I'm honestly becoming more of a soft polytheist as I get more into studying the different gods and religions of the ancient world. I can't honestly say why I was drawn to ask the Gaulish Mercury for this particular boon, but it felt right. Probably because it's a class about tricksters and I know Mercury's Trickster nature (in fact, our readings for the first week even turned out to be all about Mercury, so that's an appropriate coincidence :p)

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I also need to mention Ceisiwr Serith's essay on Cernunnos, because it talks a lot about bi-directionality and those tricky to classify multifunctional gods, and it was one of the first Aha! moments for me during my own trip down the Gaulish Mercury rabbithole.


I'll be sure to read that one when I have a moment.

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In my personal experience (Big Flipping Grain of Salt/UPG warning!) I've come to see the name Mercury, especially with Celtic deities, as a title applied to several different gods who might all have similar sort of wibbly-wobbly tricksy-skillsy functions.  It's one of the areas where my polytheism gets pretty soft, and it seems like deities who have a Mercury aspect are pretty easygoing about what name you call them. *shrug*


It's ok. I'm a bit soft myself :p Hell! Hermes is already practically a Celt. He's a master of eloquence and his very first myth is about him stealing cattle. Don't get much more Celtic than that :p

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As for offerings: I've done various combinations of milk, honey and baked goods with pretty good results if I leave them at like the edge of my property or a field? Leaving spare change at bus stops has gone over really well.


That's great! If I find a good mountain to climb, I can leave some biscuits there. Or cookies sound nice :) And I love the change idea. Especially since I'm currently strapped for cash, and Mercury is known for his control over found money. I can trust him to get it where he wants it.

Thanks a lot :)

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