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Interesting couple of thoughts as I did some independent refreshing my memory on Dagda in light of how I am reorganizing my brain, I came across a couple of interesting relationships. Only proceed past the “more” tag if this kind of thing is interesting to you. It very well might be a slog if it doesn’t float your boat.
Random, chaotic thoughts follow…
Tilt our “compass” so that it resembles a medicine wheel (and ignoring the colors other than to make it easier to identify the quadrants), we get something like the divisions below:
- White = North = Stone = Samhain to Imbolc
- Yellow = East = Sword = Imbolc to Beltane
- Red = South = Spear = Beltane to Lughnasadh
- Black = West = Cauldron = Lughnasadh to Samhain
If we apply certain figures associated with these quadrants (again, there is not a full consensus on this and I am taking some personal liberties, which I will debate if anyone wants to), we can assign patrons as such:
- White = The Morrigan
- Yellow = Brigid
- Red = Lugh
- Black = The Dagda
If you notice, I divided the list with double-dashed lines in what would transect the circle from the northwest to the southeast. According to several scholars, the years the Celts likely recognized had a male component (Beltane to Samhain) and a female component (Samhain to Beltane). There is some suggestion that the above relationship between Lugh and The Dagda should be reversed, but I think there is as much or more evidence that supports my own assignments.
What I like about this is that it provides balance on all four non-astrological parts of the year that appear to be observed. Each non-solstice/equinox day has two patrons and a singular patron for the astrologic days that can find correspondence to the Four Treasures (with a little bit of fluff about the sword in the East, but I have some initial thoughts on that relationship as well).
Also, an interesting bit of information I had completely forgotten, The Tuatha appear to have only learned the skills of agriculture as an agreement between Lugh and Bres (of the Formorians) in exchange for his life. This implies that, prior to the arrival of Lugh (who came after the initial landing on Ireland by the Tuatha), the Tuatha were likely in the category of hunter/gatherers if they were not skilled in agriculture. This, in turn, maybe explains the doubling of the “compass” from four primary focal observations to add holidays (or observances) which reflect agricultural needs.