The Hound of Cuchulain

We know the story of how, arriving late at the homestead, he was attacked by the guardian dog whom he killed. On seeing the grief of the owner and hearing his plight, he decided to take the dog’s place as guardian of the threshold and became known as Cuchulain, ‘the Hound of Chulain (Colin)’.

So who is Colin, or Chulain. My knowledge of Gaelic and Celtic languages is pretty scant but I can derive two God names from Chu-lain’. The first is that of Hu, or Huw (pron. Hee-oo), the Sun God, who gave his name to the Hughes family and no doubt the Houlihans (the Hooligans of the English), as in the Greek Hu-bris – bright Sun; and the other none other than his bride, his partner, the ruler of the Night, La Luna, The Moon, or Llun as it is in Welsh. So we have the Hound of the Sun and Moon.

Now what are the characteristics of the Hound? He runs unfalteringly after the quarry and does not give up until he is either outrun or captures the prize.

And what are the qualities of the Sun and Moon. That relentlessly they run the course of the stars and pour down the months and years clocking up time against us as unswervingly they roll on. But…

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
(Pink Floyd ‘Time’)

So what of the Hound then? Is he the one that catches them, and holds them until the hunter comes abreast? Is he the Great Man of the Year or the Man of the Great Year , the Dog Star. Or the Regent of Aquarius, the Christ, in his Aquarian manifestation? The Water-pourer, the Potter in older forms of the zodiac, the one who casts balm upon the troubled waters of humanity toiling away under the blazing Sun and unforgiving Moon.

This is all but speculation, though a grain of Truth may lie herein.

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