Being Australian living and working in Portugal I have had the experience many times where locals have said to me, “Well, you see Bob, I’m actually not Portuguese I am by birth a Lusitanian” upon asking why this is so? They generally refer to ‘their blood’, their ‘inner feelings’ or perhaps their ‘Grandfather’ told them.

Sun & Moon

After mutual agreement that the word Lusitanian is not from the typical Portuguese or Latin fold, then upon asking them “What language lineage do we think this popular word comes from? What might it mean if we break it down into its constituent parts – then put it back together again?” - This more often than not, draws a blank look, followed by an acknowledgement of interest?

This ancient Celtic/Gaelic word when broken down into two parts symbolizes first Lusa – the masculine, the Celtic Sun God, the power of the light, all knowledgeable, this Sun word bears heat being representative of fire. The animal astrology sign for Lusa/Lugh is the Lion, as Lugh is the ‘King of the Celts’ the Lion is ‘King of the Jungle’. From the zodiac art work shown here the symbolic connection can be seen with the face of the Sun, protectively encircling the face are the flames of the fire of the Sun. With the face of the King of the animal world, these protective flames of fire become the Maine of the Lion.

The second part of this word, Ania or Anya, is a very ancient Celtic Goddess who is symbolic of the feminine, the Moon Goddess. She has the Gnostic power of darkness; esoterically wise with the unseen mystique of the Otherworld, this Moon word is cold being representative of water. The animal astrology sign for the Moon is Taurus and that connection is most prevalent in this art work as the twin crest of the Moon is symbolic of the horned weapons of the faena.

When they are together as the one word they are the metaphor for the perfect alchemic marriage, the ultimate blending of the light and the darkness – Intellect, Wisdom – this is the true omnipotence of the word Lusitania…

(This second word fadista, when broken down simply signifies fad, another metaphor meaning something of such popularity that it constantly comes and goes – forever. This is why ‘the fadista‘ can never stop singing ‘the fado‘).