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Hecate, Cailleach, and Winter

Winter is starting here in Wellington New Zealand, and has been heralded by a weeklong southerly storm. The Cailleach, she is not far away and can be felt in this the first of the winter storms.  Offerings are already being made by unsuspecting people who were silly enough to bring umbrellas as protection against the strong southerly winds.


The Cailleach, a Scottish winter Goddess brought here, if you will, by settlers from the British Isles.  She is similar to Hine-nui-te-pō  the Maori Goddess of the underworld and death, who was here before. It maybe that the Cailleach found her,Hine-nui-te-pō as a sister, their energies do seem to coexist in a complementary way.  Well they do for me anyhow.


 It is said that in Wellington if you have an umbrella then you have just moved here or you are a tourist.  

With the rains, mushrooms have also sprouted, and in some of the oddest of places.  this is a main intersection heading northwards out of the city, 


At the cross roads where Hecate is often found, little white umbrella mushrooms grow heralding the winter to come.


With the coming of the Cailleach and a whiff of crossroads and Hecate i am wonder what Winter will bring, a time of hibernation, quiet contemplation but also what else?

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Kia Ora and Welcome, to my little corner of the interwebs, I’m Polly, a Tea Drinking, Urban Witch and Textile Artist.  This is where I write about being a practicing Witch in New Zealand, all the way  down here in the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are opposite to that of the Northern Hemisphere and we cast our circles in an anti-clock wise direction as our sun and moon tracks north, not south.  That’s right we do a lot of things about face in the Southern Hemisphere, but I will tell you one thing, *whispers* your moon I noticed, when I was visiting Canada a couple years back, your moon its upside down.. just so you know. *winks* Here you will find musings on seasons, magic, sewing,  the sacred and tea,  as well as various reviews written about books, cards, and podcasts.  I hope you enjoy.  *sips tea*


  • Jamie
    Jamie Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    Mistress Polly,

    Thanks for sharing! You have a great sense of place, informed by an awareness of the Gods and spirits.

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