She Who Wears Antlers: Answering the Ancient Ones

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Jude Lally

Jude Lally

  Jude Lally is an artist, a writer and workshop facilitator. She grew up a few miles from Loch Lomond, where the river Leven meets the mighty River Clyde, on the West Coast of Scotland.   She gained her masters degree in Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) with her thesis ‘Fire in the Head, Heart and Hand. A Study of the Goddess Brigit as Goddess Archetype and her Relevance to Cultural Activists in Contemporary Scotland.     She moved to Asheville, NC in 2009 where she runs her Celtic Soul School offering a program of workshops and courses.     Her work is threefold. She is firstly a doll maker, carrying out an ancient tradition of shaping the divine female into form. Secondly a writer, her essay exploring the Goddess Brighid as Bear Mother was published in Patricia Monaghan’s Brigit. She is currently researching a book on the ancient mothers of Loch Lomond (her article of the same name appears in Sage Woman/issue 87/Sacred lands).     Thirdly as an artist and workshop facilitator her Celtic Soul School is a place to put all of this into practice – offering workshops in Asheville and online courses. The Soul of the school is in offering shamanic journeys and guided meditations, which lead participants between the worlds to seek out their own visions and ask their own questions. Central to the schools philosophy is in sharing those experiences allowing the opportunity to explore what resonates with us as we learn from each other – and to then bring all that inspiration into sacred art.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Keening-Women.jpgWe’re in an in between place right now, Imbolc has passed but it’s not quite Spring Equinox yet. One day it seems like full blown spring and then the next we’re plunged back into winter. Maybe you still haven’t thrown off some of the Imbolc layers which can see us feeling fragile and full of unease. Maybe part of that unease comes from a past down worry of our ancestors which is knitted into our bones, worries about food supplies running out and hungry mouths to feed. Maybe part of that unease is that many who are ill can’t say yes to another year of living and choose instead to make their journey to the next world.

 

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final-imageThe hardest thing I did yesterday was to get out of bed. I could feel my shock in the election result in my body. It weighed me down, I couldn’t move fast. When I got out to the garden  was surprised that the world seemed the same – the tree’s were in the same places and the sky hadn’t cracked open.  I moved very slowly yesterday, glad for the little things – washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry and sweeping the porch, little things brought me back to life.

While on awaking I had the fragment of a dream ‘we are born for these times’ rang in my head to which I loudly replied no, I’m small, I’m tired and I’m overwhelmed. By lunchtime I really was tired and ready to back to bed.

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Click on image for source. Sacred Stone Camp, North Dakota.

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Today, 25th March is the Cailleach’s day. The old crone’s day, the blue faced hag, the creatrix … call her what you want – she couldn’t care less.

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  • Alicia Foster-Scales
    Alicia Foster-Scales says #
    What most intrigues me is that she simply is. Just as all mystery, all the darker sides of things that we like to ignore and fear
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    Also I'm Ovate and French, I've always been attracted by the Cailleach...She gives me unbealievable strengh, I really have to know

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