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An Altar for Cailleach Bheur & guided journey to her great cauldron

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Altoid tin altar  




She is the singer of storms

The whisperer of death...

It is she who utters the invitation to slow down and pay attention to the bones. 

For it is only here, in death, that the promise of rebirth is sown. 


Who were the priestesses of this old Hag? 

The attendants to her rock and bone shrines. 

Did they, like her, 

Raise their slachans and ritualize the great dying back to the roots? 


In this time of darkness gather those things that you are not sure of. 

Those lingering things that are tangled around you - 

bring them to the Bone Mother so she may strike them down.  


Click here for a guided journey and enter the swirling waters of her great cauldron....

(file is hosted on soundcloud)



Bone Mother with the swirling waters of her cauldron - inspired by the Corryvrecken whirlpool 



 Hag Stones - It is said you can see into the otherworld through their hole portals



 Felted 'Daughter of the Cailleach' inspired by the river stones at the cailleach Shrine, Tigh na Cailleach, Scotland. Click here for shrine photo source



 Bone Mother rock



You can learn more about the Cailleach with my online course - click here for more details 



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Jude Lally is a forager of stories. You’ll find her out wandering the hills around Loch Lomond, reading the signs that guide her to stories in the land.

As a Cultural Activist, she draws upon the inspiration from old traditions to meet current needs.
She uses keening as a grief ritual, a cathartic ritual to express anger, fear, and despair for all that is unfolding within the great unraveling.
As a doll maker, she views this practice as one that stretches back to the first dolls which may have been fashioned from bones and stones and ancient stone figurines such as the Woman of Willendorf. She uses dolls as a way of holding and exploring our own story, and relationship to the land as well as ancestral figures.

She gained her MSc Masters Degree in Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) and lives on the West Coast of Scotland on the banks of the River Clyde, near Loch Lomond. She is currently writing her first book, Path of the Ancestral Mothers.



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