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Help Create the Cailleach's Samhuinn Costume

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'At Samhuinn, the veil between the worlds draws thin and the spirits gather close to bear witness as the courts of SUmmer and Winter battle for control of the seasons. In her wild ecstasy of grief and sorrow, the Cailleach ushers the last breath os Summer's opulent decadence into the beyond to make way for the icy storms of Winter's dark reign'. BFS

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Samhuinn poster for 2015

The Beltane Fire Societies events - Beltane & Sumhuinn in Edinburgh are not to be missed! I attended a Beltane festival in the days before tickets and security roping the crowds back from the main fire. Some fellow pagans offered me a magical brew and let's just say it was a wild night indeed! I can still hear the drumming! 

This year their Cailleach extends an invitation to send a white or cream colored 10cm square of silk, wool, cotton, linen which will be stitched together and worn on Sumhuinn night. Your peice will be sewn together to create the costume for the great hag and worn through the streets of Edinburgh on Samhuinn night. 

 

Click here for the original post and mailing address (to Edinburgh, Scotland) 

 

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Click on the above photo to meet the Samhuinn court and the 2016 Cailleach

 

If you love this idea but might miss the deadline I am so inspired by this idea that I'm creating a Cailleach shroud - you cam mail me your fabrics - same natural materials, feel free to draw symbols and write me a note (email me via my website for snail mail address). The garment will be worn at a Cailleach ceremony in november. I'll publish details on my website - click here to view. 

I, She Who Wears Antlers is a priestess of this old divine crone! 

 

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I am descended from a long line of wise women – for I too am a shapeshifter, a mythmaker, a woman who has always had one ear to the ground and a foot in the other world. I am a listener to old bones and a collector of stories that I gather from the shorelines, deep in forests or atop mountains. Sometimes my shadow shows my other selves sometimes crow sometimes bear, I am She Who Wears Antlers.

I am a radical doll maker, taking this tradition back to its roots and the hands of my foremothers. They remind us of our sacred connection to this world, the otherworld and our ancestors. I am a collector of stories, carrying old ones and those who need retelling.

I am inspired by the Bean Feasa tradition, a wise woman tradition that stretches back past pre-Celtic generations. People sought the wisdom of the wise woman in times of personal crisis and today this tradition can help us face this deepening global crisis.

I am a cultural activist working from the Bean Feasa tradition rooted in pre-patriarchy which honors imagination and creativity and provides us with tools that can help us overcome the psychological effects of patriarchy.

Visit my website for details of online courses, in-person workshops and our annual pilgrimage to the lands of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland.

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