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The Storm Hags Dancing With Florence

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Image by Boris Zabirokhin. Click image for source
 
I’ve been seeing hags in the sky - some riding geese, some I’ve been seeing hags in
the sky - some riding geese, riding some swans. First, let me explain I practice
neldoracht (reading by the clouds). I could say I’ve been doing this for 40 odd years
as some of my earliest memories come from being in a pram sitting out in the garden
and watching the sky faces peering down. These hags started two nights ago
when I saw a hag who was clearly riding a great goose! Before, me and the dogs
got home I saw hag after hag face appearing and morphing in the clouds. Same
thing the next day - a hag riding a goose or a swan and then a triple gathering of
crones wearing great witches hats!
 Spelling Witch by Jean-Baptiste Monge  Click on image for his website

Spelling Witch by Jean-Baptiste Monge

Click on image for his websit

 In Scotland, the Cailleach is known as the storm hag - when winter

begins to wain the storms that occur at this time of year as said to be the old

hag fighting to keep her reign.

 Storm hags emerging from the wool

Storm hags emerging from the wool

As hurricane Florence approaches the outer banks of North Carolina

(I’m 250 miles inland in the mountains) I’m creating the storm hags,

they are emerging from the wool - as they did in the sky emerging

from white fluffy clouds.

 Habitrot

Habitrot

One of the hags spins - an ancient motif of the wool as the cosmic potential and

as it’s twisted and woven the yarn becomes the fate of our lives. The hag who is

extending the invitation is Habitrot - a Scottish figure who has oversized lips -

all the better to wet her wool as she transforms the raw wool, through her drop

spindle into yarn.

 

She has two sisters - one with an oversized thumb, all the better to draft out the

wool, while the other sister has a club foot all the better to use the pedal of the

spinning wheel with. This trio are related to the Nordic Norns, the Fates.

 Collage as divination

 Collage as divination -I made this image last week before Florence had even started to call in her winds!  

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As Florence approaches, I’ll take Habetrot’s invitation to spin, like the storm

hags circling above and the great eye of the Cailleach watching from the center

of the storm…

 

 

email: judelally@gmail.com
 

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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 one who need retelling.

I am of 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 Fesa tradition rooted in pre-patriarchy which honors imagination and creativity and provides us with tools which 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.

www.sisterhoodoftheantlers.com

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