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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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As an artist and Cultural Activist, Jude Lally is rooted in the inspiration of her Ancestral Mothers. All her work comes about through exploring her relationship with the land through art, ritual, imagination, and creativity.

She uses the inspiration of old traditions to meet modern needs. While keening, was traditionally a way to ament the death of someone in the community, Jude uses it today as a way to address modern needs in allowing an expression of grief we hold for all that is happening across the planet. In using keening in this cathartic way she then engages participants with gestures of ritual which help them deal with their grief and then inspires them to work in creative ways in acts of resistance, working towards a restorative culture.

She calls herself a Radical doll maker who views her art as part of a practice that stretches back to the first dolls fashioned from bones and stones – such as the Woman of Willendorf.

She gained her MSc Masters Degree in Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) in partnership with the Center for Human Ecology, with her thesis entitled ‘Fire in the Head, Heart, and Hand. A Study of the Goddess Brighid as Goddess Archetype and her Relevance to Cultural Activists in Contemporary Scotland’. She currently lives in Asheville, Western North Carolina but is moving back to Scotland this year.

Website: www.pathoftheancestralmothers.com

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